EN 1011 Academic Writing
Tutor: Petros Z.
“Looking at Women”
The term “Gaze” was first introduced by Jacques Lacan and it describes the nervousness that someone feels when he realizes that he is being viewed. In the second rise of feminism in the 60’s one of the many topics that had been discussed among the social scientist and people all over the world for many years was the male gaze. Some people who were highly involved in the feminist movement believe that men’s gaze objectifies women and converts men into spectators. On the other hand, some people believe that the male gaze has positives elements if occurs within limits because women feel that are attracted and that boost their self-confidence. Scott Russell Sanders in his article “Looking at Women” analyzes this phenomenon and indicates why this happens, also makes clear that he doesn’t agree with it. Sanders start the article with an illustration. He creates a descriptive visual picture about the first time he saw a woman in his early teens. As an innocent 11 years old boy he couldn’t understand what this sweet pain in his belly was when he checks a girl out. He wouldn’t find out until college. There he would still wonder about women but in more mature way. Sanders continuous by telling us the story of his roommate that had Playboy pictures on the wall. He couldn’t believe in himself when he realized that he saw this woman as object and not as human being. In addition, he mentions the shop “Bare Essentials” which was selling sexy and expensive clothes. He couldn’t explain why someone would buy such expensive clothes “whose only purpose is in being taken off” (par 23). I don’t agree with Sanders’s argument about his ethics on male gaze and I consider it problematic. I believe that he is not convincing because his argument contain many exaggerations and conservatives thoughts. I also believe due to the fact...
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