Almost everyone in the world grows up reading, listening to, or watching fairy tales as a child. These fairy tales started out as entertaining stories, but as they were handed down from one generation to the next, they slowly became more than that. They have grown to be of great importance because they teach children how to act and present oneself in the world. One such fairy tale is Cinderella. On the surface, it seems to be a simple story about a young woman whose wishes come true. However, the story also reflects the cultural expectations of women’s behaviors and goals. Fairy tales are full of negative stereotypes of girls. It is common in fairy tales that the men are strong, smart, and in power. Women are portrayed as pretty, passive, and powerless. The women depend solely on a man to save them. After Cinderella’s father passes away, she is stuck living with her evil stepmother and stepsisters. Cinderella suffers from all kinds of abuse from them without ever making a complaint. She is forced to slave away from sun-up to sun-down. All of her nice clothes are taken away from her and all she is given to wear are plain dresses and plain shoes. Along with this, Cinderella’s stepsisters make fun of her and call her names. She is too weak to stand up for herself and say no, and her family knows this. They are not poor, by any means. They have enough money to hire someone to do all the chores, but they make Cinderella do the work for their own pure enjoyment because they all know she will.
the gaze, as established by psychologists Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan, discusses the idea of being the object of a person’s look. When one realizes that he or she is the object of a person’s gaze, he or she may experience feelings of anxiety because of the loss of control over one’s own body. In 1999, Laura Mulvey builds upon the theory of the gaze in her article “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” by constructing the concept of a male gaze. Mulvey summarizes the notion of the male gaze as….
We see the theory of the male gaze prominently in this scene taken from transformers in which the appealing force is Megan Fox and the character she plays. This is done through the micro-elements in the film and especially the cinematography in this scene. One major area is her style of clothing. We see her in a typical light, short skirt and a crop top alongside the tan and curves. This draws the eye of audiences in order to portray her in the light that male audience’s desire. Throughout the….
of the ‘male gaze’ has been applied to feminist studies of the media.
“One thing I really envy about men, ' a friend once said to me, 'is the right to look ' (Dyer 1982)
Johnathan Schroeder posited ‘...to gaze implies more than to look at- it signifies psychological relationship of power, in which the gazer is superior to the object of the gaze.(Schroeder, 1998)’ Keeping this in mind, in Laura Mulvey’s article ‘Visual pleasure and narrative cinema’, she proposes that the male gaze is paramount….
“In a world ordered by sexual imbalance, pleasure in looking has been split between active/male and passive/female. The determining male gaze projects its phantasy on to the female figure which is styled accordingly.” (Mulvey 750)
Mulvey refers here to classic Hollywood cinema. Is her analysis still relevant?
Discuss in relation to films from the classic era and contemporary cinema. Refer to films screened in this unit and films of your choice with attention to mise en scene and narrative….
How have women been portrayed through photography?
How have women been portrayed through photography?
The gaze deals with how the audience views the people presented in visual culture, in this case, adverts, magazines and Cinema. The ‘male gaze’ is the male ability to exercise control over women by representing them in visual means as passive, sexual objects of male desire. The power of men over women has always existed. They are seen as the more powerful and clever species. This control….
Lester encapsulates the stereotypical gaze of Male > Female gaze. Lester suffers from what appears to be a mid-life crisis and fantasizing about Angela . On the other hand, Ricky adopts a voyeuristic gaze when he films those around him (i.e. Jane, Lester). However, the gaze is not held predominantly by the male viewer. For example, Jane turns the camera around back on Ricky. He doesn't mind because he already feels free, though….
Is the gaze male?
Book Title: Women and Film: Both Sides of the Camera. Contributors: E. Ann Kaplan author. Publisher: Methuen. Place of Publication: London. Publication Year: 1983. Page Number: 35.
Since the beginning of the recent women’s movement, American feminists have been exploring the representation of female sexuality in the arts—in literature, painting, film, and television. As we struggle towards meaningful theory, it is important to note that feminist criticism, as a new way of reading….
Male Gaze in Vertigo
Several film theorists have used a variety of tactics and view points to analyze feature films since their inception. One of the most prominent theorists of those that analyze films from a feminist perspective is Laura Mulvey. Mulvey is famous for her essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” which presents an array of theories involving the treatment of women in films. Arguably the most notable idea presented in Mulvey’s work is the existence of the “male gaze”….
The male gaze is a concept that was first coined by Laura Mulvey, in her book 'Visual and Other Pleasures', in which she suggests that angles and lighting in movies are used to objectify and hyper-sexualise female bodies in order to make them more appealing to male viewers. This concept can also often be applied to artworks, adverts and other imagery that we see in our everyday lives, from adverts talking about obscure things such as cat food, to lingerie and make-up adverts actually aimed at women….
SUMMARY: THEORIZING THE MALE GAZE BY EDWARD SNOW
Feminist analysis has revealed that when feminism characterizes “The male Gaze” certain motifs are almost sure to appear; voyeurism, objectification, fetishism, scopophilia, woman as the object of male gaze and the bearer of the male lack.
Masculine vision is almost characterized as patriarchal, ideological and phallocentric.
Gaulyn Studlar has observed that, the female can function for the male only as an object of sadistic spectatorial….