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    The Male Gaze

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    The male gaze is the way in which visual arts depicts women for a masculine point of view. Mulvey suggests that visual media exposes a deep-seated drive known as “scopophilia”: the sexual pleasure involved in looking. Mulvey believed mainstream movies are filmed in a certain way in order to satisfy male scopophilia. Therefore, according to this theory woman are regulated to the status of objects to be admired for physical appearance. Mulvey argues that erotic scenes in films don’t have any influence on the plot but only provide a sense of erotic spectacle. However, Mulveys gaze theory could have less relevance in the early twentieth century due to technological advancements and change in social dynamics. Visual culture has progressed considerably…

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    Time Stamp: Ex Machina 1:32:54-1:38:44 TITLE Composer of the male gaze, Laura Mulvey, explains how a heterosexual male views different aspects occurring in a film. The male gaze captures how male viewers depict females within the film. In Alex Garland’s movie, Ex Machina, there is an abundant usage of the male gaze occurring through Nathan and Caleb’s perspective. The male gaze is important in this film because it reveals to the audience who truly holds the power. Throughout the film…

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    Gaze: I am impressive with the article “Gender Roles in Advertising a lot. As another person, I see a lot of magazines, advertisings, banners, but I have not notice about the “gaze” of the models in all of those pictures until I read this visual essay. It is wonderful to recognize the meaning of the “gaze” and how it affects the viewer. In the Gucci ad we ca she that the woman has a power to control the man and her eyes look like talk to the viewer that: “I sexy and I know it”. How smart it…

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    Titus Andronicus Analysis

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    One of the most infamously hated scenes from Titus Andronicus is that in which Marcus discovers Lavinia after she has been raped and mutilated. While there are many disturbing visual elements surrounding Lavinia’s rape, including her attackers Chiron and Demetrius dancing around her in the mud and mocking her, perhaps the most disturbing is the fact that she has been put on display for anyone to find. When Marcus comes upon her (starting at 1:06:45), the camera pans from him to a wide shot of…

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    Voyeurism In Rear Window

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    Dictionary, Oxford University Press), but in cinema, voyeurism has been used as a plot tool for decades. Hitchcock films depict the roles a man and woman have in marriage through various tools, but in Rear Window, it is through voyeurism that the story is set in motion, and it is because of the main characters voyeuristic activity that we are able to see how he feels about getting married. This represents a central theme in the film as throughout the movie we see essentially every character be…

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    The Piano Film Analysis

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    Bruzzi’s claims can be exemplified in the marriage scene of Ada and Stewart where the audience gazes as Ada is fitted into her wedding dress. Ada exposes her disinterested in the activities surrounding her and as such her contention towards the spectacle is underlined when she is criticized by one of the house maids and disapprovingly told that if she cannot have a ceremony, she will at least have a photograph. In this scene, Campion places emphasis wedding dress on the preparations here only…

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    visual metaphors and especially his use of the gaze. The gaze describes the perspective the audience is put into when viewing a work of art. Traditionally the audience is looking through the viewpoint of a heterosexual male. The gaze has been present in art for many years, however it has only recently been identified by theorists and art historians. The idea of the ‘male gaze’ was formally introduced by feminist film theorist, Laura Mulvey in her 1975 essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.…

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    Women's Pay Inequality

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    Mulvey states that the male gaze is the directing of images/ sexual images toward male audiences and their amusement. Mulvey also institutes the ideal of voyeurism and sadism and how those who create projects use these conceptions in order to gain publicity or a reputation. Both of these phrases relate to the sexual pleasure one receives; "refer(ing) to pleasure in looking and exhibitionism" ( Cartwright & Sturken, 124). Look at me- The "male gaze" has dominated every form of…

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    Hitchcock's Psycho

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    Norman’s and Marion’s screen time became faster, as each character appeared less and less, all to create a feeling of adrenaline and anxiety in the audience. The main ideas discussed in Mulvey’s essay could all be applied to Psycho. Hitchcock uses the idea of scopophilia by using Marion as an object for the male gaze, whether it be the gaze of the audience or Norman. He pushed boundaries by showing Marion in lingerie, which shocked many viewers. Hitchcock also fetishizes Marion, which is seen…

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    The term, “the gaze” has turned into a concept in feminist theory but is more notably known as “the male gaze”, which refers to how men look at women; coined by the feminist film critic Laura Mulvey, introduced in her essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema which was published in 1975. The male gaze enforces the sexual politics of the gaze and states that in film, women are typically the objects of heterosexual male desire. It is a sexualised way of looking that objectifies women and empowers…

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