Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The male gaze is pervasive in many ways labeling women as only objects of male pleasure. Men watch and women are watched is sexist and still exist today because the man is more than not always considerwed the one watching. This way of thinking is demeaning to women as it places them below men making their only purpose that of pleasing men through sexual inuendo.
With media and television came a way for black people to gaze upon a white persons lifestyle or possessions. Black women's images within the media and on television where to make the black man feel better about himself or to be the servant of a white woman. The oppositional gaze started from the black woman's refusal to identify with the media and image of the black woman. The oppositional gaze is the defiant stare at the things the African American was told not to look at.
John Berger, Ways of Seeing, web documentary,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u72AIab-Gdc&feature=related
bell hooks: The Oppositional Gaze: Black female Spectators', in Thornham, S (1999) Edinburgh University Press.