MALE GAZE AND FEMININE MYSTIC THEORIES Nisha Velji
MALE GAZE This theory is mainly a feminist theory which first came out in the 1975 and Laura Mulvey came up with this theory. This theory occurs when women are almost seen as ‘Objects’ by the males perspective. In addition to this mostcamera people are men therefore they mostly film the women more, and slow down on certain body parts of the women, or zooms into them. Laura also argued that women normally like the attention from the men, and they feel more pleasured. The men feel gratified as they see what they want to. Inaddition to this they see women as ‘Sex objects’. They normally see women asbeing ‘Sexy, pretty. Beautiful etc.’ if they see al this they would enjoy the movie more or enjoy filming it.
FEMININE MYSTIQUEThe feminine mystique is also a feminist theory. This theory is also from the 1970s. This theory suggests that women are unhappy being looked/seen as objects. They do not prefer being seen as the stereotypical women ‘Housewife, mother’ this makes them feel like they are nothing. Also thistheory suggests that women are encouraged to narrow their job roles and are restricted in doing other male associated jobs. There was also a quote which explains this theory which was: ‘ The problem with no name’This quote is trying to say that women are just seen as objects which have no meanings, and are only their to gratify mean and please them. This brings unhappiness to them.