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Anaya Brown HUM-150 October 27, 2016 Women and Culture The essay written by Laura Mulvey “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” later coined the term “Male Gaze” in which later became a theory. The male gaze takes place when an audience is put into the visual scene of the opposite sex; (ie. men looking at women, women looking at themselves, and women looking at women). The perspective of the male gaze focuses on the figure of a woman’s body placing someone, the viewer, in the eyes of a male. The male gaze is only considered if the curves are underlined with specific conventions such as slow deliberate movements of the camera and the unwanted movements of a scene. Mulvey’s male gaze theory introduces the proposition that the male gaze degrades the women’s identity and they are seen only as objects to the world. The female character has no status, they exist in the relation to the male figure also dictating how the male should feel. Mulvey introduces the term “socophillia” which means “love of watching”. The term can be considered the observation of people who are unaware that they are being viewed upon. Pertaining to the male gaze theory,

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