chapter5 critic - Ways of Seeing: She has to survey...

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Most oil paintings throughout history of women have been painted by men who create them for the pleasure of themselves and other males. Since women throughout most of history have been subjugated, kept illiterate and treated as property, women have learned to be keenly aware of that gaze. To quote some of Berger’s comments cited in this chapter from the book
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Unformatted text preview: Ways of Seeing: She has to survey everything she is and everything she does because how she appears to others, and ultimately how she appears to men, is of crucial importance for what is normally thought of as success in her life. Her own sense of being in herself is supplanted by a sense of being appreciated as herself by another...
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