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Women, Culture, and Society Class 5 Seeing and Portraying the Gendered Body
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Organization 1. Introduce “Ways of Seeing” 2. Discuss main ideas in “Ways of Seeing” 3. Introduce Rodgers and Zhang chapter 4. Evidence on Sexist Portrayal of Women 5. Discussion
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Introduce “Ways of Seeing” “Ways of Seeing” Originally published as a chapter in book Ways of Seeing by the author By John Berger (1926- ) Eurocentric left-wing analyst of art and culture art critic, novelist, painter and author – written more than twenty books; mainly novels, performance scripts and art criticism. respected for his perceptive, unconventional collections of essays on art and photography (About Looking, and Ways of Seeing ). the introductory essay on art criticism Ways of Seeing was written as an accompaniment to a significant BBC series of the same name, and is often used as a college text.
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Main Ideas in Ways of Seeing 1. The social presence of a woman is different in kind from that of a man Man’s presence depends on the promise of power which he embodies; presence may be fabricated, but the pretence is always towards a power he exercises on others. Woman’s presence expresses her own attitude to herself, and defines what can and cannot be done to her. Everything a woman does contributes to her presence. Presence for a woman is intrinsic to her person. 2. A woman must survey everything she is and does b/c how she appears to others, and especially to men, matters crucially for what is normally thought of as the success of her life. Men survey women before treating them, so how a woman appears to a
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