“Flipped” Images and Highlighting the Male Gaze

Here’s some food for thought: consider the group of Victoria’s Secret models posing in the photograph below, and further down, the guys from the TV show Jackass in a similar grouping, highlighting how differently we pose men’s and women’s bodies to display female “beauty.”

Of course, what these flipped images really highlight is the “male gaze” –the male gaze refers to the idea that images, art, and films are often produced by and for men from a male perspective to satisfy men’s interests and desires (just think of the picture of the retro stewardess in Marriott Hall). Of course, just as women can internalize patriarchal oppression, so do women learn to create images based on the male gaze themselves.

John Berger, author of Ways of Seeing, sums it up:  “Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at” – hello, self-conscious!
A typical fashion photograph of grouped female models (top) and its parody (below) featuring men.

A typical fashion photograph of grouped female models (top) and its parody (below) featuring men.

And here’s another flip from the world of comic books:

 

Kevin Bolk's gendered parody of an early Avengers movie poster (Top: original poster. Bottom: Bolk's "flip.").

Kevin Bolk’s gendered parody of an early Avengers movie poster (Top: original poster. Bottom: Bolk’s “flip.”).

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2 thoughts on ““Flipped” Images and Highlighting the Male Gaze

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