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WHO REALLY OWNS THE GAZE?

How does one study feminist film culture without leaning on the theories of Laura Mulvey? No doubt her article from 1975 titled “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” haunts all those who wish to look for answers when it comes to the so-called “male gaze” of the cinema. Filmmakers have the power to rework our understanding and definition of the male and female gaze. Mulvey states that the male gaze is the term given to define the way a film is viewed, though heterosexual male eyes. But can we continue to reference theories that are over 40 years old while looking at contemporary filmmaking dealing with feminist or queer topics? There is an obvious need for a reexamination of how we define the male gaze, as well as how we can define a female gaze that is equal to but also independent of the male gaze…

-excerpt from article by Shelly Lay, art historian

“Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who now is the fairest of them all? Beauty is my power.”

“Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who now is the fairest of them all? Beauty is my power.”

“Oh come now Prince Phillip. Why so melancholy? In ageless sleep she finds repose. The years roll by, but a hundred years to a steadfast heart are but a day. Off he rides…to wake his love…and prove that ‘true love’ conquers all!”

“Oh come now Prince Phillip. Why so melancholy? In ageless sleep she finds repose. The years roll by, but a hundred years to a steadfast heart are but a day. Off he rides…to wake his love…and prove that ‘true love’ conquers all!”

“And now, look at me, wasted away to practically nothing, banished, exiled…while he and his flimsy fish-folk celebrate. I’ll give ’em something to celebrate soon enough…and the ocean will be mine!”

“And now, look at me, wasted away to practically nothing, banished, exiled…while he and his flimsy fish-folk celebrate. I’ll give ’em something to celebrate soon enough…and the ocean will be mine!”

Photographer: Bethony Harnden

HMUA: Christine Rafie

Models: Andrew Langman, Nicholas Habel, Brandon Weber

Stylist: Erin Kuykendall

Photoshoot Coordinator: Melina Perez

Clothing by Frock On Vintage

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