To simplify this complex concept, Mulvey’s idea of the male gaze refers to a way of viewing women which sexualises and objectifies them, while empowering men. Basically, women lose their autonomy and are framed by male desire. It’s also an extremely heteronormative way of viewing women, just for that extra cherry on top.
Within this concept, Mulvey explains that women in cinema are characterised by their “to-be-looked-at-ness” and the man is “the bearer of the look”.
As a response, the idea of the “female gaze” has been thrown around to represent the perspective used by female filmmakers - who do not strip women of their autonomy, oversexualise them and actually frame them in positions of power… funny that.
And now, Gen Z has taken to TikTok to compare the male and female gaze in the absolute best way possible… by recreating and mocking typical “male gaze” scenarios through POVs.
Check out some of our favourites below.
Not only are teens filming themselves in the point of view of the “male gaze” to demonstrate just how ludicrous and misogynistic it really is, they are also providing real life examples of how the male gaze takes form in film.
A particular comparison that has been circulating TikTok is how women in DC and Marvel movies have been portrayed when subject to a male director, compared with how they are represented under a female director.
Take a look at the comparisons for yourself.
As a bonus quintessentially Gen Z stan culture thing to do, TikTokers are also compiling lists of male celebrities they think give off "written by women" vibes.
Repeat offenders include Harry Styles, Timothée Chalamet, Dylan O’Brien and basically any famous “good guy”.
Here are the male celebs TikTokers think were "written by women".
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