Background[ edit ] The cinematic concept of the male gaze is presented, explained, and developed in the essay "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" , in which Laura Mulvey proposes that sexual inequality—the asymmetry of social and political power between men and women—is a controlling social force in the cinematic representations of the sexes; and that the male gaze the aesthetic pleasure of the male viewer is a social construct derived from the ideologies and discourses of patriarchy. In a narrative film, the visual perspective of the male gaze is the sight-line of the camera as the spectator's perspective — that of a heterosexual man whose sight lingers upon the curves of a woman's body. Such visualizations establish the roles of dominant-male and dominated-female, by representing the female as a passive object for the male gaze of the active viewer. The social pairing of the passive-object woman and the active-viewer man is a functional basis of patriarchy, i. In such cinematic representations, the male gaze denies the female's agency and human identity , thus dehumanizing a woman to the status of an object to be considered for her beauty, physique, and sex appeal , as defined in the male sexual fantasy of a movie.
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