This week I would like to focus on the importance of "the gaze" by discussing its ability to assert power of not only the victim of the gaze, but also with those considered to be intra-sexual rivals. As we previously discussed, it often becomes quite evident to movie viewers that women are commonly objectified and fragmented by men, which serves to create a power hierarchy that seats men directly at top. In some cases, we have shows like Sex and the City that feature a powerful woman who objectifies and fragments men. This role reversal is facilitated by the hyper-sexual Samantha, who refuses to belong in an established relationship and goes after younger, more desirable men. In both cases of objectification and fragmentation, the gazer or the person responsible for viewing the other sex from a power stance is also asserting a sense of dominance over intra-sexual rivals. In this sense, their dominance helps them to appear as though they are above the law and can take whatever resources they desire, which as a result deters other potential mates from sweeping in and stealing something they feel is rightfully theirs. Does anyone else feel that objectification and fragmentation in this sense fosters an assertion that the gazer is powerful against the object of their gaze as well as others who may be interested in gazing? If yes, can you think of any media examples that show this occurrence?
Blog Post, Week 8
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