The "male gaze"
Its quite clear that the sexuality and liberation of Rebecca in the movie can create an issue among men and more conservative women. From a woman's perspective, there were things in the movie that made me feel uncomfortable. Ironically, it wasn't Rebecca's sadomasochism fantasies or even her subtle observations of George upon their first interactions. It was the the camera shots of her body, or the
male gaze. I agree with the director's perspective of the male gaze. Its obvious that men gaze at what arouses them, from breats to booty. The question that is constantly in my head is: Without the
male gaze, is that ultimately taking away the phallus of the man? In other words, does a man feel emasculated without gazing? And ultimately, does that lead to a mental castration for a man? The constant body shots and sexual inuendos through the motorcyle seemed to remind me I was looking at a women that can only create a sexual stimulation for the audience rather than focusing on the independence and liberation of Rebecca.