Trying to shake off the male gaze means arming yourself with insight. Here are some of the resources that helped me understand how the male gaze came to be — how the masculine, heterosexual perspective has determined the portrayal of women throughout history, and how it continues to structure gender norms today.
Mug up on your male gaze
Read Ways of Seeing
Follow that with a shot of rebellion
Long before #MeToo, the anonymous feminist art collective The Guerrilla Girls has protested the lack of women artists and photographers in the world’s most prestigious museums, as well as the bad behaviour of the male artists celebrated in the same galleries. Their video poses a question: exactly what kind of male imagination lies behind the famous, revered images of women?
Explore The Male Graze
See how it shows up in Hollywood
Watch Miss Representation
The complex and pernicious effects of the male gaze can easily feel overwhelming, and I sometimes wonder if we can ever unshackle ourselves from it.
But I’ve found that an antidote is to take what I see with a pinch of salt and a strong dose of comic relief. If you’re ready for the next step, then Tread Mindfully as you navigate pop culture.