Week 3: Feminism and the 'Male gaze'

Ok this weeks theme is Feminism (i'm sure you all know what this is!) .

Feminism is a range of political movementsideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social rights for women that are equal to those of men.[1][2] This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment.
Feminist movements have campaigned and continue to campaign for women's rights, including the right to vote, to hold public office, to work, to earn fair wages or equal pay, to own propertyto receive education, to enter contracts, to have equal rights within marriage, and to have maternity leave. Feminists have also worked to promote bodily autonomy and integrity, and to protect women and girls from rapesexual harassment, and domestic violence.[3]
Feminist campaigns are generally considered to be one of the main forces behind major historical societal changes for women's rights, particularly in the West, where they are near-universally credited with having achieved women's suffrage, gender neutrality in Englishreproductive rights for women (including access to contraceptives and abortion), and the right to enter into contracts and own property.[4] Although feminist advocacy is, and has been, mainly focused on women's rights, some feminists, including bell hooks, argue for the inclusion of men's liberation within its aims because men are also harmed by traditional gender roles.

The Male Gaze is a classic term first brought up by Laura Mulvey in her book 'Visual and other pleasures' to describe the way in which media 'looks' at women:

Here is an example from transformers: 

Interesting to see that Bell Hooks gets a mention in the wikipedia entry here.. she currently has a brilliant youtube channel on race issues and gender studies and cultural problems more widely.. brilliant youtube channel really: 


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