An investigation into the idea that if women do not have their own gaze how do they view images, focusing, on the ideas Of Freud and the male gaze

Willment, Victoria (2013) An investigation into the idea that if women do not have their own gaze how do they view images, focusing, on the ideas Of Freud and the male gaze. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation will be exploring the ideas of the male gaze and how women view images of themselves through this. The idea is that images work on the concepts of masculinity and femininity and the way society defines them. There are many theories on this issue and it has been covered countless times so the research has been narrowed down to specific theorists and artists, so I could visit these areas in more depth. A couple key theorists will be investigated and two artists to backup these ideas. The ideas that I have decided to focus on are based around Freud’s studies into the sexual development of gender; how boys and girls develop differently from childhood. As there is sparse amounts of information on how women develop and no concrete concepts on the understanding of it, it is interesting to look at the different ways that people have tried to challenge it over the years from the feminist movements to much more recent work. Although the publicity of these images and the number of artists and theorists that are working with these ideas has slowed, it is still an issue for many. In fact the idea that people have stopped questioning and started to accept the way things are in imagery could be seen as damaging to the development of equal rights. Women accept that they are an object of sexual desire and nothing more.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2013 15:02
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:26
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/12589

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