Laura Mulvey and Social Construction of Gaze in Narrative cinema

Laura Mulvey is a British film feminist. She was born in Oxford, United Kingdom on August 15, 1941.  She is best known for her essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.” In writing this essay, she brought forth the theory of the male gaze in films. In film, the male gaze occurs when the camera focuses on the female body. Specifically, when the camera lingers on the curves of the female body. The theory suggests that women in films are not given identities, but are merely objects to be viewed. By introducing this theory Mulvey makes it known that in film women are not viewed as important characters. Unknown