Sunday, May 10, 2009

Ways of Seeing

Good day today. Did some interesting reading while riding the train. I had read an essay from John Berger's Ways of Seeing in college, but now working my way through the whole text.

Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relationships between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves. The surveyor of woman in herself is male: the surveyed female. Thus she turns herself into an object — and most particularly an object of vision: a sight. (47)

It's interesting to read this in tandem with Annie Leibovitz At Work.


Weinkle said...

My favorite is men telling women how it is. So, when it comes to the senses, do women hear? Do men tune out?

Nate said...

I did a paper in a film theory class on Laura Mulvey's Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema which has a focus on women as image and men as bearer of the look. The professor presented it with a great photograph of a man and woman looking into a shop window. She's frumpy looking, staring at nothing in particular. He's staring lustfully at a painting of a naked woman. Anyway, being a film theory class, I had to pick a movie to support the theory. I chose The Muppet Movie, "Pig as image, frog as bearer of the look." I'll have to find the picture and post it on facebook or something.