Female Gaze
From Virtual to Reality

Editor(s)

Alexander Ochs, Silke Tobeler

Author(s)

Alexander Ochs, Silke Tobeler

Cover

Hardcover

Size

23 x 30 cm

Pages

48

Illustrations

51

Language(s)

German

ISBN

978-3-96912-058-3

Works of Art Take a Stance

The “female gaze” embodies a stance that is the polar opposite of the “male gaze.” The latter term came into use in the movie and advertising industries in the 1970s to describe the fact that women typically appear in films in supporting roles, as accessories to men, rather than as protagonists. The male gaze originated in a patriarchal society that has begun to change. The female gaze champions a modern form of emancipation that challenges men to abandon entrenched structures. Much more importantly, it encourages women to become aware of the strength that lies in their femininity and make it the source of their own creative expression and their own perspective on the world. For many years, the writer Silke Tobeler has visited artists in their studios, collecting the photographs she took there and her conversations with her hosts on her blog, Female Gaze.

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