Ashley’s Blog Entry on Mulvey

“A male movie star’s glamorous characteristics are thus not those of the erotic object of the gaze, but those of the more perfect, more complete, more powerful ideal ego conceived in the original moment of recognition in front of the mirror.”(Mulvey 2089).

Laura Mulvey details “narrative structure” as favorable towards the man. Because of narrative structure and physical structure the man cannot possibly be seen as sexually objective. In fact, the narrative “supports the man’s role as the active one of advancing the story, making things happen”(2089). It is interesting how narrative structure plays out the patriarchal structure–even in cinema features. I think that this is a clear indication that the patriarchal order has infiltrated every aspect of society. How else would the main female character still be subjected to “spectacle” while the man is seen as the ultimate controller? This “active/passive” heterosexual division of labour” that Mulvey asserts still seems prevalent in temporary cinematic features. I would assert that the active/passive division of labour could also be seen as a contemporary¬†reality.

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