Male Gaze, Pornography and the Fetishised Female

By Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya, Emily Abd Rahman and Zainor Izat Zainal.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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In this paper Sarah Daniels’s play Masterpieces is read using Mulvey’s and Stratton’s theory of fetishism to explore the representation of the female body through the masculine gaze. Instead of displaying nude female body on stage, Daniels chose to approach the subject of pornography through verbal description as opposed to visual. Daniels’s exclusion of visual pleasure is to ensure that there is never a possibility for fetishism to occur but at the same time she allows the spectator an insight into those ‘filmic’ mechanisms by providing perspectives on the gaze and on fetishism throughout the play. Using psychoanalysis to read Masterpieces reveals that pornography framed within a masculine gaze and men’s acting-out of objectification or violence towards women are manifestations of more deeply rooted structures - men’s fantasies, fears, and anger associated with women at both individual and societal levels.

Keywords: Fetishism, Male Gaze, Pornography, Voyeurism

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.25-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 690.149KB).

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia. She is involved in several researches dealing with literature & culture, psychoanalysis & literature, literature in ESL, and diasporic literature.

Emily Abd Rahman

Research Student, School of Arts, Languages and Literacies, , Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Emily Abd Rahman is a research student in the School of Arts, Languages and Literacies, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is interested in studies related to English Literature, Teaching of English as a Foreign Language and application of western theories to literary texts.

Zainor Izat Zainal

Lecturer (English Literature), Department of English, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Zainor Izat Zainal is a lecturer with the Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia,Malaysia, teaching English Literature. She has 13 years experience in teaching at tertiary level. Her academic interests include the teaching of literature in an ESL context, post-colonial literatures and ecocriticism.

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