'The Female Gaze'
Painting by Elly Stephenson
If the ‘male gaze’ is a term used to describe the relationship between male viewer and a female object, surely the ‘female gaze’ can be used to describe the opposite?
John Berger in his book and television series ‘Ways of Seeing’ looks at the female nude as an object: “to be naked is to be oneself, to be nude, is to be seen naked by others and yet not be recognized as oneself, thus the nude has to be seen as an object”. He goes on to explain the origins of the perception of a female as an object in art.