Media and Violence pays equal attention to the production, content and reception involved in any representation of violence. This book offers a framework for understanding how violence is represented and consumed. It examines the relationship of media, gender, and real-world violence; representations of violence in screen entertainment; the effects of violent media on consumers; the ethics and gender politics of the production processes of screen violence; and the discussions are illustrated with topical and well-known examples, enabling the reader to critically engage with the debates.

Seeing (as) Violence: Film, Feminism and the Male Gaze

Seeing (as) violence: Film, feminism and the male gaze

Chapter Outline

This chapter picks up on the challenge set at the end of Chapter 2 to think through our own conscious and unconscious investments in violence as entertainment. It does so through the lens of feminist film theory and focuses on some of the popular American genres that have generated concern and critical interest for their portrayal of violence, gender and sexuality.

The violence of the male gazeLaura Mulvey; voyeurism;sadism; fetishism.
Killing and thrillingslasher films; masochism; seriality; gendered investigation.
Rape and revengerape revenge; mainstreaming feminism; male rape.
The male bodydisavowing objectification; the politics of action; new brutalism.
Women, violence, sexualityfilm noir and neo-noir; post-feminism.

The Violence of the Male Gaze

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