I love that he pointed out that it’s different when men and women are objectified on film, not only because of the way our society views men and women, but also in the specific way those shots are framed.
When consuming media it’s so important to remember that filmmakers and ad companies have so many tools at their disposal that the average viewer is not even aware of. The way a scene is set, the way the camera moves, which parts of a person are included in the fame, the number of seconds the camera views each particular part of a person. All of these things very subtly evoke responses from us. We don’t notice them because we aren’t supposed to notice them—if they are doing their job right, everything feels seamless and correct to the viewer. And even if we do notice, we may not be able to articulate it because most of us haven’t studied filmmaking techniques.
If you think you are 100% impenetrable to the effects of the content you view, you are deluding yourself.
excellent explanation of the Male Gaze, a must watch
Poisonous Garden at Alwinck Castle in the county of Northumberland. The Alnwick Poison Garden boasts some of the world’s most dangerous plants. Behind big black gates, the carefully curated garden contains about 100 varieties of illegal narcotics including poppies, belladonna, Strychnos nux-vomica, Coca, hemlock, cannabis and more.
You really think Mother Gothel is worst than Frollo? All she told Rapunzel was that the world outside her tower was dangerous and it would hurt her physically. Frollo told Quasimodo everyday that he was a monster. I think someone has to listen to the song “Out There” again. Also when Frollo is reviewing the alphabet with Quasimodo the words used are Abomination, Blasphemy Contrition, Damnation, Eternal Damnation. So don’t you dare say that Mother Gothel has anything on Frollo. Quasimodo was truly restricted in a negative environment.
Amen to the Frollo vs Gothel comment.
*raises finger* It’s… *sigh*
I wouldn’t say that Frollo is worse than Gothel. To say that Frollo is crueller than Gothel on a regular basis would perhaps be more accurate. I was going to say that they can’t be compared because they’re different forms of manipulation but it’s really just the same type with different people and motivations.
Because I found the phrasing rather passive aggressive, and I dislike that, I think someone has to listen to the song “Mother Knows Best Reprise” again. It’s practically the same thing, except instead of “You’re a monster, don’t go outside. I am the only one you can trust.” it’s “You’re so unattractive, how could that guy you love ever possibly love you back? By the way, he’s a liar who is just here to get the crown. I am the only one you can trust.”
While Frollo spent his time telling Quasimodo that he is ugly, Gothel spent her time telling Rapunzel that she is weak. Ugly is perhaps a more immediately apparent blow, but the psychological effects of being called weak would be just as debilitating.
Remember, just because it’s a gilded cage, doesn’t mean it isn’t a cage. And as my boyfriend likes to comment, just because a slave doesn’t know they’re a slave, doesn’t mean they aren’t.
That was the hardest scene I’ve ever had to write. It’s two-thirds of the way through the book, but I skipped over it when I came to it. So the entire book was done and there was still that one chapter left. Then I wrote it. It was like murdering two of your children. I try to make the readers feel they’ve lived the events of the book. Just as you grieve if a friend is killed, you should grieve if a fictional character is killed. You should care. If somebody dies and you just go get more popcorn, it’s a superficial experience isn’t it?
George R. R. Martin re: The Red Wedding (via lyndsayfaye)