Visual and Other Pleasures | SpringerLinkIn feminist theory , the male gaze is the act of depicting women and the world, in the visual arts  and in literature ,  from a masculine, heterosexual perspective that presents and represents women as sexual objects for the pleasure of the male viewer. The film critic Laura Mulvey coined the term male gaze , which is conceptually contrasted with and opposed by the female gaze. The existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre introduced the concept of le regard , the gaze , in Being and Nothingness , wherein the act of gazing at another human being creates a subjective power difference, which is felt by the gazer and by the gazed, because the person being gazed at is perceived as an object, not as a human being. In a narrative film, the visual perspective of the male gaze is the sight-line of the camera as the spectator's perspective — that of a heterosexual man whose sight lingers upon the curves of a woman's body. Such visualizations establish the roles of dominant-male and dominated-female, by representing the female as a passive object for the male gaze of the active viewer. The social pairing of the passive-object woman and the active-viewer man is a functional basis of patriarchy, i.
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