Thursday, January 22, 2015

Male gaze and taboo of phallus on screen

Delicate issue here, but timely given we've just been exploring Laura Mulvey's male gaze theory. Legendary writer Russell T Davies (Dr Who... and actual good TV as well! Not least the groundbreaking Queer as Folk) argues we should loosen the tight regulations around screen depictions of the phallus, that this has important cultural effects:
Sex – whether we have loads of it or none of it – is a part of all of our lives. But on the screen, its depiction is often met with shock or silliness. Female actors are often objectified, the reasons for their nudity sometimes having little to do with character, and everything to do with satisfying the male gaze
We need more penises on our screens

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