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The Male Gaze som retorisktverktyg: En utredande litteraturstudie över hur the Male Gaze kan användas inom retorikvetenskapen
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The thought behind this bachelor essay regarding gender and rhetorical feminist criticism developed years ago out of the fact that I read just a little too many dirty chick lit-pockets as a teen. Those chick lit-pockets were my first introduction to sex, to gender roles, to how men and women react and are supposed to react to each other and, in some sense, even to feminism. Those chick lit-pockets, later turning into hardcore Harlequin-books, became my benchmark when I started to contemplate the fact that this is a man’s world, produced and reproduced by a male gaze which influences everything from sex, porn, advertising, gender roles, jobs and payment to dirty pockets for teenage girls.

The essays aims to show how the male gaze-phenomenon could be to use for the rhetoric discipline: first combined with other rhetorical theories as a way to analyze and understand gender and objectification. The main question asked; How to put the male gaze on a rhetorical leash? This bachelor essay consists of a qualitative literature study focusing on four articles and one book in which five different male gaze-perspective appears. Every article presented will be followed by an explicative chapter in which the articles, specific male gaze- perspective will be combined with relevant rhetorical theories and applied to pop cultural example cases in order to demonstrate its academic potential.

The conclusion of this essay establishes that the rhetorical discipline indeed could have great use of the male gaze-perspective while analyzing different kinds of artifacts, if combined with different kinds of methods. It confirms that it is possible to put the male gaze on a rhetorical leash and explains five specific ways to do so.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 71 p.
Keyword [en]
Rhetoric, male gaze, discourse, feminism, gender, identification, masculine myths, objectification theory, patriarchal power and structures.
Keyword [sv]
Retorik, den manliga blicken, diskurs, feminism, genus, identifikation, maskulina myter, patriarkal makt
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-22981OAI: diva2:711326
Subject / course
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2014-04-11 Created: 2014-04-10 Last updated: 2014-04-11Bibliographically approved

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