In film and art, one will find that the gaze is something significant for both the subject and the viewer. When one looks at the female body, there's more than what meets the eye and this could range depending on the race and gender of the viewer. A male isn't the only type of person to feel impact of the female, because it is the female too who's also influenced by a woman's appearance, whether it's another woman or herself. Writers John Berger, Bell Hooks, and Laura Mulvey have contributed their ideas to the topic.
In John Berger's Way of Seeing, he discusses the contrasts between male and female presence. The male's presence will reflect his excess world, which concerns whether he's macho or has good economic status. As for the female, it's a reflection of who she is to herself ,and it is at times uncontrollable. He writes, " To be born a woman has been to be born, within an allotted and confined space, into the keeping of men. The social presence of women has developed as a result of their ingenuity in living under such tutelage within such a limited space."(Berger, 46) He adds that when a woman is in her own company, she isn't really by herself, because she has her own identity as well as the image of herself that is perceived by others. This is something I could relate to because as a girl, I feel like I always have to keep up appearances, and it's definitely influenced by society's expectations. Often, when I'm at home or by myself, I'll dress down, relax and eat what I desire, but I can't completely let myself go. I have to eventually work out and fix my hair, otherwise it will affect my self esteem.
Going back to Berger's book, he talks about the difference between nudity and nakedness. "To be naked is to be oneself. To be nude is to be seen naked by others and yet not be recognized for oneself."(Berger, 54) His work includes various nude painting and photographs, as describes each and compares their similarities. In both the Nell Gwynne portrait and the Venus and Cupid painting, the spectator is aware that the female is drawing her attention towards him. Just by the way their bodies are positioned, he can tell that they're aware of his gaze. Male musicians are no stranger to the gaze, as they often direct their lyrics to the opposite sex. In Pitbull's song, I Know You Want Me, he's both speaking to the female spectacle while describing his experience to the listener. He tells the female, "I know you want me, you know I want you." Then he tells the listener, "Mami got an ass like a donkey, with a monkey. Look like King Kong, welcome to the crib 305, That's what it is with a woman down here the shit don't play games."