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Saturday, December 11, 11:30am – 12:30pm


Suzanne Valadon. Seated Woman Holding an Apple (detail), 1919. Private collection, Miami. © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image © Sotheby’s 2021

On-site, $10; members and students free
Online, $8; members free

About the Talk

Caetlin Benson-Allott | What Is the Female Gaze?

It has been almost 50 years since film critic Laura Mulvey identified and denounced the male gaze in classical Hollywood cinema. In this talk, scholar Caetlin Benson-Allott explores the concept of the female gaze—does it exist, and if so, how can it represent the world differently? Is the female gaze really as progressive as it sounds, or does it marginalize the experiences of women of color, not to mention queer and trans women? Benson-Allott will discuss the history of the male gaze, how its recognition led to the search for a female gaze, and how contemporary filmmakers, critics, and scholars are redefining the female gaze in the 21st century.


Caetlin Benson-Allott

Benson-Allott is professor of English and film and media studies at Georgetown University and author of The Stuff of Spectatorship: Material Cultures of Film & Television; Remote Control; and Killer Tapes & Shattered Screens: Video Spectatorship from VHS to File Sharing. She also writes a column for Film Quarterly and edits the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies.