Ray – A Familiar Male Gaze
Gender Fluid (she/they)
Which student are you?
College Student (The World)
Name of School
The Ohio State University
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Location (City, State/Province, Country)
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Instagram: ray.m.mathew and raymmathew
Please select type of project you are entering
What is the title of your project?
A Familiar Male Gaze
Please tell us about your submission (maximum 600 words)
My submission is an analog mixed media collage using photos derived from vintage play boy, life, and people, and vogue magazines. my prolific collection of collages are all constructed similarly and share the common goal of drawing attention to social justice and mental health issues.I was inspired by a documentary I watched regarding gender inequality in film called "This Changes Everything." This piece is meant to highlight how in the patriarchy, female representation in media is overly dictated by misogynistic male creators and the porn industry which not only influences the way men view women but also how we view ourselves as sexual objects.
What is something you learned about patriarchy and what is something you would like to change about what you learned?
As a social work student researcher I've learned a lot about how the patriarchy oppresses women in intersectional ways, causing women of color to be devalued the most. The center for the study of women in television and film at San Diego State University reported that in 2018, 92% of the top domestic releases were directed by men. Therefore, mainstream media is silencing the stories and perspectives of women. The male gaze even reaches our children as the Geena Davis institute of gender in media found that in G-rated movies female characters are 3x more likely to be shown in sexually revealing fashions. This suggests that the patriarchy establishes it's values in casual viewers starting in childhood. I would like to change this reality by being more conscious about the media I consume and how it affects my view of women. I want to prioritize my support of women of color creators and share their work till they break through patriarchal barriers in mainstream media.