An Analysis Of The Female Gaze In 'Bent Familia'

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2017). The female gaze is used as an attempt to subvert the image of the man being “the bearer of the look” and the “woman as the image” (Mulvey, 1975: 19). Yes, in that specific scene, the belly dancer was the “image” to be looked as we would expect from traditional cinema, however, she was not sexualized in the way a masculine point of view would present her (Mulvey, 1975: 20). What this does is that it feminizes both the spectators and the camera’s point of view from the very beginning, indicating a sign that we will be introduced to events and relationships from a female perspective that would otherwise be unknown to us in the male dominated world of Bent Familia (Mulvey, 1975: 25). This scene is also very important because it tells the…show more content…
However, that does not mean that the male figures are not present in these female-only spaces. By presence, I do not mean a physical one necessarily, but a metaphorical presence where a man is still some way involved in the exclusively female space the director has created. An article by Tingting Qi evokes the argument of Charles Peirce by pointing out that “we can’t separate our ideas from experiences” (Qi, 2010: 329), and he continues to state that “any women must impact or be impacted by be impacted by their relationships with those men in her life” (Qi, 2010: 329). In this sense, a female only space is very hard to achieve as long as the women’s lives are intertwined with those men around them (Qi, 2010: 329). This is exemplified in the types of conversations these Tunisian women would have between themselves, which are always centered on men and how to deal with their issues (Bent Familia). The first example of such an occurrence would be when Amina visits a fortune teller, where we are initially introduced to this scene from a feminine perspective, we are then thwarted back into a patriarchal order through the nature of the conversation between Amina and the fortune teller. A conversation that resulted in putting all the blame on Amina for her marital problems, absolving the

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