“Chick Flicks” as Feminist Texts: The Appropriation of the Male Gaze in Thelma & Louise

@article{Cooper2000ChickFA,
  title={“Chick Flicks” as Feminist Texts: The Appropriation of the Male Gaze in Thelma \& Louise},
  author={B. Cooper},
  journal={Women's Studies in Communication},
  year={2000},
  volume={23},
  pages={277 - 306}
}
  • B. Cooper
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies in Communication
Through an explication of the female gazes underlying the narrative structure of the 1991 film Thelma and Louise, this study suggests explanations for the movie's wide appeal among women spectators. The film's female gazes undercut and appropriate the dominant male gazes typical of mainstream Hollywood cinema by using mockery as a narrative device to illustrate the sexism inherent in the male gaze, and it is precisely this appropriation of patriarchal construction that offers pleasure to women… Expand

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