The male gaze is a special power possessed by men. When a man looks at a woman manrays emanate from his eyes causing the woman to lose all agency. Feminists have become aware of this male super power and now wear tinfoil hats for protection.
The following Oxford Reference Dictionary definition represents the usual view of the male gaze, or at least the one widely promoted by feminist analysis of the phenomenon:
Male Gaze 1. A manner of treating women’s bodies as objects to be surveyed, which is associated by feminists with hegemonic masculinity, both in everyday social interaction and in relation to their representation in visual media: [see also objectification].
The related phrase 'gaze harvesting' refers to the behaviour of most women in their varied strategies and attempts to attract male attentions.
- Laura Mulvey is credited with coining the phrase ‘The Male Gaze’ in her article Visual pleasure and narrative cinema (1975)
- 'Male Gaze' - entry in Oxford Reference, (2017)
- Peter Wright, Harvesting The Male Gaze at A Voice for Men, (2017)