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Feminist critic Laura Mulvey coined the term “male gaze” in 1975 to describe the ways in which women were objectified on camera when a man was behind the lens. In this episode, we tackle the “female gaze”—an opposing approach that offers a more authentic and nuanced understanding of femininity. We discuss the artists and photographers leading this movement, and the ways in which the proliferation of images through social media has allowed a new generation of women to become influential without the backing of the art world establishment. And we ask: Can women photographers escape the long shadow cast by Cindy Sherman?
This podcast is hosted by Artsy Associate Editor Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Features Producer Molly Gottschalk and Staff Writer Alexxa Gotthardt. It was produced by Editorial Associate Abigail Cain.
Intro music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free
Cover image: Lalla Essaydi, Harem Revisited #32, 2012–13. Courtesy of Laurence King.