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Lecture

Lecture 5


Department
Women and Gender Studies
Course Code
WGS205H5
Professor
Pouneh Saeedi

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Quiz
Essay type questions
Deep understanding
Authors comments
6 questions - answer only 5
No in class video questions - ex. Malibu stacy
Trailer
Vertigo - dizziness
Hitchcock - objectifies woman in his movies
Woman being followed
Usually in his movies you look for hitchcock himself - cameo scene: look out for the director himself
Male is asking her to dress up like the first woman who he wants to see
Male character - position of authority - this case: detective
What happens in infancy is that the child is initially very close to the mother
Father: authority, separation of the child from the mother, introduction of language
Phase of law, phase of border, embodied in the figure of the father
With the introduction of language you have the symbolic phase
Very important for the mankind's development
Man associated with law - represents the symbolic - distance from the female and the infant
Law the symbolic - based on lacan's theory
Lecture slides
a.
Woman doesn’t have male sex organ
b.
She lacks it: she raises the child because she feels she lacks it so she needs to make up for it
c.
Although, it is associated with a male organ: phallus has a denotation: male organ,, connotation:
completion
1)
Mulvey: that is the basis of the scopophilia: extreme fondness - looking at something
Male senses a lack in the female body
Reassertion of his masculinity of the phallus
i.
Female represents a lack when the male observes the female they sense that there is
something missing
d.
Goes back to Freud - Austrian psychiatrist - castration, sexuality
1.
Phallocentrismbelief in the superiority in the male sex
2.
Connotation for phallus: bodily unity, wholeness etc.
i.
Love for yourself and body, transferred on to love for others
a.
Auto-erotic: sense that your in love with yourself
b.
Perversion: sexually abnormal thinking
3.
Scopophilia - pleasure in looking at something
a.
Peeping tom: more sexual, usually a male activity
b.
Movie theatre: movie in focus, all dark , connection with the theme
4.
Voyeuristiclooking into sexual activities
i.
Look at themselves in mirror
ii.
Sense of what they're looking at is themselves
iii.
Ego: self
a.
Mirror stage: young child's identification of themselves
5.
Narcissismselfishness extreme
a.
They like what they see in the mirror, but they are not able enough
b.
What happens is that when an infant looks at himself or herself in the mirror: what an lovely
6.
Run around everything, but they still don't have full control of their capacity of movement
Lecture 5
July 19, 2011
3:11 PM
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