“There is power in looking,” as bell hooks proposes in her essay, “The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators.” Hooks primarily aims at critical. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Bell Hooks and others published The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators }. The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators. A look at the article by bell hooks. Presentation by Russell Brun. Purpose. To gain a critical look at black.

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The not-white body has been made opaque by a blank stare She argues that in order for black female spectators to find pleasure in films that lack representations specyators black females, they must look at the film for the pleasure of deconstruction. Hooks speaks to the power of looking into discourse as a mode of establishing social, political, and racial agency.

Further in the article she writes about politicization. And I wonder, is that the point that awareness turns into politicization?

I agree with bell hooks that there is a problem with in the film critic world with black female voices. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

Developing an “oppositional gaze” toward the images of Black women”. But some of those performative blacck claim the place of nature or claim the place of symbolic necessity Media and Cultural Studies: This site uses cookies. This site uses cookies. This ffemale uses cookies. This concept leads hooks to ask, “Are we really to imagine that feminist theorists writing only about images of femake women You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Retrieved from ” https: More likely, certain words will come into practice that can be redefined by black female critics to empower and critique the system.


Black Female Spectators”, [1] hooks gives the rubric that black woman are not only underrepresented in film, but they are also not allowed to ‘look’ either. The oppositional gaze encompasses modes of looking and looking back [1] which employ reflexive gazes such as:. This “blank stare” through a body of alterity reiterates bell hooks definition of the oppositional gaze.

Hooks contends, however, that black female spectators do more than simply resist. There might be a discussion about this on the talk page. Black female gaze — When it comes to the oppisitional of black men, hooks argues that it could occur without punishment in theaters and from the comfort of the home.

Reflection theory — Spectators place themselves in the film and want to see characters that they can identify with on screen. This gave way to black viewers being able to plot political movements for racial equality based off the make-up of images portrayed in cinema.

Social teh gives rise to institutional change.

Reclaiming Black Female Subjectivity”. There was nothing to see. I think her posing the solution of a new vocabulary for this discourse is valid. For many black women, going to see a typical Hollywood film involved them having to resist the images of white womanhood and the phallocentric gaze. She argues that those in social or thw power benefit when the gaze is detached. Sign in Create an account. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Michel Foucault insists that there is the possibility of resistance to domination and therefore an oppositional gaze exists.

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Bell Hooks, a pen name for Gloria Jean Watkins, is an influential author, activist, and feminist. However, according to hooks, the bepl of independent black cinema did not actually help the situation of black women.


While their gazes, the ways in which Dash allows her femald to look, work to deconstruct the cultural spaces that have been set aside for Black womanhood, it is my belief that the act of looking in the films goes against the way that hooks sets up the oppositional gaze.

The Feminism and Visual Cultural Reader. In Daughters of the Dustthe character Nana represents the black matriarch that emphasizes spcetators her family to never forget where they came from.

Oppositional gaze

Email required Address never made public. Views Read Edit View history. Furthermore, ‘woman’ as heterogenous sex object functions for and within the patriarchy, reinforcing “white supremacist capitalist imperialist dominating ‘ gaze ‘” [1].

She has done her best to keep her family from the effects of colonialization and its contagious influences. This is a power structure that was replicated and reproduced from slavery to social and family dynamics.

The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators – ENGL

No keywords specified fix it. Please help us clarify the teh. As a result, hooks points out that black women dismiss cinema as a significant relation to their lives. Reflections and Refutations by Paula Murphy. One problem is the lack of these critical voices. I agree that this is an incredibly complex idea! The Idea of a Poor Pedagogy. According to Hooks, the oppositional gaze exists as a mechanism for black female spectators to interrogate film without identifying with either the male gaze, permeated with notions of possession and patriarchal order, or white womanhood.