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Indian Ad Turns the Male Gaze Upon Itself And Its Awesome
Prominent Asian film school Whistling Woods International released a YouTube videoon Monday, exactly one year after the horrific rape case in Delhi that became international news and drew global attention to violence against women in India, that turns the tables on men who ogle women in public. The film shows four scenarios where women are subjected to the ever-pervasive male gaze while going about their daily lives, whether talking with friends or just riding the bus. But then a reflective surface, be it sunglasses or a necklace, turns these gazes back on the men themselves.
The video is great, both in its very realistic – and uncomfortable – portrayal of men staring at young women, and also in the message it is trying to send, namely “You look ridiculous and creepy, and we can see you.” All too often, not just in India but all over the world, it seems that men looking at women in public places somehow think they are watching a display, as though women exist on a television screen. When, of course, in reality, women can see the people staring at them just fine, and those stares can make us feel not only uncomfortable and objectified, but downright unsafe. And yet the underlying idea that women going about their lives are putting on some sort of detached performance persists.
According to the video description on YouTube, Whistling Wood International wanted to make an ad empowering women as part of the celebration of 100 Years of Indian Cinema. Hopefully it has a big impact, and not just in India. It’s the sort of message that needs to be heard everywhere.
That bookshelf is epic, but how do you reach the top shelf? Jumping on the couch?
And now I’m too sad to go to sleep. The ending was kinda happy, but the last ten minutes or so still made me cry. :’(
But seriously, it is a great movie and the mother, Hana, is pretty badass. Watch it. Just if you find yourself crying at weird things in movies (like when King Kong dies even though you know it happens) know that it will probably happen.
Zoë Bell is a New Zealand stuntwoman and actress. Some of her most notable stunt work includes doubling for Lucy Lawless on Xena: Warrior Princess and for Uma Thurman in Kill Bill.
As an actress, she has appeared both on television and in feature films and also starred in the web series Angel of Death. Other works include : Oblivion, Death Proof, Kill Bill, Gamer, Inglorious Bastards, Whip It! and Django Unchained.
Zoe Bell is high on my list of People I Want To Be As Badass As.
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My happy song.
This is how frustrated about this I am. I will be listening to this for a while.
Alright Facebook. This is the second (SECOND) sibling that I had to find out a major relationship status change with a significant other THROUGH YOU! I am sick and tired of finding out weeks later than sibling A got a new counterpart and sibling B broke up with significant other of, like, three years. Yes, I am the ENTIRE WAY across the country in what probably seems like No-Man’s Land to them, but that doesn’t mean write me out completely. I’m still curious about what is going on in their lives. So why won’t they tell me?
This is so frustrating!!
Oh, Mr. Bingley!