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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

How Do Women Look?

Instructor(s): Katie Hauser, Art History

Description: Do blondes have more fun? Are lesbians really “invisible”? How DO women look? Women have long been subject to an excruciatingly exacting visual evaluation from both men AND women. In this class we will examine the representation of women in a variety of media (visual art, television, films) spanning the 1970s to today, considering how these images, through emphasizing weight, race, and sexuality, objectify women, encouraging the view to visually “consume” and appraise them. However, women also actively look—at themselves, at each other, and at men. We will consider whether a woman’s gaze can ever be as active as a man’s, and if there might be alternatives to the controlling, patriarchal gaze.

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