Sunday, December 31, 2023

The Female Gaze in Works of Fiction and in Real Life

The "female gaze" is a concept developed in response to the "male gaze" within feminist theory. It explores different ways of interpreting and representing women in art, media, and society, often in contrast to the traditional male-dominated perspective. Here are some key points to consider.




Definitions:

Shifting the gaze: Instead of positioning women as objects for male consumption, the female gaze centers on female subjectivity and perspectives. It looks at the world through the eyes of women, emphasizing their agency, desires, and lived experiences.

Deconstructing stereotypes: The female gaze challenges common tropes and stereotypes associated with women, such as hypersexualization, passivity, and dependence on male validation. It seeks to depict women in their full complexity and individuality.

Empathy and connection: The female gaze often prioritizes empathy and connection over objectification. It focuses on the inner lives and relationships of women, exploring their emotional depth, vulnerabilities, and strengths.

Examples:

Films directed by women: Movies like "Lost in Translation" by Sofia Coppola or "Wonder Woman" by Patty Jenkins showcase nuanced narratives and interpretations of female characters that deviate from the male gaze.

Art by female creators: Paintings by Frida Kahlo or photographs by Annie Leibovitz offer distinct perspectives on the female experience, often reclaiming and redefining notions of beauty and femininity.

Literature with female protagonists: Novels like "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood or "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe (which portrays the impact of colonization on women) offer diverse viewpoints on gender roles and societal constructs.


Challenges and complexities:

Essentialism: Some argue that focusing solely on a "female gaze" risks essentializing the experiences of women, overlooking the diversity of female identities and perspectives.

Accessibility and power dynamics: While the female gaze seeks to challenge male dominance, issues of access to resources and representation within mainstream media can still limit its reach and impact.

Evolving interpretations: The concept of the female gaze is continually evolving and contested, with ongoing discussions about its limitations and possibilities in various cultural contexts.






Further exploration:

Feminist film and literary scholars like Kaja Silverman, Mary Ann Doane, and Trinh T. Minh-ha have written extensively on the female gaze and its implications.

Contemporary artists and filmmakers actively engage with the concept, offering fresh perspectives and critiques through their work.

Discussions about intersectionality encourage considering how factors like race, class, and sexuality can further complicate and enrich the concept of the female gaze.




About the Author

Arabella Eloise Sveinsdóttir, a.k.a. Arabella Elric from Reykjavík is a visual artist, actress, writer, model, content creator, voice actress, and vlogger of Íslendingar-Mongolian heritage and Filipino nationality. She is an active volunteer for different organizations and humanitarian groups, and an advocate for mental health.

🩰 Visual & Performing Artist 🟡
Email: arabellaelricart@gmail.com | https://linktr.ee/arabellaelric

The Male Gaze in Works of Fiction and in Real Life

The "male gaze" is a complex and multifaceted concept within feminist theory, primarily concerned with how women are portrayed and viewed in media and other visual arts. It can be unpacked in several ways.





Definition:

Objectification: The male gaze positions women as primary objects of visual pleasure for the heterosexual male viewer. Their bodies, appearance, and sexuality are emphasized, often at the expense of their personality, agency, and inner lives.

Perspective: The viewpoint adopted aligns with that of a heterosexual male, shaping the narrative and framing of both male and female characters. Women are often seen through the eyes of male characters, and their actions and appearances are evaluated based on how they appeal to or serve the male perspective.

Power dynamics: The male gaze reflects and reinforces existing power dynamics in patriarchal societies. By framing women as passive objects, it minimizes their agency and reinforces the dominance of the male subject.


Examples:

Cinema: Camera angles and framing highlighting women's bodies, hypersexualized costumes, and narratives focused on female characters primarily as romantic or sexual conquests for male protagonists.

Advertising: Using women's bodies to sell products, regardless of their relevance to the advertised item, portraying women as dependent on male approval or validation.

Art: Historical depictions of women as idealized beauties or helpless damsels in distress, often emphasizing their physical attributes over their individuality or complexity.


Criticisms and counterpoints:

Oversimplification: Some argue that the male gaze is a simplistic framework that doesn't account for the diversity of perspectives and experiences within both men and women.

Focus on negativity: Critics point out that the male gaze often overlooks instances where women are portrayed in empowered or complex ways, even within seemingly male-dominated media.

Evolution and alternatives: Discussions about the male gaze acknowledge its continued presence but also recognize the emergence of counter-narratives and more diverse representations of women in media and art.





Further exploration:

Laura Mulvey's essay "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" is considered the foundational text on the male gaze.

Contemporary feminist film and literary scholars offer critiques and nuanced analyses of the male gaze and its ongoing impact.

Discussions about the "female gaze" explore alternative perspectives and representations of women that challenge the assumptions of the male gaze.




About the Author

Arabella Eloise Sveinsdóttir, a.k.a. Arabella Elric from Reykjavík is a visual artist, actress, writer, model, content creator, voice actress, and vlogger of Íslendingar-Mongolian heritage and Filipino nationality. She is an active volunteer for different organizations and humanitarian groups, and an advocate for mental health.

🩰 Visual & Performing Artist 🟡
Email: arabellaelricart@gmail.com | https://linktr.ee/arabellaelric

Saturday, December 30, 2023

SIMS 4 CC PEARL ABYSS SHIRTS PACKAGE DOWNLOAD

I promised to upload another pack so here it is! Crafted SIMS 4 CC PEARL ABYSS SHIRTS PACKAGE DOWNLOAD is here for everyone to enjoy. Available for males and females. All you need is the base game.





Watch the video here:

A total of 11 shirt designs to choose from each package!





I had so much fun creating this as you all know I am a fan of Pearl Abyss games and all. Feel free to download and message me if you have any suggestions and comments on my future Sims 4 CC creations!














🟡 What's inside this pack?

Crimson Desert
Black Desert Online
Pearl Abyss
DokeV
Plan 8
Papu GG
Lando
Arena of Arsha















🟡 Download the Pearl Abyss Male Shirt package here:

🟡 Download the Pearl Abyss Female Shirt package here:





About the Author

Arabella Eloise Sveinsdóttir, a.k.a. Arabella Elric from Reykjavík is a visual artist, actress, writer, model, content creator, voice actress, and vlogger of Íslendingar-Mongolian heritage and Filipino nationality. She is an active volunteer for different organizations and humanitarian groups, and an advocate for mental health.

🩰 Visual & Performing Artist 🟡
Email: arabellaelricart@gmail.com | https://linktr.ee/arabellaelric

Friday, December 29, 2023

SIMS 4 CC Download Philippine Universities and Colleges Shirts

Sulsul! Hello Simmers! So today I created 2 packages with 29 variations each. Each set is packed with a basic shirt in a variety of colors with logos of colleges and universities in the Philippines. Presenting the SIMS 4 CC Philippine Universities and Colleges Shirts!


Watch the video here:

As much as I wanna include all it is too much to handle for now (got tons of obligations and errands since I moved to another country). I will probably update it in the future to add more schools if there is a demand.

This pack just needs the basic game and you are all set. The shirts can be a little wrinkly at times on females because of the boobs physics so feel free to adjust the body type if you wanna get a clearer view of the design, male fit is all fine since they are flat.

Here are the 29, colleges and universities included on this pack (Note: There are 2 packages available, for males and females)


Ateneo de Manila University




De La Salle University




University of the Philippines




University of Santo Tomas




Polytechnic University of the Philippines




St. Paul University




Miriam College




St Scholastica's College




University of Cebu




Asian Institute of Management






University of San Carlos




AMA Computer University




Lyceum of the Philippines University




Technological Institute of the Philippines




Technological University of the Philippines




Far Eastern University




Adamson University




National Teachers College




Philippine Normal University




Brent International School 




Tarlac State University




Central Luzon State University 




STI College




Mapúa University




Batangas State University




University of Mindanao




San Beda University




Silliman University 




Centro Escolar University




🟡 Download the shirt pack for males:


🟡 Download the shirt pack for females:

Feel free to message me to request a shirt design you wanna see next! And no, I will not transfer these designs to another mesh. Have fun and enjoy the package!




About the Author

Arabella Eloise Sveinsdóttir, a.k.a. Arabella Elric from Reykjavík is a visual artist, actress, writer, model, content creator, voice actress, and vlogger of Íslendingar-Mongolian heritage and Filipino nationality. She is an active volunteer for different organizations and humanitarian groups, and an advocate for mental health.

🩰 Visual & Performing Artist 🟡
Email: arabellaelricart@gmail.com | https://linktr.ee/arabellaelric

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