Author: Laura Mulvey
Publication Date: 1989
You can't be a contemporary film lover without talking about the male gaze, and to do that you need Laura Mulvey. In her famous essay "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema," first published in 1975, she wrote about the camera as always asking viewers to identify with the male character, with maleness. Women become objects, and are always filtered through the male gaze. It's so prevalent, viewers don't even realize it's happening.
Once you read Mulvey, there's no going back. —RS