Do Women In TV Exist Just For Men?

Vanity Fair’s Women in Television article is… well… click the link to see for yourself (it’s safe for work). This exemplifies what anime fans among others call “fanservice” or scenes that are designed to titillate male viewers. While I have no problem recognizing the beauty of a group of attractively dressed and posed women, the message seems to be that women should be beautiful for men’s gazing pleasure, rather than because they want to be beautiful on their own terms. Aren’t we past that yet?

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Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.