Room 104.06 Constructions of Femininity and New Media

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The idea of femininity, determined by nineteenth-century bourgeois morality, still predominated in the first half of the twentieth century, a period in which the visual pleasure of the male gaze would dominate the construction of such femininity, present across art history through myriad gender stereotypes and, most notably, nudes. The feminist and sexual revolution movements that emerged in 1960s America and Europe would impel artists and historians to undertake a process of analysis, not only of the works of art made by men, but any form of visual construction from popular culture or embedded in the collective imagination, in order to single out such types of conventionalism and subvert them.