The Male Gaze: Objectification in the Narrative World
“We have become so good at seeing our environment—our planet and the people upon it—as a rolling scroll of film.”
gazeI want you to know that wasn’t just a story. I want you to know that I hate women.Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go walk the dog. Do you even know what that means?
You may think your last name is Valente but this is my wedding so tonight you’re just Mrs. Finnell to me.
delete those words,
I guess this class was okay, even if we didn’t cover iambic pentameter. I’ll just bring my own knowledge to my final portfolio from Mr. ____’s class, and also what I know about conflict in stories since we didn’t cover that in such a rudimentary class.You would do well to take an intermediate workshop where we will cover craft topics in greater depth.
please don’t kill me in the many ways you can.
Anne Valente is the author of Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2016) and By Light We Knew Our Names (Dzanc Books, 2014). Her second novel, Utah, is forthcoming in 2019. Her fiction appears in One Story, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review and The Chicago Tribune, and her essays appear in The Believer and The Washington Post.
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