Entertainment To Exploitation: A Psycho-Analysis Of Sexual Objectification Of Women In Films/Cinema
Cinematic films are considered popular for image portrayal of different genders. The study is based on the objectification of female characters and their effects on the recent issues of sexual violence against women in India. The analysis and findings are based on the objectification theory, male gaze theory and Feminist theory. The study reveals that sexual objectification of women in the selected films is stereotypical and they are mostly portrayed as sex object or item for male gaze. The study concludes that the sexual objectification of women can evoke unhealthy social and physical instincts in viewers and provoke the chances of sexual violence.
Key words- Objectification, sexual object, erotic, psychoanalysis, male gaze, scopophilia.