The Oppositional Gaze

The Oppositional Gaze #

Cheryl and Tamara work behind the counter of the video store in this still from The Watermelon Woman.

In our reading for this week, So Mayer asserts, “What queer feminists do onscreen—and to the screen—is theory.”

In what ways does The Watermelon Woman “do theory”? In particular, how does Cheryl Dunye use the film to theorize what bell hooks calls “the oppositional gaze”?

Zine contribution by Avrie #

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