The Virgin Suicides

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The Virgin Suicides

If you are a woman who is reading this blog, and you’ve ever experienced a moment to where you felt subjected to the sculpting of the male gaze, raise your hand? (Raises hand). Yup! Even I have felt this way, and I’m not ashamed of admitting it, because it is a conversation that needs to be had more often. The 1999 film, The Virgin Suicides, shows how a woman’s life is consistently viewed through the lens of a males perspective.


In this film, the story revolves around a group of mysterious and intriguing sisters but is told from the perspective of a 40-year-old male. Jenny Garber explains that women are ‘partially visable’ within storylines by explaining that “the exclusive attention paid to male expressions and male styles nonetheless reinforced and amplified the image of the subculture as a male formation” (Garber 1975). To better explain, this means that a woman is only seen through the ideas that males have of the identity of a woman. Storylines rarely show women in the point of view that women view women. They are often sexualized and viewed as mystical beings who are emotionally-sporadic.

One of the ways this film, The Virgin Suicides, shows this is by having the male narrator and his friends create a whole life for these girls based off of how they look. They display their future lifestyles by using images from magazine cut-outs and scrapbooking the pictures into an entire storyline. You see this in the video below:

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