BuzzFeed has released a video which reenacts famous scenes from movies like “Basic Instinct”, “Pretty Woman”, “Titanic” but with a twist – the gender roles are reversed. The effect is quite startling, if not quite what the makers seem to suggest – rather than being “uncomfortable” to watch, many of the scenes are simply humorous, farcical even. It’s a similar effect to the many Blurred Lines parody videos that emerged last year.
Humor is a great way to draw attention to the double standard at play, but the really damning truth is in the claim made at the end of the video (and perhaps not entirely borne out by the preceding content) – viewers are not comfortable with the idea of the sincere and fully felt female gaze.
Rather than a man in comical Sharon Stone drag, we would have liked to see a genuinely reversed scenario, in which female desire (with man as its object) was taken entirely seriously, and see how that made viewers react. But no disrespect to the video, which is certainly well-made and thought-provoking.
Watch the video here: