Cover Up Jayne, or We’ll Look at You
(Beverly Hills, 1957)
One way to perform feminine sexuality is how Jayne Mansfield does it, another way would be Sofia Loren’s… The question is who gets to look at whom, and what messages this look conveys.
People probably used to pay to see Jayne Mansfield on the screen here on Yonge Street. But would their gaze have a different meaning if she was “on the street” rather than “on the screen”? Does the fact that we know whatever happens on the screen is unreal help us come to peace with her uncovered sexuality?