Cover up Jayne, or We’ll Look at You

Cover Up Jayne, or We’ll Look at You

(Beverly Hills, 1957)

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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?


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About Ryerson On Yonge

A course in the Faculty of Arts, we have been studying the history of the neighbourhood around Yonge and Dundas, and Ryerson campus, in order to consider the social context and cultural importance of the new Student Learning Centre, which will occupy 341 through 355 Yonge Street. This blog is not an official Ryerson publication, and is a student-composed analysis of campus and its neighbourhood.
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One Response to Cover up Jayne, or We’ll Look at You

  1. Pingback: Covering Up: Censoring Sexualised Bodies in the Yonge-Dundas Area. | Ryerson On Yonge

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