The Male Gaze
Laura Mulvey is a film theorist who came up with the idea of 'the male gaze' this is the theory that suggests film audiences have to 'view' characters from the perspective of a heterosexual male. The camera lingers on the curves of the female body and events that occur to women are presented largely in context to a man's reaction of these events. Laura and other feminists believed that this relegates females to being seen as 'objects' or 'props' in films, and could affect how the next generation think of women.
Some women enjoy being looked at E.g. Beauty pageants. The Gaze can also be directed toward members of the same genders for several reasons, not all of which are sexual, such as in comparison of body image or clothing.