Outlander and the Female Gaze: Why Women Are Watching

September 22, 2014 6:03 PM

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Outlander and the Female Gaze: Why Women Are Watching

By now you've doubtless heard of Outlander, Starz's new entrant in the race for premium channel subscribers. The surprise hit, based on the epic fantasy romance novels by author Diana Gabaldon, isn't the first series to court a mostly straight female audience; True Blood, adapted from Charlain Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries, banked on the appeal of love triangles and quadrangles to rope in viewers who were still hungry for the romance of Twilight, with undeniable success. But unlike True Blood, which tantalized with ever more outlandish sex scenes and airbrushed-to-perfection hardbodies, Outlander presents a fantasy that doesn't seek to appease the pornography-influenced tastes of a straight male audience.

To put it in simpler terms, Outlander is a drama crafted for the straight female gaze.

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