This is, in maybe the most literal form in which you'll ever see it, the male gaze. She exists relative to Leonard and Sheldon's arrival home (just standing there reading a magazine in profile with the door open!), relative to their door, relative to their apartment. It's a comedy, but it's still true. This is it; this is the thing. This is the thing people talk about where she's not really herself, she's just the lady standing in the doorway.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
The Big Bang Theory & The Male Gaze
NPR has an awesome article about how the character of Penny has changed since the pilot of The Big Bang Theory and for the better: