The Gaze is a very interesting topic to me, one that I actually find applicable in my life.
A quote that I have often heard is, "You are who you are when nobody's watching." This idea is interesting because it implies that the gaze of others changes how you act and the way you are. I know that I've experienced this before. If I know that someone I want to impress is watching me, I act differently because I want to seem more impressive than I really am.
Existentialism views the gaze as a reminder that, although we see ourselves subjectively, others objectify us. Usually when I notice people are looking at me, I don't think about subjectivity and objectivity. However, I do when it comes to guys looking at me. I don't really think about it when guys I know/am friends with look at me/talk to me, but when random guys on the street stare at girls, it feels very much like complete objectification. (Mostly because, let's just say, they aren't looking at our faces.) Has anyone else experienced this? (Guys included!)