the gendered act of reading

There is much to enjoy at Kristine Steenbergh’s blog Earmarks in Early Modern Culture, but today I especially noticed the gender of reading (lots of great images, too). It draws out in longhand what Jeanette Winterson sketches in breathtaking shorthand for Marylin, reading Ulysses in the sun. But I wonder how this other image of Marilyn reading (the same book?) works – are we still spying on a “moment of mind”? Or is it just the frisson of “brains + boobs” – Marilyn is so immersed that she is unaware of the camera, allowing the voyeur access to her cleavage?