Truly, looking at yourself separates you from yourself...a passage of the soul....
In The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, Roberto Calasso discusses Kore. The young woman, sees herself reflected in the eyes of her observer...
"the meaning is twofold: she discovers reflection, duplication, the moment in which consciousness observes itself and paradoxically, that duplicated gaze is also the ultimate of fisions, it can't be divided anymore....it was in the drama of reflection that detaches itself from the body, from every object, from the earth even--to then be reunited with it's origin."
Some resources, others involved in this investigation:
Linda Nochlin Representing Women
Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards Feminista
Anne Ream Article ...Barb....you're paying attention
Susan Suleiman The Female Body in Western Culture
Linda Nead The Female Nude