In the 19th century, new social practices, such as the promenading up and down the streets, mainly by men, reflected a new economic reality. Streets proved to be the right passages as architectural commodities for a capitalist economy rooted in visualism. The body became an artefact of display, which demanded the gaze of the onlooker.
In the past few years, Malta championed the cause of gender and sexual minorities. However, when it comes to their de facto representation in the media, the progress has been much slower.