There is an awesome article I read recently called “Fifty Shades of Magic Mike,” (hence the quotation marks around the title). The premise of the article is that women are into the book series Fifty Shades of Gray—was I the only one who didn’t know it was being called “Mommy porn”? Ew.—and going to see the movie Magic Mike, which is
at its core a movie about male strippers. The author asks how we, as women would feel if it were our men doing these things.
The first thing that came to mind was that of course most men do engage in these type of activities. One word: porn. I remember being shocked at how common this practice was among men. In fact, my husband J talks about it openly with male friends. I guess it just goes to show how cavalier our world has become about the female body.
And I think that that was the author’s point, that we criticize men about these things, but yet when we do it—reading erotica or watching a movie about strippers—we do it in the name of entertainment and we don’t see the harm in it. I have to admit that before reading this article I was confused about why a good bit of my female friends were blowing up my Facebook feed with protests over this movie.
I had intended to see it, and now I’m not sure. I think I will make my decision after talking to my husband about his feelings on the matter. What is your opinion? Are you going to see the movie? Why or why not?
For those of you that are interested, here is a link to the original article I read: