Magic Mike: The New Sexier Feminism

If you haven’t heard about Channing Tatum’s new movie Magic Mike then you’re missing out on one of the GREATEST LEAPS FORWARD in feminism . . . sort of.

We’re talking some serious T&A here: Tatum & Abs. No really, the latest trailer is full of boy butts, 16-pack abs, and some gratuitous thrusting. You know like how women are portrayed in all those movies with explosions, bad dialogue, and possibly Shia LaBeouf?

Finally, us girls (and some boys) have our sexually charged, poorly written, soft-core porn summer blockbuster. Melodrama! Immaculately perfect male bodies! A really dumb plot about taming the elusive bad boy into the perfect boyfriend! No, I’m not being sarcastic. This.Is.Awesome.

Basically every guy who is attractive in Hollywood (Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer) is in this movie–wearing a thong (and possibly a cowboy hat). Is that sexy? I don’t know, but at the very least it is effing hilarious. I’ve been waiting 22 years (my whole life) to find a film that’s sole purpose is to objectify men. It’s like the guy version of Strip Tease.

Is this what we mean by feminism? Just treating men as crappy as we do women? Of course not. (After all, it’s a bit condescending to assume men just want to see boobies and car crashes.) It’s about time our culture realize girls are sexual too. This may not be the best way, but hey it’s a start! Will I still see this movie (eight times)? Yes. As much as I want to hate being marketed to with handcuffs and Matthew McConaughey’s weird Southern accent–I can’t fight my subconscious bodily urges to see this really, really bad movie. Oh, it’s going to be SO GOOD though.

The new trailer is a little too dirty for us to show you. But you can check it out here.

Here’s the slightly less bootyliscious trailer.

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  • WomenWellLoved

    Definitely agree with your, “sort of” synopsis.

    American men have a lot of growing up to do, but obviously so do women, if we’re going to be using the same type of visual sexual materials that have plagued our relationships for so long.

    Just because women are getting their turn to be the voyeurs in the situation, doesn’t mean that will get them any closer to happier, more loving relationships with themselves or others.

    I wrote a whole article in response here:

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