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Magic Mike and a double standard with women and men

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This might seem like nitpicking, or just jealous whining and complaining…  but let me assure you it is neither.  I just noticed something this week through Facebook, a place where my diverse friends help me keep my fingers on the pulse of the world.  It’s something of a double standard.  It involves this new movie called Magic Mike.

Magic Mike hits the theaters in about 48 hours.  A film directed by Steven Soderbergh starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Joe Manganiello, and Matt Bomer in leading roles as scantily clad male strippers. It’s been the talk of Facebook over this past week.  This buzz has been overwhelmingly positive and overwhelmingly female in origin.  Can you see where I;m going here?  No?  Let me elaborate a bit.

None of the talk has been based on the plot of the movie.  Everything has been about the perfect bodies of these five men.  This is a standard perpetuated by the media as perfection in men.  What a good looking man should look like.  Isn’t that something women have been lobbying against for their gender for, like, ever?

Most guys won’t come right out and say it, but we understand that looks attract women a lot more than they let on.  If that wasn’t the case, the well-defined douche nozzle with the long list of conquests in bed would a) have a much shorter list and b) not be the object of disdain from most of those conquests who have their next jerk lined up, unable to learn their lesson.  This isn’t an argument of good looking vs homely.  I’m simply arguing that many women who get angry over the objectification of women and unrealistic beauty standards do a lot of googly-eyeing of the latest Joe Sixpack McAbs.  Or Channing Tatum.

Me?  I know I’m insanely good looking, and with a great personality to boot.  I’ve got a gorgeous wife and two good looking sons.  That being said, she wouldn’t have as much patience with my butthole moments if I didn’t look like a cross between Dwayne Johnson and Matthew McConaughey:

Ladies, avert your eyes from my stunning body.

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6 Responses to "Magic Mike and a double standard with women and men"

  1. Gina says:

    Oh boo! Men finally feel objectified. Poor underprivedged, exploited American men. When there are as many movies made that do less to women I will feel bad.

    Coyote Ugly
    Mad Men
    Girls Gone Wild…

    1. admin says:

      Gina, so when we do something bad to one segment of society for just as long as it happened to the other, it’s ok? I’ve been called paternal, but I really don’t see anything untruthful or damaging about my post. I’ve commented on this blog about the objectification of women and the negative influence it has had on our society, too. I am just pointing out that many women that cry foul about men doing this, are doing it to men. Double standards.

      It’s okay, though. We can totally beat up that group of white people over there, since historically their people have done the majority of the beatings.

  2. Me again...Gina says:

    It sounds as if you’re generalizing comments women have made. I wonder if these women are just commenting about the attractiveness of the men in the film. Are these same women feminists? If so, then yes, it’s a double standard. If not, it just seems as though you needed something to complain about. Next time a movie is made about women being exploited, I will look to your blog for the defense of the objectified. And, as always, you have the last word! Love ya Josh. Just disagree with you.

    1. admin says:

      I disagree with most feminists I have met just on principal. They don’t have my interests in mind. I worry sometimes that one of my best friends of all time looks at me like an idiot, but hey, I love you, too! LOL Remind me that next time you get the last word!

  3. Me again...Gina says:

    I don’t look at you like your an idiot, you just see things from a a very man-like perspective, like many other men do. I think many people have an incorrect view of what a feminism is really about. It’s not about bra burning, it’s about finding conclusive evidence that supports women in all fields of study, with equality and equity in mind. You are married to a woman, so they do have your interest in mind. Maybe this is a good time for me to have the last word, huh? I love you too!


  4. Marc says:

    I’ll be seeing the movie soon with a female friend. But the thing that bothers me is the sexist double standards that it’s creepy for men to watch porn or female strippers while it’s ok and “fun” for women to watch men strip, and especially the false but common idea that this is something “new.” Nonsense. Objectification of men has gone on for a long time, even before shirtless Charlton Heston.

    The Cinderella story told both sexes they had to be beautiful to be loved, and it gave males the added burden of performance and status. I can’t ever remember a movie in which the men in the audience were screaming at women, but I can think of lots of movies in reverse (New Moon, Troy, White Squall, Brave Heart, etc.), not to mention little girls screaming over Mark Wahlberg removing his clothes,etc. Even if it’s more common for men to go to strip clubs and watch porn, it is also seen as more seedy and they are looked on as creepy, while for women this is not the case. For any woman to watch this while opposing her man going with other men to watch women strip it utter sexism.

    It is also sexism to assume the effects of body objectification are not significant for males. Young men are taking steroids and suffering from male body dysmorphic disorder and bigorexia nervosa, and young straight men have about as much eating disorders as women and gay men.

    And there is no difference between young men and women in self esteem problems.

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