Some good points here…

…from the male perspective:

I do know that my wife would be hurt, furious, and not just a little angry if the tables were turned and it was me standing in line at a midnight showing of a movie about women stripping being nude on the big screen because it was “well written and had a good story” (which, by the way, is a really nice way of justifying something that we just can’t own up to watching for the real reason we want to watch it – Magic Mike previews do nothing to show a “story”).

and the female perspective:

…imagine your husband (or father/brother/church leader) going around bragging about how much he loved reading last month’s Playboy magazine, or rallying all of his guy friends to go see “Magic Meghan” for the third time. If our husbands were drooling over a movie about female strippers, we would be livid. It wouldn’t be tolerated. Church leaders would be publicly denouncing men’s sudden acceptance of pornography and erotic films. (Why aren’t church leaders publicly denouncing 50 Shades or Magic Mike, by the way?)

I am sure both of those bloggers might have something to say about my love for bands like Metallica & Iron Maiden and what that says about my relationship with Jesus Christ, but I still think they make good points here. (And really, I would argue that heavy metal is the devil’s music only to people who don’t have any critical thinking skills.)

Why would a double standard be any more tolerable just because it favors the female as opposed to favoring the male as it traditionally does? Is “mommy porn” honestly any better than “daddy porn” just because the former does not have pictures? Why aren’t the people championing works like this being shouted down as the hypocrites that they are?

(Of course, you might say that Magic Mike took the whole photographic aspect out of the argument entirely, being, as it is, a movie.)

Sabra and I might both make fun of 50 Shades of Grey as something people shouldn’t publicly brag about having read because of its general quality (or lack thereof), but of course there is this aspect of it as well. Sure, you might say that these people look at it from a religious perspective, but it’s just as valid from a secular perspective; after all, does anyone think only theists have their marriages destroyed by pornography? Beyond that, I am certain that theists, atheists and anti-theists alike can all agree that the objectification of men is just as wrong as the objectification of women.

This whole thing leaves me somewhat conflicted. I have friends who have boasted of going to see Magic Mike and of reading 50 Shades of Grey. Maybe they do think of it as good, harmless fun. Maybe it is. But I would love to ask them, point-blank, what they would think if their husbands talked so publicly and so nonchalantly about going to see Showgirls or reading Hustler.

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One Response to “Some good points here…”

  1. Sabra Morse Onstott Says:

    If there were good points in there, I couldn’t find them through the sanctimoniousness. (And not only using “mediums” instead of media, but doing so in a way that proved the author has no idea what the word means.)

    Anyway, I sincerely doubt that there is as much overlap as he seems to think there is. Honestly, the women I know who have plans to see Magic Mike are not the same ones who object to titty bars. I mean, you don’t see ME going out and buying tickets, do you?

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