Shirtless Men but Naked Women

 

This is what you see of Channing Tatum… But you see Olivia Munn’s breasts in the same scene.

Dodai Stewart, author of “‘Magic Mike,’ Junk in the Face and the Female Gaze” remarks that there is much more full frontal female nudity than full frontal male nudity. Additionally, Jennifer Margret Smith comments on the portrayal of women in the film saying that “they are either sexually promiscuous and/or exploitatively filmed.”

Both are true in Magic Mike, a movie about male strippers, and yet, there is more full female nudity shown than full male nudity and the women portrayed in this movie are not depicted in the most flattering manner. How does the portrayal and the fact that women are more sexualized alter which gaze is being used? Does this mean that the gaze in this movie is actually a male gaze since the female characters are further sexualized than the male characters (and the male characters are portrayed as more “goofy”).

 

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