The Sexiness of Magic Mike

The stripping scenes in ‘Magic Mike’ were written and choreographed for an overwhelmingly straight female audience, and were intended to be sexually appealing to straight women.  However, in the article “‘Magic Mike,’ Junk in the Face and the Female Gaze,” the author notes that some of the moves were not seen as particularly sexy by certain members of the audience.  One woman said, “The dancers in this movie say over and over again that they are providing women with what woman want. So, the message is that women want ball sacs shoved in their faces? That is hard for me to accept.”  Other authors theorize that this is due to a combination of the subjective nature of female desire, the dearth of male objectification in media, and that there’s “nothing sexy about the floppy, flaccid male penis.”  Do you think the above woman’s disconnect was because of these things, or was it also a result of a male perspective on what women find sexy that influenced the choreography?

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One thought on “The Sexiness of Magic Mike

  1. This is a very interesting question! I thought about this a lot while reading the article, and ended up looking up who the choreographers actually were. I learned that the lead choreographer was, in fact, a woman, Alison Faulk of the Beat Freaks. In one interview with her, she said “It’s not just about the dance moves; it’s about them looking sexy, feeling confident and creating a fantasy”, and followed up by saying that “I think women know it’s supposed to be fun and a little cheesy”. What I got from this was that perhaps the overall perception of what women want (a sexy, confident man dancing for them) was taken and GREATLY exaggerated (to the point that you discussed above- JUNK in the face). It may very well have been a comment on the way women’s desires are perceived, or just meant to be slightly funny and uncomfortable. I don’t know if this even answers your question in the slightest, but it made me think a bit more about the thought process that went into making this film.

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