Magic Mike: Our Readers Strip It Down

Have you seen Magic Mike? We’re weighing in on the good, the bad, and the ugly bits.

15 years after the Full Monty gave women something to whoop and holler over, is the latest movie, Magic Mike, headlined by Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum of 21 Jump Street (2012) fame. This movie, simply put, is a look into the lives of male strippers (or do we call them “dancers” to pretty it up?). Ever since its opening day, women have been flocking to theaters in droves with their girlfriends to take in the spectacle of well-chiseled abs and round backsides.

Me? I went opposite. I brought my husband. Bad move.

I thought my 17-year marriage could withstand this movie. After all—I’d sat through Demi Moore’s “Strip Tease” years ago and all it did was make me admire Ms. Moore’s body more and (temporarily) hit the gym harder–all to my hubby’s benefit. I wasn’t threatened, angry, or thought my man secretly wished I had Demi’s implants or could rock a dancer’s pole (well, maybe that last bit).

But somehow, as we watched Magic Mike, I saw my husband put his finger on his temple and eyes thin to slits (a sign of annoyance). Uh-oh.  What was the problem? Soon there were questions as I was trying not to miss a bit of the popcorn I was shoveling in my mouth and the entertainment on screen. Did I want him to don some leather chaps and prance around our bedroom? Admittedly, my shit-eating grin and muttering “godDAMN” when McConaughey finally revealed his “assets” probably didn’t help matters any as I tried to wave his questions away. But, the male-insecurity bomb had gone off. There was no going back.

The result? A post-movie tiff with loads of eye-rolling and yelling. I won’t say who did what.

So, I brought this subject to the women and those who’d seen the movie and/or been to a male strip club before.

I asked them–was this movie a good representation on what to expect at a strip club? Is this the beginning of a needed trend? (Gawd, I hope so!)

And…who’s the best person to bring to either of these places? Obviously I should have asked that question before date night.

Here’s what they had to say:

Brenda, 48 I saw Magic Mike and loved it. But, who I went with made the difference–eight other women, none younger than 65 years old. They were a riot and the whole theater was full of women who were yee-hawing and giggling. I could have done without parts of the movie, but it was great for eye-candy, which is the only reason I went. My daughters want to see it and I’ll probably see it with them–I figure there’s nothing wrong with looking at some nice bodies. I look and ogle more than my husband, who doesn’t at all. But he doesn’t mind. As long as I’m not rude about it!

Julie, 25 I love Channing Tatum! He was great in Step Up and Coach Carter. He is the only reason why I wanted to see this movie as it’s loosely based on his life, I believe. And honestly, I just like his swag. I went to see the movie with six girls, who are around my age. But, there were older women there and they were popping champagne bottles!  At one point, I felt like I was cheating on my fiance, because I felt like I was in a strip club! I was really shocked by the penis scene, and wanted to leave when I saw that.

JP, 46 I’ve been to see male strippers back in the 80’s. Some of them had gorgeous bodies, but it was a little gross. One guy slipped me some tongue. Then I wondered how many other women got the tongue that night, too.

Krista, 44 My mother-in-law took me to a male strip club right after I gave birth to my daughter. Suffice it to say, I got dragged off the stage!

Kathy, 42 I was dragged to one years ago by some sisters-in-law. We had a BLAST! I was so surprised. I’m not prudish at all, but I didn’t think it would be that much fun. We went back one more time and then life just got in the way. I don’t look to go to them, but I wouldn’t say no if someone invited me either.

Angie, 37 I have zero interest in male strippers. But, Magic Mike was a riot. Channing was clearly the only one who was ever choreographed and if you watched the other dancers it added to the giggle factor. The storyline was weak, but I wasn’t there for the story. There was a lot of laughter and whooping and hollering from both males and females. It was fun, like audience participation theater. But I didn’t go in with high hopes of anything other than oily eye candy.

E, 46 I’ve been to all kinds of strip clubs, though I prefer women dancers. The male dancers are very “in your face” with their ugly ‘ole dangly parts. One time we were there to celebrate my sister-in-law’s divorce and she got a stage dance. It was overwhelming with five guys dancing and shaking around her chair. One guy was behind her with his hands on her shoulders to “keep her in place” and the fifth guy was above her on two bars doing dips and pushups so his penis was literally six inches from her face. She was hysterical by the time they let her off the stage.

Stephanie, 43 I went to Chippendales for a bachelorette party. I’d never gone to a male stripclub, before and the bride-to-be was given strict orders by her fiancé not to be touched. Plus, the bride-to-be said she didn’t want strange men touching her, either! Before the show started, the manager confirmed with big parties that you’re OK to go on stage, etc. I found the men there to be very mean. You can’t touch them, but they sure touch you! And by touching, I mean manhandle!

Janet, 68 I had a male stripper as a gift for my 50th birthday. He was cute and funny and my mom cracked up during the whole show.

Linda, 49 I’ve been to strip clubs and seen strippers at parties. I look at it as entertainment than an actual desire to have that person. I like the Jack and Jill places that are geared towards couples too. Stripping is more audience participation than anything. That is also how I’m looking at Magic Mike when the time comes to go see it. It is more about who you are with and yes, I admit it, the drool factor. As far as I am concerned though, it is window shopping for me and my ‘mate’. I don’t care if my significant other goes to a stripper — if I am threatened by that, I have more issues that I need to deal with than he does.

Tracie, 33 I have zero interest in seeing this movie. Male strippers are assholes and I can’t stand male reviews or clubs.

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'Magic Mike: Our Readers Strip It Down' have 6 comments

  1. July 11, 2012 @ 10:42 pm Mitchtress

    I’m with Tracie. LOL!

  2. July 12, 2012 @ 12:15 am Tootie

    Even in my (misspent) youth, strippers of either sex held no appeal for me. While I can appreciate a well-chiseled body, I prefer a bit of mystery. Nekkid penii just don’t do it for me.

    That said – Matthew McC as a stripper? Oh, hellyeah.

  3. July 12, 2012 @ 1:43 pm Brenda

    Tootie, I prefer stripping that doesn’t get right down to completely naked. Which leaves the mystery. In Magic Mike, the stripping didn’t go all the way to the penii. LOL Which is why I think it was so fun. I don’t want to see a penis flapping in the wind. But some lovely abs and tight buns is good for some eye candy. LOL And Matthew McC — definitely some nice eye candy.

  4. July 15, 2012 @ 7:31 pm Jaz

    You should have known your significant other to know that he would have taken issue. NO guy is going to go to a movie like this with almost 0 relatable plotline and find that he can relate to it. If you are honest with yourself you would be a little less than pleased with your husband ogling five beauties right in front of and vocal taking great pleasure in it right in front of you. Get real.

  5. July 15, 2012 @ 8:42 pm Chanize

    Oh, I don’t know. I’m not sure I can anticipate every reaction my spouse will have. And, for the most part we aren’t as hung up on stuff like this. We all dance to the beat of a different drum at times, kwim? ;-)

  6. July 17, 2012 @ 3:09 am Brenda

    I wouldn’t want my hubby to ogle beauties in front of me, but many women I know don’t care. And Chanize is correct — you can’t anticipate every reaction a spouse will have.

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