50 Shades and Magic Mike

by agoodnow

No, I did not read 50 Shades of whatever the fuck it is and I did not see Magic Mike does Dallas.   However, the rise in popularity gave me pause. 

So in the last few months 50 Shades of Grey has become one of the best selling book trilogies EVER and the movie Magic Mike was released. 

50 Shades being a tale of an insecure woman and a man who enters her life, dominates her, and eventually they end up together.  Romance in the purest of forms.  Most of the pages are filled with sex and the book has been labeled “Mommy porn”  How lovely.  I bet women read the 50 Shades trilogy for the compelling narrative and character development.  Nothing to do with just being downright horny.  Nope, that has nothing to do with it.  It makes me wonder if deep down inside women want to be dominated by a guy who just doesn’t seem to give a shit about her.  And you wonder why some guys are complete assholes toward women.  

Magic Mike is a movie about male strippers and maybe it is only my Facebook feed, but it appears as if it is mostly women going to see it.  I wonder why that is?  Because of the compelling story?  The Oscar worthy performances?  The art direction?  Is it to see the “beefcake”?  I think it might be.  Beefcake.  Yep, you ladies are all about the beef. Cake of beef.  The ladies like the meat.  The sausage…the…well, I think you see where this is headed. 

After so many years of women rolling their eyes when men claimed to read Playboy for the articles (which frankly, isn’t so far off.  Playboy does have great writer’s) the roles have reversed.  Women are flocking to entertainment that fulfills their sexual desires. Be it male strippers on the big screen or nestling up to their Kindle.  

I firmly believe that this teaches a couple of things as it relates to sex – 

Women are just as bad as men.  If not worse.

We all have guilty pleasures.


I think this now makes it cool for me to read a Playboy on the subway next to any woman who is reading her 50 Shades of male dominance.  You know, for the articles.