Why I Am Not Going To See Matthew McConaughey's 'Magic Mike'

Matthew McConaughey & Channing Tatum star in Magic Mike - a strip tease on film.
Matthew McConaughey & Channing Tatum star in Magic Mike - a strip tease on film. | Source

Disclaimer

This hub was not meant to be a dig or judgment on anyone. Rather, I wanted to share my thought process about the sure-to-be blockbuster, Magic Mike.

What's All the Fuss?

My facebook wall has been inundated with status reports of women friends - single, engaged and married - declaring their enthusiasm to see Magic Mike: "in line for tix to McConaughey's Magic"; "can't wait to feast my eyes on magic mike"; "ugh... Magic Mike is sold out, can this really be happening to me?" Not having seen a movie trailer, my only familiarity with Magic Mike was from the daily countdowns til the movie release by some McConaughey fans, complete with movie stills. From one picture, I thought it was a story about The Village People. Another picture, I thought, "Is he a fireman?" What is all the fuss about the movie?

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A friend's post alerted me that my guess about Magic Mike being about the Village People was absolutely incorrect. She expressed her intentions not to see Magic Mike, "OK - I'm going to step up on my soap box about this movie. I am seeing post after post about good 'christian' women lining up to go see this movie ... If this same type movie was made about female strippers, these same wome...n (sic) would be in an uproar about how "degrading" it was! [keep in mind, my friend is referring to people she knows, she is not generalizing all Christians] I can not possibly imagine wanting to see this."

Her complaint wasn't that the movie was made or that people may want to view it. Her complaint was that Christian women were "lining up to go see this movie". She makes a good point that if a similar movie was made about female strippers, her same friends would decry it as "degrading". Ergo the hypocrisy non-Christians complain so much about regarding Christendom -- although a few of my Christian friends say they wouldn't mind their beloved fiancé or husband to watch a female stripper movie (I used to share this same thought pattern, more below).

My friend continued her explanation, citing Biblical advice to "guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it flow the issues of life." And, for Christians, this advice should be adhered if a Christian truly wants to live a life according to God's plan. Even USA Today recognizes the "quality" of this movie: Matthew McConaughey salaciously strokes his private parts in the opening of Magic Mike (*** out of four; rated R; opens Friday nationwide), thus setting the tone for an entertaining workplace comedy with a dark (and well-oiled) underbelly and some predictable romance to leaven the raunch and swagger.

This review does not sound like something that Christian embraced psychologist Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family would recommend as a good foundation or accessory for a strong marriage. Nor does it parallel the advice to keep a pure heart and mind given by Christian celebrated author Joshua Harris in his book I Kissed Dating Goodbye.

These Lyrics Remind Us To Guard Our Hearts

My Opinion and Life Experience

At the risk of sounding prude (is that really a bad thing? Prudent: acting with or showing care and thought for the future [www.google.com] - yet our culture emits the word from our mouths as if spewing rancid vinegar.), I have to say I agree with my friend that for me, it's not a good choice.

I once had a different mindset, and thought "having fun in the name of fun was nothing more than having fun"... I, in an endeavor to be a "hip, cool, contemporary and understanding" wife, allowed and encouraged my first husband to participate in the strip club parties he and his friends attended. At first, I was hesitant, but when a friend (wife of one of my ex-husband's buddies) replied, "as long as he comes home to me I don't care what gets him started, they're just having fun." At first, her thought did not sit well with me, but I wanted my marriage to work and didn't want to "stir the pot." {I would be remiss not to mention she and her husband have been on the brink of divorce multiple times due to his infidelity, yet they are still together.}

Without going into too much detail, my marriage ended because of repeated infidelity on my husband's part. I was young, hurt, devastated. But, I learned -- activities -- even simple "entertainment" matters. What we put in our minds influences our hearts and actions.

I understand that our minds often automatically categorize images or thoughts with specific aspects of our lives. Have you ever heard a song that takes you back to a different season in your life, without you even meaning to reminisce? I allude to this because in the past when I've read news articles that detailed rape scenes, it affected me later. I do NOT want images of Matthew McConaughey or any other man for that matter, in my mind. I do not want to be intimate with my husband and have to fight images -- Simply, the power of suggestion has more power to it than I care to admit. I know how past experiences have caused me to fight images -- and I want my husband & my intimate expressions to each other to be about "us" and our love and affection for one another.

The only person I want my mind to associate me being intimate with is the one who has earned that privilege. The man who supports my family and comforts our children. The man who takes family walks with us and celebrates life achievements together. Last I checked, that man was not Matthew McConaughey or Channing Tatum (also in the movie, and movie is based on his life experience before Hollywood "success"). ;)

I consider my eyes to be in covenant with the man who cherishes me, and I have no desire to watch another man try to stir my affections - what would it benefit? I can think of no benefit to stirring desirous thoughts or feelings for a man with whom I have no personal relations or commitments - other than a stroke to the egos of actors in the movie due to thousands of women lusting hotly after them -- or, a stroke to my ego if a man is personally trying to "hit-on" me -- but even then, is that a compliment? That he wants to "do me"??? No. A compliment is someone who admires my intellect, heart -- although, I do appreciate my husband admiring my physical appearance as well -- and I don't mind others comment, either. As long as the comment has no ulterior motive. A compliment is a man so cherishing my heart, dreams and desires that he makes covenant with his eyes, ears and heart not to allow any other person to cross the threshhold of his desires and intimate thoughts.

Bottom line - the health of my marriage and family. I am choosing to guard my heart and my family. For me, that means guarding my eyes.

Thank You for Reading!

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this hub. I realize there are many, many view points to anything in life. Again, I am not judging those who choose to watch the film - I am sharing why I am choosing not to. Perhaps I'll be perceived as weak or insecure by others, strong and confident by another sect. I did not write this for accolades. I wrote this to share my thoughts.

Please take the time to comment, I welcome your thoughts. If you liked this hub, please vote up or choose any appropriate accolade. Of course, if you think your friends would enjoy reading this hub, please share on your social networks. If you disagree with me, fine. Feel free to respectfully share your opinion.

Thank you again!

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Comments 74 comments

Elizabeth 4 years ago

Thank you for encouraging women to guard their hearts and marriages against movies such as this. VERY well put!


Matcine 4 years ago

This is very well spoken! I agree that as women of God we are to be salt and light in the world. As married or unmarried women, if we open our hearts up to things that cause us to lust after or long for someone for sexual gratification, it not only demoralizes us, but it also hinders our relationship with our Father and our spouse or significant other. Our witness to the world is also hindered. We are no longer effective in our walk as Christians because we have compromised in our hearts and although we may have not actually had any relations with the other person, we've still crossed that line in our hearts and minds. "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7)

People who think this thinking is being too "spiritual" or extreme might want to take that up with God. He designed us to be pure and holy as He is Holy. We are to walk in The Light because He is The Light and as long as we walk in honor and integrity, He will honor us and bless us in every area of our lives.


Dana Strickland 4 years ago

Great Hub!! Couldn't agree more! It's really sad that this kind of film is even allowed to be made!!


Heather 4 years ago

Well said! I completely agree. We have to guard our hearts for out of it flow the issues of life. How do things contrary to God enter into our heart? Through our eye gate and our ear gate. Guard those gates! Thank you for being brave enough to take a moral stand!! I stand with you, girl!


Leona 4 years ago

I shared this on my fb wall. Becauase i was conflicted in going to see it. I wanted to go because a lot of my friends were going some married some not some christian, some not.. I actually had made plans to go and after reading this i texted my friend and told her i was going to skip going. I felt a strong conviction because i knew i really shouldn't go see it. The point about if it were my husband going to see a movie about a bunch of woman strippers , yea it wouldn't sit well with me. Even though i am not one of those crazy about a certain actor or drooling fans I felt like i was going just to fit in and that would be a compromise to what my heart and spirit was prompting me. thanks so much for posting as Im sure this is not the most pospular stance on the movie :)


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Breathe, bravo! Thank you for taking a stand on this. I agree with you completely. I loved what you said about MM not being the one to take you for a walk, or support you financially. So true and an excellent reminder.

To be honest, I feel like I have become less strict with myself about what I watch. I wasn't planning on seeing that move in particular but I am bit less careful than I used to be and I appreciate your words.

Blessings!


Sarah 4 years ago

Great article! Thanks so much for posting it!


Jenny 4 years ago

This was very well written and so true! The only thing I would like to add is that, most women would flip their lids if their husband was looking at porn..in any form..it feels like betrayal and messes with our self esteem. So..why Is it that so many women are making excuses and justifying going to see this movie (and I am a big fan of both actors btw) and reading the 50 shades of grey series which might as well be a penthouse forum for all of its content. Anyone who says its not is fooling themselves.I've seen Men comment that it has the same effect on women as porn, so call a spade a spade why don't we. Truthfully, if watching strange men touch themselves and reading sexually twisted and explicit material was right, then we would have church outings to strip clubs and we would be discussing the plot of the story with the pastor and his wife over Sunday lunch after church.


Mandy 4 years ago

I'm releived to hear that there are other women who share my views, I was beginning to think that I was the only one who had a problem with this movie (and the 50 Shades hype). I shared with my husband my thoughts - that these same women would be outraged if their husbands were going out in groups, having drinks & then lining up to see a graphic stripper movie. They would also be outraged if their husbands sat around the pool on vacation openly looking at a Playboy magazine, which, in my mind, is pretty much the same thing as 50 Shades. I am having somewhat of a hard time processing this, however, because there are actors that I find attractive & I do enjoy watching movies & TV shows that feature these actors (I'm not blind, after all!!). So where do you draw the line? I think you can trust your instincts, if it feels like a bad choice then it probably is, in fact, a bad choice. Nobody is perfect, but we can definitely strive toward that goal.


Veronica 4 years ago

The growing trend in our culture is to suck women into the horrors of pornography as well. It is a very real concerted effort to continue to erode all boundaries. Thank you for a well written article. I am amazed at how fast the moral decline is shifting.


Jamie 4 years ago

Here's a novel idea. Don't watch it. The 1st Amendment set that standard a long time ago. I understand voicing your opinion and applaud you for that but I just get tired of people that say that they don't like this and they don't like that and this shouldn't have been made and so on. If there is a TV show that I don't like, I change the channel. I don't try to get that TV removed. That's what freedom is all about.


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Jamie -

Nowhere in my article did I say anything about it not being made. In fact, the hub title is "Why I Am Not Going to See..." not "Why It Shouldn't Be Made, " or "Why Movie Theatres Should Be Destroyed". I hope you re-read the article with a fresh perspective, bc you should see that I am not landblasting any one, I am simply sharing my experiences and reasonings.

Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Best regards~


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Mandy -

Thank you for reading and commenting. My hub is not intended to black label attractive actors by any means. I think Matthew McConnaughey is a great actor, and I think he is handsome. I especially like his role in "We Are Marshall." What I simply was communicating was that I don't want his image in my head in a role that only my husband has, and that what we put in our minds does translate to our thoughts, motivations and actions. I did not intend to tether anyone to guilt, or to bring any level of condemnation. Thank you again for reading and commenting.

Best regards~


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Elizabeth, Matcine & Heather,

Thank you for reading & thank you for your encouraging words. I appreciate your taking time to comment. :)

Best regards~


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Leona,

Thank you for sharing my hub on your FB wall! I am honored.

Thank you also for reading and commenting. I am thankful to learn you were helped and encouraged by reading!

Best regards~


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

PrairiePrincess -

Hi, again! Thank you for reading and commenting. I am glad you found encouragement.


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Jenny,

You make some valid points. I am thankful we have the freedom to express our thoughts - and I especially appreciate those with the ability to express with decorum. Thank you for reading and for commenting.

Best regards~


Linda 4 years ago

I'm with Jamie


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Linda,

Ironically, so am I. That's the point of my writing the hub. Did you read it?

If so, thank you. Either way, thanks for commenting!

Best regards~


Hannah 4 years ago

I can't believed I actually wasted 5 minutes of my day reading this. I can't wait to see it. I will not be "appalled" when I see a beautiful body that GOD himself created and find myself entertained. Sounds to me there's some insecurity issues going on. Just crawl out of your hole, get off your high horse and live a little.


Lauren 4 years ago

I have just noticed the recent trend of articles like this. I do understand your right to say you are not going to see the movie and to explain why. I do not understand your right to judge another Christian for watching it. It is their choice to do what they want so I think you should leave that out of your article. Maybe they know that seeing the movie will not at all cause them to lust after Matthew McConnaughey. I mean really. You are judging people plain and simple.


julie 4 years ago

If I decide to see this movie, and I may, it does not mean I am "lusting" over these men and I certainly will not be replacing my husband with mental images of them. That is quite a stretch. This is similar to saying everyone who eats fast food is unhealthy, it is unfair catagorize in such broad generalizations. I am sure some women will and do behave in such a manner but that does not mean it is definite one will if one watches this movie. Admiring an attractive person is just that as long as ones intentions are pure. When we admire someone it is our decision how to process that admiration. Just because I think these men are attractive does not mean I covet them. If I did not have the self control to keep perverse thoughts, lust or temptaions out of my mind marriage and life then I would question my christianity. I love my husband and God as much as any women who will not see this movie. Watching a movie does not change what is in your heart. I do not wish to by any means devalue anyones opinion who will not see this movie, I just read the article and it made me think.

On another note, a man can as easily lust over or cheat with a random woman as he could because of visiting a strip club. Chances are cheating was or is already in this persons nature, a sad lack of moral and judgment. People do not cheat because of tv, they cheat because they are cheaters.


Ellen 4 years ago

My thoughts exactly Lauren...that's the first thing that came to mind was judging others...


holly r 4 years ago

Right on Julie!!!!!


Wendy 4 years ago

Great hub.... Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I agree totally that I need to guard my eyes and heart!


Heidi 4 years ago

I just had to comment after reading the last few comments...the author is not judging anyone. She is merely sharing her point of view and why she is choosing to not see the movie. I appreciate it when someone explains the reasoning behind their choices...whether I agree with them or not. Food for thought never hurt anyone.

Thanks for writing and sharing this article.


Mrs.D 4 years ago

I did go see the movie. I went with a couple friends and had a " girls night out". Do I now replace my husband with images of Channing tatum? No. Did it make me go out and sleep with/ or want to sleep with a man other than my husband? No. I did not/ do not lust after the actors. I like Channing tatum, I enjoy films that he is in. So... Long story short.. Just like all of you who are appalled by women seeing the movie or sick of seeing posts about it... I'm sick of people thinking I'm some kind of sicko for seeing. You may not have said just that but I have seen plenty of posts like this that did say it. And... You can go to a beach and see pretty much what you saw in the movie. Most of you can't tell me that you never watch a movie where a guy takes his shirt of anyway.


monimon 4 years ago

I understand the viewpoints of Christian women who don't want to see any other man but their own husband but the point is if you don't want to see the movie don't go


mommaroyse 4 years ago

Okay, so I REALLY had to search for someone on the web that agreed w/ me on this one! I'm thankful that you do! I am slightly confused by the fact that it's the PRIMARY conversation topic on fb & I have yet to see someone say anything seriously against it. Even someone wanted to argue the whole first amendment thing, but why are they offended when someone finally says something, other than good, about it??? Why is any opinion, other than the "popular" one, the wrong one??? How many women that think & talk about nothing aside from this movie, care who they are offending when they post all that they do? I don't wanna be judgmental or 'holier than thou' but at some point, are we, as convicted Christians, not to say SOMETHING? By sharing our personal opinion on it all, does that mean we are judging or just standing firm in our own beliefs & not twisting the scripture or trying to justify our actions? I'm pretty sure that Jesus wants us to stand out... & he tells us that standing for Him, is not the "popular" thing to do. He also calls us to be radical! I'm not belittling the people that go see it & I honestly (along w/ you) know NOTHING about the plot of the movie. I've only seen what everyone has been posting & it WASN'T about looking forward to the great story line. God says that what we put in, is what comes out. He tells us to focus on what is pure, noble, lovely, etc... He CREATED us & knows our weaknesses better than we. He tells us that, without Him, we can do NOTHING... that would include "guarding our hearts" in the name of "enjoying basic entertainment". We read that the enemy is seeking to devour like a "roaring lion". I'd hardly say he's hiding his attempts in this. He also KNOWS human weakness & capitalizes on it! I appreciate & admire your well-spoken & direct honest opinion. I absolutely couldn't have said it any better. Please don't allow nay-sayers to dim your light! It's like that country song that says "Well you've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything..." =)


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thank everyone for taking the time to comment. Although, a couple of you I wonder, "Did they read it or assume?"

Best regards to all - those who agree, disagree or are indifferent!


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lovesleftovers 4 years ago from Texas

Excellent Hub! I won't be seeing this movie either. I have absolutely no interest in it for many of the same reasons you've discussed here. I've voted this up, useful and interesting and am sharing the heck out of it :-)


wifeand mom 4 years ago

I am a Christian..I saw it..nobody can say what my relationship is with God or my husband. I wasn't hot & bothered when I left the theatre but I did enjoy watching it. It is a movie and I know I am not going home to any of those guys...I am NOT in denial.


Me 4 years ago

Sounds like a lot of people who are thinking about setting this our have seen it, etc. are getting awfully defensive. She was taking about why she was choosing not to see it. Never did she say "shame on you" that choose to see it.Geez. See it, don't see it. Nobody cares.


Me 4 years ago

Shoot. Typos. Or not our and talking not taking...


Caridad 4 years ago

Yes they are hot, no question. Would I want my boyfriend/husband to go see a female stripper movie? Not so much, in fact I'd be pissed. I hope that my future husband is guarding his heart now. Are my expectations of men, and the thoughts I meditate on better for going to see this movie? A very strong probably not. Perhaps I will use those two hours and go on a date with a quality guy instead. :)


Melanie 4 years ago

Thank you for writing this! The last couple days my fb wall has been flooded with friends lining up to see "Magic Mike." I'd never heard of it so I googled it and was immediately disgusted! How can Christian wives and mothers like myself, be lining up to see this? What kind of a role model is that for our younger friends, and the teenagers who look up to us? I am so sick of movies having to add nudity and inappropriate scenes, and to make a whole movie based on a male stripper teaching a young man his ways of partying and picking up women? It's not something I want to associate with and it saddens me how many Christian women don't see a problem with that.


lisa 4 years ago

Thank you for this post. It was very well written and you had so many good points.

I don't usually write on posts online. I am one to read and agree or disagree to myself. But this is one topic that I cannot be silent about. I do not understand those of you who are fellow sisters in Christ who do not see anything wrong from seeing this film and getting angry at others who then "judge you" for it. It is not judgement I give you. God tells us to hold each other accountable. Galations 6:1-2 says "Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." We are to help one another in growing to become more like Christ. Our actions either bring us closer to Christ or farther away. Going to a film watching men strip is not bringing us closer to Christ. Ephesians 5:3 says "But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people." Also to keep in mind - is this something you want your daughters to see? Is that how you want your sons to act? Then why is ok to watch it?


Valerie 4 years ago

I enjoyed reading this article. While nobody really needs a reason not to watch something I found your reason enlightening. I don't agree with you (I'm not even Christian), but it is very well stated. This post resonated with a dear friend of mine, I'm glad she got to read it. I probably don't agree with you much on religion, but I have always admired people who live their religion.


Sassafras12 4 years ago

I went to see the movie! No doubt that Tatum is very skilled . I have always enjoyed seeing Matthew in movies. I did not like him in this movie. He came across as a greasy , nasty male Pimp. The language was awful. I don't get why that type of language is necessary in any movie. I saw clips advertised on TV and had no idea it would be as vulgar as I perceived it to be. I felt uncomfortable and ashamed I was there after 15 mins of being there. Yes, I should have gotten up and walked out...but I didn't . I attended with some friends. But I had a heavy heart . I did not find it funny, arousing. I found it sad . This is "MY" thoughts and feelings! Just sayin.


Bdk 4 years ago

Valerie,

That is very mature of you (that's sounds like I'm being sarcastic, but I'm not). It is rare these days to see people disagree in such a respectful way! I wish some of my fellow Christians would learn to do so! I am sad to hear that you are not a Christian. I pray you will change your mind someday! :) Your kind words have encouraged me to be more thoughtful with my own!


Jeena 4 years ago

Ladies, she says (a few times actually) that in no way is she judging. At. all. It's just her thought process for why she IS NOT going to see it...she didn't say anything about how someone is sick or bad for seeing the movie. I was going to see it, but after reading this it has really changed my point of view. thanks for posting :)


Janelle 4 years ago

GIGO... old computer programming acronym meaning "garbage in, garbage out." I have found this very true in many aspects of life. Thanks for expressing it yet again. :))


Stephanie 4 years ago

Unbelievable, that's all I can say right now. In no way do I claim to be a perfect Christian. In fact, I'm very flawed, but I know my God loves me. That (of course) is not an excuse to do things I know are wrong. Anyway... After that is said... Did many if you commenting READ the article, or just past comments? The article I'd titled "why I'm not going to see...". She stated several times she is not judging. Explained why she isn't, and her thought processes. Never once said you shouldn't, however gave you something to think about. If you're ok if the roles are reversed and your man goes to see something risque...by all means, go for it! Please don't comment on issues she didn't bring up... You look crazy.


beccy 4 years ago

Wow, You will be divorced in less then five years. Good luck to you.


Winddancer 4 years ago

Thank you for putting into written words what I have tried to explain to others... I will not be going to see this movie.


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Again - thank you to everyone who has commented -- and thank you to everyone who has read! Wow. Over 13,000 hits in less than 36 hours. I am honored that my thoughts have encouraged others, caused others to think - regardless if their decision or opinion agrees with mine. Thank you to all who have shared this hub. :)

And to Beccy - is your comment "You will be divorced in less than five years" directed to me? Because I've been married almost 15 years now. Thanks for the well wishes, though.

Best regards to all!


Marcus 4 years ago

I read this and posted it on my facebook as well. For those saying, "don't judge" are those that should not call themselves Christian. Once you call yourself a Christian, you are placing a high moral standard on yourself. (Of course only those God says are Christian are actually saved.) Bottom line, if you want to justify sin or you don't want to held accountable, just stop calling yourself a Christian. Thanks for the blog! Also for those worried about man judging you, you should be more concerned about Gods judgement who you seem to ignore. Read first John 2:1-7 if you want to see John calling people liars who said they were Christians but loved their sin. Thanks again! :)


Catherine4815 4 years ago

Someone else posted this comment ...

"I will not be "appalled" when I see a beautiful body that GOD himself created and find myself entertained. Sounds to me there's some insecurity issues going on. Just crawl out of your hole, get off your high horse and live a little."

Really? God himself created beautiful young children and pedophiles want to enjoy them. Does that mean all of us parents that love and protect our kids are just being insecure. Should we just "crawl out of our holes, get off our high horses and live a little"? I do agree we shouldn't judge others but some people have no "moral compass" and should check themselves.


Jody 4 years ago

Here is the deal ladies, as "Christians", this has nothing to do about what you are capable of ingesting physically, mentally, morally without any apparent effect in your life. The movie is about men in a strip-t's joint, its about immorality, its about promiscuity, infidelity, nakedness, vulgarity......

As believers this should have no part in our lives. It doesn't matter how well you think you can handle immorality, because your not supposed to handle it at all. Going to a movie theater to lust after a man isn't ok just because you can leave the theater and supposedly never think or recall those images again. You are woefully deceived if you think a diet of Magic Mike, 50 shades of Grey, or any other form of entertainment that glorifies or justifies sexual perversion, sexual deviance, immorality will have no impact on your life, marriage or soul! No one was judged by this article, this was a wise and gracious sharing of the heart and appeal to women!


Debbie 4 years ago

I always heard of garbage in, garbage out. It took me many years to finally figure it out. Thank you for your post, I also have been surprised by all the hub-bub about the movie. After reading the review at plugged in, I was even more surprised and wondered if most people even wonder what they are getting into before going in the theater. It reminds me of Corinthians, and if Christians are going to see it, then it doesn't seem they are very well versed on the Bible, regardless of how they feel it will or will not personally affect them. Thank you for confirming that I'm not alone in having the same convictions about this movie.


Sharon 4 years ago

Thank you for your hub I shared it on my wall, because I felt the same way,. I actually am more aware today of what I watch, I am not perfect in no way or form, I am no better than any one else, But I am very aware of what offends God, I choose to stay in grace and be a better Christian and sometimes that is hard, But it is in dying to myself is where I find peace, comfort and love, even if I am the one standing out because of how I feel. I already sin enough that hurts him, I do not need to intentionally sin against him and my loving husband, Thank You for sharing such a great hub!


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thank all of you for reading and commenting -- Naturally, I appreciate the encouraging comments, but feel it is important to express my appreciation for the respectfully written objections - whether to my opinion or to a commentator.

Best regards to all~


SirDent 4 years ago

Integrity is hard to find these days. In fact, since the 60's integrity has fallen. You are a woman of integrity breathe2. I applaud you for your decision not to see the movie.

Pro_12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

Pro_31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.


Kasey 4 years ago

Anyone ever see the movie "Fireproof"? There's a song played in the movie called "Slow Fade" By Casting Crowns-look it up. One movie might not "affect" you, but God says "Woe". Don't be deceived. I'm speaking to myself here as well. Movies, music, the company you keep, etc. etc. etc. Guard your hearts girls.


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thank you for your kind, encouraging words, SirDent.


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Kasey,

I think I'll add a video of that song to the hub. Thank you!


Kasey 4 years ago

You're welcome! : ) And thank you for your boldness!


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AtHomeHeather 4 years ago from PA

I didn't even know what this movie was about until my Aunt invited me to go. I looked up the movie online, read what is was about and quickly declined. Why would I want to watch that (I have 3 kids and a husband). Frankly, my mind doesn't even have time to be lusty after anyone but my hubby right now anyway! Thank you for writing this hub. Great job!!


Kimberly 4 years ago

I agree with you completely. I looked the movie up on pluggedin.com. In the movie's opening scene, it alludes to the fact that the couple had a threesome the night before. The movie shows a silouette of a man's enlarged genitals. The movie has the "f-word" in it around 150 times!! The person who stated that it was her first amendment right to see the movie is completely correct. However, it is also someones first amendment right to speak out against the movie. We do have rights as Americans. As Christains, God gave us the freedom of choice. I am choosing NOT to expose myself to this kind of immorality.


Carolla 4 years ago

I don't condone anyone, Christian or not, supporting strip clubs or movies depicting them. The objectifying of either gender is unacceptable and dehumanizing. You will not be the only woman boycotting this salacious film.


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Heather, Kimberly & Carolla - thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate your taking the time to voice your opinions and convictions.

Thanks again to everyone who has read & shared on social networks. I am flabbergasted that there have been over 3,000 FB shares in two days. Wow. I am also inspired to write more articles as "food for thought."

Best regards~


The Truth 4 years ago

Its just a movie, who cares! Honestly, I am just not interested in paying money to go see any movie these days, whether it be "wholesome" or not. Why not read a book, it is free, or go for a walk. Stop giving movies so much attention, and even analyzing this movie is basically creating a buzz, and inclining people to go see it. So you are basically free advertising for a movie you think might not be in good taste. The better choice would be to ignore it then.


Ann 4 years ago

I was invited to go with friends tomorrow evening for a "girl's night out." After reading your hub and all comments I will not be going. What was I thinking? I have become more lax in what I watch. Thank you for speaking your heart in a non judgmental way. You help me put some things back in there right perspective.


Darla 4 years ago

I try not to judge others since I don't have to be accountable for their actions. That said I do not plan on seeing this because, for me, it would be wrong. I believe as a Christian I should avoid the very appearance of evil. And for me this is evil, it is against all I believe God would have me be entertained by. This is another way for the entertainment industry to get our money while desensitizing us to things of the world.


Katie 4 years ago

I shared to my wall! It took me forever to find someone who agrees with me on this. In my marriage my husband and I guard our hearts, movies with any form of nudity is not allowed in the home (yes it is hard to find but it is possible). My husband and I think that looking at another person and thinking they are simply pretty/good looking is considered cheating. My husband doesn't go to hooters or strip clubs... I refuse to go see this movie! When Married your eyes should be only for your spouse, not an actor or someone else.


Kimberly 4 years ago

Thank you! I had no idea about this movie, and now I have some wise insight into it. Anything that would cause someone to stumble isn't right to do or watch.


Megan 4 years ago

I'm single and a new Christian and the first thing I thought of when I read this article was we(Christians) are not supposed to be of this world, we are not suppose to look at another man in lust, we shouldn't temp ourselves no matter how tiny or innocent it may seem. Every action has a consequence no matter how innocent or small it may seem. Bravo on taking a stand and lettin your light shine!!


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TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

So I'm one that needs to crawl out of a hole (or out of my mom taxi I guess) because I didn't know anything about this movie until I read this hub. I also read through the comments. One thing that amazes me is how people get so upset when someone uses their first amendment right to speak out against a movie, saying that others have a first amendment right to make the movie. Why are people so offended when an alternate opinion to their own is shared?

I also did not see that this article made any reference to forming opinions of those who go to see this movie. It merely gave the opinion of the author as to why she felt compelled not to go see the movie. She presented her beliefs without berating the beliefs of others.

I appreciate this article. I think that people should be well informed on both sides of issues to make informed decisions. There are sides raving and glorifying the movie, then articles like this that present negative sides to the movie. People can read both and decide for themselves whether they want to see the movie.

I myself won't be seeing the movie.


Kimberly 4 years ago

Thank you for writing. :)

The question I would want to graciously ask the commenters who judge you, (yes, that's being consistent) for "judging" others:

Have you read your Bible? Have you taken time to truly understand what the "judge not" passage means? It's NOT what it is being used as today.

There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with holding one another to moral accountability, to standing up for the Truth, spoken in love, and to admonishing one another when we have gone astray. We are called to confront sin.

This movie represents moral rot - lust and perversion of God's design for sex. I mean, a THREESOME on display... And God's okay with this??? If so, He owes Sodom an apology, don't you think?

Would you sit down and comfortably view this, knowing that Jesus Christ was sitting next to you? Reality is, if you are truly "bought with a price" - HE IS.

I am sadly weary of those who claim to have surrendered their lives to the Blood of Jesus Christ for cleansing, yet they live their lives equal to the standards of the unsaved world and get hot under the collar if anyone calls them on it. We are called out - called out of moral brokenness. Holiness means to be morally complete. This movie does not represent moral completeness. It represents a perversion of it. How a child of God can endorse it in good conscience, I don't know.

To indulge in it is SIN. Let's just call it what it is and if we get miffed at someone for saying so - let's examine our hearts. Crack that Bible open and begin to get to know the Savior and His Way - it won't take long to see that "Magic Mike" is fully in line with the darkness that is taking over the hearts and minds of even the Church.

God made these beautiful bodies.... Therefore, I am entitled to enjoy lusting after a nice piece of beefcake??? What faulty justification is that? I guffawed at that one! We NEED to tremble again before a Holy God. We need that healthy "fear of the Lord" to bring us back to true wisdom. God have mercy on us for our refusal to admit we love our SIN more than we love our Savior.


Donna 4 years ago

I've read most of the comments and am not surprised by those who defend their 'right' to have this stuff in their lives. They are even offended that it would be pointed out to them that they are sinning. I know several 'Christian' women who are so wrapped up in Hollywood culture that they can't see straight. We are called to righteousness and purity. To compromise that for entertainment and a few laughs is sad. We do not need this kind of trash in our lives.

Too many of our children are walking around in a fog of mindless entertainment where there will be no room left for anything real, much less spiritual. I am not against enjoying abundant life, but pleasure-seeking should not be a 24/7 endeavor. Even good things (sports, music) can become obsessions.

I remember coming to the realization a few years ago that I would not watch a certain tv show because I knew it would be anti-Christian. It became a very popular show and then fizzled out. I even had Christian friends telling me I would LOVE it. You know, I've had plenty of joy and real living in the few years that tv show lasted and I didn't need it to add anything to my full life. And that tv show? It really sunk into the depths of glorifying sinful behavior before it was done (so I heard).


Patty Inglish 4 years ago

I was assigned to review this film and was happy to provide the data to parents concerning profanity, sex/nudity, substance use, violence, and others. Personally, I hope parents keep their children away from this film and stay away themselves, although I see lots of families taking their 3-to-6-year-olds to movies like this and wondering why the kids use profanity and provocative behavior at home and in public. Some theaters won't let the kids in, but not many.

The dance choreography performed by the Magic Mike men was very low quality compared to that of the female international champion pole dancers (sport, not stripping) in two scenes of Rock of Ages. However, MM was more popular from the start than R of A.

I must say that I laughed uncontrollably throughout MM, because Mathew McConaughey looks older and thinner; and now, a lot like our Jungle Jack Hanna. Picture Jack dancing and cursing.

The fact that Elvis Presley's granddaughter, to whom I am distantly related, played a drug-distributing maybe-prostitute in MM, makes me very unhappy. As Benjamin Walker said a couple weeks ago, young actors are afraid to turn down any part in the 2010s.

I am glad that I did not have to pay to see Magic Mike, for I would not have done so.


SandCastles 4 years ago

I looked on Wikipedia for the write up of the movie (because I never heard of it) and it sounds like a serious drama not a comedy-drama as it is listed. The stripper Mike encourages Adam (who is only supposed to be 19 years old) to be a stripper when he gets fired from his construction job and his life begins spiraling out of control with drugs and sex. He becomes a drug addict and drug dealer too. That's sad not funny.


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thank you, SandCastles, for reading and commenting. I agree, the summary suggests tragedy rather than comedy.

Best regards~


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Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

I have not seen this movie, but even with above comments, it sounds less harmful than "Pretty Woman"

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