Nude dudes: An unflinching look into the male strip club

Whether you're a man or a woman, making money by allowing people to push cash inside your G-string is, I think we can agree, demeaning. It's probably worse for women because the big spenders with $2 probably harbor some vague dream of sleeping with them. In the case of male strippers, I suspect their female fans are looking more for fun and some laughs on their girls' night out. 

I could be wrong about this. I'm right about the job, however. Selling anyone the right to touch near your genitals for a couple of bucks is not a good way to build self-esteem. Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike makes this argument with a crafty mixture of comedy, romance, melodrama and some remarkably well-staged strip routines involving hunky, good-looking guys. I have a feeling women will enjoy it more than men.

Or maybe not. The sculpted bodies on display in the film are a monument to narcissism; a guy who spends hours a day improving his pecs and abs may offer limited conversation skills. Kelly Oxford, the famous Canadian housewife who won a Hollywood contract for her Tweets, just the other week tweeted: "FWIW, I'd rather f–- a 260-pound guy than a body builder."

Magic Mike has the fascination of most backstage movies: It shows a naive kid being drawn into the world of show business. He is Adam (Alex Pettyfer), a good-looking 19-year-old, who meets Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) while they're working on a roofing job. Mike dances three nights a week at Xquisite, a marginally successful Tampa strip club. Mike brings Adam along to the club, where he's fast-talked by the boss, Dallas (Matthew McConaughey). The kid has no desire to strip, but is pushed onstage wearing his street clothes and told to take them off down to his jockey shorts. He is awkward and embarrassed– and not surprisingly an enormous hit because the ladies think his shyness is an act, and they love it. Full Review

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I think it's actually liberating rather than demeaning to get cash for your sexy. All in the eye of the beholder I suppose.

Strip clubs and drug use and prostitution and bible study classes and gang activity and creepy people coming in from out of town are all linked together. We don't want any of that stuff.

Ebert is just jealous cuz no one is interested in getting anywhere his genitals!

I suppose many think it's liberating to be treated superficially and reductively, rather than as a whole person. Anything for cash...

Ohh Art... Funny as it may seem, we are human beings and animals too. Both, at the same time. Before I ever spoke to any of my girls past present of future I saw them. When I saw them the manimal in me spoke to the human in me. Physical attraction is usually the first thing that attracts two people. Just like all the critters in the woods. This does not mean that you can't appreciate someone as a whole person. I understand from your comment that you are probably not so physically attractive and meet your mates online or at the book club. However, physical beauty is something to behold appreciate and respect. Their is nothing superficial about a hot man or woman. They are hot and it cannot be denied. Except perhaps in your case. It's ok Art you can sneak a peak. Just like my cat Rufus he don't chat up the other kitties to find out if he wants to hump them. He KNOWS just as soon as he sees 'em. MMMMEEEEEEOOOOOOOWWWW.

Natural Selection Rules! Or so Rufus tells me. Me mum and poppy too.

Balance against all this the tragedy that 1 in 4 teens (above 17) and adults have a STD. When we wer growing up, we were warn against the 1 out of 200.

I didn't check my spelling. Still consider my point.