From men taking off their shirts in ‘Magic Mike’ to Anastasia Steele embracing adventurous sex in ’50 Shades of Grey’ — this summer is all about leveling the playing field when it comes to sexually objectifying men and women in society.
Let’s hear it for the… girls?
I’d like to see Deniece Williams remake “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” — 2012-style — because modern day women are embarking on a new sexual revolution and pop culture has proved to be on board for the wild ride.
50 Shades of Grey has sparked worldwide controversy because of its sexually explicit content, and Magic Mike — starring Channing Tatum — is all about male strippers! And the best part is women of all ages aren’t embarrassed to shout from the mountain top that that’s the book they’re reading or the movie they can’t wait to see this summer.
This is a new kind of sexual revolution. For once women can be open about exploring their sexuality — specifically through pop culture — and aren’t looked down upon. Women of all ages are reading 50 Shades Of Grey. When I visited my grandparents in South Florida, almost every old lady at the country club was reading the erotic novel! And nobody gossiped negatively about it.
The new HBO show GIRLS is also very telling about where women stand with their sexuality today. Lena Dunham plays Hannah, a 24-year-old Brooklynite, who has casual sex with a guy who disappears on her, makes crude comments and no attempt to properly date her (until the end), and still ends up in his bed, naked. Some may argue that Hannah has low self-esteem, but I think she just wanted someone to have sex with. Men do it and women should be able to do it too — without being judged by society and their peers.
Women have been sexually objectified for years. And while it’s always been OK for men to be more open about their sexuality than women, now is the time for women to do the same. And clearly our culture is supporting it with books like 50 Shades of Grey and movies like Magic Mike breaking records.
I’d say it’s a pretty great time to be a woman! Go out and read 50 Shades on the beach and gather your girlfriends to oogle at Channing’s hot body in Magic Mike. Betty Friedan would be proud!
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