Is Mike really magic?

It seems Magic Mike is the hit movie of the summer for girls day or night out and the rave of women everywhere.  One of those “everyone is seeing it” movies.  One of those that I couldn’t quite define why I didn’t want to see it, but never did want to see it.  I realize, it’s based on a true story and Channing allegedly has great moves and he seems to downplay his former life in press for this movie.  So, what is it that just doesn’t sit well with me? 

IMDB‘s description of Magic Mike is “A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money”. 

Everything about that is what doesn’t sit well with me. 

I don’t go to strip clubs.
I don’t want a boyfriend, fiance’ or husband who goes to strip clubs.

Therefore:  I won’t go watch a movie which is based in a strip club and includes scenes as if I was in the club. 

I know, I would just be watching it on a screen, I’m not paying to go into a the club, and it’s “harmless”.  It’s not.  I am paying to see a movie and ultimately promoting the pornography/adult entertainment industry.  

As of July 8th, Magic Mike has grossed $72,829,107.  Essentially equates to $72 million dollars paid to the pornography/Adult Entertainment industry.

I have seen the question posed several times, “what if the story was reversed and it was all about women and Gentleman’s Clubs, would you want your boyfriend, fiance’ or husband to go see that movie?”


Without a doubt. I want him to respect me enough not to be in a strip club … a real one, one shown in a movie, one shown on TV or any other medium. 

In the movie Mike quotes “That’s what I do—it’s not who I am.” I disagree.  We all know actions speak louder than words, so who I am is reflected in what I do.

For me, I often say “whatever” and justify actions to myself as OK, harmless or insignificant.  In fact, I even thought “whatever” about seeing Magic Mike when the movie was first being promoted.  I love signs, sayings and quotes and collect them for my home.  I recently saw a sign that referenced “whatever” based Philippians 4:8 instead of as an excuse or justification.  If who I am is reflected in what I do … I need to watch how I use “whatever”.

Finally, brothers (sisters), whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  Philippians 4:8

While I don’t have a husband right now, I do hope one day I will. Even though his identity is unknown to me, I still respect him and our future enough to not see or go to strip clubs, even if it’s just a movie and even if “everybody is doing it“.

Ultimately, is no magic to Magic Mike.  

Learning as I go,

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