It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that this anti-objectification advocate has fallen into hypocrisy. If we have compelling reasons to uphold female dignity from the influence of a dehumanizing popular culture—and we do—then we also have good reasons to do the same for men. Her approach therefore supplies a cautionary example for others in the anti-exploitation movement to avoid.
So, indeed, Magic Mike is a moral poison—and a bellwether of much more to come. That is, unless the coalition against sexual exploitation and its partners of good will pull together and fight a two-front war against female and male dehumanization.
Our young women and young men are well worth the fight.
Joseph G. Prud’homme is Associate Professor of Political Science at Washington College, where he is Director of the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture. He blogs at http://reflectionsoncultureandreligion.blogspot.com/. This article was published at Public Discourse and is reprinted here with kind permission.