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Dudesploitation In Movies


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Best new term: dudesploitation!

Maybe it's all the True Blood we've marinated in this summer, but between Eric and Alcide frolicking half-naked on the small screen, superhero after superhero displaying their superwaxed superchests, and the increasingly lascivious casting announcements for Steven Soderbergh's male-stripper movie Magic Mike, it's time to notice that we may be entering a new Golden Age in American entertainment: the Golden Age of Male Objectification.

For decades, while film and television have gotten progressively racier, the objects of the camera's increasingly lurid gaze had largely been women. The reasons for this are so unofficially official they're like unwritten laws, habits that have been codified into "common sense" even if they don't make much sense: Hollywood's a boys' club and male audiences want sex and violence, while women want hearts and flowers. So women are lusted after by the cameras, while audiences looking for a little bit of dude to ogle had to be content with tame rom-coms, subtext, and the dreaded Comedy Penis (see: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Observe and Report, Bruno etc.).

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Even earlier examples can be found with Tony Curtis, Kirk Douglas, Paul Newman etc, but again, I think the point of this tongue in cheek article was that before it was a few here and there, and now it seems to be more widespread. Certainly will make the movies more interesting!



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