Well there has been a lot of blog-talk about some steamy stuff lately. There is this book out called 50 Shades of Grey and it is getting a lot of attention. I saw it in the store and skimmed right over it - as in the photo above, I thought it was about photography (just kidding!). But since then I have been seeing it everywhere. And apparently there is this movie out now about strippers or something? Just kidding. It would be hard to not know about this movie. It is everywhere. And I know women that have already been to see it. Typically, I am not one to want to ruffle feathers so I have not really said much on the subject.
Sheila Gregoire takes a slightly different approach in her post: Magic Mike, Marriage and Women's Libido and she brings up how our culture is trying to change women. She says this: For the last hundred years or so there’s been a concerted effort to get rid of morality–and God. People wanted to be free to do what they wanted without being burdened by having to do what’s right, or having God tell them what to do. They didn’t want guilt. They wanted humanism. But what stood in their way? The family. Marriage. God created marriage and the family... He would want us to take a stand to protect them both.
Then Mrs. Gore uses her blog post: Magic Mike Who?? to remind us what a real man is: Entertainment like this cheapens true masculinity, and paints a deceptive picture of what women should get excited about in men. So if you’ll indulge me, I would love to help remind my female sisters what “sexy” and “manly” really looks like… A man who communes with his Creator daily and strives to live a life that glorifies God. A man who reaches down to pick up his little girl when she trips and falls and holds her close until her tears are gone. There is so much more to being a man than what is portrayed in the media today.
Melissa Jenna is blunt in her commentary and refers to both Magic Mike and 50 Shades of Grey as "mommy porn" on her blog post here: 50 Shades of Magic Mike (in which I am very uncool). She gets right to the point saying: Christian women need to reject both of these works, and instead, use our voices in support of what is good, right and true. It is our responsibility, as daughters of the Heavenly King, to remain set-apart from the poisons of our culture, to rebuke temptation, and to celebrate and honor righteousness.
These women whose articles I have referenced are far more informed and eloquent than I am. My qualifications are this: I am a daughter of the king, a wife and a mother. And personally I would not want my husband to watch a movie that is full of female strippers. So I see it as my way of showing my husband that I love and respect him by choosing to not see this type of movie or read erotic books.
I choose to make my husband my "Magic Mike". He may not measure up in the world's eyes because he is a little less Channing Tatum and a little more Chris Farley. But he is a loving and devoted husband and father who is one of the greatest men I have ever known. He works hard to provide for our family. He adores me and thinks I am the most beautiful woman in the world (who can resist that?). He rose to the challenge with each of our children's births and was the best labor support person a woman could ask for. He wrestles and horses around with our kids and gets the best laughs from them. He accepts my crazy girlfriends from college as family. There is hardly room for me to list the many ways that my husband is wonderful. He deserves to be the one that I long to turn to for sensual intimacy.
Proverbs 5:15-19 - Drink water from your own well—share your love only with your wife. Why spill the water of your springs in public, having sex with just anyone? You should reserve it for yourselves. Don't share it with strangers. Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. She is a loving doe, a graceful deer. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love.