Gender Roles In Magic Mike Xxl

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Traditional gender roles are individuals’ behaviors seen from men and women in those old movies. While there are many differences today, these forms of behavior have left a permanent effect on society and our thoughts about men and women. In American culture, masculine roles have usually been associated with strength, belligerence, and dominance in the relationship, while feminine roles have usually been associated with passivity, fostering, loving and caring. In the 70s feminist theory, they focused how the camera and film production lingers on the women and sexualizes them in non-sexual context. So women are generally chosen to play roles with the pleasures of men in their mind. In Magic Mike XXL, the traditional gender role alternates between …show more content…
Before Richie goes into the gas station Mike notices how the woman’s facial expression is expressed with loneliness and lack of compassion. With Richie freaking out to Mike about not being a dancer, Mike encourages him to perform for the woman just to put a smile on her face and make her feel warm inside. Richie puts all his personal desires aside to please the woman by just performing a routine. All though it seems like Richie is just performing, his performance proves that traditional gender roles and societal expectations of masculinity and femininity can be incorrect. Society’s expectation of masculinity is to be tough or show little emotion and affection. Richie breaks this barrier by being emotional about not being a dancer like Mike. This allows Richie to open up not only to the woman but also his self. He digs deep down inside and forgets about his problems to show affection toward the …show more content…
Traditionally, a female would open up to a male about their problems. Mike goes to talk to Rome not caring about the labels society has placed on men. He gets emotional and expresses his wants and needs to Rome. Societal expectations of masculinity are far from this. Rome treats Mike with aggression and toughness. This shows that women are capable of having the ability to provided and be in control of a male. With Rome still being in control, she gathers all the women in her club, as she refers to them as queens, and she seeks their opinion rather to let Mike in or not. This demonstrates the societal definition of traditional gender roles being switched because the women are in charged, led by Rome. Rome sets everything up and takes control of the show. Mike is encouraged by a female figure, which happens to be Rome, to perform on a female. With Rome doing this, she opens up Mike emotionally and sexually to express his feeling the best way he is capable of doing. In this scene Mike is dancing to the song “Feel It” by Jacquees. In the lyrics Jacquees says, “I’m gonna make you feel it” numerous of times throughout the song. Furthermore, this symbolizes male figures being able to make women of any shape or race feel loved and sexually

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