Ahem…Magic Mike {Recipe: Blackberry Gin Shooters}

My eyes had the pleasure of taking in Magic Mike earlier this week. If you aren’t familiar with this movie, you can find more about it here, but in general, there really isn’t much of a plot, but lots and lots of eye candy.

Before the movie even started, the packed audience (of mixed ages and genders) was going wild in anticipation for what we were about to see… Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and a slew of other nice looking actors wearing next to nothing as they took it all off on the stage of a male strip club.

What I wasn’t prepared to see was the heavy use and acceptance of drugs, simulated sex acts, “sharing” of partners, the “f-bomb” dropped more than any other word and more… all this while the audience in the theater cheered on. I couldn’t help but wonder what this says about our society today. I feel a little disturbed that I am raising three girls and a boy in an era where no one seems all that embarrassed to be sitting in a theater watching this stuff happen on screen.

Do I like seeing a nice looking man with his shirt off? Yes… yes I do, and there was plenty of that in this movie. In fact, I wouldn’t mind freeze framing a few Channing Tatum scenes and staring at them for awhile. The dancing, although a bit much at times, was really good.

I guess I am more disturbed by what’s “acceptable” today… we are no longer hiding behind closed doors to read “erotica”… in fact, it’s so well accepted that certain books have jumped to and stayed on the NY Times Bestseller list for a long time. Movies, like Magic Mike, leave little to the imagination. Even clothing young girls and women are wearing have you wondering if they paid full price for an outfit that barely covers their body.

We concern ourselves with pedophiles and sexual predators, yet we cheer wildly when a man holds a woman’s head to his near naked crotch and bumps and grinds. What kind of message is our behavior sending to those people observing us…looking up to us…taking their cues from us?

I may be a prude for even writing this post, and I know I can’t have it both ways… I enjoyed parts of Magic Mike but I am honestly ready, for the sake of future generations, to return to the days where leaving more to the imagination was a very good thing.

Sidenote update: My friend Shaina just shared this link to a Washington Post article by Suzi Parker. If you have questions about whether to see this movie, read this article.

And on to a recipe that has absolutely nothing to do with the blog post, except it was inspired by a cocktail I enjoyed with girlfriends prior to heading over to see the movie!

Blackberry Gin Shooters Cocktail
A simple summer blackberry cocktail, served in individual shot glasses.
  • 4 fresh blackberries, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup finely crushed ice
  1. Muddle blackberries
  2. In a cocktail shaker, shake together gin, simple syrup and fresh lemon juice until well blended.
  3. Add the muddled blackberries. Shake again.
  4. Divide crushed ice into 4 tall shot glasses, filling to the top but not packing the ice. Pour cocktail mixture over crushed ice. Top each shot glass with 1 blackberry. Serve cold.

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  1. says

    I agree and am glad you wrote this. There are lines that I think should be drawn but that line is different for each person. I mean clearly the movie has a certain topic but did they go too far? Do they really do all of that in real life? I’m not the one to ask. The change in whats acceptable from when I was a kid to now kind of shocks me… not just whats on tv but even the clothing.

  2. says

    Oh, Kristen – just another reason why I like you so much!! I sometimes wonder if I was born in the wrong time, because I have a hard time seeing a lot of what goes on. And I struggled with the idea of having kids that I have to raise in a crazy world like this for so long. It truly scares me – especially raising a daughter – when I feel like nothing is sacred anymore. I haven’t seen the movie, and have no plans to read the books (not really my kind of thing). In fact, I read a “teen” book awhile back and was appalled at how lightly they talked about sex. In a teen book. But I’m glad that there are so many who feel the same way!

  3. Harris Powell says

    I feel that all the comments that I have read is wonderful because even the ones that see things a little differently were very tactful in their comments. I feel that this all began in the 60’s when John F. Kennedy was president. (I know that this will be very unpopular with many) but Kennedy was tolerent of too many loose morals. He opened the flood gate to bring in the sexual revolution as it has been called. I lived through all of the things that went on that occured during that era. Excuse my rambling, I guess, what I am trying to say is that this thing did not happen over night. I salute all you ladies for your wonderful comments. Thank you all.

  4. says

    I could almost cry reading this post. I can’t cheer you on loud enough. I’m reminded of this quote, “The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity. oh, how we pray that every young woman will grow up to be all the wonderful things she is meant to be. We pray that her mother and father will show her the right way.” -Nadauld
    In fact, I think I will post about you and everything this week. Done.

  5. says

    I haven’t watched this Magic Mike movie so I will check the trailer of this. I like your new creation which is Blackberry Gin Shooters. I really don’t know mixing and creating beautiful and tasty drinks so I will try yours.


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