I think Nicole already put this in one of her link roundups, but frankly I’m not done being excited about this yet.
What’s most appealing – and perhaps surprising – about the sequel to the 2012 hit is the overriding sense of inclusiveness and acceptance. The film’s already been called ‘body positive‘ and ‘sex positive‘, praised for its focus on diversity and female desire. For what’s essentially a buddy road film centred on a bunch of dudes – what Quentin Tarantino might call “a hangout movie” – it still manages to be a film for those Hollywood generally tends to ignore, especially women.
THIS FELT VERY TRUE TO ME, I can confirm that seeing this with a massive group of women was one of the most life-affirming and joy-filled experiences I’ve had in recent memory. Also, who would have guessed that hands-down the sexiest scene in a movie about dudes getting tits-out would be a muted greeting between two fully-dressed women? (JADA PINKETT SMITH, IF YOU EVER ESCAPE SCIENTOLOGY I AM HERE FOR YOU.)
Tatum: I wonder if she cooks? I wanna talk to her. We’re gonna do a Magic Mike Vegas show, and it’s… (sighs). ‘Feminist’ is like a hard word for me to throw around. I would love to say I’m a feminist but I don’t study feminism, so I can’t just go, like, “Yes, I’m a feminist!”. But I’m very pro-feminism. I wanna talk to her about the Magic Mike show.
“I don’t study feminism.” OF COURSE YOU DON’T. YOUR MIND IS A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN UNTRAMMELED BY BOOK-LEARNING, CHANNING TATUM. [Dot Com voice] Channing’s is a tactile, kinesthetic learning style.
We are an effective group of adults here. Channing wants to talk to Roxane about the Magic Mike show. Conveniently enough, Roxane wants to talk to Channing about the Magic Mike show. Surely we can move this from the realm of desire to the realm of action.
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Following the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for insurance companies to provide free contraceptives, individual spending on birth control pills plummeted by almost half in the first six months the landmark healthcare law went into effect.
This is according to a new study published by the Health Report on Tuesday, which found the sharp decline in contraceptive spending saved women a startling $1.4 billion in 2013 alone. Out-of-pocket spending on intrauterine devices (IUD’s) also declined by 68 percent.
The study comes in the same week as the results of a public health program in Colorado that provides free contraceptive methods to low-income women revealed that the rate of unintended teen pregnancies dropped by 40 percent and abortions by 35 percent.
Mallory is an Editor of The Toast.