Thursday’s Thoughts with Thor

Posted: June 28, 2012 by jperritt in Action, Sci-Fi, Thursday's Thoughts
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Just a few weeks ago my wife and I watched the movie Thor – we were a little behind on this one. To tell you the truth, I hadn’t really wanted to watch this movie. It didn’t look all that great to me, but then I saw The Avengers so I figured I needed to see this one. As you can tell, I had low expectations going into this film but really enjoyed it. It had some fun action and a decent story, and even had some great biblical themes to discuss.

However, I don’t want to discuss any of those themes, I don’t really want to discuss anything that explicitly relates to the story. I want to discuss the actor, Chris Hemsworth and his Thorish physique – he must work out (name the movie quote).

If you’ve seen the film, or the previews, you know there is a scene that highlights Hemsworth’s muscular body. He has his shirt off, trying to appear nonchalant about looking so buff, and the character of Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) says, “He’s pretty cut for a homeless guy.”

Here’s what I want to get us thinking about today, and I will explore this a bit further in tomorrow’s post. Was that scene sinful? I believe the way the scene is setup is designed to create lust, which is sin. We know Hollywood typically employs the right lighting and makeup to highlight every actor’s physical beauty and minimize their physical weaknesses. Therefore, we could say they are trying to make women, young and old, lust.

When the scene came up, it created some good discussion between my wife and I. I asked her if she thought it was wrong. We came to the obvious conclusion that it was a heart issue. The scene could be sinful depending on what the heart does with that scene. I would easily agree that someone could watch a shirtless Hemsworth and not lust, but the movies can make it difficult when they are inviting you to do so. Plus, our sinful hearts are exceedingly wicked, and will deceive us into thinking the scene is harmless because there’s no explicit nudity.

Part of the reason I decided to discuss this today at Reel Thinking was because of a comment I saw on Facebook. A former youth from my church commented on the extreme beauty of Chris Hemsworth. Not only was she very passionate about how beautiful he was, but she communicated it to thousands of people on Facebook; i.e., no shame.

Now, it’s great that we can see and appreciate God’s creation as beautiful, and hopefully, give the Creator glory, but I did not sense this from her comment. I sensed sinful lust. Even worse, it was celebrated lust. This is a dangerous place to be.

I don’t want to get into the details of tomorrow’s post, but it will be discussing the issue of female pornography addiction. This has been a growing concern, because the amount of females looking at pornography has been on the rise over the past decade. And in this humble bloggers opinion, it is these types of scenes in film that are feeding it.
I have been shocked, and embarrassed, at the women who have spoken so openly and boldly about how incredible Taylor Lautner’s body is in the Twilight films. You don’t hear too many males speaking this openly about the females they’re infatuated with. Maybe it is because their infatuations are darker, so they don’t voice them. Therefore, the females thoughts may be somewhat innocent, so they feel a bit more comfortable to speak openly of them. I don’t claim to know what they’re thinking.

However, my concern is that these scenes are feeding the growing porn addiction among females. What do you think? Do I need to lighten up? Is this a nonissue? Is it okay to walk the tight-rope between lust and appreciation? Let’s consider this a bit more tomorrow.

  1. Cindy says:

    I don’t think you need to lighten up. I have thought often about the things I hear some girls say about a guy and his looks or physique…… that…if a guy said something similar about a girl we females would lambast them…and say they were too looks oriented…..etc. etc. I’m not sure why females have gotten away with it….. It definitely may be that some see this scene and do not lust(I can believe that) but let’s make no mistake that the makers of the film are banking that you will……and just looking at the popularity of books like 50 shades of gray among women shows pornography for women is on the rise!

  2. DustyOldTrail says:

    Solid Dumb and Dumber reference.

    It’s tough with women porn. Men porn affects almost every boy past the age of innocence. If the same were to be said of women one day those would be very tough times to raise a family and to be a christian. I’d like to believe that women are above lust and that their thoughts are somehow more pure than mine. The simple fact is that they are not. Our mouths are open graves.

    I’m rambling here but I guess what I want to say is that this growth is not peculiar to our times. There’s nothing new under the sun. Boys will talk about Megan Fox and girls will talk about Nicholas Cage. Our real hope is in Jesus, justification and sanctification. Talking in circles again sorry. I guess I just wanted to stir the pot. Not thinking thanks for reading and the article

  3. Lol, DustyOldTrail, ‘women will be talking about Nicholas Cage’? haha that must be a little before my time! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I don’t think that there is a growing porn addiction among women; woman have always looked at good-looking men. It just is more ‘socially acceptable’ now to voice such thoughts. When I saw twilight I was embarrassed at the number of grown women who were whistling at an underage boy on screen. Now, there is nothing wrong with looking at a beautiful person and appreciating the beauty, but I don’t know of many people who can do that and not sin.

  4. […] Yesterday we considered many thoughts that surrounded the movie Thor, centering on lust. Is it okay to watch a scene that highlights a certain actor’s – or actresses – physical attributes? Does it bump up too closely to lust? In my opinion, the scene from Thor was designed to make you do so, and other similar scenes do so as well. […]

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