Joe Manganiello: No Shame In His Feminist, Male Stripper- Documenting Game

By: Les Fabian Brathwaite

Joe Manganiello, feminist icon? The hunky actor chatted with BuzzFeed about his post-True Blood plans and his new documentary about male strippers, La Bare. Manganiello is famous for la baring it all as Alcide on the hit HBO series which he deftly refers to as "softcore porn with Oscar winners" (it returns June 22 at 9 pm, FYI). And let's not forget his turn as Big Dick Richie in the wrongfully Oscar-snubbed Magic Mike. But Joe just sees all that gratuitous nudity as a form of empowerment for both men and women:

“[La Bare] is about exploring what being a man means in today’s day and age because that definition has changed drastically over the last 40 years,” he said. “I think we’re in this spot now where a lot of men and women don’t know what it means to be a man and La Bare is an exploration of what it means to be a man in a post-feminist world. If you think about it, male stripping is a product of feminism — it didn’t exist 100 years ago or 50 years ago. It started in the late ’70s, so what does that mean and how have we readjusted?

“I don’t think there’s any such thing as male objectification,” Manganiello added with a shrug when asked about his own voyeur-inviting nudity. “I think that word exists only with women because there are societal pressures for them to behave a certain way and to look a certain way. Someone put it to me once: Women are sex objects and men are success objects. That was really interesting to me.”

So in celebration of Joe Manganiello's staunch feminism, let's take a GIF-guided tour of his scantily-clad career, including some scenes from La Bare, in theaters June 27:

Gloria Steinem must be so proud.

GIFS: Tumblr