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There's No Such Thing as 'Chick Flicks'
We've all heard the term 'chick flick.' People use it to describe a certain kind of movie. But is it really accurate to imply that only women like these movies? Or that they should only be liked by girls? In reality, I think that there really is no such thing as a 'chick flick.'
For those of you who don't know what these are, the term 'chick flick' generally describes a romantic movie. It will feature two main characters, a guy and a girl, as they find love in each other. Some of these movies are funny, and some make you cry. The general theme is emotion, either romantic or sad. Not all have romance, though. Some are just plain sad and feature strong women in tough situations.
Some popular movies that fall under this category are Sleepless in Seattle (1993), When Harry Met Sally (1989), and Steel Magnolias (1989).
Why the Name is Wrong
The term 'chick flick' implies that this type of movie is either only liked by women or it SHOULD only be liked by women. The problem there is that plenty of men like these movies. I've known all sorts of guys that get just as sentimental over the romantic themes as the girls do. So, why would we bring gender into this if it were false?
FACT: Guys like romance. (Not all of them, but not all women do either.)
This Term Does Harm
There are all sorts of guys who like romantic or sad movies, but they hide it. After all, people talk as though these movies are only for girls. Some guys think that it makes them less of a man if they like them. Others are afraid that it will make them seem gay. A term like 'chick flick' perpetuates the negative aspects of manly man and gay stereotypes.
FACT: Men, whether straight, gay, macho or reserved, can like romantic or sad movies.
So how do we get around this problem? Stop calling them 'chick flicks'! They aren't just for girls, so it makes it an inaccurate and harmful term. Instead, you should call them by their actual genre. They could be romantic, drama, and romantic comedies. Call them by what they would be filed under at the video store.
After all, people don't call sports movies 'dude flicks.' Why? Because girls like them, too. We need to keep gender out of it. While the sex we were born with affects our reproductive organs and the amount of body hair we have, it doesn't affect the movies that we like.