First, we need to know what a “chick flick” really is. When asking a variety of guys what they thought a “chick flick” was, the most common response was, “a movie geared toward women, involving a lot of romance and feminine issues.” However; does that necessarily mean that all women love to watch ‘chick flicks’? There are plenty of women that enjoy action movies more than sappy lovey-dovey ones, just like there are many guys who enjoy romantic films more than explosive thrilling ones. Referring to romantic films as “chick flicks,” is like making the statement that only women watch these films. Well, we all know that’s not true. Many times we’ve seen guys going to watch these movies with their girlfriends, and not just because she dragged him there. Often, they actually enjoy the movie they go to see. Then, why do so many people continue to refer to this selection of films as “chick flicks”?
Some people don’t see themselves using this reference as sexist, but more of a general acknowledgement since, in their opinion, it’s accurate to say that more women watch these films rather than men. What these people don’t realize is that making this reference is inaccurate because, even though a large amount of women enjoy these movies, not all of them do. This general reference is falsely stereotyping all women as romantics and all men as the opposite, if you take it literally.
Romantic films should not be referred to as “chick flicks”, as it puts a false mental image on the term relating to both men and women. Many men that I know (of different sexual orientations) enjoy romantic films. Many women I know don’t care for them. By connecting romantic films with women, it gives the mental image of women being the softer, more passionate sex rather than the brutally aggressive males found in action genres.
I posted a poll on Facebook as well as MisterPoll.com asking guys to post how many “chick flicks” they’ve seen in their lifetime, if any, as well as to post what the reason was behind going to watch these films. Of all the guys who posted on my poll, only twenty percent had never watched a “chick flick.” Out of the eighty percent of guys who had watched these films, over seventy percent said it was because they like those films and chose to see it, not that they were convinced by a woman to watch it. So my question is, why do so many people call these films “chick flicks” instead of romantic films? I don’t see the fairness in only connecting genre with the female gender. Action films aren’t called “dick flicks,” therefore, the term “chick flick” should be gotten rid of completely to keep sexism out of films altogether.
http://www.misterpoll.com/polls/458156 (the link to my poll)
By: Sierra Dole