Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The Dangers of Rom-Coms
Rom-Coms, Romantic Comedies, Chick-Flicks.
No, I don't hate Chick-Flicks for stereotypical “guy” reasons. I like love stories. (I cried when I read The Bridges of Madison County).
The reason why I hate Chick-Flicks is because they perpetuate and teach a lie. The collective underlying truth that is assumed is that every single solitary man has a natural and innate ability to be 'romantic'. It is only a matter either of getting in touch with it, or caring enough, or 'coming out of their shell', or getting over their shyness, or any number of possibilities their plots will permit.
Again, the underlying assumption is that all men can do romantic. This is perfectly fine in literature or in movies for purely entertainment value.
But that's not where it ends, does it? A sad fact of reality in our Western society today is that – unfortunately – we often are taught by movies.