ABOUT TIME: Feminists Now Raging over Romantic Comedies...
Just when you thought feminists can't get any more ridiculous, their new line of attack is romantic comedies. You know, because why should other women be allowed to enjoy anything without it being politicized? Let's face it, this one was a long time coming. Most romantic comedies involve a woman who's got her proverbial crap together, but still isn't happy. That's like showing feminists a hair-dryer. OPPRESSION! Just take it from HuffPo.
While movies like “500 Days Of Summer” and “You’ve Got Mail” might be the perfect companions to a Friday night at home, they (unfortunately) don’t include the most progressive feminist plot lines.
There are definitely rom-coms that turn stereotypes on their heads, but many actually perpetuate sexist character tropes. Fan favorites like “She’s All That” and “Jerry Maguire” center around a woman completely changing her life for a man, while “500 Days of Summer” and “Garden State” idealize the manic pixie dream girl — a woman who exists exclusively to further the personal growth of a man.
If you watch the video, apparently the problematic plot-points are the guy getting the girl, the girl being hot, anything being told through the guys point of view, the girl deciding love is more important than a job she didn't like, the girl just being one of the guys...and pixi hair cuts.
Here's a thought for HuffPo and feminists out there: if you don't like romantic comedies, perhaps you shouldn't watch them. I know, right? Freaking crazy talk. Thing is, most women who are at home on a Friday night, probably alone or with other girlfriends, likely don't give a giant heart-shaped crap about "progressive feminist plot lines." Maybe, just maybe, these women want to watch something light-hearted and fun. What with it being a Friday night and all. Maybe they want something which lifts them up? Just guessing.
If we take HuffPo seriously, what offends them in the rom-com department is anything that is the opposite of Amy Schumer, the one person they do like. A woman who isn't all that attractive, isn't that romantic and is, let's be real here, rather crass (read Dear Fat Feminists: Being Naked While Unattractive is not 'Brave'.... But hey, that just means she's "real," and doesn't encourage women to be attractive or polite. Now I'm finally seeing what these supposed "progressive feminist plot lines" are all about.
Here's the rub, feminists. Romantic comedies are targeted towards women because it's shown that women enjoy these movies (more so than men). Maybe they're the normal ones, and you're the freaks? Sorry, that was a rhetorical question. We already know the answer here.
What say you, ladies? Need more butch-cutted heroines in your rom-coms? Tweet me at @Courtneyscoffs