The term “Chick Flick” is a sexist and homophobic way to describe a film. Especially for the “bros”, stop perpetuating patriarchy and hetero normative language that offends, divides, and is a leech on our society.
Rationale: Using the term “Chick flick” was intentionally packaged and sold to you to describe a film through a sexist, homophobic lens. This term operates from the assumption that these romantic comedies will and should only be liked by those that identify as women.
This is sexist/homophobic/unexamined logic because the term “chick” automatically marginalizes anyone that does not identify with the female gender assigned to them at birth. Further- it perpetuates the toxic cultural norm that says those that identify as male, regardless of their sexual orientation, should not show or express emotion. Mainstream culture says, if you’re emotional; you’re weak & not being a man. If you’re sensitive or nurturing; you’re too soft and will always finish last.
This toxicity manifests in our culture by associating traits like compassion, empathy, and love, (which I feel are authentic expressions from the soul) with being wrong and feminine. Our culture reinforces these stereotypes without realizing it blocks off and demonizes whole sections of our true authentic selves necessary to cure the ills of this world.
Here is the “Jarret getting deep” close – said in a sarcastic, Christopher Walken voice in my head:
A family divided against itself cannot rise. Everyone and everything is connected. Each of us have the choice to either remain trapped in the matrix of comfort and fear or to fight for our right to awaken to the power of love that resides powerfully within. When we’re ready, the world invites us to work outside our comfort zone to confront and heal the ills within ourselves, our families, our communities, our human family, and cure the pain we are causing the rest of life on this planet.
At this time on the clock of the world we each hold the power to piece this puzzled human family back together. We have the power to abolish the fear-based, systemic, cultural, and ideological prisons imposed on our human family. A family united for all can thrive.
Language is power & the power is yours!
*Important note about the author: Jarret Schlaff happens to thouroughly enjoy romantic comedies(Previously a “guilty pleasure”). Subscribe to this blog(at the very bottom of the homepage) and follow me on Twitter @Planit4planet to get connected with ideas and solutions to heal the planet, and random ideas and insights shared with you from friends and brilliant people all over the globe.