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Men Love Love, Too

As Valentine's Day approaches, I've got romantic movies on the brain. Apparently, so do many men! According to a recent U.S. study, men are more fond of romantic movies than originally suspected. Kansas State University psychology professor Richard Harris surveyed 250 men and women, having them watch a romantic film together and rate it from 0 to 7, 7 being the highest. The average score from women was about 6, while men rated the films around 4.8 — much higher than expected. The Reuters article continues:

"Everyone thinks that women like romantic movies and that they drag guys along to them," Harris told Reuters.

He said movie studio executives should put aside stereotypes about "chick flicks" and recognize the fact that there is a moderate interest among men in romantic movies.

"There are a lot of men who go to these romantic movies and enjoy them. I wouldn't write off the male audience just because it is a romantic film. I would suggest marketing to the men in the audience," he said.

I for one am all for getting rid of the term "chick flick," and I'll tell you why if you

A label like "chick flick" is an automatic deterrent when couples are trying to choose a movie they'll both enjoy. Also, nowadays "chick flick" implies something insubstantial and silly, which seems to become a comment on women and the kinds of things we find interesting and relevant. Ultimately, movies don't have to have a gender assigned to them. Sometimes a romantic film is just a romantic film.

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mmmmmm mmmmmm 10 years
I don't think of romantic movies as chick flicks I think of chick flicks as those movies that are enjoyable as long as you don't watch the last 30 minutes or so...ya know what I mean...before they get super sappy as if to make up for the lack of sappiness in the first part?
swwonder swwonder 10 years
My friends boyfriend came along to the cinema's all the time to see girly films, sometimes he loved them more than us!
Linny Linny 10 years
one of my ex's favorite movies was serendipity, but he just liked bad movies
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I have two (straight) guy friends who regularly get together to watch all number of "chick flicks," some of which were too sappy even for me. They love them and refuse to let people make them feel bad about it.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Well said, Buzz. I'm with you on getting rid of the label.
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