「One of Netflix’s social media accounts has decided to go the political route as it went on a rant demanding that people stop using the term “chick flick”, not exactly the type of content that followers of the account were expecting.
Composing several tweets, the account provided its “reasoning”:
Quick PSA: Can we stop calling films “chick flicks” unless the films are literally about small baby chickens? Here’s why this phrase should absolutely be retired (thread):
For starters, “chick flicks” are traditionally synonymous with romantic comedies. This suggests that women are the only people interested in 1. Romance 2. Comedy. Which I can promise from the men I’ve come across in my life – simply isn’t true.
There aren’t sweeping categories specific to men. You don’t hear people asking to watch “man movies” – instead, pretty much every intersection of genre is on the table and seen as for men, except of course, the aforementioned rom-coms.
The term also cheapens the work that goes into making these types of films. Romantic comedies and/or films centered around female leads go through just as much editing, consideration, and rewriting as any other film.
And nicknaming films “chick flicks” drives home that there’s something trivial about watching them. But what’s trivial about watching a film that makes you feel 1,000 emotions in ~90 minutes?
Overall, there’s nothing inherently gendered about liking a light-hearted film with a strong female lead and emotional arc. So next time you call something a "chick flick," you better be referring to Chicken Run.」
Who let this person post drivel on this Netflix Twitter account? Why is the term 'chick flick' being turned from a non-issue into a fake issue? Why should we stop using this term because you're so offended by your own delusions? Of course we know that not only women watch these types of movies. The term cheapens the work in your eyes but not really anybody elses. We can call these movies whatever the fuck we want and you can continue to be offended by fake issues.