The term "chick flick" has been used to describe a specific genre of movies since the 1980s. Movies that fall into this category are usually about romance and relationships, and almost always have a happy, heartwarming ending. In recent years, it's been called into question whether the term is sexist or not, especially as the fight for equality between the genders has gained momentum. Just yesterday, Netflix explained why "chick flick" shouldn't be used anymore and fans aren't impressed.
If you follow the account @NetflixFilm on Twitter, you may have seen a rant they posted yesterday afternoon about the term "chick flick". We all know that Netflix has an awesome selection of romantic movies that fall into that sub-genre, but the streaming service thinks that it might be time for a new name.
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.
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.
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.
While Netflix does bring up some valid points in the rant, people on Twitter are having mixed feelings about the thread. Some people think that society has become way too sensitive:
There's nothing more that I loathe than having a multi billion $ entertainment company lecture me about speech.Another service that I'm about to cancel
Is lecturing us like toddlers over perceived slights and pet peeves part of what the rate hike is paying for?
Oh come on Netflix’s. It is just an expression. When used it is a way for women to join together and enjoy a great Roman e movie AnD my hubby loves to watch a chix Flix as well. Don’t make a big deal out of everything. Your gender neutral jargon is ridiculous.
And others think that Netflix is shedding light on an important issue:
Love this. And it is spot on.
Same goes for "Chick Lit". I enjoy books with strong female character , romance and Happy Ending. With the way the world is.. it's an escape. More people should give it a try.
Clearly, the crowd is divided. Personally, I think Netflix took their rant a step too far, especially considering that if you search "chick flick" on the site, an endless selection of romantic comedies and other movies that fit the trope perfectly pop up. At the end of the day, watch what you want to watch, and let other people do the same - it's not that deep.