Essay about The Romantic Comedy Think Like A Man

1142 Words Mar 21st, 2016 5 Pages
The 2012 romantic comedy Think Like a Man reads like a menist manifesto masquerading as a film for women. Throughout the course of the film there are many conversations about gender roles and sexuality in contemporary society, though these conversations are both crude and frankly outdated. The film itself is based on a book written by Steve Harvey titled Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. With the title alone we are given our first example of just how problematic the ideology of the film is. Writer Kayla Charleston elaborates on this in her paper Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Patriarch, stating: “note Harvey’s use of lady as opposed to woman. Invoking images of virtue and prim behavior characteristic of a lady, Harvey sustains the imperative to act in a way desirable to men” (Charleston, 664). Here Charleston notes two major flaws at the ideology of the film.
The first flaw in the films ideology is the insistence that the women of the film must “act like a lady”. The phrase reeks of hegemonic masculinity, implying that women must act a certain way to fit into the hierarchy of society. The film goes out of the way to point out things that aren’t ‘lady like’. While all of the women in the film are initially shown to be disqualified from being considered ladies, special attention should be paid to the characters Lauren (Taraji P. Henson) and Mya (Meagan Good). Lauren is titled “The woman who is her own man”, with the plot condemning her for being a successful business woman.…

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