THINK LIKE A MAN (2012)

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Elizabeth

Why? Why do movies like Think LIke A Man exist? I want to say it’s all Tyler Perry’s fault, or maybe even Steve Harvey’s fault, in this case, but it’s not, not completely at least.

Have you ever seen Adam’s Rib? It’s a romantic comedy with a battle of the sexes theme, in which the main actor and actress duke it out over who’s smarter, more capable, and better. Also, it stars Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy and was made in 1949. Yet, miraculously, it’s still somehow less anti-feminist than Think Like A Man. How can this be? How can a movie make over $99 million at the box office in 2012, and include jokes like calling a little boy who plays violin gay and calling the very feminine Taraji P. Henson a man because she provides for herself? It’s because men and women are fed the same rhetoric now as they were 64 years ago: men are capable and women are incapable. It’s as simple as that. All women want is to get married. All men want is to get laid. In the words of the great author Steve Harvey, it’s “In men’s DNA to be the provider.” Yes, I guess that’s true. I guess that’s why men are known for staying behind and taking care of their children while women cheat on their men. Right.

Think Like A Man desperately tries to categorize everyone and every gender in an age when that is becoming less important. But because of bullshit like this, you have characters like Lauren (Taraji P. Henson), known in the movie as, “the Woman Who Is Her Own Man,” Candace (Regina Hall), known in the movie as, “The Single Mom,” Zeke (Romany Malco), known in the movie as “The Player,” and Kristen (Gabrielle Union), known in the movie as, “The Girl Who Wants A Ring,” among many (many many) others. The characters are labeled for us in the beginning, to set up this world in which everyone has one character trait and it just so happens to be one that needs to be fixed by a corresponding member of the opposite sex. This is so unrealistic, the characters are constantly contradicting themselves in maddening ways, like when Kristen wants a more grown up life, so she throws out all of her boyfriend’s stuff. Yes, on the one hand, his stuff contains dirty furniture and action figures. But on the other hand, he’s a person and is in the relationship and Kristen throwing everything away without asking is even more childish then the oft-lamented collecting of action figures. I feel like this would something a more intelligent, 30-something man or woman would pick up on, but not in Think Like A Man.

So, in a way, how does one think like a man? Apparently, it’s by choosing one characteristic about a person, defining that person entirely based on that one characteristic, and then setting out to change that one characteristic. Fabulous.

Christopher

I have lived my life never really thinking like a man so I am SO happy Think Like A Man finally did that for me! But seriously, anyone who watches this movie in any seriousness is completely insane. The best part was . . . well all of it an none of it, definitely a must-see. The other really weird thing was how many jabs at Tyler Perry this movie had. I guess it thought it was better than a TP film? Unfortunately they didn’t realize it was exactly the same, maybe even more sexist, racist, and whatever else you could possibly throw in. Easily one of the grossest movies we have ever seen.

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7 thoughts on “THINK LIKE A MAN (2012)

  1. Men and women can never be equal. Embrace sexism. Equality is like saying colour is about blue being the same as red. The sexes are separate and very distinct from each other. There is no equality because they are not equal. Both are fine, wonderful creatures but biology is indisputable and men are superior to women.

    1. Embracing sexism is not the same as recognizing that the sexes are separate and distinct. Embracing sexism would be embracing the idea that one sex is superior to another, which is not true and not okay. Crediting biology with the idea of men being superior to women is absurd. First of all, not all men and not all women are identical, so making a blanket statement like that about either sex is pointless. Second of all, even if we were to assume that everyone belonging to their respective sexes were identical in terms of biology, saying one is superior to the other without context is also pointless. Do you mean men are physically superior? Then in what way? Men generally have more strength, but women can give birth. Do you mean men are mentally superior? What are you basing this on? You can’t base that on anything in history, because men have continually had the upper hand in the workforce and academia, making them more prominent.
      Thanks for your input and contributing to men like Steve Harvey and Tyler Perry’s ideology and millions.

      1. In some ways men are superior, in others women. Womb envy is a highly occurring phenomenon among men. Therefore, I think women, feminists in particular need to stop embracing penis envy (by getting a career and being breadwinners). Let the men handle it. Why any rational woman would would want the extra burdens of breadwinner and career, while still having to do female duties such as household chores and childbirth? It is a man’s world out there. Learn to embrace it and live the best possible life in it. Without succumbing to male energies. Male energies lead to inferiority complexes in women, and essentially, by denying your female nature you become a secondary man, not a pretty sight. Unless of course you want to be a slave to your man.

        http://modernfemininemystique.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/the-modern-woman-is-the-modern-version-of-escrava-isaura/

  2. Why a rational woman would want the extra burdens of being a breadwinner and a career is because some women want financial, emotional, and psychological independence. And not every woman has to juggle this with “female duties” such as household chores and childbirth, because not every woman wants or is capable of having children. And if a woman is single or in an equal partnership, there is no such thing as “female duties,” – if you’re single, household chores are just duties. If you’re in an equal partnership, both partners take on the demands of chores. So why not pursue a career if that’s what a woman desires? I have a career because I’m ambitious, I love my job, and I’m good at it. That has nothing to do with me being a woman, those are just facts about me as a person. If a woman chooses not to have a career and be supported by her partner, that’s fine. That’s her choice. And choice is what feminism is all about. I’m not sure what you mean by “male energies,” but if you’re referring to characteristics that are traditionally male, such as having a job, then I don’t see how that is against the nature of a female.
    And if you really want to get into it, if you have children in the mix, it tends to be more in the nature of a female to care and provide for her children, hence getting an education and a job to support them. Single mothers must rely on themselves, and having a job does not make anyone less of their gender.

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