In this episode, I critique the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. The film drew a significant audience due to its all-star cast including Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, and Kevin Bacon. And though it is hilariously funny, it sends some troubling messages about masculinity and dating.
I also discuss the problem of sexist dating advice that is often offered to men. Female dating coaches especially tell men to simply “be confident” or “interesting” or “unique” when they approach women. But women never feel the pressure that comes from the approach. Until women are socially approved to approach men, they have to acknowledge the privilege they gain [...]