From the genesis of relationship-advice movies, even back in the days of Helen Gurley Brown's , screenwriters had to struggle with making relatable women out of observations, gender generalizations and broad stereotypes of human behavior.
The talkshow host is a five-time Daytime Emmy Award winner and 14-time NAACP Image Winner, so it’s no surprise his success is reflected in his income.
Ironically, he’s achieved exactly what he set out to.
We should take Harvey's own advice and not put up with this crap.
We should think like people who know they deserve better.
In one scene, women are fighting over copies of Steve Harvey's book (which might as well be billed as a character in the film), a gentleman in a pink polo with a sweater draped around his shoulders steals a copy away.
As he (literally) frolics away, he shouts, "For me!
Although Harvey loves and respects women, he doesn't value their power enough to allow them to be their own women.
In fact, one chapter is even directed toward empowered women, a type of woman that Harvey and the film take specific issue with.
The book refers to them as "strong, independent and lonely," and in the film, Taraji P. Her character, Lauren, is a high-powered COO who (in the grand tradition of female executives in cinema) can't find a mate. Because of this, her partner (Michael Ealy) informs her that she doesn't need a man because she is one.
The message here is that women can be strong and empowered, only as long as their power or success still caters to male power and ego.
This is particularly troubling for a number of reasons.