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Romance at the Movies

Women: Don't be afraid to suggest a romantic film for Valentine's Day. New research shows that men like "women's films" as much as women do.

"Chick flicks" aren't just for women. According to psychologist Richard Harris, who made a study of our movie-going habits, guys like romantic movies, too. He says, "Everyone thinks that women like romantic movies and that they drag guys along to them. What is significant was that the guys also like these movies, and that the choice to view a romantic movie is usually made together as a couple, not just by the girl."

Although in both the men and women in Harris's study generalized that men as a group wouldn't like a romantic movie, when men rated the romantic flick they had just seen on a 7-point scale, they gave it a 4.8. When women were asked to rate how much their dates liked the movie, they gave the same 4.8 rating.

"We found that women really do enjoy romantic movies," Harris says. "However, we also found that men liked the movies as well."

Harris says one of the most interesting parts of the study was that men and women both still used stereotypes when referring to each gender in general.

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