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March 19, 2018

‘Love, Simon’ and the Necessary Death of the “Nice Guy”

There’s an archetype in popular media of the “hopeless romantic” guy. He’s sweet, he’s sensitive, and he will go to any lengths to win over the girl of his dreams, who is just one big, romantic gesture away from falling head over heels for this dude. It’s a familiar character and also a toxic one. It’s predicated on the notion that niceness is something to be rewarded as well as a tool one can use to make women swoon rather than just being good for the sake of being good. This character is always a …

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