Is it me or did ‘comedian’ suddenly become synonymous with ‘therapist’? Between Greg Behrendt’s “He’s Just Not That Into You” and Finesse Mitchell’s relationship column “Oh Brother” in Essence magazine, I’m seriously beginning to wonder if I should have done my clinical training at The Laugh Factory in CA. There’s been a rash of comedians turned “self-help gurus” and the latest edition to the tribe is Steve Harvey with his NY Times Best Seller, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man”. In it, he strings together comedy and personal stories to illustrate how men “really” think and then loosely ties together those experiences to offer advice to women on how to receive the treatment we desire from a man. Steve does an adequate job of acknowledging the paradox that exists between men with their simple needs and women with our complex desires. But beyond that it felt like the same old advice coming from a new comedic voice. Which begs the question, has relationship advice been reduced to a punch-line? Are we women so obsessed with the topic of getting a good man that we’re willing to re-purchase and re-read the same advice from just any body (e.g a comedian – no judgment)? Perhaps my therapeutic cynicism has caught up with me.
Tell us what YOU think of the book. Was it the ultimate playbook for women or is the joke on us?