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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Clegg Corp


Once, a few summers ago, I had a male friend tell me that I'm a man-hater. I was surprised about this accusation and a smidge offended. Little old me? Certainly, I'm a lover...not a hater. Could it have been my passion for girlpower? my respect for Gloria Steinem? This caused me some concern. Because I love men! I love looking at them...flirting with them... talking with them.. joking with them..... fantasizing about them..... being friends with them.... and my heart goes pitter patter over them.

Well, one day, my sparkleberry soul sista was having some relationship trouble. Immediately my manhating defenses jumped in obnoxiously to want to protect my friend from hurt and harm. However, lover in me knows that's not nice or fair. So I broke down an advice email into two voices. Manhater voice obviously had very different words of wisdom than Manlover.

Upon analyzing this process, my friend and I discovered that if you combine manhater and manlover strategies together in just such a way, you will produce the most dangerous and powerful of all voices...MANEATER.

When you evolve into a Maneater will become the sweetest bitch around town. It's just another one of our badass philosophies but I would ask you to try it.

Maneating works . You might want to give fair warning to your lover...but at the very least...use your powers responsibly.

FYI: This technique was inspired by this very same friend who had offered advice to me in a similar way.  When I was struggling with a predicament, she had offered her words of advice broken down  into two emails as was from Big Soul Sister and the other from  Little Soul Sister. (Little Soul Sister was way more fun! I prefer to listen to her and that may say something about me. hmmmm )

If you take anything out of this bizarre philosophy, I hope that it's this.  Breaking down problems and giving or offering advice from two different voices somehow offers more clarity than choosing to stew in hate....or acquiesce in love.

and also this:

  • Don't be a hater....

  • Unleash the maneater in you.

  • Most importantly, I hope you have a soul sister to share your shit with.

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