Daily Fail – Don’t be a manrepeller

The Daily Mail strikes again. I don’t normally bother to comment on things like this, quite frankly I prefer to avoid any drama in my online life, as day to day carries plenty of it’s own. Not to mention people behind the keyboard are far more open to abuse, but I have to say, as articles go, this one is more than a little irritating. To me, it’s along the same lines those magical ones telling you what you’re too old/young/ to wear/read/drink etc. I decorate the way I like, yes I take into account my husbands tastes (I wouldn’t want to traumatise him) but otherwise I choose what I like, because just that.

How many women decorate their homes to “attract a man”? Is that even a thing now? According to the Daily Mail the wrong decor makes your home a manrepeller and quite frankly this whole article feels like a joke, I half expected it to be dated April 1st but I was sadly mistaken.

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I wholeheartedly agree when the author says “Iā€™m not going to change my decor just because a date has different tastes.”, and so she shouldn’t, if you’re moving in with someone then compromise is definitely the way to go, but if your tastes in wallpaper or your interest in having images of women around you puts him off, is he perhaps not the right person for you? She talks of how the coach doesn’t like her cactus (too spiky?!) and the fact she doesn’t like the fridge magnets, which only serves to leave me curious as to what they were? Liz, what are your fridge magnets? I need to know!

Some of the twitter responses have been amazing, I have to say I laughed when I saw @PNWwriting stating that your books are not a manrepeller but a “screening tool” (https://goldhaber.net/, https://twitter.com/PNWwriting); I couldn’t agree with you more. If I tried to get rid of our books I think my husband would be very disappointed in me, and as for depressing titles, most of my shelves are horror or murder mystery, cheerful isn’t a typical title style in that genre, does it put men off me? Clearly not as I’ve been married for nearly 15 years.

I’m not going to sit here and say that you shouldn’t change your home, or declutter – clutter drives me mad, I even tried the KonMari method, which has really helped me clear clutter in my kitchen and our clothing but has not helped at all with books or board games. They all bring us joy, and are often re-read, so I guess they’re staying. But I do think if you need to change, if you need to alter your home/clothes or style in general, in order to attract a man, then you’re probably not attracting the right man for you?

I’m not a fan of the Daily Mail, honestly I think Liz could find a better place to work, that said, I think it only fair you be allowed to read the article for yourself, how do you feel being told you should change your home if you want to attract a man?


And to see some of the posts on twitter referring to this, I have done the search for manrepeller for you šŸ˜‰


Published by Michelle Quinton

Mum, wife, perpetual student, freelance writer, weight loss coach, artist and occasionally model. I love to try new things, I love to write and I love studying and researching. Never thought I'd see the day that studying became something I enjoyed, but here we are. My blog is where I put my thoughts, I also plan to start a blog of short stories, with a new prompt for each story.

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