COULD A HOT BUTLER CHANGE YOUR LIFE?
So far, it appears that won’t be us if we’ve read the latest news about I’m confused: isn’t this supposed to be a glamorous fantasy? Then I remember the online order form, on which I’d also
has been our number-one thing to says. The company developed what they call ‘signature service’: round-the
what women actually want,’ says Dalal Khajah, co-founder of ManServants. She, Josephine and ManServants ‘director of hustle’ Annie Pariseau are all in their mid-20s, beautiful and stylish. They attention – from men, yes, but also from your girlfriends and from adventurous urban-dwellers, it’s déclassé to post photos of your friend receiving a lapdance from a male stripper. But a handsome man in
According to the women behind ManServants, women want to be adored. And they want to be seen being adored. They want a touch of theatricality, and to feel the thrill of male attention without worrying about whether they are sending the wrong signals or will have to shoo him away at the end of the night.
Despite its puritan bent, ManServants also represents a long-overdue role reversal. Dalal and Josephine’s business is built on women naming their own desires and creating a self-directed world of pseudo-romantic fantasy – gained popularity, there were cries of sexism. The biggest criticism: a service appalling. And it might, but at the very least, the service about sex, but they use the words ‘sexy’ and ‘fantasy’ an awful lot.
for non-sexual male servitude: in just a few months of business, Josephine and Dalal have dispatched manservants to more than 50 events. Some women Goslings: Ryan Gosling in Crazy Stupid
Love. Ryan Gosling in Drive. Ryan Gosling in The Notebook.
If the manservant isn’t stripping, what is he doing? The ManServants website offers a few suggestions. For a girls’ night out: ‘At the club, he’ll act away douchebags, and drop you off or job, no matter how insistent the bride-to-be is that her servant Josephine says.
After an extensive photo shoot and compliments, we have us, and I hand him my credit card to order. As we all get tipsier, captioning the picture with ‘#bonestructure’.
Just as we’re ready to leave, a tray of champagne glasses arrives at the table. It’s unclear whether this is a gift from Matthieu or from the bartender, who seems to be engaging in a casual competition with our manservant to see who can be more attentive to us. I recall my boyfriend’s reaction when I told him I would be hiring a manservant: ‘But you already have a manservant!’ Perhaps the most brilliant side-effect of the start-up is the way it uses male competition to women’s advantage. All men seem to want to outserve the manservant.
go.’ Matthieu assures me it’s all right – he won’t charge us for the I won’t print it here, though. It’s against my code. mc
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