The Sexist

Promotional Materials Not to Send Me: Books That Tell Me I’m “Living In a Fantasy World”


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Return to Sender: A press release for Stephanie Rockey's new relationship book, Ladies Listen Up!, which aims to explain why today's women are such unhappy failures.

Reasoning: The presser's internal inconsistencies do little to recommend Rockey's advice.

Exhibit A: Asking women an exhaustive 400 questions about their ideal love lives appears to have been little more than a convenient mechanism for accusing them of being "too picky." "After asking hundreds of women 388 tailored questions to find out the precise reason why they were unlucky in love, relationship expert Stephanie Rockey, founder of the Washington D.C. based True Life Partners, found one common denominator among them all–each woman’s ‘perfect man’ perception was a far cry from reality."

Exhibit B: Since a "perfect man," a "perfect relationship," and a "perfect life" are, by definition, not attainable in reality, this revelation is hardly a bold statement. "'Someone has to say it—women live in a fantasy world,' says Rockey. 'Women create in their heads the perfect scenario of how they want their life to be—perfect man, perfect relationship, perfect life. Women set themselves up for failure from minute one. No man lives up to these expectations, and in turn, women aren’t happy with their men or their lives.'"

I Rest My Case: In order to ensure that reviews of the book wouldn't be held up to a woman's unattainable ideal of literary perfection, this press release appears to have targeted those reporters who aren't currently "living in a fantasy world." The e-mail release was originally addressed directly to the City Paper's food writer, Tim Carman, who admits that he's "never given the perfect man much thought."

  • http://www.twitter.com/businesssocks mindy

    Shouldn't you have stopped when you saw the phrase, "Straight talk"?

  • Charlie

    "We are not a dating service; we are professional personal recruiters, specializing in you. We alleviate the stress behind the myth of traditional dating and help coach and introduce you with a True Life Partner to share your dreams."

    You can read more about them online.
    http://www.truelifepartners.com/philosophy.php

    Seems creepy to me. Perhaps this a front for zombies.

    Braaaiiinnnssss.

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist Amanda Hess

    The weirdest thing about the testimonials (besides their robotic nature) is that they say that the service helped them meet their ideal, true, "perfect" people---the exact thing the book says is impossible:

    I REALLY DID FIND MY TRUE LIFE PARTNER AT TRUE LIFE PARTNERS. SHE IS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE FOREVER. THANK YOU STEPHANIE.

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    EVEN THOUGH I AM SO PICKY, TRUE LIFE PARTNERS INTRODUCED ME TO THE PERFECT WOMAN FOR ME.

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    WITH MY BUSY SCHEDULE I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO MEET A SPECIAL WOMAN. TRUE LIFE PARTNERS MADE IT POSSIBLE.

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