A female college student has shown just how much damage social media has done to interpersonal relationships, by creating a list of “demands” for potential suitors and claiming the men have to be vetted by her friend.
Phoebe Brooks, who is 21 and goes to Gloucestershire University, put together her list of 13 “high standards” with her friend after becoming single at the beginning of the year.
Brooks put together a list with her friend, Jemma McCoubrey, 21, of 13 requirements needed to date her.
The list includes being a feminist, being “emotionally intelligent,” and understanding “inequality and what we put up with.”
The series of demands also goes on to state the man must be organized as she doesn’t want a man who needs to be “mothered”.
While it’s not entirely certain that Brooks understands all the definitions she puts on the list, the film production major has undoubtedly made waves with her handwritten list.
“I’ve been told I’m high maintenance. I don’t think I am,” she said to the Daily Star. “Most of them are not big asks – they are the bare minimum. These are absolute non-negotiables.”
Jumping on the “emotional intelligence” buzzword, she claimed that she’s “always wanted that classic true love. You grow together. Everyone should have someone who is open-minded to change.”
Whether or not her definition of being open-minded to change matches that of your average person remains to be seen.
In 2022, a survey conducted amongst young adult males by the Southern Poverty Law Center revealed that one out of three men believe modern evolutions of feminism have done more harm than good both for society and relationships.
The survey, which was divided between men who lean both left and right, found common ground in agreeing that “men should be represented and valued more in our society.”
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