Friday, December 17, 2010

The Man Repeller

One of my favorite blogs, shown to me by my BFF Analeigh a couple months ago, is The Man Repeller. Its author Leandra Medine is a hysterical and sarcastic writer poking fun at all things de rigueur to anyone trying to climb the sartorial ladder. The catch to the whole man repeller schtick is that she herself is an avid endorser of these so called opposite gender turn offs. Born and raised in NYC, and spending her adolescence in uniform while attending an Orthodox Jewish private school, the now 21 year old defines a "manrepeller" in Webster Dictionary terms...


outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see: human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.
–verb (used without object),-pell·ing, -pell·ed.
to commit the act of repelling men:
Girl 1: What are you wearing tonight?
Girl 2: My sweet lime green drop crotch utility pants
Girl 1: Oh, so we're man repelling tonight?
*DISCLAIMER: the above conversation took place in this room 5 minutes ago.
2009-10; repellius (ptp. of repellia to eliminate male attention), equiv. to L repel- (s. of repellix) unattractive, celibate, paris fashion week, M.C. Hammer + -repel -ler1

man·re·pell·ant, noun


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The Man Repeller pokes fun, most recently, at  turbans, harem pants, jewelry that looks like a torture instrument, jumpsuits, ponchos, furry garments resembling large unidentified animals, boyfriend jeans, clogs and formal sweatpants. Females have always had a different opinion of what looks good; obviously men want more flesh and body hugging silhouettes, women want to look like the runways- often nowhere near the male ideal. Now, let me find my "birth control glasses" so I can read the press write ups (NY Times, Lucky Magazine guest blog, and Harpers Bazaar feature) Leandra has earned for her meticulous break down of trends.
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