There really is an app for everything.
A startup in San Francisco called ManServants aims to give every woman exactly what she wants: a man who does exactly what she wants. The company, founded by two advertising copywriters, wants to unleash our inner lady of leisure and provide us with a gentleman, tailored-to-order, mashup of butler, bodyguard and cabana boy.
According to Khajah and Wai Lin (ManServant founders) the idea for ManServants sprung partly from a colleague who insisted that her bachelorette party be male stripper-free. Khajah and Wai Lin said they never understood where that modern tradition came from anyway, since so many women think it’s awkward and unsexy. Instead, they envisioned a service that would send a pressed and polished man to do a woman’s bidding at such an event, serving drinks, cleaning up, making witty small talk and fawning over the guest of honor. All without a tear-away shirt in sight.
Each ManServant is cast to meet the criteria that the client requests. Clients can dictate dress code, name their ManServants, and request they have certain skills. ManServants will respond to your every request by saying, “As you wish” and will address you as “Milady”.
ManServants can be engaged for any number of services because, as the founders point out, “every woman’s fantasy is different.” During testing, for instance, one woman asked for a sassy gay best friend who could give her pointers to spice up her marriage. Another wanted a bodyguard at her office to screen all her visitors. And yet another wanted to be served food while the ManServant sang tunes from The Little Mermaid.” (There’s no judgment, but songs will cost extra, according to the company’s website). I wonder what it costs to peel grapes?
ManServant is NOT a Gigolo Service. “It’s completely PG,” said co-founder Dalal Khajah, “We have a very strict code of conduct and a very rigorous training process.” You can read about the code of ethics on their web site.
Although there isn’t a price list for services on the web site, I’m pretty sure ManServants don’t come at servant wages. It isn’t easy to find grape peelers these days.
I would like this concept better if the ManServants were called Butlers. I’ve always wanted a butler. My teen has promised to provide me with one when he becomes rich and famous. I mean, the Queen of England has a butler, Kim Kardashian has a manservant. Point made. On the other hand, if I was given a ManServant for the day I’m pretty sure I could keep him busy. I would request someone with an English Accent that looked like George Clooney or maybe someone like Tim McGraw, a little bit country….what about you??
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