Have you heard of the Man Repeller Writers Club? Every month we pose a story idea, you write about it and then send it to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line “MR Writers Club.” We go through all submissions and post the winner on the first Saturday of every month. Ready? Let’s go.
I was about 21 and fresh out of college the first time I realized I preferred people whose personalities made no sense. The Britney Spears-loving intellectual. The McDonalds-loving marathon runner. The old T-shirt-wearing fashion designer. There’s something so honest about a paradox of personality. The best part of Caity Weaver’s GQ profile of Cardi B is the part where Cardi expounds upon her obsession with U.S. presidents. It’s funny and delightful because it’s unexpected and relatable. We’re all piles of contradictions, aren’t we?
So much of adolescence is about making sure the disparate pieces of ourselves fit into a box that other people understand: rebel, athlete, bookworm, girlfriend. It’s simple and boring and dangerously false. None of us are one thing; understanding that is part of the joy of finding oneself. This month on Man Repeller, we’re exploring duality. Things with two sides. For this month’s writers club prompt, we want you to explore your two opposing sides. What’s your biggest contradiction? Tell me in 500 words or less and send it to write [at] manrepeller [dot] com by 12 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 29th.
I’ll put off reading your submissions, and then love it the moment I finally do.
Collage by Emily Zirimis.