If I told you there was a service called “Rent-A-Wife,” would you think it was:
a.) A super high-class escort service that goes beyond a mere “girlfriend experience” to a “wife experience” complete with children, nagging, and no sex whatsoever? (AMIRITE FELLAS?)
b.) A combination maid/childcare/cooking/sex service, i.e. one-stop shopping for those unfortunate men who’ve failed to trick a woman into doing all that domestic labor for free?
c.) A rent-to-own type situation whereby you can send your mail order bride back if she isn’t up to your standards?
d.) Um, IDK, hugs for lonely men?
No, it’s much more boring than that. The “Rent-a-Wife” business, which Fox News recently dubbed as a business with a “genius” name (they would) is actually a service that provides “household organization,” “emergency errands,” “appointment scheduling,” “contract negotiations,” etc. You know,
personal assistant wife stuff. For a mere $40/hour, founder Juliette Bresnahan (or equivalent) will do the things you’re presumably too busy making more than $40/hour to do yourself. Question: doesn’t contract negotiating seem like too specialized a skill to hire a glorified Task Rabbit for? “And after you negotiate me a higher salary, can you pick the kids up from school?” I guess the rate would average out, at least.
Bresnahan says most of her clients are professional women, which makes sense, because women are less likely than men to have a partner they can just delegate random tasks they don’t feel like doing to. It sounds like a mostly fine service for anyone who can afford it, but they might consider calling it something more descriptive, like “rent-a-PA” or “rent-a-person-to-do-the-shit-I-don’t-feel-like-doing-kthanx.”
(Via The Cut)