We Have All the Information We Need to Be Wives, Thank You

Essence's Janelle Harris takes her turn slamming the all-too-common male armchair relationship expert -- and his advice to black women.

Posted:
 
couple_22813_575se
Thinkstock Images

Essence's Janelle Harris takes her turn slamming the all-too-common male armchair relationship expert -- and his advice to black women.

I can't sit through one more sermon, debate or call-in radio show.

I can't read another statistic-littered blog post, magazine article or self-help book jacket.

I can't -- and never will -- pay good money for a singles conference, get anointed with special herbs and spices, or visit my local soothsayer for answers.

I can't listen to one more piece of here's-how-to-snag-a-husband-and-get-your-lonely-tail-down-the-aisle advice, especially from a man.

I'm over it. On behalf of all of us.

There are far, far too many self-proclaimed relationship experts and marriage gurus building their brands and platforms on Black women's desire to be part of loving, committed couples. Our hope is their business opportunity. Those elements, juxtaposed with this pandemic spirit of scarcity that insists there's a man shortage, has created a bountiful environment for every half-cocked, wannabe man whisperer.

Ladies, the curtain has been pulled back. And the Wiz looks just like any other dude who has ever catapulted an opinion into the atmosphere ...

Read Janelle Harris' entire piece at Essence.

The Root aims to foster and advance conversations about issues relevant to the black Diaspora by presenting a variety of opinions from all perspectives, whether or not those opinions are shared by our editorial staff.

Comments
The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.
Must-See Family Attractions
July 29 2014 2:13 PM