Thank U, Next
Ariana Grande said it herself. We can all be grateful for our exes and what they've taught us and embrace the new year with a fresh perspective. If things didn't work out, it means we're stronger, wiser, and braver. As pop culture lends itself to more female empowerment, I bet we'll see more instances of women taking control of their love lives and rejecting nonsense like ghosting and breadcrumbing.
Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, coauthors of The Rules: Time Tested Secrets For Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right, want to remind women that they hold the cards, and if they want to meet someone in real life, they'll need to stop texting endlessly. "Women are getting fed up because they've been nice, allowing guys to text them to chat, without making firm plans," Fein told POPSUGAR ahead of 2019. She explained that in the years to come, that's getting less and less acceptable. If a person is texting just to ask "what's up" and not making plans to see you, it's time to "next" them. Schneider added, "The leverage women have is the pleasure of their time, and when men get it, either in the form of chatting over text or social media engagement, it removes their urgency to ask a lady out on a real date." I like this concept; it basically says if you're giving them your attention before they've earned it, you're confusing them. Twenty-nineteen is all about stopping being doormats and saying "thank you, next" to those who haven't earned the pleasure of our company.