50 reasons why a woman really does need a man

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Like millions of young women today there was a time when I was convinced that there was nothing a man could do that I couldn’t do better. I even had a framed cartoon of Irina Dunn’s famous feminist phrase, ‘A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle’, hanging on my study wall.

I might still hold such sexist views if, for the first time in 30 years, I hadn’t had to face the reality of living without a man. But I was wrong. Six months after moving — alone — into an idyllic country cottage, I am slowly coming to realise that there are, in fact, plenty of things I need a man for. And no, not that. So, with apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, let me count the ways that this woman needs a man.

It is a cliche for women to say that all their husbands are good for is ‘putting out the rubbish’ – but they’ve got a point. The combination of wheelie bins and fortnightly collections means I need a man to push my monstrous bin down the gravel path to the road. I have yet to hang a picture in my home. I need a man who can work an electric drill and knows what a rawlplug is.

I desperately need a man to hog my remote control and stop me rotting my brain on reality drivel such as The Real Housewives Of New Jersey, Ladies Of London and Made In Chelsea. I need a man to tell me what I want to hear when I ask him, ‘do I look good in this?’ Even when I know that the answer — ‘gorgeous’ — is a total lie. I need a man to change the halogen lights in my bathroom where I have been showering by torchlight for four weeks. READ MORE…

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