You Should Date A Girl Who Is A Person

Twenties / Collective

Written by Kate Willsky, who currently works as a freelance writer and editor. She’s worked at Chronicle Books and San Francisco magazine, written for The Huffington Post and The Jakarta Globe, and chronicled her adventures through southeast Asia here. Having recently made the transcoastal leap from San Francisco to New York, she is currently a bit chilly.

Some weeks ago, an essay with the attention-grabbing title of “You Should Date an Illiterate Girl” began popping up in my social media feeds. It’s unclear why the piece, written back in 2011 by a chap named Charles Warnke, went viral again recently, but whatever the reason, his satirical love letter to the unlettered was showing up on Reddit, on blogs, and being posted by Facebook friends with comments like “Yes. Thank you,” and “Truly beautiful.”

The essay didn’t sit right with me. Rather than subverting…

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