The app is called ManServant and it’s not what it sounds like. The app’s website makes it clear that the company isn’t looking to provide an adult entertainment service.
“It’s not a stripper who gets naked and rubs his greasy body all over you. It’s a ManServant: a gentleman who treats you like a queen.’’
ManServant allows you to rent a man for the day who will give you compliments, serve your dinner party, or fulfill any other duty you might need. In addition to acting as a bodyguard or butler, for an additional fee, women can upgrade to a singing ManServant or even one with an accent.
ManServants start at $125 per hour and can be used for special events like a bachelorette party, girls night out, or even as a personal assistant work.
Prospective charmers can apply by sending in a 20 second video of themselves showing why they would be the perfect ManServant. According to TechCrunch, each guy hired must be very attractive and “at least six feet tall.’’
The founders’ vision for the app is “to empower women to make their own rules. Rules a ManServant may then follow.’’
That leads some to question if the app is objectifying to men. You can probably imagine the uproar to a theoretical ‘WomanServant’ app.
Founders Dalal Khajah and Josephine Wai Lin talked with TechCrunch reporter Sarah Buhr about that very issue:
“Ugh, there are all sorts of services that objectify women like strippers and that topless maid service. It’s time women had something, too. There’s too much for men and no one really thinks about what women want,’’ said Wai Lin.
“It’s not about domination of the guy but adoration of the girl,’’ said Khajah.
For now, the app is only operating in its hometown of San Francisco, but the popularity of service apps is growing. Closer to home, the Boston-based app Alfred allows users to hire butlers for laundry, groceries, home cleaning, and other chores starting at $25 a week. The app won this year’s Harvard Business School New Venture Competition, and more recently, the TechCrunch 2014 Battlefield pitch event.
While the Alfred butlers may not come with a singing option, the service is planning to expand to New York City, according to BetaBoston.