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Basic B*tch: Learning to love 'The Ick'

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Niamh O'Sullivan

Niamh O'Sullivan

Niamh O'Sullivan

The Ick has been getting a bad rap recently. With its leap from millennial pop culture lexicon to the general population, the intricacies of this little-understood condition have been lost and it has become unfairly maligned.

The Ick - that is to say the sudden repulsion felt for a lover, from which there is no going back - has been variously accused of being a cop-out, a symptom of a generational lack of patience, and, obviously, 'reverse sexism'.

And yes, it does seem to be a feminine affliction, found most commonly in younger women. It could simply be the fact that boys are just ickier than girls, but I believe The Ick actually performs an important biological function: it's the yin to sex hormones' yang.