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'I've stopped waiting for men to tell me who I am' - comedian Joanne McNally on her attitude to male friendship

'Befriending your unrequited love is like an exercise in psychological self-harm' - Comedian Joanne McNally looks at the evolution of her attitude to male friendship, and asks is love really just the FTSE 100 for humans?

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Joanne McNally

Joanne McNally

Joanne McNally

Something has happened to me since I tripped into my mid-30s. I say tripped, because the last time I checked I was 29, drinking alcopops at a festival, as I watched a man sell narcotics out of a baguette. So I'm really not sure how the situation escalated to this, now 36, eating collagen alone in my bedroom. My only assumption is that I skidded on something that catapulted me forward seven years. Maybe it was one of my own unfertilised eggs?

I'm maturing. There are the physical effects, of course, the new lines and folds in my face that look like an arts-and-crafts enthusiast broke into my home overnight and tinkered away at me for hours, trying to mould my head into an accordion.

Maturing means I'm losing things I'd rather keep, like facial elasticity, child-bearing years and the mental pluck to wear a scrunchie. But I'm also gaining things like sanity and perspective. Physically, I'm curdling, but mentally, I'm ripening.