The “Hoe Phase”

(Image By: Keisha Stephen-Gittens)

By: Zach Fulwood

I’ve always found the “hoe phase” to be an interesting concept. Obviously we all have our own definitions of what a “hoe” is. The definitions range from the person who sleeps with everybody in sight to the person who simply swaps spit with anyone they meet at a party. Unfortunately this phase is often associated with women but lets keep in mind that men can definitely be hoe’s too. Now before anybody starts getting “fake” offended, know that I am not calling you a hoe and none of this may even apply to you but if you feel like it does, there’s nothing to be ashamed about. What I’ve come to realize is that “hoe” is a fairly ambiguous term and any body count exceeding a grand total of one doesn’t mean you are a “hoe”.

With that said, lets examine this “hoe phase”. The “hoe phase” can easily be classified as that time in your life between the ages of 18-35 (If you’re still wilding out past 35, you need to re-evaluate your priorities) where you want to let loose a bit and have some fun. Some of that fun may be X-rated depending on how you get down but hey, remember, I’m not here to judge you. These are also the prime years of your life where your hairline is about as straight and full as it will ever be, your diet hasn’t affected those abs you worked so hard for, and nothing has begun to sag yet. So no one can blame you for wanting to take advantage of the looks while you still have them. Truth be told, for some of you, you’re probably never going to look as good as you do now anyway so you might as well live it up.

The proverbial “hoe phase” typically comes about after a bad break-up or just a time in your life where you find yourself wanting to explore the limits of your sexual prowess (whatever that may be). Why you are going through your “hoe phase” isn’t nearly as important as what you hope to gain from it. There’s a general consensus that both men and women come out of this phase more confident because they now have a sense of who they are and inching closer to being who they aspire to be. Essentially, this is the time in your life where you are truly living for yourself and doing what it is you feel will make you happy. There will undoubtedly be bumps in the road and mistakes that you will make when/if you go through your “hoe phase” but if nothing else, it’s a character builder that will provide you with numerous stories to tell your grand-kids.

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