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Listen Up, Females. This Man Is Talking.
There's also the fact that he's rather selective. "I like someone of a certain size," he explains. "My preference would be African American, size 10 or under, conscious about her history and culture."
In his book, size matters -- a lot: "The fatter you get, the more you decrease your potential single-man pool. Let me give you an example. When you go to the grocery store to shop, do you pick out the nastiest-looking, most rotten, smelliest fruit or meat you can find? Oh, you don't? Why not? . . . It's the same with men when they see baby elephant-sized, out-of-shape women."
Though generally reluctant to discuss the specifics of his dating life, Moore does talk unabashedly of a time he broke up with a woman over the fact that he inadvertently almost stole $15 from her.
He took her on a date to Maggie Moo's, and she gave him a $20 bill to order for her. He pocketed the bill and, distracted by the menu board, claims he never saw the value of the bill and just assumed it was $5. When his date later asked why he hadn't given her change, he thought she was accusing him of not treating women well, and dumped her on the spot.
"If I would've just paid for it, had she not given me the money at all, we'd probably still be dating," he says.
This incident, he recalls, happened about two months ago. But weren't he and Tuitt "exclusive" during this time? Moore quickly revises it to "several months ago," he can't really remember, but probably before he and Tuitt "became exclusive."
(Tuitt confirms that the incident occurred more than a couple of months ago -- she trusts that he just got the time frame wrong. "He's very open with everything he does," she says.)
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It only took Moore seven months to research and write his book. He shopped it to a few publishing companies before it was picked up by Strebor Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster and a company founded by Zane, a prolific African American erotica author who's built an impressive empire. Zane -- who persistently declines to reveal her real name to the media -- provided his big break. She threw the weight of her name behind Moore by putting "ZANE PRESENTS" on a banner across the cover.
Not that she agrees with his views; she just thinks he really is a typical man, and readers will be able to relate to the situations he writes about. "If he hadn't put his name on the book, I would've thought my ex-fiance wrote it," the Largo-based publisher says. "There are some men who feel exactly like he does. I feel like women should be forewarned and realize what's out there."
Released in mid-July, the book had a press run of 25,000 copies. In Cherry Hill, by the end of the day, Moore had sold a few books, but a large stack remained.
Two women in their 20s stop to hear Moore's version of the truth about the female of the species. He asks how their relationships are going; one of them, Natasha Williams, answers negatively.