Is There Such a Thing as a Feminist Pick-Up Artist?

Self-described feminist pick-up artist Arden Leigh says the seduction community gets a bad rap. She argues that worthy gurus are devoted to fostering intimacy, not creepy coercion, and claims most pick-up artists aren't entitled misogynists who write crowd-funded seduction manuals that encourage predatory behavior.… » 6/25/13 11:40am 6/25/13 11:40am

Kickstarter Apologizes: 'We Were Wrong' to Fund Rapey Project

Kickstarter just published a thoughtful, effective apology for allowing a slimy pick-up artist to use the site to solicit funds for a "seduction guide" that reads like a how-to for sexually harassing and assaulting women. Here's the company's explanation — entitled "We were wrong" — which includes a vow to ban… » 6/21/13 12:30pm 6/21/13 12:30pm

Kickstarter Says Rapey Project Is 'Abhorrent,' Allows Funding Anyway

A self-described "master pickup artist" used Kickstarter to raise 800% of his target goal to publish a book that encourages men to aggressively dominate women — specifically without asking for permission — if they want to get laid. After widespread protest, Kickstarter called the project "abhorrent and inconsistent… » 6/20/13 3:40pm 6/20/13 3:40pm

Redditor's PUA Kickstarter Project Recommends Sexual Assault

There's a pick-up artist project on Kickstarter — (over)funded almost exclusively thanks to Reddit, natch —- that encourages men to "force" women to rebuff advances because “personal space is for pussies." Will Kickstarter shut it down before the creator receives over $15,000 this afternoon? » 6/19/13 10:00am 6/19/13 10:00am