Pick-Up Artists Set Their Eyes on the Prize: North Korean Women

Pick-up artists are nothing if not resourceful. After being cockblocked by all those independent, assertive feminists in Western countries, they've set their sights on distant lands - namely North Korea, where authoritarianism or other socioeconomic realities make them into the ultimate forbidden fruit. » 3/21/14 4:00pm 3/21/14 4:00pm

OSU Basically Chases Creepy 'Pickup Artist' Off Campus

Ohio State University campus denizens are about to be down one creepy as hell — albeit entertainingly delusional — self-proclaimed pickup artist after a diverse cross-section of the student body banded together to call him out on his predatory antics. Here's the story of how he got taken down, and how he vowed to… » 10/30/13 5:40pm 10/30/13 5:40pm

Asshole Dude Gets Naked and Harasses Women in Horrible 'Pick-Up Video'

For a while, some Internet-dwellers have been enthralled by the concept of harassing women in public, videotaping it, and putting the footage on YouTube as documentation of their hilarious and funny and very clever prankster mentality. Remember how much fun everyone (i.e., everyone but the women who were used as… » 9/30/13 5:20pm 9/30/13 5:20pm

One Man's Ode to His 'Liquid Fucking Gold' Sperm

"LaidNYC" purports to be a NY-based pick-up artist; you may know him from past rhetorical standouts like "Don't Marry Women over 25." His recent essay on how much his sperm is worth (a lot) can be summed up in this one prudent declaration: "My seed is liquid gold and I don't give it out like its god damn tap water."… » 9/05/13 12:10pm 9/05/13 12:10pm

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

An Easy Guide to Fending Off Pick Up Artists

Pickup artists are not going away. As long as there's a planet (or at least an OKCupid) for them to meet women on and a Reddit where they can swap tales of sexscapades that probably didn't actually happen, the PUA will continue to exist among us — at the club, on the street, maybe even at work. They are the Gollum to… » 6/21/13 11:50am 6/21/13 11:50am

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

Now There's an App for Creepy Wannabe Pick-Up Artists

Pick-up artists treat women as if they're shiny gold coins instead of human beings; ladies are rewards for players savvy enough to unlock the levels of "the game," not people with whom one might enjoy a mutually satisfying relationship. That's why gamemakers think dudes will pay up for a "Become a Pickup Artist"… » 5/03/13 6:40pm 5/03/13 6:40pm

Angry Texts From the 'Rape Van' Pick-Up Artist

After we told you all about prominent pick-up artist Jeff "Jeffy" Allen and his prized "rape van," we received dozens of comments and emails from women who were also initially intrigued by Allen's colorful vehicle and offbeat sense of humor. All of them eventually realized that Allen wasn't a slightly cocky yet… » 2/05/13 11:20am 2/05/13 11:20am

Prominent Pick-Up Artist Drives a 'Rape Van' and Harasses Women on…

Jeff "Jeffy" Allen is a big league pick-up artist instructor who has published multiple books and DVDs on the craft of treating women like shiny gold coins in a video game. He's also the owner of San Francisco's well-known "Freedom Van," which he calls his "rape van," and a pathetically avid OkCupid troll. Please stay… » 2/01/13 11:20am 2/01/13 11:20am

The Angry Underground World of Failed Pickup Artists

The goal of the Anti-Pickup-Artist Movement, as stated on its highly official title page, is to reveal "the scams, deception, and misleading marketing techniques used by dating gurus and the seduction community to deceive men and profit from them." Here, you'll find the sad, scary, skeezy world of men who have turned… » 5/02/12 1:40pm 5/02/12 1:40pm

Only Assholes Think You Won't Sleep With Them Unless They're Assholes

Heard this argument? Men don't really want to be domineering jerks. Guys play at being assholes only because women reward arrogant alpha males with sex. Women's sexual choices create bad male behavior; the ladies have only themselves to blame for the seeming epidemic of masculine boorishness. Uh-huh. » 3/01/12 6:20pm 3/01/12 6:20pm