Last month, Asheville, N.C. coffee shop Waking Life Espresso was forced to close up shop indefinitel

Last month, Asheville, N.C. coffee shop Waking Life Espresso was forced to close up shop indefinitely after its owners were outed as the misogynists behind pick-up-artist podcast Holistic Game. Now, former employee Sarah Winkler, along with Lindsey Pitman and Brock Kehoe, are raising money to rent a second location… »10/01/15 3:50pm10/01/15 3:50pm


Asheville Coffee Shop Owners Secretly Ran Misogynistic Pickup Artist Podcast, Blog 

Last week, Jared Rutledge and Jacob Owens were considered upstanding members of the unusually liberal Asheville, North Carolina community. As the owners of Waking Life Espresso, they had made a name for themselves in the town, supplying goods to a number of local establishments as well as coffee shops nationwide. But… »9/21/15 3:25pm9/21/15 3:25pm

Julien Blanc Fans: Ladies Are Just Mad Because Pickup Artistry Works

Here at the headquarters of the Global Feminist Conspiracy, we have a lot on our plates: misandry, oppressing men, hating men, attacking men, growing out our leg hair to ever more luxurious lengths, and, of course, tending to our hundreds of cats. But in the past several weeks, all of our efforts have been focused on… »11/06/14 5:10pm11/06/14 5:10pm

How to Ignore a Man Who Is Trying to Pick You Up on the Subway

A 48-year-old New York City Man by the name of Brian Robinson has penned an instructional manual called How to Meet Women on the Subway. In a recent interview, he claims that during his time in the big horny apple, he's guilt tripped and bullied persuaded 500 women he met on a subway platform into going on dates with… »10/14/14 11:50am10/14/14 11:50am

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 5:40pm10/30/13 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 5:20pm9/30/13 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 12:10pm9/05/13 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 11:40am6/25/13 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 12:30pm6/21/13 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 11:50am6/21/13 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 3:40pm6/20/13 3:40pm

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

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 11:20am2/01/13 11:20am