Rare is the woman whose adventures in dating — scratch that, in living — have kept her from a brush with a pickup artist. I guess I’ve got the equivalent of pickup artist herpes because I actually dated one. Well, a former one. Keep reading »
His teeny little profile picture was cute. He was the right age range and city. But when I opened the online dating message from this random dude, this is what he said:
Isn’t feminism a little obsolete? Men and women are equal nowadays. In fact, the balance is tipped in your favor.
Of all the things for a man to comment upon in my profile, he chose to kinda-insulted me by calling my belief system “obsolete”? I rolled my eyes. I hit delete. Another one bites the dust.
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I’m still feeling unsettled about this story. Twenty-three-year-old Amanda was studying in London when she met Adam Lyons, a pickup artist famous for his manifesto, Principles of Attraction. Specifically, he was hooking up with her friend at a nightclub. But still, the two had a “love at first sight” moment. Adam ditched her friend and invited Amanda to one of his pickup artist classes and she gladly accepted. How romantic.
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A couple of months ago, we brought you into the world of Paul Janka, aka the World’s Most Subtle Pickup Artist, a title he should clearly trademark soon. Today, one of his conquests shared her experience meeting Janka with Gawker, and we think you’ll find it a truly beautiful story. This woman met Janka at a party a few months ago, after which her invited her to Rome to stay at a friend’s villa. It sounded sweet until he sent her a message that read: “I bought your ticket … Make sure to get a waxing; I’m going to make all your holes very sore.” She decided to back out of their Italian adventure. He sent the cheesy snapshot of himself you see at left to try to convince her otherwise. When she made it clear that, no really, she wasn’t getting on that plane, he wrote her this line of poetry. “It’s a shame you decided to get clever and fuck it all up for yourself.” Ah, but a true gentleman like Janka knows that persistence is a virtue. Even though this all went down a while ago, this woman still receives text messages from him saying things like, “Want some coffee and want it up the ass?” I hope we can all find a guy as romantic as him some day. [Gawker] Keep reading »