Pick-up Artist Culture: Feminist critiques


Pick-up artist culture:

  • A women-hating, virulently anti-feminist culture.
  • Focuses on coercive strategies: manipulate women, ignore what women say, push past ‘No’, etc.
  • A commodity model of sex. Premised on male entitlement
  • Takes away women’s humanity
  • Treats human interactions as a formula
  • Offers a combative view of gender relations
  • Spreads highly traditional, violence-supportive views of men and masculinity
  • Overlaps with other anti-feminist men’s rights groups and websites

Sources used

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Dr Nerdove, Can you be an ethical pickup artist? The Good Men Project, August 17, 2014. URL: http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/ask-dr-nerdlove-can-ethical-pickup-artist-hesaid/

Dr Nerdove (2013). The trouble with pick-up artists. Paging Dr Nerdlove, June 21. URL: http://www.doctornerdlove.com/2013/06/trouble-pick-up-artists/.

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Marcotte, Amanda. (2014). How 'Pick-Up Artist' Philosophy and Its More Misogynist Backlash Shaped Mind of Alleged Killer Elliot Rodger. Alternet, May 28. URL: http://www.alternet.org/how-pick-artist-philosophy-and-its-more-misogynist-backlash-shaped-mind-alleged-killer-elliot-rodger.

Steadman, Ian (2014). The sexist pseudoscience of pick-up artists: the dangers of “alpha male” thinking. New Statesman, June 4. URL: http://www.newstatesman.com/print/node/140084, Accessed February 2, 2016.

Walton, Beth. (2015). 'Pickup artists' and rape culture. Citizen Times, Oct 7 2015. URL: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2015/09/26/look-behind-pickup-artists-theory-and-rape-culture-waking-life/72826230/

WeHuntedTheMammoth (2016). What you need to know about Roosh V, the pickup artist holding meetups in 43 countries this Saturday. February 3. URL: http://www.wehuntedthemammoth.com/2016/02/03/what-you-need-to-know-abou…