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Pickup manuals like “The Game” help misogynists and self-hating women find each other

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The Pickup Artist

Sexists need love too. And, of course, they need a methodology to bring them all together. A recent study suggests that both men and women who participate in "pick-up artist" games are misogynistic, and that their coupling breeds some sort of caveman natural selection. Survival of the sexistest, perhaps. A 2007 interview conducted with Mystery, self-proclaimed pickup artist and star of like-titled, short lived VH1 reality show, sparked interest for a further investigation into the type of woman who would appreciate the six-foot-five Canadian's magical tips for picking up women, and the results were amusing.

Mystery employs three specific trademark tactics, which when read in succession are a bit alarming. First, he suggests isolating "the target" from friends, in order to zero in and decrease the possibility of escape. Next, he encourages subtle insults to lower her self-esteem and convince her she should feel lucky to be receiving attention at all. Last, the hunter can surround himself with less attractive, less smart, less successful men, which will increase his chances of getting noticed.

Two studies were conducted using Mystery's tricks; one amongst college women and another more broad spectrum of women in the nation. Both found, unsurprisingly, that the kind of woman likely to go for the creepy tactics employed by Mystery and his cult followers, like readers of his book The Mystery Method: How to Get Beautiful Women into Bed, were typically interested only in casual sex, or hated themselves and woman-kind.

So then, the good news or the bad news? Bad news first; these people, when brought together, are more likely to engage in violent or dangerous sexual relationships. The good news? It's certainly possible that when you combine two of these people, they spontaneously combust before they can get around to reproducing.