I meant to get to this a while back, but I got sidetracked. Anyway, since I’ve decided this is going to be the Summer of Poking Holes In Everyone’s Favorite Idea, here’s my next victim: that species of internet persona known as the PUA, or “pick-up-artist.” You seen the websites — Roissy (now “Citizen Renegade”), and… well, all the other ones, I’m too lazy to link. I will first admit that much of what Roissy and crew have to say is interesting and I often agree with much of their viewpoint. However, I have one little bone to pick with them: almost every time they talk about how difficult and bitchy American women are, yadda yadda, it turns out that their favorite places to go and pick out women are always bars. Sure, these places are high-end, fancy places where the upper income brackets like to go to order pear-citron vodkatinis, and as such they have more bright lights and shiny surfaces than the traditional watering hole, but they are still bars, and you know what kind of woman hangs out in a bar? Yep. So no wonder, guys, that your romantic lives have been so disappointing. If you want a faithful, loving, feminine woman, you need to 1) stop hanging out in bars, and 2) probably leave your large urban area altogether. Also stay away from universities and places with lots of lawyers, and you might have to settle — yes, I said settle — for a woman who isn’t a perfect 10 and doesn’t know all about your pop culture fads. She might even be — gasp — religious. And here is the major stumbling block for the lovelorn PUA (when he’s finally through denying he’s not lovelorn): most of these guys claim to be atheist, but atheist women tend to at least think they are smarter than other people and as such are high-maintenance so we’re right back in the “bitch” area. But none of these guys will dare go to anything so unfashionable as a church for their wife material, so they’re destined to be forever dissatisfied.
Speaking of male needs for women to fit into their pre-conceived “romantic” Ideal Woman straightjacket… Kathy linked favorably to this article on what women should do to attract men — or at least attract the author. Actually I disagree with her on the whole “butt” thing. I’ve had too many women drool to me about some guy’s ass to think it’s just some sort of lie. Personally I’m not an ass-woman; I’m more of a hands-and-cheekbones woman. Hands with long fingers and prominent, flexible wrists, and high cheekbones, rowr. Ahem. Anyway, let’s forget about me and my peculiar likes and get to this list. Oh dear. Is this supposed to convince me this guy is a sex god whose advice all women should follow? “Socks are sexy,” telling women how to groom themselves and wipe themselves after going to the toilet… does he demand that they have good BM’s too? Good God, dating this guy must be like dating your grandmother. Sexyyyyy… not. And, er, how about not telling women to “make a baby” without first marrying them. Pick one. Give her babies. I will say it now: pregnant women who are not married might be “feminine,” but it’s the femininity of a street cat. I’m pretty sure that base animalistic behavior isn’t what this guy is shooting for when he talks about “femininity” so why avoid the m-word? I’ll tell you why: he’s a typical “player” who wants to have his cake and eat it too. It’s true that these days that’s almost possible — but he needs to cut the crap about “wimmen without kids aren’t feminine” because not marrying the woman that you got pregnant isn’t very masculine.