50 many years of pickup musicians: exactly why is the toxic skill still therefore sought after?

50 many years of pickup musicians: exactly why is the toxic skill still therefore sought after?

‘You’re simply making somebody feel a lot better about on their own. It could be selfish perhaps perhaps not to’ … the London-based pickup musician and dating advisor Johnny Cassell. Photograph: Andy Hall/The Guardian

‘You’re simply making somebody feel much better about on their own. It could be selfish perhaps not to’ … the London-based pickup artist and dating advisor Johnny Cassell. Photograph: Andy Hall/The Guardian

Training guys how to overcome ladies they don’t know is a $100m industry. But does it assist males find their dream mate – or perhaps encourage street harassment?

Final modified on Wed 6 Nov 2019 15.03 GMT

In a upmarket bar near Oxford Circus in London, i will be viewing two guys hit on females with all the current desperation of the condemned cavalry cost. But minus the heroism.

Mike and Raj ( perhaps maybe maybe not their genuine names) group the club, scanning for ladies, drinks held at an embarrassing right angle to their chests. Once they identify a target, they approach. The ladies stiffen, their smiles tightening. They swirl beverages with straws and chit-chat politely before mentioning boyfriends – genuine or thought. The guys retreat, regroup, determine women that are fresh. Advance, engage, retreat. On as well as on it goes.

I’m standing with all the guy coordinating this procedure, the pickup that is british Johnny Cassell, while he watches as Mike and Raj – his students – run drills. (more…)

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