The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pick-Up Artists by Neil Strauss

The Game tells a true story about the society of pick-up artists, men who devote their time (and almost entire life) to seducing women. Most of which come as an AFC (Average Frustated Chump) and then build their way through seminars, online forums, and field trainings, in hope to become a PUA (Pick-Up Artist). Neil Strauss is one of these guys who transform from average balding-nerd to irresistable charm.

It’s very interesting to read the book from female point of view. I say some (if not most) of the techniques exposed would actually work to a lot of women. Some things that I think are quite trivial are properly planned, carefully analyzed, and taught for a big fee by the masters in the field. They treat it like a battlefield. A game. You play by the rules to win.

You would see after halfway through the book though, that picking-up girl is actually a very small portion of what everybody is looking for. Very well put by my friend, this is a game you cannot win.

The story is pretty well written. The characters are intriguing. I did a quick google search to find some of them in Wikipedia and the related websites all around the internet. It’s almost hard to believe that they are all real, flesh and blood. There’s a seminar going on in my city too for $2,500. So if you have that amount to spare…

~Finished on 20 April 2006

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


“People used to look out on the playground and say that the boys were playing soccer and the girls were doing nothing. But the girls weren’t doing nothing – They were talking. They were talking about the world to one another. And they became very expert about that in a way the boys did not.” ~ Carol Gilligan, In a Different Voice: Physchological Theory and Women’s Development

“What is sexual is what gives a man an erection… If there is no inequality, no violation, no dominance, no force, there is no sexual arousal.”
~ Catharine MacKinnon, Toward a Feminist Theory of the State

“If there was anything I’d learn, it’s that the man never chooses the woman. All he can do is give her an opportunity to choose him.” ~ Neil Strauss

“Being together has required a lot more time and work than learning to pick up women ever did, but it has brought me far greater satisfaction and joy. Perhaps that’s because it is not a game.” ~ Neil Strauss

“How do you kiss a girl? The distance between you and her is just three inches. It’s not a long stretch, by any standard. You barely even have to move your body to bridge the gap. Yet it is the most difficult three inches a man has to move in his life. It is the moment when the male must concede all the privileges that are his birthright; put his pride, ego, esteem, and hard work aside, and just hope – hope that she doesn’t deflect it with her cheek or, even worse, the let’s-just-be-friends speech.” ~ Neil Strauss

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