Skepticism

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 9: In Which Our Narrator Blames Everything on a Woman and is Horrified by Mental Illness

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 9: In Which Our Narrator Blames Everything on a Woman and is Horrified by Mental Illness

Remember how last step Style was explaining the tensions in the house full of internet Don Juans?  Forget all that.  “It took just one woman to bring Project Hollywood down.”  Style then describes Katya, the woman in question, though he immediately reverts to calling her a girl, as in “standard-issue party girl” and foreshadows how she is going to destroy the merry band of ... »

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 8: In Which our Narrator Dislikes his Housemates and Falls Prey to Consistency Bias

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 8: In Which our Narrator Dislikes his Housemates and Falls Prey to Consistency Bias

Trigger warning: discussions of taking photos of sex without permission. Sexy photos, taking and distribution of, without permission, is what I would consider a sex crime. See Jennifer Lawrence for more. Other than that, it’s just generally kind of a tawdry and creepy sort of step, this, so if you don’t want to read further, here’s a picture of my cat with a giant stuffed unicorn... »

Tracts in the Mail

Tracts in the Mail

As Olivia taught us recently in her DBT series, sometimes there are simply no pros to outweigh the cons of saying certain things to one’s relatives.  One such situation is the way that my very Christian grandparents keep sending me tracts and handwritten notes attempting to convert me.  Fortunately, they only ever contact me around my birthday and Christmas and don’t speak to me the re... »

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 7: In Which Our Narrator Mistakes Familiarity with Flim-Flam for Strength of Character

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 7: In Which Our Narrator Mistakes Familiarity with Flim-Flam for Strength of Character

Our bloody fabulous editor Mindy brought this article to my attention.  It confirmed my impression from reading The Game that the type of people who attend workshops given by internet libertines are looking for some, any, social skills and the whole thing is rather sad.  It also points out some shortcomings in the way that people are socialized.  It is my remembrance and observation that small chi... »

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 6: In Which an Opportunity for Research and Plot Development is Lost

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 6: In Which an Opportunity for Research and Plot Development is Lost

I am so sorry, darlings.  I have not posted in quite a while about this book, and one might think, given the developments at the end of the last section, that something of breathtaking interestingness would be happening soon.  One would, however, be wrong.  In Step 6 (Create an Emotional Connection) our narrator brags about the women he has seduced, talks about the emotional problems of his guru M... »

The Not So Beautiful Game: In Which Our Intrepid Narrator Validates his Ideological Convictions via Reality Television, Name Drops, and then Blames the Internet for Mental and Societal Ills

The Not So Beautiful Game: In Which Our Intrepid Narrator Validates his Ideological Convictions via Reality Television, Name Drops, and then Blames the Internet for Mental and Societal Ills

Content warning: Besides the usual misogyny, we have suicidal ideation. Terminology warning:  I am so over the term pick up.  For one thing, I’m never entirely certain whether it should be one word or two, and if the latter, is it hyphenated?  Also, we already have the perfectly delightful word libertine to describe these people.  So I think I’m going to use that instead from here on. ... »

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 4: In Which our Narrator Talks about Himself

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 4: In Which our Narrator Talks about Himself

Step 4: Disarm the Obstacles.  Nothing has happened in these 50 pages, so we can all go home early today.  What’s the point of having a book structured in 12 steps if there isn’t enough content for so many sections?  Our filler fluff is surprisingly self-aggrandizing, since it’s all about how all the “gurus” of the pick up movement are now all competing to have Style.... »

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 3: In Which Our Narrator Gets Close to Thinking of Women as People, but Veers Off Very Expectedly into Rapiness

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 3: In Which Our Narrator Gets Close to Thinking of Women as People, but Veers Off Very Expectedly into Rapiness

We have reached a need for content warnings, I think.  No actual rape, but very rapey attitudes and opinions are expressed. On a tangential, but unrelated note, I was in Austin, TX, recently, and apparently many famous movie stars live there, including but not limited to Sandra Bullock.  I was informed of this by a gentleman, expressing disbelief that a person such as her ex (who was described in ... »

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