Recently self-proclaimed master pickup artist Julien Blanc has come under fire for his “educational” seminars teaching men to control, humiliate and be persistent (as he puts it) when trying to hook up with women. In these seminars which can cost up to $3000 per ticket, Blanc has been recorded telling men that no doesn’t mean no but is a weak excuse that is “irrelevant”. Furthermore, there is now video surfacing of Blanc’s seminars in Japan where he tells white men that they can get away with anything in regards to Japanese women, just yell: Pikachu, including taking women’s heads and forcing them down to his junk. His world tour to spread his “game” has had some hiccups due to the hash-tag campaign: #takedownjulienblanc. This activist campaign resulted in Australia revoking his visa and asking him to leave. Currently there is another leg of this campaign happening as his next reported stops along his tour is to the UK and Canada. #keepjulienblancoutofcanada is vastly growing.

What do I think about this? He’s a scumbag that knows how to work women’s insecurities and relies on intimidation to not only get himself laid but to try to get other guys laid too. What bothers me most about Julien Blanc is the physical assault he is doing and worse of all, encouraging. It is not okay to force a woman’s head down to your crotch nor is it okay to hold a woman by the neck. These are things that Blanc has been recorded doing in an effort to “pull” women home with him. While I am extremely happy that his misogyny and racist remarks are being addressed, I can’t help but to wonder why he is not being charged with a crime? He is blatantly advocating sexual harassment and possibly assault. It is not a far reach to say that he is spreading hate speech and ways to enact it against women. Yet ultimately, Blanc is not the root cause of sexism or racism but is instead an example of it. While sexism and racism are such huge and highly complicated issues which are not easily defeated, let alone recognized, we can stand up against them by standing up against assholes like Blanc who knowingly use patriarchy and white privilege to take advantage over women and teach other men how to do it too.

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