(Cover image copyright © 2005 Beautiful Disasters Photography. Thanks so much to Beautiful Disasters for giving it to me. Cover image description: a girl in a corset with a bowler hat tipped down over her eyes.)
I have basically been running a marathon with my brain in order to release this ebook in time for the SXSW-interactive conference, and I’m a little stunned that I succeeded. You can click here to buy it now on Amazon! Please note that even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can still read the book on your smartphone or computer after downloading the free Kindle app for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android Phone, etc.
UPDATE: I’ve put the book up to full price. Thanks to everyone who has bought it so far! It really made a splash. You can now also buy the book on Smashwords, which offers pretty much every possible e-format. Also, there have been some great reviews, which I linked to on my personal blog.
Here’s the Amazon description of the book:
There’s an enormous subculture of men who trade tips, tricks, and tactics for seducing women. Within the last half-decade or so, these underground “pickup artists” have burst into the popular consciousness, aided by Neil Strauss’s bestselling book “The Game” and VH1’s hit reality show “The Pick-Up Artist.” Some men in the seduction community are sleazy misogynists who want nothing more than power and control. Some are shy wallflowers who don’t know how to say “Hi” to a girl. The one thing they all have in common is a driving need to attract women.
Clarisse Thorn, a feminist S&M writer and activist, spent years researching these guys. She observed their discussions, watched them in action, and learned their strategies. By the end of it all, she’d given a lecture at a seduction convention and decided against becoming the next great dating coach. In “Confessions of a Pickup Artist Chaser,” Clarisse tells the story of her time among these Casanovas, as well as her own unorthodox experiences with sex and relationships. She examines the conflicts and harmonies of feminism, pickup artistry, and the S&M community. Most of all, she deconstructs and reconstructs our views on sex, love, and ethics — and develops her own grand theory of the game.
Plus: I made a fan page for Confessions on Facebook, and I encourage discussion there. I also encourage discussion in comments on my blog — and here, of course, but Feministe comments close automatically after two weeks, and a lot of people probably won’t even be done reading by then. I’m very curious to see what people think of it all.
Right now I’m here in Austin for the conference, and even though I’m completely exhausted, I’m also psyched. I’ve been recruited for a panel on pickup artists and feminism that’s being run by Kristin Cerda — it features myself, the female dating coach Charlie Nox, the pickup artist coach Adam Lyons, and the well-known feminist Amanda Marcotte. The panel will take place on Saturday March 10 at 6.30 PM. If any Feministe readers attend, I’d love to meet you.
As a side note, I wanted to thank Feministe for having me, and let y’all know that I have decided to stop writing semi-regularly at Feministe. I’m happy about the time I’ve spent participating here, and I am very grateful to the Feministe staff — Jill, Sally, and Caperton — for encouraging my writing.
I also think that the commentariat is really smart, and I’m grateful to y’all for engaging with my work. I’ve found much of the constructive criticism here to be nourishing and challenging.
I’d like to note briefly that I have felt uncomfortable with the way some people have portrayed me as “staff” or an “editor” here at Feministe. It’s credit I that I have not earned, and it’s led to a number of misconceptions about Feministe and my role at Feministe. I’ve called myself a “Feministe blogger” before, but I’m not and have never been a staff blogger or an editor — more like an ongoing guest blogger. I may ask to guest post here in the future; if that happens, I’ll request to be labeled as a guest blogger in the posts. (I have suggested a number of guest posts from other writers as well, and I do want to apologize for this one that went up on February 20. I had seen a few individual posts from the writer that I liked, and I didn’t look at her main page before suggesting the post. I should have been more careful about whose work I suggested, and I’m sorry about that. However, I’m glad that I was able to highlight some of the other guest posts I’ve found.)
I think that feminist writers across the Internet are doing really important work, and that in many ways, Feministe has always taken the lead. I’m honored to have contributed here. Thank you all again for having me.