HOW I TURNED THE GAME'S NEIL STRAUSS INTO A FEMINIST
For many more gritty details, please read my recent piece on Feministing! http://bit.ly/1NhxXSd
- •I read The GameThe "bible" of how to pick-up women and profit from their insecurities.
- •I hated it.
- •We end up meeting, and I hit it off with his girlfriend Ingrid.She's smart, funny, kind, strong, creative... unexpected.
- •I start seeing Neil a lot more, and many many conversations about women ensue.Clearly I have an agenda to drag him over to the lady team.
- •Assumptions start slowly fading awayWe might even care about similar things...
- •Neil and Ingrid break up.I'm FURIOUS about the details. Were the media, feminists, and society at large right about him?
- •Ingrid sincerely asks me to stay friends with him.So that he doesn't fall off the deep end.
- •Neil goes to rehab, therapy, workshops, uncovers childhood wounds, reads every relationship book...Digs deeper into heartbreak, more than anyone I've ever known.
- •His new book, The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships, says it all.The level of honesty and vulnerability will blow your mind.
- •Neil asks me to read an early version to get my "feminist take" on it...Surprisingly, I found that I couldn't judge it. We're all messed up. We're all human.
- •Neil takes action to separate from his old life.Here's the photo of the funeral he gave for his pick-up artist alter ego, Style.
- •He wins Ingrid back.I assure you that it wasn't easy. He honored the value of a woman by bettering himself.
- •I see an opening, and I drive hard to the hoop for women.I set up phone calls and meetings for him with well-known feminist activists. I make sure he's armored with statistics and the integrated world of feminism.
- •Neil asks me if he should have a prominent feminist interview him for his October book release...I'm like, YES!!! He's ready for it.
- •I'm hoping that she asks, "Are you a feminist?"i.e. Should men and women have equal rights and opportunities?
- •She doesn't publish his answer. Read my article and decide for yourself!