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Men are next-level catcalling thanks to Pokémon Go

Let a woman game in peace.


Jaya Saxena


Posted on Jul 13, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 11:17 am CDT

Pokémon Go is now just bringing forth all our regular societal behaviors—the good, the bad, and the unnecessarily aggressive. It seems men are using the game as an excuse to catcall women who are just trying to catch a damn Pidgey.

A Reddit thread on r/theredpill is even encouraging men to use the game to pick up women. Normally, that’d be fine—meeting people via participating in a shared interest is kind of a healthy dating tip! But these guys seem to be advocating for Pick Up Artist tactics.

“You’re going to meet a TON of women, likely surrounded by very weak, young, nerdy guys, and approaching them is as easy as pie,” writes the original poster. “All of the hard work, such as breaking the ice, is already done for you. All you have to do is show up and spit your favorite day game.” He also suggests dropping a lure at a Pokéstop and waiting for hot women to show up.

Later in the thread, users rave about the “quality” of women they’re meeting. “I have not seen any stereotypical ‘gamers’ using the app,” writes one. “It’s only been fairly thin and attractive people.” Another thoughtful lad says, “I thought it would just be a bunch of nerdy rainbow dyed haired thick frame triggered glasses feminists playing it. While I have seen plenty of them playing it, I have seen a lot of non-geeky or non-SJW/feminist looking HBs playing it as well.” 

However, #NotAllMen are creeps, so not all of them are downloading the game solely so pursue women. Some just really want to play Pokémon Go!

Pokémon Go: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.

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*First Published: Jul 13, 2016, 5:38 pm CDT