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Seduction or self-help? An ethnographic study of a men’s pick-up artist community.

Lecture by Dr Rob Whitley, McGill University, Canada.


Male ‘pick-up artists’ have been maligned by the mainstream media as creeps, perverts and misogynists. But is this myth or reality?

In this presentation, Dr Whitley will report the results from a one-year ethnography of a pick-up artist community that aimed to understand why young men join this community, as well as the impact that it has on them. Results are surprising and poignant in equal measure, raising questions about official service provision for young men.


About the speaker

Dr. Rob Whitley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. His three main interests are recovery, stigma and men’s mental health. He has published over 100 scientific papers in social psychiatry, and writes a monthly blog on men’s mental health for Psychology Today. He is currently principal investigator of numerous mental health research projects funded by the Government of Canada.



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