Okay, before you go back to looking through your feed peppered with cute dog videos (no hate, we love doggo vids too), it’s time we talk about something important: misogyny.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, there’s this so-called “pick-up artists” academy (PUA) where straight men teach each other “strategies” on how to seduce and bed a woman.
The PUA Academy claims to be “Asia’s Leading Dating Company”. It caught fire when posts calling out the company for its misogynistic culture went viral.
“Gusto nila nagpapaforce,” Smooth, CEO of PUA Academy says in the video as he tells his audience women like being forced into sex.
The Youth Against Sexual Harassment (YASH) Facebook page has shared screenshots of the discussions among the members of the PUA Academy, showing how members compel women into having sex with them.
YASH has called them criminals for committing “Acts of Lasciviousness or Rape,” as well as violating the “Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009”.
YASH Ambassador Alex Castro says, “Simple lang naman. Basta may resistance, na kayo na rin naman yung umamin na meron, ay posibleng rape na po yun. So instead of teaching your boys that all women can be forced into submission (you just have to apply the right technique), why don’t you teach them that NO MEANS NO.”
Others have shared their thoughts on social media and people are not having it:
Wtf Pua Academy? Dating mentor? The new breeding ground for sexual predators – Ok I read your techniques and must I say.. your game is really weak puta kapal ng mukha mo/niyo to take advantage of women.
— ✨ Denise ✨ (@elenadenisedl) April 1, 2018
Learning about PUA Academy is so disheartening. These people have officially reached a new level of low. Can't believe there are real people who are partaking in this. Please don't be a part of this. Fight against it.
— JELINE CATT (@jelinecatt) April 3, 2018
PUA Academy issue isn't an issue for women alone. Men should get involved too. Sila yung kinokoncondition that objectifying women is okay or they are not even aware that what they're doing is wrong. The culture of misogyny should be hated by men too.
— A; (@phnmnlwoeman) April 2, 2018
Andami nagshare ng PUA Academy chuva. So nag research muna mumshie nyo. I tried watching their videos, including this one. Apparently, they're out to help men pick up women. May strategy sila gais.
— Ethel (@econcepcion) April 3, 2018
“women are very emotional creatures, and guys are logical creatures.”
wow naman po sa mga pa-tutorial ng PUA Academy na yan. Sobrang baboy niyo mygad. pic.twitter.com/17haFTLCaw
— r. (@racarreon) April 1, 2018
Siya mukha lang creature. Period.
— Bonanafana Fonikki (@macronikki) April 3, 2018
If you haven't heard, there is this online group on FB called "PUA Academy" that teaches men how to pick up or "game" women. They share their sexual encounters with the women they were able to "lay". It is absolutely DISGUSTING. Worst part is they have been active for YEARS.
— Miggy Azurin (@miggyazurin) April 3, 2018
What #PUAAcademy teaches is not art but objectification of women!
Daserb nyong walang babaeng magkagusto sa inyo hindi dahil sa mahiyain o panget kayo kundi dahil mga bastos kayo! qiqil nyo ako tigil nyo yan mga tarantado https://t.co/AdOq5Z6NOx
— Punong Babaylan 🌴🌈 (@vinceliban) April 4, 2018
"These PUA academy people are giving men like me a bad name"
Dude, all men have "bad names" bec we're LETTING this happen. We continue to encourage any male machismo behavior.
Treat everyone w/ kindness and respect/as equals. Target natin is to make women feel and stay safe
— Gelo (@peterandgelo) April 4, 2018
Will you idly sit by and let this happen? Or will you finally do something?