Professional Creep: Julien Blanc
Written by Ally Oliver-Perham
Who the hell is Julien Blanc and how is he pissing so many people off?
Blanc is a self-appointed pick-up guru from the US, who heads up the dating company Real Social Dynamics. He travels the world holding dating seminars for socially awkward single men, and his latest destinations included Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne (that is until he was run out of the country). Blanc also runs the website ‘Pimping My Game’ which claims to ‘Make Girls BEG To Sleep With You After SHORT-CIRCUITING Their Emotional And Logical Mind Into A Million Reasons Why They Should”. Um, what?
Sounds disturbing? It gets worse.
Blanc’s techniques for “picking up the laaaadies” include choking girls (for Blanc is the inventor of the creepiest hashtag of all time: #ChokingGirlsAroundtheWorld), forcing girls to mime oral sex, and DIY street harassment. In short, Blanc teaches other men how to sexually assault and objectify women.
His website is littered with ‘pimping’ lessons with titles like, “How to Destroy Her Bitch-Shield”, guidance on “Every single notion of how women think, feel” (cuz them women-folk be all the same) and “How to get her to experience you from the moment you open her” (ewww).
Blanc is repulsive on so many different levels. For one, the dude cannot write. Number two? I take extreme issue with his use of the word ‘pimp’. While it might not sound like a big deal (especially if you’re a fan of hardcore rap) however, the word ‘pimp’ doesn’t mean super-smooth dude in the club. It actually refers to ‘a man who controls prostitutes and arranges clients for them, taking a percentage of their earnings in return’. BLANC, YOU MAKE NO SENSE. His choice to label manipulative dating gurus like himself as ‘pimps’ suggests he views all interactions with women as an opportunity to dominate and control. And disturbingly, many of his pick up artist moves normalise men’s violence towards women.
Oh yeh – and he’s a racist!
Yep! In his latest online seminar offering (see top of page), Blanc spoke at length about the best ways to pick up Japanese women, spewing out such gems as ‘if you’re a white male [in Tokyo], you can do what you want. I’m just romping through the streets, just grabbing girls’ heads, just like, head, pfft on the dick. Head, on the dick, yelling, ‘pikachu,’ with a pikachu shirt.”
Not only does Blanc reduce Japanese women and their culture to popular manga cartoons, he also explains how he invades women’s personal space without their consent, treating them as one dimensional sexual objects open to the advances of any white male.
The power of public protest: How an online petition shut down Blanc’s Australian tour
Jenni Li also recently read through Blanc’s website, watched his gross seminar on how-to physically assault Japanese women and decided she had to act. Li quickly started a change.org petition to stop Blanc from delivering his workshops in Australia and the US, asking venues to reconsider hosting his events. Her petition amassed over 28,000 signatures, forcing venues in Melbourne, Brisbane and Austin to withdraw support.
Since the massive public outcry, Blanc has been curiously silent on social media, and didn’t even show up for his Melbourne seminar, which had been moved from the Como Hotel (who refused to host him) to a small ferry on the Yarra river. The Melbourne event was loudly protested from the river bank, and once ferry staff discovered what the seminar was about, attendees were forced to leave. The next day, Blanc fled Australia.
O how the mighty-bragging-sexual-predators have fallen – all because of an online petition! It really goes to show that when people band together for a common cause, they can make real change. So next time you see a petition on something you care about – sign it – because you never know what kind of impact it will have.
If this issue has gotten you pretty pissed off, you can sign Jenni Li’s petition here – and share it with your friends!
Ally is a Melbourne-based designer, educator and one of the co-creators of Rosie. She is addicted to This American Life podcasts, wasabi peas and red lipstick. Her dog Scout is widely acknowledged as her spirit animal. Ally loves being able to put feminist issues front and centre.
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