If you've never encountered a pickup artist, consider yourself lucky.
They're a group of people who seem to think that it's healthy and normal to manipulate women into having sex with them. Because they're entitled to sex, or something equally ridiculous. They're out there acting like jerks and giving trilby hats a bad name. And Captain America has some totally genuine dating advice for them.
And thank goodness. Because the advice they're giving each other is terrible.
Actual Pickup Artist Advice: "If you’re a good-looking guy and you don’t have your game on like you don’t feel entitled to have the girl, if you’re nervous talking to girls, if you can’t make eye contact with the girl, if you don’t feel comfortable getting physical with the girl, or if you’re making it all friend-to-friend and not man to woman, there’s no sexual tension or anything, then the 8’s, 9’s, or 10’s doesn’t matter if you’re good looking."
If you're violating another person's space and deciding that you're entitled to their time, bodies, or anything else, you're being gross and you need to shut it down.
Actual Pickup Artist Advice: "Remember women do not sleep with men who choose them, as this violates the anti slut mechanism."
Steve Rogers might be from the 40s, but his values are up to date. Consider removing the slut-shaming from your vocabulary before you try to convince someone to have sex with you.
Actual Pickup Artist Advice: "Always touch a woman. Go from light to more. She has to get used to your touch."
Didn't we learn in kindergarten that we need to keep our hands to ourselves? If someone gives you permission, that's one thing. Just remember: consent can be revoked at any time. You don't ever have the right to another person's body.
Actual Pickup Artist Advice: "You can also lower a girl’s social value in relation to yours with quick lines by negging* women."
*Negging is when you insult someone in order to lower their self-confidence. Steve had to look it up.
Real talk: if you insult a girl, she's not going to be standing there going through an existential crisis trying to figure out how to get your attention. She's going to try to figure out how to get you to leave her alone.
Actual Pickup Artist Advice: "Once you deliver your high octane material like Cocky/funny, and she is engaged or laughing at the peak of the laugher. Turn your back slightly away from her and break eye contact. She will attempt to re-engage you to chase you because she wants those feelings you gave her... People of higher value break rapport, while those of lower value try to build it."
If you follow this advice you're basically gaslighting another human being. Gaslighting is a form of mental abuse in which information is twisted or spun, selectively omitted to favor the abuser, or false information is presented with the intent of making victims doubt their own memory, perception, and sanity.
Captain America is having none of your creepy 'tactics'.
There's nothing cool or suave about trying to trick someone into having sex with you. How would you feel if someone was manipulating you and intentionally making you feel bad because they saw you as a conquest, a game to be won, instead of a human being? Romance and one-night stands aren't about tactics and bullying, they're about people coming together and having fun. If you can't do that without being disrespectful, maybe you're better off staying home.