Last week we told you about the Kickstarter scandal, in which the book Above the Game was allowed as a Kickstarter project. Some people called the ‘how to pick up and treat women’ book a “rape manual”, objecting to some of the advice in the book as being about ‘forcing a woman to have sex’.
If you regularly peruse Kickstarter, or are on Reddit (especially the /r/seduction section), or if you are a fan of the comedian Casey Malone, you may already be aware of the tempest (bigger than teapot-sized) that is swelling around one particular Kickstarter campaign: funding to publish the book “Above the Game” by Ken Hoinsky. Hoinsky, who goes by the username “Tofu Tofu” on Reddit, has published several pieces on how to relate to and pick up women. He includes sections that go all the way up to advice on, well, going all the way. And because he advocates what he calls “taking the lead” in some extremely forward ways, the proposed book has come under fire as being a how-to manual on rape. And because it is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, Kickstarter has come under fire for allowing the campaign to move forward, and in fact is the target of a DoSomething.org petition authored by DoSomething.org’s Ben Kassoy.