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Wing Girls: The Girlfriend Getters
June 7, 2005 10:05 AM   Subscribe

Wing Girls: The Girlfriend Getters
posted by haasim (50 comments total)

 
hahaha. I assumed this was about the 'social phenomina'. I'm amazed this is a paid service.

Don't have much to say other then i find it funny.
posted by delmoi at 10:34 AM on June 7, 2005


Wow, I mean, WOW. What a great idea. I can totally see it working. It totally helps the guy break the ice if a girl brings him into the converstation, and it also makes him look desirable if he's with a couple cute girls and acting relaxed with them. Fascinating.
posted by aacheson at 10:36 AM on June 7, 2005


Dude, for that much money he could be sleeping with them.
posted by modernerd at 10:42 AM on June 7, 2005


<gears slowly cranking back to life> - I'm going to ask a couple of my friend's girlfriends if they want to do me a favour...
posted by PurplePorpoise at 10:43 AM on June 7, 2005


The hot girl by my side thinks this is a double post. Is she right?
posted by pracowity at 10:44 AM on June 7, 2005


Man, I need to start charging: I do this all the time! Seriously, I have to say that if I found out that a guy had hired girls to hang out with him, I'd throw his number away. Eeuch.
posted by Specklet at 10:46 AM on June 7, 2005


$275 !! And he went home alone. I think it's a little bit freaky though. I wonder how a girl would react later if they hooked up. "What happened to your friends at the bar?"
posted by peacay at 10:49 AM on June 7, 2005


Hilarious! And no doubt effective.

Append this to the recent discussion on heuristics-gone-wrong -- when sales techniques make use of basic human psychology.

Yes, looking popular and at ease is helpful. There is also an element of envy and/or competition at play.
posted by dreamsign at 10:55 AM on June 7, 2005


There should be a failsafe option, where if you can't land a date even with the wing girls, at the very least you get to sleep with one of your hired dates.
posted by jonson at 10:56 AM on June 7, 2005


Wasn't this on some hourlong procedural drama recently? I wanna say CSI, but I'm not sure.
posted by graymouser at 10:58 AM on June 7, 2005


I was just about to say that, graymouser. Yeah, it was a CSI episode.
posted by blendor at 11:01 AM on June 7, 2005


CSI: Miami, to be exact.
posted by blendor at 11:08 AM on June 7, 2005


There should be a failsafe option, where if you can't land a date even with the wing girls, at the very least you get to sleep with one of your hired dates.

Or at least a BJ!
posted by Specklet at 11:47 AM on June 7, 2005


I think I'm going to start a service where guys pay me to come with them to bars. I proceed to get drunk and crass, which will make the other guy look like Prince Charming by comparison.

Who's with me?
posted by mkultra at 11:50 AM on June 7, 2005


RTFA, it even says that the guy first saw it on CSI. :)

This is a great idea... but for $275 I had better damn well be getting this service until I get an actual date. $275 for one night? I don't think so.

Of course, the guy went to the Brant House. What was he thinking? That place is seriously overhyped as being the "hot place to be" - people go there to be seen, not to pick up. The first service these girls should provide is taking the guy to a place where women actually *want* to be picked up... Devil's Martini is a good start.

Incidentally, their website is here, they don't really look all THAT hot to begin with.
posted by antifuse at 11:51 AM on June 7, 2005


Hurm. When I was single, another single female friend and I would go out to see if we could meet folks (no chance of us two hooking up, she had dated many mutal friends and the fallout was always awkward) and just couldn't do it. I think the two girls part of this service is an important element that was missing in those single-trolling nights years and years ago.

I wonder if there's diminishing returns when you start to add more girls?

1 guy, 1 girl: Looks like they're there together, nobody can break away to scout without looking obvious.
1 guy, 2 girls: Guy is obviously not there with a single girl (both are equally friendly), one girl can scout.
....
1 guy, 5 girls: Guy is gay.

Would a mix between, say, 2 guys and 3 girls be worthwhile?
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:51 AM on June 7, 2005


Oh, and mkultra - you're joking, but you could TOTALLY sell that service.
posted by antifuse at 11:54 AM on June 7, 2005


I'm glad I live in DC, where the rates are lower. Not that I need to bother - I get perfectly adequate results by spraying them with oxytocin.
posted by Jart at 12:00 PM on June 7, 2005


Now I'm going to spend the rest of the afternoon pondering why this bothers me...
posted by alumshubby at 12:05 PM on June 7, 2005


One of the girls in question
posted by sourbrew at 12:10 PM on June 7, 2005


was also in playboy several months ago.... that battalion of reputable news
posted by sourbrew at 12:10 PM on June 7, 2005


"She saw we were with Tim and really wanted to dance with him; it was her way of saying, 'Look, he's going to dance with me and not you, even though he's here with you.' But they don't know that it works to our benefit."

i don't know whats funnier, the fact that he paid this much money without guaranteed sex, or this girl trying her hand at armch- er, dancefloor psychology.
posted by yonation at 12:14 PM on June 7, 2005


also, upon website perusal, these girls are donkeys.
posted by yonation at 12:15 PM on June 7, 2005


too late, mkultra:
make the other guy look like Prince Charming by comparison [15 MB QT vid]
posted by mistersix at 12:18 PM on June 7, 2005


My co-worker actually wrote a piece about this last year for the New York Times. Not sure if that's the same article you're talking about, sourbrew.

UPN is actually developing a series based on her article.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 12:20 PM on June 7, 2005


Wow, how sad. To have social skills so awful that you have to pay to appear interesting. Just, wow.

the fact that he paid this much money without guaranteed sex

Oh, believe me, he got screwed.
posted by justgary at 12:21 PM on June 7, 2005


justgary: Wow, how sad. To have social skills so awful that you have to pay to appear interesting. Just, wow.

Individuals with Asperger's Disorder usually want to fit in and have interaction with others; they simply don't know how to do it. They may be socially awkward, not understanding conventional social rules, or may show a lack of empathy. They may have limited eye contact, seem to be unengaged in a conversation, and not understand the use of gestures. (from the link)
posted by syzygy at 1:14 PM on June 7, 2005


Wow, how sad. To have social skills so awful that you have to pay to appear interesting.

Yeah, don't these people have MeFi for that?
posted by jonmc at 1:25 PM on June 7, 2005


The cute if shortish Tim admits to being one of those dreaded nice guys who has trouble starting conversations with women.

No mention of autism, nor in the article. Not sure what you're getting at.
posted by justgary at 1:26 PM on June 7, 2005


There's an upcoming show on UPN about this and at least one novel based around the concept.

And to think, I did this in college for free. Do you think I could retroactively bill my drinking buddies?
posted by Gucky at 1:57 PM on June 7, 2005


Was Tim an invented name used to conceal the identity of a guy who couldn't get a date? Martin Amis once argued that Tim Henman would never win Wimbledon because he was handicapped by being named Tim. Henman, wrote Amis, was the first human being called Tim to achieve anything at all. "The name lacks all gravity. It's easy enough to see how it happened: the Tims of this world had all their ambitions crushed, all their aspirations dashed, by being called *Timmy* during childhood...The real puzzle is that the Tims do as well as they do, many of them leading reasonably active lives, holding down jobs, getting off with girls, and going on to have children of their own."
posted by TimTypeZed at 2:17 PM on June 7, 2005


Come on, what about the wizard in Monty Python and the Holy Grail? He had incredible powers...
posted by InfidelZombie at 2:22 PM on June 7, 2005


I don't want to start anything, but concerning Asperger's, the disorder is becoming way over-used in some circles to explain unrelated phenomenon. If someone is shy or socially awkward they most likely do not have Asperger's. But, if someone has Aperger's they can likely appear shy or socially awkward. I think there has been some confusion around this, especially on the internet. From the linked article and from experience, some people just don't handle social situations as well as others. Being social is a skill of sorts.
posted by elwoodwiles at 2:23 PM on June 7, 2005


Dude, ever since I gave my girl a ring I get 10 times as many chicks approaching ME. Especially really cute ones that I've casually known over the years but never really got past small talk with.

There's something about being "taken" that removes a lot of the awkward social stigma of just shooting the shit with someone of the opposite sex. People no longer feel you're trying to get something from them, so it becomes a much more natural and casual conversation. The expectation is not there.

That's all this is, but not really.. because little does the girl in question know that as soon as she lets her guard down, BAM, this dude is trying to dip his pen in her ink.
posted by afx114 at 2:26 PM on June 7, 2005


Damn intarnet is giving it all away. I almost always go out with 'the girls' when i feel like meeting new people, and it works really well in making a guy more approachable -- just don't act like a player. I know a lot of guys are gonna try this and blow it by posing like a pimp.

I never understood the whole "going out with the guys' thing. Once in a blue moon is reasonable, but doing it every weekend seems kind of retarded -- if you want to meet women, you ought to understand women, so maybe you should hang out with them more (without trying to bang them). When you're hanging out with guys all the time and getting 'advice' from them, that's just the blind leading the blind.

So, hanging out with a bunch of women shopping, having coffee, and drinking sounds less than manly? I think hanging out with guys 90% of the time is so far in the closet gay you're finding Christmas presents.

ok, i'm out of gas...
posted by Extopalopaketle at 3:06 PM on June 7, 2005


Your name is really hard to say.
posted by Catfry at 3:21 PM on June 7, 2005


The name Tim is hot. And easy to say.
posted by dame at 3:41 PM on June 7, 2005


There's something about being "taken" that removes a lot of the awkward social stigma of just shooting the shit with someone of the opposite sex.

It's also a great example of mimetic desire. Everybody needs some validation. Your "takenness" makes other women think that you are desirable.
posted by mrgrimm at 4:42 PM on June 7, 2005


This works simply because most girls want what they can't have.

When a girl sees an attractive girl with a guy, especially an average joe, a simple thought process enters her mind -- "She can have any man she wants but she's with someone as simple as him? What does he have that keeps her with him? Whatever it is, I want it."
posted by bandersnatch at 5:14 PM on June 7, 2005


s/girls/people/
posted by kenko at 6:20 PM on June 7, 2005


s/people/vertebrates, if you ask me.
posted by nebulawindphone at 6:32 PM on June 7, 2005


There is also an element of envy and/or competition at play.

On the other hand, the show Elimidate does a better job of using envy to tip a dating scenario in a guy's favor by creating artificial induced scarcity around the guy at the center of the show.
posted by jonp72 at 6:38 PM on June 7, 2005


Everybody needs some validation. Your "takenness" makes other women think that you are desirable.

This works simply because most girls want what they can't have.


this may be true, but really, I think it may be just as simple as afx114 said - that expectations and roles are kinda removed. You can just hang out with them as 'people' not as 'potential mates'. it's like how you can hang out with your brothers or cousins or whatever without awkwardness.

When two single straight people of opposite sex are together, the assumption is very commonly "either they're after me or I'm just not attractive", which means instead of being able to just hang out and have fun, there's this whole underlying current of what signals are being sent, whether moves are being made, yadda yadda. But if you're hanging out in a group with people of both sexes, or it's presumed one/both of you are taken, then that whole storyline can fade away, and you can just interact like normal human beings. This is why I think "dating" is so awkward, while meeting people in school and ending up together always happened naturally, since we'd get to know each other in a wider context.
posted by mdn at 6:54 PM on June 7, 2005


When a girl sees an attractive girl with a guy, especially an average joe, a simple thought process enters her mind -- "She can have any man she wants but she's with someone as simple as him? What does he have that keeps her with him? Whatever it is, I want it."

That bander knows his... oh well nevermind.
posted by dreamsign at 8:48 PM on June 7, 2005


Senor Extopalopaketle!
posted by clockzero at 11:05 PM on June 7, 2005


I used to hang out with two really attractive girls all the time. (They were friends of mine and dating each other). It never worked for me!

On the other hand, just going out and meeting a bunch of random friends (while not having showered all day) and then meeting one of their friends ... worked for me.

Eagerly awaiting the masses of women who will now look at me with new hungry eyes...
posted by badlydubbedboy at 3:21 AM on June 8, 2005


I think I'm going to start a service where guys pay me to come with them to bars. I proceed to get drunk and crass, which will make the other guy look like Prince Charming by comparison.

mkultra, your business plan may get sunk by all the guys inadvertently offering this service for free : )
posted by bachelor#3 at 7:53 AM on June 8, 2005


Senor Extopalopaketle!

I demand explication!
posted by kenko at 9:04 AM on June 8, 2005


I demand explication!

Not Aztec, Olmec. Ol-mec.
posted by mrgrimm at 2:27 PM on June 8, 2005


HAHA, dreamsign.

Get more than a pair of panties, baby! ;)
posted by bandersnatch at 2:59 PM on June 8, 2005


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