It’s said that the movie “The Bridges of Madison County” presents a richly-textured emotional tapestry. However, in some sense, the male protagonist – the National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid who has won the lonely heart of a married country housewife, is not so much a charming prince as a pick-up artist.
“Pao liang zu”(泡良族)is an online buzzword, referring to a lowlife sleaze who is skilled at seducing married women. In English, such people are called pick-up artists. Pick-up artists chase after young married women and as soon as they succeed they evaporate like water. The romantic and sentimental pick-up artist usually talks to a lady in a friendly way, with the hope of developing a casual sexual relationship with her. As for most pick-up artists, paid companionship is not their target.
What’s more, a car is a must in such scams. If they haven’t got one, they will try their best to borrow one. Pick-up artists may say “I love you” more than a thousand times a day to their prey, but never once mention marriage. The more reserved a woman is, the more of an interest she becomes, because such women are perceived as chaste. Pick-artists seldom like to spend money lavishly to attract a woman. Beware of such pick-up artists!