Last updated Now he wants to help fix yours. But some of the best male-centered advice about how to find a partner is coming from an unlikely source: Tucker Max made his name with that book, its two sequels , and a movie based on the sex- and booze-soaked stories within them.
He is, at first blush, an inappropriate candidate to be dispensing well-adjusted dating advice for men. I have both succeeded and failed in almost every way possible. Co-hosting the podcast with Max is Dr. Geoffrey Miller , author and professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico.
Dating apps and matchmaking sites are a brand-new phenomenon on the scale of human evolution, and they leave loads of gray area in their wake. A photo posted by realtuckermax realtuckermax on May 31, at 6: A revolving cast of co-hosts join them each week to answer listener voicemail questions or dissect male-oriented dating topics at length: Since the podcast launched 10 months ago, Mating Grounds has seen two million downloads in total.
The podcast was born as a promotional vehicle for a book co-authored by Miller and Max, Mate: The goal of the book is to provide men with sound advice about how to navigate the dating sphere, while also being rooted in information about the mating process and evolutionary psychology. Max, with his storied lothario past, might be easily linked to this type of thinking.
The MRA types give the opposite advice, and it boils down to manipulating women. Ultimately, this is because they hate women. We love women, and everything we teach men is about how to be attractive to them so they can have great relationships. Miller maintains that there is a distinct difference between the advice Mating Grounds offers and that of MRA blogs and forums. Listeners are reminded to cultivate their own interests, especially in social settings where they may meet interesting women.
Activities like improv class or salsa dancing often come up as examples. It feels voyeuristic and maybe a tad exploitative, but it seems to be working out for Joe. In a recent episode, Joe recently shared an audio message that he left for a girl he likes. But then again, no one would have solicited earnest dating advice from him, either. Hapless male podcast listeners wanting to change the quality of their female relationships may have a new unlikely tutor.
The author of I Hope They Serve Bell in Hell has found true love, and now he has a podcast telling others how they might do the same.