Pimpology: The 48 Laws That Make Me Sick

WARNING: The following post contains lots of judgement and little grace

There’s a book called “Pimpology: The 48 Laws of the Game“.  I’d like to officially rename it “Pimpology: The 48 Laws That Make Me Sick.”  I’m angry – no furious – that a book like this exists.  I know first hand how brutal and manipulative a pimp can be, but there’s something especially nauseating about seeing the strategy for his abuse in written (and published) form.

Published in 2008 by Gallery Books, “Pimpology” is 192 pages worth of step by step instructions on how to become a successful pimp.  Law #5: Prey on the weak, Law #20: Get into a Ho’s head, Law #29: Play one Ho against the next, Law #36: Be international know, nationally recognized and locally accepted… the list goes on.  Every “law” (1-48) has an entire chapter to coincide.  Entire chapters were written on how to break a girl’s spirit, how to scan a crowd for the easiest prey, how to keep her psychologically entrapped once you’ve got her and how to make money from it all– prestige from it all. “He breaks down real life situations and explains the art of manipulation, and persuasion that is pimping.” says one reviewer.

For as little as $11.98 you too can learn how to be a pimp.  Just check out Barnes&Noble.com.  You could even order a used copy for $8.33 or read it instantly on your Nook for a mere $10.99.  $10.99… apparently all it takes these days is $10.99 to learn the proven method of breaking the spirit of a 13-year-old girl by shoving her into habitual rape.  All it takes is $10.99 to learn how to dehumanize a child by placing her in a dog crate for hours on end.

It sickens me that this #@%$ is allowed to be in print.  I’m all for upholding our rights of free speech but this is absurd. This book – whether is says it on the dust cover or not– is the promotion of torture and trafficking in its most obviously of terms.  Shame on you Barnes&Noble and other retailers who sell this publication.  Shame on you Nook and other e-book carriers.  Shame on you Gallery Books and other publishing companies who promote similar writings (yes, there’s more than one of these books). Shame on you author, Karen Hunter– you’re a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist– AND A WOMEN.  How dare you help further the lie that the culture of pimping should be glorified.

Yes, I’m angry.  Yes I’m using strong language and keeping my viewpoint narrow.  Usually, I strive to see both sides of a coin, but in this circumstance I make no apology for my close-mindedness.  Eleven years of my life were destroyed using principals like the ones shared in this text so I believe I have a right to some righteous anger here.

To the credit of Barnes & Noble, there was a recent petition launched to remove another book called “The Pimp Game” from their online marketplace.  After only 1,134 signatures, acquired through Change.org, the effort became a success and to my understanding the book is gone from B&N’s online listings.  Check out the progress by clicking here.  There still are however, many other publications, like the one talked about in this post, still available for purchase.  Since a petition has been proven to work in this area, check out these two others available for signing or start your own today! It may not be huge step in helping, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Ask Target to stop selling the book Pimpology. OR Tell Amazon to take a stand against human trafficking.

Thank you.

May this blog serve as an education to those who do not yet know or understand the atrocities of trafficking and may it serve as an encouragement to those who understand it all too well.

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  1. Nauseating! We had discussion about this the other night…how pimps are either glorified or made silly so that culture doesn’t have to accept the truth, that they are amongst the worlds most vile and brutal creatures walking the earth. Shows like “Pimp My Ride”, pimp & hoes parties, pimp costumes for halloween…ridiculous.

  2. Change.org is awesome. This book is right up there with pedophile novels.

  3. Nik

     /  October 28, 2011

    My guts are churning at the thought!

    “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
    Ps. 82:3-4

    Your blogs have served to help me make up my mind…I’m getting back into the fight. Thank you.

  4. Thanks for this. Actually, I’m doing a lot of research on this and (sigh) this is on the to-read list. I find it funny that it’s guised or positioned as a business book or at the very least, bathroom reading material. Based on all the reviews it seems to be appealing to those kind of folks. Curious if you think actual pimps are reading this? Also, I’d love to ask you questions if at any point you’d be willing to endure what are surely ignorant questions, especially at this stage. I’m focused on this issue in Atlanta and researching/reading as much as possible to understand the landscape. I think your outrage is beyond justified. (joycemitchellme@gmail.com)

    • Hi there! Great to hear about your research on the subject! THANK YOU! Obviously, I can’t speak for everyone reading the book but I do have 2 things to say about the readership demographic….1) I’m going to be sick if our future business leaders are taking their cues from pimps and 2) interestingly enough, I just heard a vice officer talking about how they found a copy of “pimpology” while executing a search warrant. Apparently it was at the house of a newer pimp…. hmmm…

      You’re welcome to email me at from9to20@gmail.com with questions. Thanks


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