Dating: Call Me Maybe, Best or Worst Pick Up Line Ever?

I’m obsessed with Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson.

And I’m not alone. Everywhere I turn, people are quoting this summer’s catchiest song. So much so that it’s become the go-to pick-up line for lesbians across the country. Or so I’ve been told.


Even more than the song, I love the parodies. Like these:




This is my favorite so far, sent to me by a friend.


Name that movie!


Apparently, people are using this everywhere as a pick-up line. I know this because of Twitter (you really should follow me on Twitter so you can participate in conversations like this).


For those who don’t know, this is Hey Boy by The Blow and it’s pretty much Carly Rae Jepson two days after Call Me Maybe. Or Grace two days after Pride.


Grace is seemingly young and hip (she’s a college queer, aren’t they all young and hip?), so I figured if she’s “Call Me Maybeing” people, it’s the cool thing to do. Not wanting to be behind the times, I’ve decided to try this myself. I expect it will be a failure, but hey, it’s worth a try.

Since I can’t just use the actual line – that would totally be cliche after all – I decided to make up my own. It goes like this:

Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my cleavage, call me maybe.


I tried it out on Twitter, accompanied by this picture:

Not wearing a bra. It’s summer.


Roxie (aka Chicago, aka the girl I slept with in Vegas) was the only one who responded. Maybe I should use this picture instead, it’s a bit more subtle and was actually taken in NYC when I heard Call Me Maybe for the first time:

Dark and mysterious cleavage.



To be successful, I think I should put my new line on business cards, like this guy did, maybe with the picture of my cleavage on the back.

This is actually less offensive than my normal “call me” cards.


What do you think? Using Call Me Maybe as a pick up line: brilliant or bogus?


About Queerie Bradshaw

Lauren Marie Fleming loves to put both sides of her brain to use. A writer since childhood, she runs the critically-acclaimed blog and writes for major news sources as an expert on the legal and social issues surrounding sex, sexuality, gender and gender identity. Lauren also started Frisky Feminist Press (, which features sexual education guides and classes from the top sex educators on the Internet. From ivy-league universities to major conferences, Lauren has spoken all over the country and is internationally recognized for her dynamic, educational workshops. Check out her workshop page for a complete list of workshops and upcoming speaking engagements. A law school graduate, she started Creativity Squared, LLC to help bloggers, writers and other creative types turn their ideas into practical, sustainable products or services. Lauren particularly loves helping people find and amplify their voice, dig deep to write their difficult truths, and make a profit by doing what they love. Lauren offers her consulting services through group classes and individual coaching. Lauren is currently shopping her memoir, Losing It: My Life as a Sex Blogger, based on her popular Curve magazine sex blog. She is also working on a diverse young adult series. Lauren is represented by Jane Dystel of DGLM.
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10 Responses to Dating: Call Me Maybe, Best or Worst Pick Up Line Ever?

  1. Grace says:

    I feel like it’s both brilliant and bogus. It’s brilliant if it works, but I felt really dumb when it didn’t. Regardless, it was totally worth it just for the story afterward.

  2. E.A.R. says:

    I’d call that.

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