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 is a writer, speaker and motivator known for her intimate, informative and often hilarious look at sex, relationships and body-image. Lauren runs the critically-acclaimed blog, writes for major news sources including VICE, Nerve, Huffington Post and Curve, and is the author of her memoir Losing It: My Life as a Sex Blogger. In 2013, Lauren founded Frisky Feminist Press ( as a way to enhance conversations about sexuality through educational guides, online classes and entertaining publications. A law school graduate, Lauren has spoken all over the United States and is internationally recognized for her dynamic, engaging style. In everything she does, Lauren’s goal is to educate, remove stigmas and encourage people to achieve their desires.
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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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