Of course it’s manipulation, but why should I care? I’ve been manipulated so many times in my life.
The old, "It's happened to me so, why should I care if it happens to you?" argument is one of the saddest ways people rationalize their behavior. This person knows he is treating women in a demeaning way ot get what he wants, but deflects that realization quite easily. It is disappointing to know that there are people in the world who know they're doing something that isn't moral or ethical and try to justify it with a lame explanation that most 5 year-olds know is wrong.