Pickup artistsalso known as pick-up artistsPUAseduction community or pickup communityis a movement of men whose goal is seduction and sexual success with and access to women. Members of the community are often referred to as "pickup artists" PUA.
The community exists through Internet newsletters and weblogsmarketing e. The rise of "seduction science", "game",  or "studied charisma", as it is often called, has been attributed to the "chaotic" modern dating scene reportedly as a result of the increased empowerment and equality of women in western society and changes to traditional gender roles combined with the influence of distinct biological imperatives in men and women. The seduction community itself originated with Ross Jeffries and his students.
In the late s, Jeffries taught workshops, promoted a collection of neuro-linguistic programming NLP techniques called "speed seduction" SSand published a short book of his techniques, How Hook up artists Get the Women You Desire into Bed. InLewis De Payne, then a student of Jeffries, founded the newsgroup alt. Other seduction teachers emerged with competing methods, and became known within this community as "seduction gurus" or "gurus".
The community was brought to greater mainstream awareness with the drama film Magnoliain which Tom Cruise portrayed a charismatic yet embittered and emotionally troubled pickup guru who was loosely modeled on Ross Jeffries. The Game reached the New York Times Bestseller Listand made known pickup and seduction techniques to a wider audience. Within the community, seduction lairs are underground meeting groups for men devoted to the study of seduction as it is taught in the seduction community.
Lairs first began as study groups soon after Ross Jeffries released his first products and began teaching sometime in the early 90s. Hook up artists elements are used as resources for men who want to learn to become well-versed in how to successfully attract women. Supporters of this community typically believe that the conventional dating advice for men is flawed.
For Hook up artists, they reject the notion that men should attempt to woo women by spending money on them e.
Many members of the seduction community work on their "game" seduction skills by improving their understanding of psychology, their confidence and self-esteem termed "inner game"and their social skills and physical appearance physical fitness, fashion sense, grooming "outer game".
Many members of the community believe that one's "game" is refined through regular practice,  with the idea that the abilities needed to interact in this way with women can be improved. The seduction community has a unique set of acronyms and jargon for describing male—female dynamics and social interaction.
The community claims that these concepts derive "Hook up artists" scientific disciplines, such as the concept of social proof from the psychology of influenceand various concepts from sociobiology and evolutionary psychology such as the term " alpha male ". A pickup artist commonly abbreviated PUA is a person who practices finding, attracting, and seducing sexual Hook up artists. Such a person purportedly abides by a certain system deemed effective by that community in their attempts to seduce partners.
"Hook up artists" use of pickup in this context, slang for making a casual acquaintance with a stranger in anticipation of sexual relations, was popularized by the book How to Pick Up Girls by Eric Weber,  and by Pick-Up Timesa short-lived s magazine, and the semi-autobiographical romantic comedy The Pick-up Artistwritten and directed by James Toback.
The pickup artist Roosh V has self-published 14 books describing techniques for seducing women. The term pickup artist is also associated with the seduction community, a heterosexual male subculture which strives to improve sexual and romantic abilities with women.
The culture surrounding pickup has spawned an entire industry servicing those who want to improve their social and seduction skills with consultations and in-field training. Pickup artists receive mixed to negative responses from the press and general public, with many regarding both the practice and theory as immoral, sexist and ineffective. Infollowing widely supported public petitions, U. Pickup is often divided into different styles, referred to as "outer game", "inner game", "direct "Hook up artists," and "indirect game".
Psychologist Petra Boynton has stated that there is "no evidence of effectiveness" for any claims of pickup artists. Despite primarily being a male movement, there are also female pick-up artists who use similar techniques to seduce men. There are a variety of PUA "schools of thought" which promote numerous different methods. These range from approaches that are very indirect, and which stress starting with casual conversation before building into a flirt, to methods in which attraction is communicated very openly and directly.
Most PUAs acknowledge the distinction between so-called "inner game" and "outer game", where the former relates to techniques directed towards increasing one's self-confidence and mindset, whilst the latter are about actual with real people.
Inner game may involve taking greater care in one's looks and presentation, identifying and neutralising self-defeating mental habits also known as "limiting beliefs"and developing mental routines to build confidence.
Outer game involves actual interaction with individuals and groups of people, from body language to conversation. The pick-up artist may frequent a self-help group and converse with MRA's men's rights activistsincels involuntary celibates Hook up artists, and other PUA's to discuss seduction tips.
In The GameNeil Strauss documents various practices that occur in the seduction community. Members of Hook up artists community believe in achieving success with women through putatively scientific and empirical means, rather Hook up artists by relying on good looks or intuitive instinct, or by following societal courtship conventions. The practice of going out with the purpose of meeting women is known as "sarging", a term coined by Ross Jeffriesafter his cat "Sarge".
A pickup artist can "sarge" alone, or with
Hook up artists wingman. The Mystery Method describes seduction as a linear process involving three stages establishing attraction, building comfort, and seduction each of which involves a variety of techniques.
Conor Friedersdorf lambasted the use of negging by pick-up artists, but admitted that, based on his observations, negging did appear to be effective at generating attraction from some women. One constellation of PUA techniques, called "Last Minute Resistance" tactics LMR tacticsis designed to convince a woman to have sex after she has indicated that she doesn't want to.
This includes tactics from those which are mutually beneficial — such as being okay with the woman being on her period — to "callous manipulation" and rape. Pickup artists generally assume the mindset that men should lead and initiate contacts and plans in general in order to be more attractive, and that women will not generally initiate contact although they want men to, requiring men to begin any interaction by approaching Hook up artists, but many have also cultivated a sensitivity to direct and indirect signals of possible sexual interest.
Members of the seduction community often practice approaching and opening repetitively; some have done thousands of approaches.
Strauss describes a pickup artist who approaches in one day. The "Mystery Method"  encourages approaching groups of strangers, starting indirect conversations, and giving attention to all members of the group without initiating conversation with the "target" until attraction has been established.
Having a notorious reputation outside the community, the PUA movement has been described as sexist,  misogynist  pseudoscience,     and subterfuge. Roosh V has been called hateful and a misogynist for his views on women and sex by the Southern Poverty Law Center though writers at Reason and National Review mocked his inclusion.
Long Interviews with Hideous Mencriticizes the PUA community as frequently "absurd and sexist", "pushy and problematic" and encouraging adversarial gender roles. However, she also argues that PUA tactics are worth understanding because they are not unique to the PUA community, but instead represent society-wide beliefs and patterns and strategies of human sexual behaviour. Professional dating coachradio personality and self help book author Alan Roger Currie has frequently criticized the seduction community and many of the misleading and manipulative tactics espoused by many of the more pickup artists.
Currie is specifically critical of men giving women the misleading impression that they are interested in engaging in a long-term, emotionally profound, monogamous romantic relationship when those men know in reality that they are really seeking to engage in some form of short-term, non-monogamous, casual sex with these same women. After year-old systems analyst George Sodini killed three women and himself in the Collier Township shootingmedia asked whether he had been influenced by his involvement in the PUA community.
The seduction community has received increased media attention,     since the publication of Neil Strauss ' article on the community in The New York Times and his memoir The Game. Response to the seduction community has been varied; it has been called misogynisticand a Hook up artists of The Game in the San Francisco Chronicle characterized the community as "a puerile cult of sexual conquest", and calls its tactics "sinister" and "pathetic".
Feminists tend to be critical of the seduction community. Beatrix Campbell has stated that The Game "sexually objectifies women", arguing that "Nowhere from its description do you get a sense of men being helped to be human in an easy agreeable way According to an article in Eye Weeklysome feminists believe that pickup "isn't just cheesy; it's offensive". Avoid seeing women as conquests and men as competition.
An article in the Houston Press claimed that the seduction community "isn't the lechfest it might sound like". The article quotes the webmaster
Hook up artists confidentup. This isn't just a game of words and seduction, it's an overall life improvement. Several writers describe observing men in the seduction community first-hand. Some women recount experiences with men they believed to be pickup artists who tried to "pick them up", and some men recount trying out pickup techniques.
Catherine Townsend, writing for The Independentdescribes a negative experience with a man she believed was a pickup artist and used a lot of "negs" on her: An article in San Francisco Magazine recounts the experience the blogger "Dolly", who is the author of the popular sex blog The Truth about Cocks and Dollshad with the seduction community. According to the article, Dolly was:. That they want to get laid, too? Guys have always wanted sex and will continue to want sex.
Hook up artists spending three days immersed in a Mystery Method Corp now Love Systems seminar, Gene Weingarten expressed his uneasiness about "a step by step tutorial Hook up artists men in how to pick up make them comfortable in your presence, and bed them, ideally within seven hours of your first meeting"
Hook up artists wondered aloud, "Is there something inherently wrong with the notion of seduction as a classroom-taught skill, complete with a long hierarchy of Hook up artists that work, seemingly spontaneous topics of conversation that are anything but spontaneous, tricks for seeming 'vulnerable', and tips on how to behave so as to deliver subtle but effective nonverbal inducements to intimacy?
Rifkind describes initially struggling with seduction techniques, eventually learning to attract women's interest, and then feeling guilty. Rifkind writes, "After a little more practice, my 'game' is improving dramatically. I can open with fluency, and there's an injection of confidence which comes from knowing exactly what you are going to say next. As a human being and, perhaps more crucially, as somebody with a girlfriend, I feel like absolute scum.
The media attention and rapid growth of the seduction community has led to commercialization and competition.