What is pick-up artistry?
The acronym “PUA” stands for “pick-up artist”; generally, it stands for any male who studies and practices the arts of attracting and seducing women for sex, romance, relationships, etc. However, some PUAs are female (i.e., Heidi Fleiss the madam that Neil Strauss wrote about in his book “The Game”).
Wikipedia offers the following definition:
“A pick up artist (PUA) is a term used in North America to describe a man who is skilled in meeting, attracting, and seducing women. The term is largely associated with the seduction community. The term ‘pickup artist’ generally denotes a man who employs a learned, structured approach to attracting women. Men who are good at attracting women but are not associated with the seduction community are more commonly called ‘naturals’ or ‘players’.”
Why is this such a bad thing? People may ask me, “Scarred the Feminist Pit Bull, why go after these guys? What have they done that’s so bad?”
Because unfortunately we live in a patriarchy, and what this means is that the “arts” of attraction and seduction in a patriarchy are *going to be laden with behavioral and mental controls and manipulations aimed at women that reduce agency [defined as acting and thinking in an independent and effective manner] in the targeted women and reinforce patriarchal messages.* Are there exceptions to this general definition? Yes, there are, but it has been my observation that the exceptions prove the rule. PUAism plays off of a *lot* of ingrained patriarchal conditioning that women get, and it positively rewards patriarchal thinking and behavior in men, *also* playing off a lot of *their* conditioning.
Because no one should have to live in a world where daughters, sisters, mothers, cousins, etc. could be targeted by one-person mind-control practitioners.
Because we already have enough sexually-transmitted diseases across the world.
Because we already suffer way too much social and mental control from governments, advertising, etc.: why are we adding more?
Because conscious manipulation and deception is despicable and dishonorable. Because human beings deserve the truth and deserve to be set free, not manipulated by people more interested in satisfying their genitals and power-mad egos instead of living an honorable and satisfying life.
The more women allow themselves to be controlled and manipulated in the name of sex, romance, relationships, etc., the less viable we become as human beings. Benjamin Franklin said, very wisely, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Women typically do not fight as hard as we should in order to preserve our agency, independence, and freedom of thought: we’re too afraid of pissing people off and losing their approval! This has to stop. And one of the best ways of stopping this is to reveal in detail the myriad ways that women are consciously and delibrately manipulated with anger, loss of approval, abandonment, etc.
Girls frequently grow up in households that are hyper-protective of them; this actually contributes to their vulnerability and ignorance, thus making these same girls sitting ducks when they grow up to be women. A better solution is to educate women and girls in manipulative and controlling power relations and methods, so that they become a lot more aware of what they’re actually dealing with. It is a natural reaction to want to lock up your daughter, niece, cousin, etc. when studying the behavioral and mental controls that PUAs practice in order to elicit attraction to achieve a seduction. It is also positively the wrong, wrong, *wrong* decision. It is the *lack* of knowledge, *lack* of self-esteem, *lack* of critical thinking skills, and *lack* of will-power and agency that leaves women vulnerable to manipulation. Sheltering and hiding women and girls doesn’t solve the problem; it greatly exacerbates it.
Well, what can we do about this problem?
That’s what this blog is going to address. Stay tuned.