Pick-up artists: Feminist critiques

'Pick-up artists' and PUA cultures and communities are hotbeds of misogyny. In this XY collection, we have compiled links to some accessible feminist critiques of PUA ideology and practice.

There is a small academic literature on pick-up artists and communities, as follows:

  • Clift, Elana J. (2007). Picking Up and Acting Out: Politics of Masculinity in the Seduction Community. PhD thesis, Department of American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, May.
  • Hambling-Jones, O., & Merrison, A. J. (2012). Inequity in the Pursuit of Intimacy: An Analysis of British Pick-up Artist Interactions. Journal of Pragmatics, 44(9), 1115-1127.
  • O’Neill, Rachel. (2015) The Work of Seduction: Intimacy and Subjectivity in the London ‘Seduction Community’. Sociological Research Online, 20(4).
  • O’Neill, Rachel. (2018). Seduction: Men, Masculinity and Mediated Intimacy. Polity.