'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.
- Dr NerdLove, The Trouble With Pick-Up Artists, June 21 2013;
- Dr Nerdlove, Can You Be An Ethical Pickup Artist, Aug 17 2014;
- Fogg, Why I have no truck with the art of the pick-up, June 24 2013;
- Geek Feminism Wiki, Pick Up Artists;
- Marcotte, How 'Pick-Up Artist' Philosophy and Its More Misogynist Backlash Shaped Mind of Alleged Killer Elliot Rodger, May 25, 2014;
- Reist, Banishing the Beasts: The Slick Misogyny of U.S. Pick-up Artists Not Welcome Here (2016);
- Steadman, The sexist pseudoscience of pick-up artists, June 4 2014;
- Walton, 'Pickup artists' and rape culture, Oct 7 2015.
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.