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This article may lend undue weight to certain ideas, incidents, or controversies. This article may need to be rewritten entirely to comply with Wikipedia’s quality standards. The discussion page may contain suggestions. The rise of “seduction science”, “game”, or “studied charisma” has been attributed to modern forms of dating and social norms between sexes which have developed from a perceived increase in the equality of women in western society and changes to traditional gender roles.
Modern pickup artist practice dates to 1970, with the publication of How To Pick Up Girls! Eric Weber, credited as the first modern pickup artist. The PUA community itself originated with Ross Jeffries and his students. How to Get the Women You Desire into Bed. In the late 1990s, Clifford Lee began his Cliff’s List Seduction Letter as a central independent voice of the community.
Other pickup 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 1999 drama film Magnolia, in which Tom Cruise portrayed a charismatic yet embittered and emotionally-troubled pickup guru who was loosely modeled on Ross Jeffries. In 2005, journalist Neil Strauss wrote The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, an exposé of the PUA community. Within the community, seduction lairs are underground meeting groups for men devoted to the study of obtaining sex taught in the PUA community.
Lairs first began as study groups soon after Ross Jeffries released his first products and began teaching sometime in the early 1990s. Hundreds of lairs now exist worldwide. Ross Jeffries to describe males who are typically clueless and incompetent with women. Such a person purportedly abides by a certain system deemed effective by that community in their attempts to seduce partners. 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.
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. In 2014, following widely supported public petitions, U. Pickup artists have also been parodied, as in the March 2011 The Scott Mills Show. BBC Radio 1 debated Neil Strauss’ The Game on many shows.
Pickup is often divided into different styles, referred to as “outer game”, “inner game”, “direct game”, 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.