PUA means Pick Up Artist. PUAs study how to attract and seduce women.


PUAs focus on techniques (usually conversational, psychological and behavioral techniques) to seduce women. A key component of PUA is understanding the female mindset and the way women view themselves, the world, and men. For this, the manosphere owe PUAs a debt of gratitude. Because PUAs are in the field, constantly engaging in trial and error, action and consequence, and because there is a tangible goal they are after (and highly motivated), they have methodologically examined female relationships and sexual behavior. The level of detail and psychological dimension to PUA is often quite stunning in its revelations, depth, and detail.

However, PUAs have also been perceived negatively by MGTOWs and the manosphere for a number of reasons. PUA largely adopts the realities of a feminist world and the attitudes of the modern entitled women. Rather than calling out the counter productivity of endless female shit-tests against men, for example, PUAs see passing each hurdle as a badge of honor (see PUA boasting about sending 51 messages on OKCupid to get a phone #). Rather than counseling women against following Primitive Instinct Hypergamy, which yields negative results in the long run to both men and women, PUAs reinforce it by "playing the game" and seeing the "challenge" in engaging the Hamster and Primitive Instinct. Perhaps the biggest criticism is that PUAs encourage a world where men live down to a woman's warped modern standards of 'manhood'. In the obsession of "being Alpha", men may focus far too much on tattoos, "being a DJ" in their spare time, and other things women find attractive and not enough on pursuits that have real value or things they genuinely want and enjoy. PUAs may invest simply too much of their time and identity in pursuing pussy and get "lost in the game". Finally, some claim PUAs engage in "pussy worship" over all else, lowering their moral standards and creating externalities for other men. Some PUAs engage in AMOG (alpha male of the group) techniques to devalue other men and boyfriend-destroyer techniques where they knowingly sever the relationship between a woman and her significant other. When PUAs put "Hos before Bros" and ignore male fraternity, throw their conscience out the window in pursuit of 2nd-rate, 2nd-hand pussy, one wonders if the techniques of PUA may be sound, but the overall worldview, at least for some, has become skewed.

This MGTOW community believes in Game and its value. But we have a different idea called RecGame as far as the worldview that goes along with it.

Additional Reading:
Living DOWN to a woman's standards -- going all out on SMV