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Men Are Still Spending Obscene Amounts of Money to Become Pick-Up Artists

For "Seduction," the first book-length study of PUAs, Dr. Rachel O'Neill trailed coaches and their clients to illuminate an industry that has fallen out of the public eye.


Putting This PUA Game On PlayStation and Steam Normalizes Stalker Behavior

'Super Seducer,' a game about stalking and harassing women using pick-up artist tactics, is set to release next month on Steam and PlayStation.


What It's Like to Be Hit on By a Pick-Up Artist

Artist Angela Washko took a deep dive into the pick-up artist community to create an immersive video game that allows its players to interact with "seduction gurus"—from a safe distance.


The Bizarre, Lonely Story of the World's Best Soap Shoe Pro

The forgotten sport's most vocal proponent just made a movie, and it's absolutely astounding.


Pick-Up Artists Don't Understand What 'Alpha' Even Means—As Evidenced by Wolves

MRAs and pick-up artists love using animal-related tactics to hit on women. We met up with some actual wolves and animal experts to find out exactly how men are wrong about everything, including this.


This Group of Straight Men Is Swearing Off Women

They call themselves Men Going Their Own Way and they dislike feminism so much they are grabbing their balls and going home.


I Employed a Team of 'Virtual Dating Assistants' to Manage My Online Love Life

Scott Valdez, 30, the CEO of VirtualDatingAssistants.com, charges anywhere from $380 to $1,320 a month for this service, depending on which package and how many "guaranteed dates" his clients buy.


Confessions of an Ex-Pickup Artist

Trying to pick up girls at "Pester Square" wasn't as glamorous as you'd think. At least I got out at the right time. Some take it too far and become embittered and alienated.


Elliot Rodger and the Toxic Weight of Virginity

The California shooter's rage at not having sex isn't uncommon among awkward young men who were raised on the internet.


The Showstopper

Shawn Valentino is the self-styled international playboy who believes there is a ladykilling superhero inside of all of us.