Weird Wednesday: The creepiest pickup-artist lines on the Web

There are few Internet subcultures ickier than pickup artistry (PUA), the science of targeting women for casual sex using a combination of manipulation, ridicule, and magic tricks.

 

Kris Holt

Internet Culture

Published Feb 6, 2013   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 1:55 am CDT

There are few Internet subcultures ickier than pickup artistry (PUA), the science of targeting women for casual sex using a combination of manipulation, ridicule, and magic tricks, then bragging about it online.

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That Mystery dude is a complete charmer. So is the guy with the “rape van.”

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Thankfully, there’s an easy way to see the worst of the online seduction community, even if you’re not on Instagram

@PUA_txt tweets actual things people post on PUA message boards, trawling through ridiculous threads so you don’t have to. With more than 1,000 tweets so far, the feed, run by @virgiltexas, has picked up more than 4,200 followers. 

Fair warning: some of the following tweets are NSFW and/or completely gross. 

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*First Published: Feb 6, 2013, 3:52 pm CST