A pickup artist, commonly abbreviated PUA, is a term used to describe a man who is skilled in meeting, attracting, and seducing women. The use of "pickup" in this context, slang for making a casual acquaintance with a stranger in anticipation of sexual relations, dates from at least 1970 and the book How to Pick Up Girls by Eric Weber, and Pick-Up Times, a short-lived 1970s magazine, culminating in the 1987 semi-autobiographical film, The Pick-up Artist, written and directed by James Toback. The term is also associated with the seduction community, a male subculture based on the goal of improved sexual and romantic abilities with women using self-help, an understanding of social psychology and techniques derived from Neuro-linguistic programming. The term received increased attention in 2005 upon the arrival of Neil Strauss' bestselling book, '', also in 2007, from the reality television series, The Pick-up Artist'', shown on VH1, starring Mystery, JDOG, and Matador well-known pickup artists.
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