A new study comes to a not entirely surprising conclusion: women who like pickup artists may be sexist themselves.
Adding to the burgeoning field of Pickup Artist Studies, Jeffrey Hall and Melanie Canterberry surveyed 363 college students and 850 adults. They asked them about their attitudes toward women by having them evaluate statements like "Women seek to gain power by getting control over men" and "A good woman should be set on a pedestal by her man" — they used the Ambivalent Sexism Inventory, which you can see for yourself online. Then they asked about their use of (for men) or receptiveness to (for women) typical pickup artist strategies like negging, isolating a woman from her friends, or competing with other men. Among both college students and older respondents, they found that women who held sexist attitudes toward their own gender were more receptive to PUA techniques. And in the older group, sexist men were also more likely to use PUA tactics — the study authors speculated that they might not have found a difference among college men because undergraduate dudes might be more likely to emulate Mystery across the board, whether they're sexist or not.