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138 Post author: lukeprog 20 January 2011 08:44PM

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Comment author: Oligopsony 21 January 2011 04:28:28PM 3 points [-]

I've seen much more mockery of PUA than denunciation, mostly with the sort of attitude one sees displayed towards, say, furries (who are a prototypically unthreatening group.) But perhaps this depends on the corner of the internet you're from.

Comment author: Jonathan_Graehl 22 January 2011 06:48:25AM 3 points [-]

Mockery is mostly for attack. I'm not sure how the mode of attack matters.

It's true that most people don't seem genuinely disturbed by the existence of furries, though. And it must be true that some people mock PUA without feeling threatened, or even without intending to raise their status or lower PUAers'. And in particular cases, for we do love to laugh at those who overreach (are more confident of their status than we think they can justify).

Comment author: wedrifid 22 January 2011 07:39:49AM 1 point [-]

that some people mock PUA without feeling threatened, or even without intending to raise their status or lower PUAers'.

Mockery of another group without intending to raise one's own status? That only seems possible if we include lack of self awareness in evaluating 'intent'. Isn't that just Human Behavior 101?

Comment author: Jonathan_Graehl 23 January 2011 03:56:13AM 1 point [-]

You're right. I was so struck by that, I almost deleted the clause entirely, instead of weakening it with "intending to".