I have made thousands of mugs in the last 40 odd years and nary a one pulled on the mug. Never seemed as elegant to me. Same for pitchers, jugs, jars, teapots, casseroles, etc.
The buying public never seemed to have a problem with them being unattractive. I never felt my forms were diminished by my handles. I own several mugs made by other potters with the handle pulled on them and enjoy using them as well as other kinds of handle. Everyone makes their own way. Even wannabes