Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Reality of Alpha, Beta, and Omega Males

I have been hearing a lot about Alphas, Betas, Omegas, and other 'hierarchical speak' within the MRM and Manosphere lately, and much of it is absolutely ridiculous because none of these self-professed 'Alpha males' seem to have any clue as to what it, or the other terms they use, mean.

These self-professed 'alphas' (SPAs) like to 'insult' other men that they see as inferior to them by calling them betas or omegas, - the more commonly used insult is that of beta. The use of the term beta by SPAs is being misused, as a beta male, in Dominance Hierarchy is the male that is second in rank to the alpha and is the one poised to "act as the new alpha if an alpha dies or is otherwise no longer considered an alpha - If the old alpha is removed or dies, he takes over the alpha's females, becoming the new alpha."

An omega is, in Dominance Hierarchy, "subordinate to all others in the community, and are expected by others in the group to remain submissive to everyone. Omega animals may also be used as communal scapegoats or outlets for frustration, or given the lowest priority when distributing food."

It would therefore be more apt to call another male an omega if they wanted to insult them, if one is indeed even insulted by such a term, since it is all just ill-informed opinion and posturing on the part of those men that feel the need to apply these hierarchical terms to themselves, and others, in an attempt to make themselves feel better.

The fact of the matter is that true alpha males do not need to tell others that they are alphas, as this quote from an article titled Alpha Male & Beta Male Traits demonstrates:

"[An] alpha male never feels like he must prove himself. His ego is his ally - Big egos are a result of low-esteem, lack of control over emotion, and too many female feelings. A man who is truly confident in himself never needs to lash out at someone who insulted his ego."


It is true that for chimps, and other primates/mammals that others "show deference to the alpha of the community by ritualized gestures such as bowing, allowing the alpha to walk first in a procession, or standing aside when the alpha challenges." This is because the other chimps know he is the alpha male by the way he carries himself in daily activities. The alpha male chimp does not need to constantly prove himself to the troop, nor would it be beneficial to him if he did, since he would expend too many physical resources in the process, and thus his overall health and longevity would suffer. His position as alpha male would soon be overtaken by another male who had more physical resources to expend.

The whole advantage of being an alpha male is to have access to resources. Those resources are driven by the desire for survival and evolution where the most important factor is "preferential access to sex or mates." Being able to reproduce and have their genes move forward into the next generation is the most important aspect of being an alpha male.

So, for those men that claim to be alphas but refuse to have any children are, in biological and evolutionary terms, a failure and therefore not truly alpha males. Just because you say you are an alpha male does not make it true. Many traits make up an alpha male, but the most important ones are that the alpha male is both biologically and evolutionarily driven to reproduce with the best females possible. We are not special just because we are of the human species. We are still animals with the same basic biological and evolutionary needs and drives - to deny that fact is willfully ignorant and ill-informed to say the least.

So when you hear a man say he is an alpha male, or use terms like beta male to attempt and insult someone, you can be sure he is not truly an alpha male. He is most likely one of the omegas trying desperately to escape being on the lowest rung of the hierarchical ladder with little to no real success.




Referenced/quoted articles: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_%28ethology%29#Beta_and_omega 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_%28ethology%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominance_hierarchy




Written by Kristina Hansen
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