I was sent this choice quote from Paul Elam [He denies it is his; evidence suggests that the quote below is a forgery], the ignoramus who runs A Voice for Men, and it stunned me into silence. So much wrong. So painful. Such unscientific nonsense.
Aargh. Naturalistic fallacy. Misrepresentation of animal mating strategies (they’re more complex than this cartoon). Fallacies about genes. Internal contradictions (how would favoring “alpha males” reduce the selection for the “jackass-gene”?). Sexual reproduction without female choice really is rape. Why would giving men total control prevent “genetic regression”, while giving women total control would cause it? It was so godawful bad I’m finding it hard to respond with complete sentences.
So instead, just go read this article on the myth of the alpha male. It’s far messier than the writer wants it to be.
Because the word “alpha” so often conjures images of dominance and aggression, the door is open to these and other examples, like that of the Japanese quail. Dominant males of this species are incredibly aggressive with females they’re courting, female Japanese quails show a strong preference for subordinate males. In her book The Nature of Human Nature, Carin Bondar describes an experiment designed to understand Japanese quail mate selection: “researchers had a female witness a fight between two males. Once the fight was over and a clearly defined winner and loser had been determined, the female was allowed into the fight arena to select her partner.” The females overwhelmingly chose the loser of the fight.
“The loser males may not have access to the resources that the winners do, but they are not as aggressive toward their female partners,” Bondar writes. “The females prefer to mate with less aggressive males in order to protect themselves from courtship abuse by dominant males.”
Other myths that should probably be expunged from the writer’s feeble brain: no, cavemen did not club their potential mates unconscious and drag them by their hair to their cave. Most women do not find you sexy if you catcall them in the street. Drinking watery beer will not make bikini-clad women flock to your side. You are not a duck, and we would not like living in a society ruled by the sexual mores of mallards.