Friday, September 10, 2010

Vampire Sex and Violence: True Blood and the Bubble of Female Hypergamy


Recently, a writer for Pop Matters blogged his reaction to the extreme sex and violence of the HBO series "Tru Blood," a show watched apparently only by women and gays. The blogger even calls the combined sex and violence scene (where the vampire "hero" desired by the female audience does some pretty nasty things) misogynistic. Tellingly, the female audience didn't think so, and in the comments, women write about how "artistic" it was and construct various excuses about why the scene was OK. [Which boil down to female morality in the age of Hypergamy: the guy was Alpha, it was OK.] But just like the moment when as Steve Sailer noted, a 500 square foot home in Compton sold for $340,000, this stunning display of female value for male Alpha dominance, to the exclusion of everything else, may mark the height of the female market for men ruled by Hypergamy. This may not be the beginning of the bubble. But it may, as Roissy argued, mark the beginning of the end of Hypergamy above all else. In other words, the top of the market for Alphas.


Famously, Charlie Sheen held a knife to his wife's throat, on Christmas Day (because nothing says the holidays like "Honey I'm going to kill you!"), and was rewarded not by being fired, after feminists and female fans picketed "Two and Half Men," but a raise, to nearly $2 million per episode. Women (as a group, in general) forgive pretty much everything if a man is Alpha. The Petersons, Drew and Scott, one convicted, the other charged, in their wives murders, had no problem attracting female attention, while nerdy cubicle dwellers go back to their porn collections and X Boxes. Drew Peterson, aging, over 50, was the favorite of local college girls in bars. Scott Peterson not only drew Amber Frye, while married, but dozens of marriage proposals behind bars. Johan Van Der Sloot, in his travels through Asia, drew plenty of female admirers, both Western female expatriates and locals, in his fame of being accused of killing Natalie Holloway. Reputedly, the girl Van Der Sloot killed in Peru, was fascinated by his past, and willingly went to his hotel room alone, late at night, after flirting with him at the local Casino.

The market for men, set by women, is dominated by well, Alpha dominance. Nothing else matters, other than pure, violent potential and aggressiveness, adjusted for socio-economic status. Thus Mr. Big is an A-hole, but does not kill anyone. In fantasy, however, the big shot guys do indeed kill people, because it's sexy. You can see this reaction in novels like the Twilight series, or the Sookie Stackhouse novels upon which "Tru Blood" is based, the "Anita Blake" series by Laurel K. Hamilton, and of course, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the spin-off Angel. Even "Dexter" with the sexy, rule-bound serial killer (he only gets off by killing other serial killers) follows the pattern. All the novels and TV series were popular with women, some exceedingly so, and all fall various rules.

First, the vampire protagonist must be much, much older, but look young. Second, he must dominate the female protagonist, and also protect her against his own violent desires (to hurt or kill her). Third, he must overtly humiliate nice-guy ordinary rivals who are the same age as the female protagonist, and make them look like pale imitations of his dominant masculine energy. Fourth, he must be "hot" and of course, hairless. Fifth, he has to kill a lot of people. Sixth, he must have a past of killing a lot of people, which the heroine must harness for her own ends to "change him." Finally, the vampire hero must dominate and often rape his female heroine, with sex so violent it leaves brutal marks.

This is particularly true in the climax of the best known vampire series, beloved by tween girls, teen girls, and their moms, the Twilight books. Where the vampire Edward Cullen takes his human teen bride and has sex with her, so violent that every bone in her body is broken, as she's transformed into a vampire. A teen girl, young and beautiful, forever! In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, vampire hero Spike rapes Buffy, which makes her love him even more. But she truly falls for him when he tells her of how many young girls, the age of her younger sister or younger, he raped and tortured before killing. In an earlier arc, Buffy finds her love for her other vampire boyfriend Angel unshakeable even while he's killing and harming friends, acquaintances, and teachers. Very tellingly, Buffy loses all interest in her human boyfriend Riley, when he loses the status of super-soldier and becomes just a decent guy without powers.

The Anita Blake series follows the same basic template (clearly Twilight author Stephanie Meyer ahem "borrowed" the structure of vampire-vs-werewolf, with the werewolf a doofus good guy), and the Sookie Stackhouse novels do as well, with the female protagonist rejecting the good guy suitor who is human, for the dangerous and much older (but young looking) vampire Bill.

Clearly, what is at work given the extraordinary popularity of some of these (Twilight in particular) and the sheer breadth of their copiers, is the desire for most women to have the ability in fantasy to have the violent, dangerous bad boy Alpha, without consequence. Because the proxy-doll protagonist has powers herself (Buffy) or will get them (Twilight) or what have you. It is also true that this stuff is nearly exclusively the province of very feminist men, openly gay men, and women. No "manly" guy's guy would dream of reading or watching the stuff, let alone writing it. It takes a very womanly view to come up with this stuff. And it is clear, women in the main, love it. You might even say they love, love, love it!

Which brings us to the Pop Matters writer Benjamin Riley and his objections:

The final scene of “It Hurts Me Too”, the third episode of True Blood’s third season, depicts some of the most horrific violence I have ever seen on screen. In the scene, Bill, the vampire antihero played by Stephen Moyer, has been arguing with Lorena, played by Mariana Klaveno, who is his ‘sire’—the vampire who made him a vampire. Lorena has manipulated Bill in an attempt to rekindle their romantic relationship, in part by attempting to have Bill’s current girlfriend killed.

After Bill tells Lorena that he will never love her, the two kiss before Bill pushes Lorena down onto his bed and begins to penetrate her. Bill is on top, Lorena is on her back. The aggression and intensity of the sex builds until Bill grabs Lorena’s head, twisting it around 180 degrees. He does this slowly and deliberately, and accompanying a shot which visually leaves nothing to the imagination is the sound of the bones in Lorena’s neck snapping. Next, a long shot shows Bill continuing while Lorena’s head is twisted completely around, facing the floor. The next shot is from below her, of her face. Apparently still alive, blood bubbles up out of her mouth as she says: “I still love you.” Bill keeps at it until the credits roll.


Just check out the comments on the site. The female audience LOVED IT. First, they found it "hot." Second, they justified the action (Bill was Alpha, all is forgiven for an Alpha). Third, the girl who "got it" was the romantic rival and "ex" of the doll-like female protagonist, cunningly written to be almost any girl wanting a dominant, violent boyfriend in fantasy. Of course women found her come-uppance satisfying. Nor did they object to what amounts to cheating, after all if another woman has the guy, it just validates he's worth having. And besides, Vampire Bill is Alpha. Women forgive anything in a man who is Alpha. Alphas being so desired and rare.

Writer Riley is just shocked at the true nature of female desire. When you boil it down, violence is no turn off, indeed is arousing, to most women, particularly those most desirable. As anyone who has observed the amazingly hot and often intelligent women around even the most pathetic lowlife who has a streak of violence. Indeed, the easiest way to be successful with women is through successful violence, as the winner, which is one of the major reasons the Ghetto and Barrio are so ridden with crime and cannot get out of it. When some "senseless" amount of violence, a shooting of a good kid with no gang ties, or a grandmother, or an infant occurs, rest assured some gang member will be having sex that night. Its guaranteed! Increasingly as Theodore Dalrymple argues, White British Chavs echo this same behavior, and of course White British Chav women find the men that beat them irresistible. As Dalrymple puts it, they find ordinary, decent men who would treat them well, boring. Sexless. In Chav Britain, the Barrio, and the Ghetto, this is normal female preference. Its shocking when a woman does not choose a violent thug. Even more when an attractive woman does it. Women have always found killers arousing, Geronimo when imprisoned at Pensacola, reputedly cut a huge swath through his jailers wives. Even though at the time he was a wizened old man, his body count made him sexy.

Roissy argues (though he does not use the term bubble) that tough times are a bounty for betas, as women will trade off against sexual excitement to find security. I am not so sure this happens rapidly though I agree with it in general.

In my view, when survival and survival alone is paramount, then yes, a beta who will stay and protect a woman, is better than the fleeting attentions of an Alpha, who will always have other, prettier and younger women to occupy him. Even the most mild beta in normal circumstances can kill, and the presence of a man is better than his complete absence, against other marauding men. Often the least impressive of betas can make the most astonishing killers, witness Alvin C. York, who was initially a conscientious objector and temperance pacifist. York killed at least 8 men (likely more) and took 132 men prisoner.

But most of the time, survival in tough times is not paramount. A Depression is not the Siege of Leningrad. Or the Thirty Years War (let us be grateful for that). Thus, women don't need a man that much, as a provider. They can make do, without him, and rely on the sexy dominance of an Alpha, even if he's not around much. It will cost, but most women most of the time will happily make the trade-off of sex for security.

Furthermore, it takes time for the "sexual marketplace" as it were, to reach a clearing price for men. Female Hypergamy, the desire for the Alpha male (often to the exclusion of all else), requires either sustained and long-standing social pressure to avoid it, mostly by other women, through extensive shaming and shunning (which in turn implies stable social networks, little anonymity, or physical mobility), or sheer survival. Nothing much else seems to control it.

Even Jane Austen, in "Pride and Prejudice," tellingly has her heroine Lizzy fall for the "cad" but Alpha male Wickham, though the social conventions of her day will not allow her to consummate it, and Wickham is the market for a wealthy wife, or a simple mistress. Unlike Darcy, who has far more wealth, Wickham is by contrast, agile and well spoken, an excellent dancer (where Darcy is stiff), easy-spoken, charming, outgoing, and a very convincing liar. No wonder Lizzy and her sister both fall for the man (though Lizzie finally sees through him as Wickham's mercenary intent becomes clear). This from the most self-controlled female heroine in literary history, a character moreover written by an 18th Century woman.

Of course, today, marriage is for Kitchen Bitches, beta males so unmanly they take over household chores (women don't really want men to do this, they'd rather they just be sexy and dominating) to the point of making themselves so umasculine their wives lose all sexual desire for them. Today's Lizzie would rather live like Samantha from "Sex and the City," and when she can no longer turn heads, even with botox and plastic surgery and pilates, she can have a "fabulous" set of gay friends. And many memories.

The genie of what women really want, when times are good, and they can express it, is out of the bottle. A man needs only to look at Twilight, at Buffy, at Tru Blood, at the Anita Blake series, at Dexter, at any Rom-Com, where the heroine must avoid the attentions of the best friend (who is not manly enough to win her) and snag the commitment phobic, wanted (and had) by other women, Alpha male.

Couple that with most women now out-earning men, particularly in the largest mating/population/job markets, and the ability to be a beta provider is in question. In New York City, women outearn men by 17% in their twenties (ages 22-30). Indeed, women beat men in the same age group in 39 of the 50 biggest cities and match them in another eight:

Single, childless women in their twenties are finding success in the city: They're out-earning their male counterparts in the USA's biggest metropolitan areas.

Women ages 22 to 30 with no husband and no kids earn a median $27,000 a year, 8% more than comparable men in the top 366 metropolitan areas, according to 2008 U.S. Census Bureau data crunched by the New York research firm Reach Advisors and released Wednesday. The women out-earn men in 39 of the 50 biggest cities and match them in another eight. The disparity is greatest in Atlanta, where young, childless single women earn 21% more than male counterparts.



"They don't need marriage as much," says Stephanie Coontz, who teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. "They're likely to be pickier, and they're likely to delay marriage." Coontz dismisses the notion that successful single women intimidate men and can't find husbands. They just marry later in life, she says.

"One day, I'll get married and have kids. But I'm in no rush," says Rebecca Loveridge, 27, a Washington, D.C., magazine marketing director who also writes a restaurant blog. She likes dining out, attending concerts and checking out art galleries with her friends. "Now is the time to be single," she says.


And why wouldn't a woman want to delay or avoid marriage? What does a Kitchen Bitch Beta husband have to offer? Slightly more income to buy a second sofa from Ikea? Versus exciting, thrilling sex with a dominant, demanding Alpha that other women want and have (therefore marking him as desirable in the first place).

Even in a recession, the "market clearing price" for beta men has not reached its level where women would actually give up exciting sex, with dominant Alphas, that they know they cannot gain exclusivity over, for the entire devotion of a beta guy. Particularly not when they are young, fertile, and desirable. Able to form families.

And increasingly, beta men are becoming aware of this deep, nearly unstoppable preference. That at best, they can in their thirties, find a woman who will settle for them as a boring, near "gay best friend" to shop with while they dream of the man who really excited them. And express not so secret contempt for their Kitchen Bitch husband. The only women as a group seemingly exempt from this are Mormons, who have tellingly a massive and very stable family network, with overt mentoring by older women of younger ones, and intense pressure among Mormon girls to select a nice guy relatively early instead of pursuing many, many Alpha men in the anonymity of urban job centers. A young Mormon woman may often be married by age 25, while her non-Mormon SWPL female counterpart is reaching her twentieth or even thirtieth partner. Nearly all Alpha dominant males. This as much as the "affordable family formation" of Steve Sailer's writings, accounts for the low fertility of Whites (i.e. much delayed marriage and childbirth). Often, a woman who "settles" for a boring beta guy will find that he's not even worth having a kid with, which would require fertility treatments anyway by age 38 or so. Increasingly, sperm donors are the rage, as in the romantic comedies "Back Up Plan," and "the Switch." After all, if any woman wanted this guy in the first place, he'd have been married decades earlier. Much better to get a better genetic material from a dominant, masculine guy who is a sperm donor!

Increasingly, beta men are finding that women, in their late thirties, have too much baggage to visibly settle themselves for merely being the accessory in a big wedding party. Hence the annoyance of older women at men who having been sitting out the relationship game in their twenties, unwillingly, find no incentive to settle for their age peers (though they would for younger women).

But the key is women themselves. Who would seem to require, several generations of growing up impoverished and desperate, as times turn increasingly grim, and single-motherhood poverty outweighs the sexy desire and tingle of Alpha dominance, in favor of Beta dependability. After all, despite rising gas prices, and periodic price crunches, America's love of big vehicles has not gone away. Periodically, small cars like the Toyota Corolla in the early 1970's, and again in the late 1970's through mid 1980's, find favor. Only to be shoved aside by bigger, more roomy and more horsepower blessed vehicles that provide excitement not reliability and economy. The big muscle cars have staged a modest comeback, but the roomy and powerful cars of yesteryear have merely morphed into SUVs and Trucks as cars.

Female fantasy reveals what women really desire, in the scheme of things. Which at its ultimate, is a violent, dangerous man they can control through being sexier than other women. This is why Vampire Bill, breaking the neck of his lover as he has sex with her, is not shocking but arousing. The openly gay Alan Ball, creator of "American Beauty," and also "Six Feet Under," knows his female audience. There have been no outcries, no calls for cancellations. No feminists protesting. They were too aroused themselves. The silence by women and feminists to this scene, in a show watched almost exclusively by women, is telling. As are the many, many comments defending the scene and the character by female viewers.

While the deep-rooted preference for sexy, and violent men (the two are synonymous with most women) can never be erased, young women who grew up poor, and knew their mothers grew up poor, alone and abandoned, can rapidly prefer a reliable beta to a life of raising kids on poverty wages.

Because hidden in the sexual marketplace is the power of incentives. Men now are discovering, and indeed cannot avoid it, that being a beta provider is no longer possible, and that the quickest way to female desire is successful violence. This is a huge incentive to create a brutal, unmoderated competition for available women along the lines of British Chavs, the Black Ghetto, or Mexican Barrio. Close off beta provider status, by continually declining wages, and female advantages in wages where it matters most: the twenties when men and women find mates, or decide to play the market (basically until they age out of attractiveness) and see what happens. One can hardly be a beta provider and be the equal of a woman in earning power, much less her inferior. She might as well just work another part-time job, or improve her career, and have a really sexy man. The key to beta provider status is as much the man bringing much more money to the table than the woman, otherwise he's just a Kitchen Bitch, as unmanly as Rosa the part-time cook or maid.

But just as compelling, is the knowledge that women respond to violence. That as long as they don't suffer from it directly, themselves (and even that is negotiable, witness Rihanna and Chris Brown), violence if successful (getting away with it) is the path to a woman's desire, if not her heart. And if a man has her desire, her heart will soon follow anyway. This is the incentive at work:

Be violent and successful at violence. Get the girl. And another. And another.

Winner take all (literally). Loser ends up dead (or alone).

Enough of this, good and hard, in a sustained effort, and it might not even take two generations. Particularly if men become far more aggressive, in almost every aspect of life, to the point of frequent fights and killings, to gain status and women. Nothing more deliberate could be constructed to make all of America, into a version of South Central LA or East Los Angeles, or Westlake Village. THAT sudden transformation, as young men arive at young adulthood, unable to compete for women in any other way but through violence, could spark a massive shift in the market, as women seek to escape a cycle of violence and poverty through overt, self-knowing repression of their innate desire for violent and dangerous men.

Which might shift back again as with vehicles (from small and reliable to big and powerful), or might not, as in the housing market.

But in the interim, it would seem that it is Alan Ball's world. The only question that remains, is the hyper-explicit sex and violence in "Tru Blood" the excess that marks the top of the market for Alphas, the moment that valuation of men has gone so insane that it cannot go on, or are their higher peaks of insane valuation of violent dominance still to come?

My own feeling, admittedly as man not a woman, is that the current market in men set by women is not sustainable. That the value put on dangerous and sexy men, in fantasy and reality, is just not something that can go on much further. Something, if only men responding massively, in a sudden way, to these obvious incentives: "be violent and I'll have sex with you!" is likely to happen.

And when it does, women might well find that the line between fantasy and reality is blurred, as the Roman people, gorged on sadistic spectacles of death in gladiator games, public executions, and animal fights to the death, found at the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

38 comments:

DR said...

I disagree about Dexter fitting into this mold. If anything outside his secret serial killer life, Dexter comes across as nerdy, socially awkward and most of all beta (working as a lab geek in a squad of hardened homicide detectives).

Michael C Hall doesn't have the look of hot guy/bad boy, remember his previous role was as an effeminate gay funeral director in Six Feet Under. Unlike the vampires you mention, his relationship with his girlfriend/wife is pretty vanilla. He's cast as a tender provider who's good with her kids from the previous marriage. Her ex-husband is a junkie criminal badass so there's even more of a contrast.

In Season 2 Dexter has a fling that does kind of resemble the vampire sex you talk about, but (spoilers) she gets killed by him, so it certainly doesn't qualify as "consequence free." The same can be said of Dexter's sister who unknowingly gets involved with a serial killer and things end up badly for her.

Anyway, I would say that if anything Dexter caters more to the archetypical male fantasy than female. Nerdy office worker/husband/father has a secret life being a badass, killing criminals. Yes it's very dark, but dark doesn't necessarily mean female/gay-oriented. The Batman mythology is a lot darker than Superman, but is still just as heterosexual male oriented. My guess would be that the show skews much more male than female (I can't find these stats anywhere though).

What's your opinion on the AMC shows (Mad Men/Breaking Bad)? 3.1/2.9 million viewers seems pretty impressive for what used to a television channel that just showed black and white movies. The shows seem pretty male-oriented to me, especially Breaking Bad. I don't know if you agree, but if so do you think the networks will start noticing that it's possible to produce high-rated, male-oriented fare that's still critically regarded by Hollywood?

Zeta said...

That's a very good explication of the "rules" which female-friendly TV and novels share, Whiskey. In general, you've been doing an impressive job of exposing what really lies at the core of the female, and that includes a love for craven violence (but only alphas get a pass). Unlike movies and other fiction that are popular with men, where the violence is typically in pursuit of a goal or at least a commentary on something (like in Unforgiven, with Clint Eastwood), the sort of violence that appeals to women is crass and all about dominance and humiliation. This is a peak into their soul, really.

However... I'm not so sure about your idea that men might mass awaken to the (accurate) idea that violence is a way to succeed with females, while being a beta provider certainly is not. At best, I'd imagine this would not be a mass thing, but something like the chavs in the UK. A significant subculture, but not enough to counter the feminizing disenfranchisement that the culture at large holds for Joe Sixpack and immerses him in.

I can't recall if you've discussed this, but one of the "wild cards" that will impact sexual relations is technology. Even in a recession/depression, its development doesn't slow particularly much at all; the money is always there for it at the research colleges and so forth. What happens when men can have sex bots, or most importantly of all, lifespan can be significantly extended or human reproduction is replaced and augmented by truly artificial means? In such a scenario, what role will sex (as in the act) even play, and what incentive will the sexes have to cooperate versus compete? The possibility, at least, isn't as far away as we think.

rightsaidfred said...

Interesting stuff. Sun Tzu told us that we fight hardest when our backs are against the wall, when it is kill or be killed. Society needs some "edginess" to survive. Islam seems to tap into edginess. Western countries have seemed to go flaccid.

Justin said...

This reminds me of the feminists who would watch 10 thousand hours of porn, and declare that all sex was rape and all men rapists.

You need to get out more.

Whiskey said...

Justin, if feminists are watching that much porn, their goal is to ... watch porn.

I'm either right, or wrong (because I missed a key fact, or failed to follow a logical conclusion). Your comment seems based on emotional shaming language, a tactic typical of women defending the less savory aspects of feminine culture.

DR -- Mad Men/Breaking Bad are dominated as most cable is outside of USA, by female viewers. I wrote about Mad Men here last year. It has a nearly all female writing staff, and is another of Marti Noxon's "bad boyfriends I loved too much" stuff. Complete with beautiful victims, and the like.

Breaking Bad has more men than Mad Men watching, but women still outnumber them significantly. It would seem dramatically structured more towards women: guy becomes outlaw bad guy as he faces mortality.

Anonymous said...

"This reminds me of the feminists who would watch 10 thousand hours of porn, and declare that all sex was rape and all men rapists. "

So when can now look forward to "Whisky Studies" departments and degrees at thousands of universities!

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

Over broad-- not all women want bad boys, even if you count those that don't want bad boys and yet can still be lied to-- but the broad strokes seem sound.

Possibly if you count "times are good" to include insufficient contact with reality, so that the women aren't really aware how dumb it is too seek out really violent guys, then "The genie of what women really want, when times are good, and they can express it, is out of the bottle. is correct.
That sort of situation may come from highly protective parents, for example.

Anonymous said...

Whiskey, on the Jane Austen point I'll repost my comment from 'why the Beta male exists,' seeing as you seem to be implying Liz 'settles' for Darcy.

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You point out that Elizabeth initially falls for Wickham before moving on to 'remote and socially inept Darcy.' Remote, yes, but socially inept? If he was that, I doubt he would be the hero of the piece. He's simply a different strain of bad boy Alpha than Wickham. He's the darkly handsome, quiet, brooding type who represents a mystery that all women want to 'solve.' That was the entire basis for the main relationship in Sex and the City. Austen's Elizabeth simply moved from the swashbuckling adventurer type of alpha to the strong silent type. He, rather than being socially inept, rejects social conventions by choice, even though everyone is fascinated with him. A fact, of course, which makes women go crazy. If Elizabeth had settled for the Beta like her friend did with her reverend cousin, the book wouldn't still be read by millions of women to this very day. I'm not sure if the fact that Austen herself never married (unusual for the time) has any significance.



Also worth pointing out, in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, the actress playing Elizabeth, Keira Knightley, began a relationship with the actor playing Wickham and are still together.



P.S. You might find this joke about the Bronte sisters funny:



http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=202

Tim said...

as the Roman people, gorged on sadistic spectacles of death in gladiator games, public executions, and animal fights to the death, found at the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

By the time of the fall of the Western Empire, the Romans were Christian and these games had been outlawed.

So actually the Romans were only strong at the height of their sadism.

Alex said...

I was raised by a single mom, she taught me to look after myself. I am single and do all my own cooking and cleaning. I like to cook and when I'm in a relationship I feel uncomfortable having someone else do it for me. The way I see it, I don't need a woman to wipe my ass for me. I really only need a woman for one thing. And I may be damaged but I really can't see a woman ever being my "best friend" as some people say when they get married. I can't handle the lying, petty emotional outbursts, manipulation, and conniving. My buddy is a "kitchen bitch", 100%. he does all the cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, and yardwork. He even serves his wife while she sits at her computer playing facebook 24/7. It's a real sight to behold. She throws him a bone once in awhile when it suits her needs and he nearly wets himself with excitement, like a good little puppy. A lot of women today are all fucked up because they know that there is always some insecure dumbass out there who will bown down to them should there current mate suddenly grow a spine. Add the fact that the courts and law enforcement are totally in the woman's corner and you get a society like ours.

Anonymous said...

Are you familiar with the essays of F. Roger Devlin, Whiskey?

http://dontmarry.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/sexualutopia.pdf

http://dontmarry.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/rotating.pdf

http://dontmarry.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/fscr.pdf

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

... Wow, Alex, you sure are living proof that a lot of folks are f'ed up. Your buddy may be messed up to, but you really might want to think about seeing some sort of counselor for that.

Maybe meet some better women? -- if all you see is "lying, petty emotional outbursts, manipulation, and conniving," there's either something wrong with the women, or something wrong with you. (I do know some guys whose mental issues make them see those where they don't exist.)

Alex said...

I may be "f'ed up" but facts are facts. I have never cheated on a girlfriend. I do not lie to girlfriends, I treat them as I would like to be treated. I have dated all types of women from different familial backgrounds and cultures. In every case except one they use traditional aspects of male/female as manipulative tools. They either haven't cared or were unaware that behaving in the manner that I did was a sign of respect and a desire to be in a relationship monogomously. I simply tired of it and started treating like dogs, and you know something, I have had more "mates" than I ever did when I treated them as tradition shows us. I work in a female dominated workplace sometimes outnumbered 20-1 (I'm a nurse) and I see and hear plenty of things to confirm what I have learned. So go ahead and trash me on a personal level but I think, maybe, what I wrote hit you on a personal level and you felt the need to attack me. This has happened before. Rather than refute the argument being made, women immediately call you crazy, emotionally unstable, gay, bitter et al. This is the result of having a mirror held in front of them and their inability to look at themselves for what they have become.

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

You're definitely projecting.

What I'm responding to is a guy stuck in the same thing I see friends of mine stuck in; it doesn't matter if there are a lot of other folks who are screwy or not, the focus should be "this is what I see, I don't like it, I want to change it." If you don't want to change it or don't dislike it, quitcherbitchn.

Thus, the suggestion to change the women you meet.

If you go into relationships, as you claim, telling the woman that you do NOT want to bond on emotional level, of course you get treated like crud-- you're selecting for women who do not care about you. AKA, who want to use you-- it just extends to emotional, rather than physical. To complain when, hey, they show no care for you and use you is... well, not uncommon or crazy, but something that's in your power to change with some help.

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

Incidentally, the Anita Blake books even allude to this dynamic, even if it's turned back around into Blake winning. She's ludicrously powerful and keeps getting power-ups, so she keeps selecting utter asses and then pushing them to be even more of a jerk, yet she keeps being surprised when, hey, those powerful, dangerous bad boys make her upset. Which lets her justify going one up, which starts the cycle all over again.

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

(Last time I checked, about the only one she hadn't slept with was the vanilla human serial killer. Possibly because he just threatens to kill her, rather than assaulting her.)

Robin O'Neill said...

I don't have premium channels so had no idea what trash was on now. Thanks, Whiskey? I'm a writer and no, I do not write about violent, alpha males and idiotic females. I also can't get published anymore by mainstream NYC houses. Last year I had to make the move to digital with Kindle/Amazon where you can still find an audience out of the millions of people looking for something to read.

Whiskey said...

Foxfire -- True not all women want bad boys, I was referring specifically to the "top of the market" insanity of the Compton House going for nearly 300K, and the over-the-top sex-violence of the Vampire bad boy as being well, valuations way out of whack.

But like any other market, the sexual market can reach a terrible crash where things do not re-assert itself. After all, the houses *COULD* sell, but that would require both far, far lower valuations and buyers with ready cash.

My guess is that *IF* we get a crash in the valuations of bad boys or Hyper Alphas (as Bill in Tru Blood would be) we'd get an awful stasis period, where the marketplace would be "frozen" as willing buyers and sellers hold out of the marketplace.

An Unmarried Man said...

Whiskey, this is awesome stuff and it needs to be sieved through.

Do you think you could break this into 3 or 4 posts each standing on its own merit?

Nine-of-Diamonds said...

"You're definitely projecting."

NAWALT.

You haver "issues".

Lessee...Shaming language, "crazy making", and weak attempts at pop psychology. Want to keep whining about how it's unfair to cast many women as "manipulative"? Or would that be too hypocritical for even our resident femme-bot contingent?

"Thus, the suggestion to change the women you meet."

Uh-huh. Note how even despite rampant, voluntary female hypergamy, it's still the male's responsibility to change the woman's behavior. Interesting. So much for the "strong", "independent" sisterhood - perhaps these traits only exist when it's politically advantageous for womyn to hype them.

@Whiskey: Good post, although it is a bit repetitive.

In the future, you may want to emphasize how options for males is contaminated to begin with, at best. Consider: 50% rates of STD's amongst black women - possibly even higher if you exclude women not of marriagable age. Rates of around 25% IIRC for other races. Plus, out of the women who do NOT have diseases, consider how many are not "mainstream" marriage material for other reasons - 3s or below on Roissy's scale, very good looking women who are "clean" because they have a few relationships with top alphas, women from conservative religious backgrounds who will only marry within their community, and so on.

Nine-of-Diamonds said...

* "options for males are."

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

Note how even despite rampant, voluntary female hypergamy, it's still the male's responsibility to change the woman's behavior.

If you want women who act differently, choose different women. That is not changing anyone's behavior-- that is selecting for a preferred trait. "Gee, doctor, when I hit myself in the head with a hammer as a sleep aid, I get a headache." "Um... don't hit yourself with a hammer, try this."

Lessee...Shaming language, "crazy making", and weak attempts at pop psychology.

It is not "shaming language" to point out that self-describing as having no desire to emotionally invest in a relationship is not healthy. He opened the issue of psychology and/or crazy making, as well, and you might notice I did not accuse him of any stance he did not claim.

Want to keep whining about how it's unfair to cast many women as "manipulative"?

The word "unfair" did not flow from my fingers, even in implication. Someone described a situation, a selection process, and an unsatisfying result; I offered a solution. When accused of doing exactly what the accuser was doing, I pointed it out.
(incidentally, it's amusing how close your accusations track to conversations with modern feminists, even down to objecting to responding in kind; buzzwords, uneven application of objection, accusations against motivation, name-calling....)

The irony is, of course, that a large part of Whiskey's writing is pointing out exactly how women are not the same as men (and the issues from acting like we are), and Alex's situation can be boiled down to being upset that his search for a woman that wants only the same thing he does has bad results.

Classically rephrased, Alex is looking for a "bad girl". The male version of the alpha-chase/"bad boy" loving, with the same dissatisfied results.

MikkoAP said...

Foxfier: "It is not "shaming language" to point out that self-describing as having no desire to emotionally invest in a relationship is not healthy."

It's completely healthy for A MAN to describe himself that way.

WTF do women invest anyway? Even in marriage she can walk away anytime she chooses with plenty of his assets and, if there are children, with their custody and get alimony and child support. Even if the kids turn out not to be genetically his.

Yes, it IS shaming language for you to describe the reluctance of a man to "invest" in a relationship as unhealthy.

Women don't really "invest" anything, except when the guy's an alpha, and in that case he can be as promiscuous and violent as he wants to be.

In other words, the alpha doesn't really "invest" anything either.

Nine-of-Diamonds said...

"I offered a solution."

Yeah. Defensive whining about NAWALT (Although Alex took care to qualify his statements) and a slimy attempt to describe him as a mental defective.

Don't feel too badly - I just saw a "Christian" femmebot on another website lie about a male blogger being a porn addict after he pointed out her faulty reasoning. At least we haven't stooped to that level. Yet.

And BTW, the feigned "I'm just trying to help" is comical. Four spittle-flecked posts in quick succession indicates anger & personal investment, not a desire to "help".


It's awful sweet to meet a woman so concerned about providing solutions to men's mental/relationship health (Although Alex states he doesn't lack for female companionship). Is our femme-bot contingent truly concerned? Or just irritated that the usual female shaming language doesn't work?

Lastly, watch how keyboard femme-shrinks conflate dissatisfaction with broad cultural trends (which one can no more stop than reverse the tide) and dissatisfaction with personal relationships. Again, Alex states that he has sufficient mates and has chosen not to make women a large part of his life - a perfectly respectable choice. If anyone thinks it's individual men's responsibility to save teh strong, induhpendent womynz from certain women's cultural predispositions, then by all means-make a case for it.

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

And what does the man invest in return for the claims-free sex you're all for? Or is being allowed to have sex with such men supposed to be the goal, like these idiot fantasy women and their "alphas," supposed to be reward enough for any effort required?

Check out what happens to the women who don't set out to screw their husbands when a marriage breaks up; much different situation, especially if the man doesn't much value the kids except as a weapon. People who play by the rules get screwed; that's not an argument for getting rid of the standards of behavior, that's an argument for punishing the cheaters.

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

Still not responding to the points, just name-calling and misrepresenting the facts. You also have not responded to the prior correction of your misstatements.

Can you can the emotional phrasing for a bit, by the way? It's really unbecoming. I also don't care what other women have done, any more than I would expect you to care what other men have done. People suck. Get over it.

The statement "I can't handle the lying, petty emotional outbursts, manipulation, and conniving" is not expressing dissatisfaction with a broad cultural trend, it is a statement about one's personal relationships.

Are you just trolling or actually trying to do something?

Nine-of-Diamonds said...

Sweet. Keep screeching about name calling after you swore & called someone else "f_cked up", insulting him as mentally ill. It's like the avg femmebot is a total stranger to the ideas of reciprocity, consistency, &c.

"And what does the man invest in return for the claims-free sex you're all for?"

More femmie assumptions about my personal preferences. Typical.

"I also don't care what other women have done, any more than I would expect you to care what other men have done. People suck. Get over it."

Yeah. You don't care; that's why you spew out post after post of lovely femmebot sameness. Everyone who posts on a blog cares to some degree about the issues, & influencing people. Still, if you think that this faux disinterest can fool other people, do keep it up.

I'm genuinely glad that the tone has shifted from "ZOMG ur a pathetic man w/issues" to "I'm just trying to help you improve your relationships". A tacit admission that the pathetic debut, complete with hackneyed shaming language, failed. Again, congratulations. Maybe there's still hope.

"The statement "I can't handle the lying, petty emotional outbursts, manipulation, and conniving" is not expressing dissatisfaction with a broad cultural trend, it is a statement about one's personal relationships."

Because, you see, lying and manipulation could NEVER be manifestations of societal problems affecting many women (and men, for that matter) within a culture. Gotcha.

Rollory said...

So, Fox & Nine, how long have you two been married?

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

*shudder* Now there's a horrible thought. I like trolls in Warcraft, but my Elf is much better at word play. More creative, too.

Nine-of-Diamonds said...

Warcraft, eh? Betcha nobody's ever seen Phauxfier and Stephen Quire in the same room at the same time. :)

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Anonymous said...

Hey Whiskey,

On the subject of TV being ultra feminised I'd like to ask your opinoin on the prison drama "Oz". It has a lot of PC themes, such as blacks are in prison due to institutionalised racism, and it is probably as flagrantly homo erotic as Queer as Folk, but apart from that it appears very masculine to me. What do you think?

Dokemion said...

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Anonymous said...

"WTF do women invest anyway? Even in marriage she can walk away anytime she chooses with plenty of his assets and, if there are children, with their custody and get alimony and child support. Even if the kids turn out not to be genetically his."

Not too may people even have assets. Look at the housing situation. For those that do,don't women work to help pay the mortgage nowadays. I assume some women get assets,but not all.


My neighbor's husband left her after 20 some years for his secretary. It's not all the woman's fault. Sometimes it's the mans.

Anonymous said...

"However... I'm not so sure about your idea that men might mass awaken to the (accurate) idea that violence is a way to succeed with females, while being a beta provider certainly is not."

Beta providers are married.Do 50% of males not get married or something? no,they mostly do.

rickl said...

Boy, I'm sure glad I quit watching TV.

Anonymous said...

Beta providers are married.Do 50% of males not get married or something? no,they mostly do.

Betas are married all right... stuck in loveless marriages to resentful women who hate them. A happy marriage requires happy spouses, and a beta is not going to make the wife happy, particularly not when she remembers the dozens of alphas she had sex with before she resentfully settled for some non-alpha loser.

Whiskey said...

Marriage depends on the age cohort. Marriage is qualitatively different for older age cohorts than folks getting married in their thirties today, see the "Kitchen Bitch" stuff from Sandra Tsing Loh and others.

Quite likely, Marriage 1.0 still holds for those in their fifties and older. It is less among those in their forties, and Marriage 2.0 is likely in the thirties.

Women, particularly those in the professional urban class, often out-rank men in money and status. That's not a good recipe for companionate marriage because universally, the women in these marriages complain about the lack of masculine dominance and higher status of their husbands.

As for Oz, I've not seen it so I can't comment on it. TWOP forums are probably a good rule of thumb for the attitude and following among female viewers.

Anonymous said...

Bill in TrueBlood is SO not an alpha. He's beta all the way, complete with putting his girlfriend on a pedestal. Eric is the alpha bad boy with the secret vulnerability that makes female viewers swoon.