Take a look at this provacatively titled article from TakiMag: “This Week in Epic Beta Male Faggotry”
First a disclaimer. This is not an endorsement of the amoral “game” concept from which we get the terminology Beta Male, but I’ll leave my Christian objections to ”game” for another post so as not to detract from the main point of this post. Nor is it an endorsement of the author’s use of the other F word, which is unhelpfully provocative. That said…
When did deliberately attempting to look … shall we say … less than masculine become cool? And why is that look cool?
I have a confession to make to all my straight male friends:
I thought you were gay.
Call it a hazard of big-city living: I’ve automatically assumed every guy I’ve met over the course of the last twenty years was homosexual, then I worked my way backwards as evidence of his straightness piled up. (Say, spontaneous, repeated expressions of appreciation for Monica Bellucci, Motörhead, or both.)
Can you blame me? Consider the allegedly straight dudes you see on the subway, at the office, and at the coffee shop, sometimes with wives and even offspring in tow. Add up all the man-purses, the too-visible hair “product,” the pretentious eyewear, the borderline anorexia, the Tintin hairdos, the finicky food fetishes, and the little dogs in adorable outfits. (The Marquess of Queensbury was accidentally ahead of his time.)
We started mocking this personal style as “metrosexual” almost twenty years ago, but that word was always problematic. The “metro” prefix is utterly apt; it’s the “sexual” part that’s off. These nominal heteros are consciously or subconsciously mimicking gay twinks, and those fellows usually want to get laid. Their fragile straight counterparts, in contrast, don’t look like they could manage it, or even want to.
I don’t have anything individually against hair products, retro eye-glass frames, thinness or even man-bags. (If Jack Bauer can carry a man bag, then they can’t be all bad.) It’s the overall gestalt that is the problem. No one would mistake Jack Bauer for a beta male, despite the man bag. No one would mistake Michael Corleone for a beta male despite the hair product. What is bothersome is this cultivation of an overall look that is deliberately unmasculine.
Our society has been emasculated. This is a symptom. I think conservatives should be deliberately counter-cultural (in the good sense) and fight this trend. I say bring back the power suit. Either that or dress like Dale Peterson.