I’ve read several posts (read: rants) over the past few weeks regarding alpha males. General theme: Alpha males don’t have to be assholes!
And they don’t. I’m behind that 100%. There’s nothing that pisses me off more than a “romance” novel that reads like Domestic Violence for Dummies. Let’s see, an “alpha” male who’s
testosterone-poisoned “dominant” to the point of pitching fits over every petty little detail, puts the heroine down at every turn, has absolutely no consideration for her, period … and we’re supposed to think this guy is a hero because he’s 6’+ and has a big dick? Oh, right, cause the heroine, in the end, loses her fucking mind, decides she wants to give up her career and life, settle down with Ye Olde Abuser, and pop out dozens of his spawn. (Note: I have nothing against heroines who want kids. I have issues with “epilogues” where the heroine who has vocally opposed kids earlier in the book changes her mind after marrying the hero. Gag me with a fucking porcupine.)
Yeah. Agree all the way on that.
But I’m very disturbed by the recent trend of calling alpha males who are sensitive and considerate of the heroine “gamma males.” I have a serious problem with it, because doing so misrepresents alpha males as abusive assholes. They’re not supposed to be and they don’t have to be.
Look, I like alpha males. A lot. When they’re done well — go read J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood novels or Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels trilogy for examples. To me, there’s nothing hotter than a strong guy who can take charge and lead, who is man enough to not be threatened by a strong, dominant woman. The heroine should be his
partner — not his fucking lapdog to sit on the sidelines while he Saves The Dayâ„¢.
Calling true alpha males “gammas” is, IMO, ignoring the entire issue altogether. “Okay, there’s too many assholes wearing alpha suits running around, so we’ll just call them gammas.” Uh. No. I don’t think so. It doesn’t help that I’ve seen several alternate definitions of “gamma,” so how the hell is anyone supposed to know you’re talking about a decent alpha male? Really, now. Shoving the elephant in the closet isn’t going to do anyone a damned bit of good.
Where do you stand on the issue?
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