We hear a lot in popular culture about the human “alpha male”, and how important it is to send the right alpha male signals in order to get women. I’ve engaged in some of that myself, right here on this blog and elsewhere in my life. It’s repeated so often as to be taken for granted by most people.
More than that, it just seems to make sense: Many mammalian animals live in packs dominated by alpha males, and humans are mammalian animals, so surely it’s at least worth considering that we subscribe to the same paradigm. But could it be that we’ve all been sold an evolutionary bill of goods, here, and that we’re believing in an alpha male myth without good cause?