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Who Is the Beta Man?

April 21, 2011


IN THE PREVIOUS entry, a reader wondered at the popularity of the term “beta man.”

Vishal Mehra wrote:

Regarding this alpha-beta thing, we don’t see this usage in any older writers. So either they used different words for this phenomenon or the phenomenon of beta men is itself novel. Or the phenomenon itself is illusory and this classification is wrong and incoherent.

One characteristic of the beta man may help explain why the term has become so common. The beta man is white. No one refers to a non-white as beta. The need for a new name for the spineless white man may have been prompted by racial reality. Never has the white man been so weak. The beta man is not weak vis-a-vis women so much as he is weak vis-a-vis his own ancestry and heritage.  He is the dispossessed, a stranger in his own land, passively assenting to the decay of his civilization. Read More »


A Feast For Men, A Feast For All

April 21, 2011


AT THE Last Supper, Christ bade a tender farewell to his dearest followers. “He loved them unto the end,” John tells us. His words and actions – the washing of the feet and the offering of his body and blood  – are those of a man who has reserved his greatest expressions of love for the end. Those present hung on his every word.

This was a feast for men. It was no accident that only men were there that night. “I appoint unto you a kingdom,” he tells the gathered disciples. Christ wanted men – and men only – to lead his following when he was gone.

However, the idea that in selecting men over women, Christ was conferring privilege is a gross simplification. It was not privilege first but responsibility he gave them.  At the meal, the apostles question the meaning of authority. As Luke tells us, “there was also strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.” And Christ explains what authority, or greatness, means. Read More »

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