• It's harmful to women. Deeply rooted in the concept of the alpha male is the idea that all women are attracted to the same thing. If a man is aggressive and confident enough, women will go weak at the knees for him. This is, of course, nonsense; women are not some monolithic hive-mind, but individuals with differing tastes. The alpha male mindset encourages a false and demeaning view of women.

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  • It's harmful to men. Lauding the aggressive, competitive nature of the alpha male tells young men that to be successful in life they must be forceful and dominant. Not only does this leave quieter, more intellectual youngsters feeling like less of a man, but it also discourages actual friendships. In the alpha male view, all other males are competitors to be bested, not compatriots to bond with.

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  • It makes work toxic. Perhaps the most prevalent place where alpha males are venerated is the boardroom. Many high-level executives self-identify as "alphas," and there are countless articles about how to work with (or around) such demanding, stubborn coworkers. The fact that the majority are expected to modify their behavior to mollify the ego of an aggressive colleague is simply insane.

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  • It fosters bullying. The flip side of the alpha male is the "beta male." They are painted as weaker, subservient men whose purpose is to roll over and let the dominant alpha trample all over them. This is essentially victim blaming, telling people that getting trampled on is their fault for being so weak as to entertain the idea of compromise. More nonsense. Bullying is the bully's fault.

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  • It empowers a--holes. Veneration of the alpha male tells aggressive, competitive bullies that they are not, in fact, maladjusted sociopaths. Instead, they see themselves as "real men," true to their animalistic nature. We are not merely animals. Humanity dominated the planet through cooperation, hence the rise of civilization over anarchy. Bowing to alpha males is barbarism, not civilization.

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