Women and NFL Jerseys

Obsidian made the case a while back that women don’t find the Mannings sexy. (His wordpress blog has been deleted so I can’t find the link for it.) But according to CNBC, Peyton Manning has the #2 best selling jersey among women (out-selling the more glamorous Tom Brady) and Eli is #8. Here the top ten:

1. Troy Polamalu

2. Peyton Manning

3. Drew Bress

4. Aaron Rodgers

5. Tom Brady

6. Tim Tebow

7. Miles Austin

8. Eli Manning

9. Tony Romo

10. Jason Witten

For a racial breakdown, that’s eight whites, one African-American and one Samoan. Also of note, the sad-sack beta handing the girl a $20 bill.

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White Knighting the Princess of Country

OneSTDV has written several posts defending country superstar Taylor  Swift and holds her up as the symbol of all that is great about White Christian America. (White Christian Americans of course, love to wear tight leather pants, slide down a pole and then writhe on the floor) A little more than a week ago, OneSTDV defended Swift from Counting Crows, frontman Chris Robinson who denied Swift’s talents. Personally, I say that Swift is a half-decent songwriter for her age (perhaps she’ll get better) with a pretty but flat voice. Let’s face it,she’s not Carole King or Carly Simon

Rule 5, baby!

Despite Swift’s seemingly sweetheart image, she’s actually quite passive-aggressive and vindictive. (See her SNL monologue song)  But Swift’s new ballot “Innocent” which she debuted at the MTV Video Music Awards, heavily speculated to be about Kanye West. (The lyrics “32, and still growin’ up now” and “You’ll have new Septembers” are particularly telling) takes the cake. She basically damns West with faint praise and tells he still has time to improve himself. Now of course, Kanye West is a horse’s ass, but if being interrupted at a phony awards show is such a traumatic experience that she releases a song about a year later, it might say more about her than it does about the actual event. Perhaps she’s a pampered princess who never has to deal with real adversity. This doesn’t mean she’s not a capable songwriter, but she has her own maturation issues to deal with. So perhaps Swift is a cultural symbol, a symbol all the girls we went to high school with who had sweet exteriors and bitchy cores. Hardly a part of America worth defending.

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Good piece by Entropy

Entropy has a very good post on the various stages of PUA development and what to do from there. I found myself lying in the Intermediate range. Check it out and see where you lie.

http://www.entropypua.com/blog/guide-to-your-pua-development

Also, I don’t throw around the term  “misandry” too often, but these damn Corona ads (especially the one where the guy squirts lime juice in his own eye) are really pissing me off. Know your target audience, man.

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“Sex In The City” Strikes a Blow for the West

Like most men and most sensible women, I’ve always found “Sex In the City” to be extremely self-indulgent and stupid. (Plus the cast is waaay too old for this shit) But I’m quite amused by various reviews in a “enemy of enemy” sense. Like a crude drawing of Mohammad, a movie like this likely won’t persuasive, but it might be fun.

Wajahat Ali for Slate.com:

Michael Patrick King’s exquisitely tone-deaf movie is cinematic Viagra for Western cultural imperialists who still ignorantly and inaccurately paint the entire Middle East (and Iran) as a Shangri La in desperate need of liberation from ignorant, backward natives. Historian Bernard Lewis, the 93-year-old Hall of Fame Orientalist and author of such nuanced gems as “The Arabs in History” and “Islam and the West,” would probably die of priapism if he saw this movie. It’s like the cinematic progeny of “Not Without My Daughter” and “Arabian Nights” with a makeover by Valentino. Forget the oppressed women of Abu Dhabi. Let’s buy more bling for the burqa!

Stephen Farber for the Hollywood Reporter:

…she and her friends run up against the puritanical and misogynistic culture of the Middle East. The rather scathing portrayal of Muslim society no doubt will stir controversy, especially in a frothy summer entertainment, but there’s something bracing about the film’s saucy political incorrectness. Or is it politically correct? “SATC 2” is at once proudly feminist and blatantly anti-Muslim, which means that it might confound liberal viewers.

The P.C. left has an either/or proposition. Feminism or appeasement of Islamic culture. They can have one, but they can’t have both.

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Question of the Day

If diversity plus proximity equals war, than why is New York City, the most densely populated major U.S. city, have a lower crime rate than most major U.S. cities, all of which are less densely populated and many of which are less diverse?

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Poll for the Readers

I’m interested in seeing what my readers are attracted to in particular, so I used this body generator to make two distinct bodies. The choice is yours.

Hier wird die Dame präsentiertHier wird die Dame präsentiert

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Dickriding Obama

The Boondocks, one of funniest cartoons on TV had its season premier over the weekend. This will.I.am parody was the highlight:

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Yale Puts the Kibosh On Alpha Professors

HT: Will Wilkinson

Will aptly calls it “a subsidy to male Yale undergrads.”

Key quote from the article:

An imbalance of power forms the rationale for treating Yale College students differently from their older counterparts. Undergrads, the revised handbook says, “are particularly vulnerable to the unequal institutional power inherent in the teacher-student relationship and the potential for coercion, because of their age and relative lack of maturity.”

If Yale wanted to ban relationships between any type of professor and any type of student, I’d be OK with it. But this particular policy is somewhat ageist and condescending. Yale isn’t trying to avoid conflicts of interest so much as trying to tell consenting adults what sexual choices they can and can’t make.

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He’s Got The Look

Why is Tom Brady considered more alpha than Peyton Manning? Is is abstract notions of game, or is it more concrete?

Remember this next time somebody tells you that men’s looks don’t matter.

By the way, check out photos of Brady from the 2000 NFL Combine.

Some alphas are not born but rather must be made.

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Reading the Alpha Tea Leaves

Obsidian presented choices of various male celebrities to his female readers yesterday. Just about every man listed is more alpha than 95% of the male population, so it largely comes down to personal preferences. It’s like the equivalent of asking a straight man: “Megan Fox or Scarlett Johannson?”  The answer isn’t clearly objective and you’ll get different answers from different guys. With the exception of Bruce Lee vs. Steven Segal, all the match-ups were a black man and a white man. I’d like to go over the match-ups one by one:

Denzel Washington, or Tom Hanks?

Tom Hanks is basically the Jimmy Stewart of his generation, a Mr. Nice Guy who could be considered the Hollywood version of a beta provider. By absolute standards, both Hanks and Stewart in their primes would be considered alphas because of their status, but next to a peer like Cary Grant or George Clooney, might be seen by the audience as somewhat beta. Denzel has always had a stronger sexual charisma but ironically hasn’t been cast in romantic roles as often as Hanks has. (Race probably had something to do with this. As an example, the interracial relationship in The Pelican Brief removed when the novel was adapted for the screen) Advantage: Denzel

Clive Owen, or Will Smith?

This is an interesting match-up. Owen would probably be seen as “harder” than Smith despite Smith having grown up in West Philly. Smith was able to appeal to white audiences by being “black but not too black.” His rap songs were pretty lighthearted and stuff like “Parents Just Don’t Understand” is something that white teenagers can identify with. “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” was critical to integrating him even further to the white mainstream. This probably goes down to personal preference. If you like slightly foreign bad boys, you’ll go with Owen. If you like funny, more laid back guys, you’ll go with Smith. No clear advantage.

Seth Rogen, or Anthony Anderson?

Battle of the pudgy comedians. I don’t think this is really a fair fight. Rogan had the leading role in the major-hit “Knocked Up” and his status is much higher than Anderson. (He’s also a good deal slimmer) Many of the women commenting didn’t even know who Anderson is. Many of his roles have been bafoonish and he’s still in a “that guy” stage in his career. Strong advantage Rogan.

Michael Vick, or Ben Rothlisberger?

Both are scumbags and not terribly bright off the field but still alpha because of their status. Being a pretty big NFL fan, I haven’t noticed either having the sort of charm that would make them even more alpha. (Someone show me evidence if I’m wrong). Roethlisberger’s relative status is higher at moment because he will likely still be the Steelers’ starter after his suspension while Vick will be riding the bench with the Eagles (unless Kolb sucks). Vick also had a huge amount of his potential earnings by going to prison and having been let go by the Falcons. Say what you want about taking a 20-year old to a bar bathroom, it’s not beta. Slight advantage Roethlisberger.

Bill Clinton, or Barack Obama?

Clinton has had several health scares and is looking increasingly frail and very much red in the face. At his peak, Clinton was the most charismatic politician of his generation, but he’s 63 while Obama is a healthy 49. Obama is slightly nerdier than Clinton, but he’s obviously very much charismatic in his own right. Additionally, Obama is currently President and Clinton isn’t. “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac” as Henry Kissinger said (whose dating record shows that he was very alpha). Clear advantage Obama.

Daniel Craig, or Idris Elba?

Coin flip, both are hard alphas. Comes down to personal preference as to whether you like British guys or black guys.

Dirk Nowinski, or LeBron James?

I’d imagine the German accent would be non-starter for most American women. LeBron is funny, charismatic and the best player in the NBA. He’s an alpha’s alpha.

Jamie Foxx, or Matt Damon?

Damon would have the edge among white women, Foxx with black women. Damon’s status is slightly higher and Foxx has yet to be a People’s Sexiest Man Alive. Damon doing “I’m Fucking Matt Damon” video with Sarah Silverman while married to a beautiful Argentinian is a pretty fucking alpha move.

Eminem, or Black Thought?

Eminem’s status is higher and he’s an asshole. He’d clean up with white proles and even a large amount of black women. Black Thought would do better among hipster, intellectual types. In terms of raw numbers, Em would be more alpha.

Lenny Kravitz, or John Mayer?

I’d put both in the super-alpha category. A lot of women would consider Mayer a jerk, but would still sleep with him if given the chance. Mayer would win the under-35s and Kravitz would win the over-35s. Since under-35s are generally more desirable, I’ve give a slight edge to Mayer.

Bruce Lee, or Steven Seagal?

Come on, Seagal’s a fucking joke and Bruce Lee was a legend. This isn’t worth writing further about.

Jason Statham, or Wesley Snipes?

Another British guy vs. Black guy match-up. Snipes is 47 and his status is waning. I feel like Statham would have more sway among under-35s.

Take a moment to think of your idea of the hottest NFL stars past and present. Let’s say you could come up with a list of your Top Ten. Question-do either Mannings (Peyton and Eli) appear on it? Please give say, three names from your list.

A list of the 10 hottest NFL stars is different than the question of whether the Mannings are alpha or not. Anyone playing in the NFL is more alpha than 95% of the male population by nature of his status. Tom Brady being a super-alpha doesn’t make Peyton Manning a beta.

Now, real quick, do the following names appear on your list of Alpha Males:

Steve Jobs

Warren Buffett

Bill Gates?

Would this name be on this list:

Sean Connery?

I would consider Jobs to be a fairly alpha figure. He’s seen as unorthodox, ahead-of-the-curve business leader and women love Apple’s products. He’s a businessman, but he’s a creative businessman, which makes him more appealing. He’s had health issues, but he seems to have bounced back and is only 55. Buffet is a classic beta provider and Gates is a straight-up beta. Connery is one of the top ten alphas of the 20th Century, but he’s almost 80 now.

Thoughts?

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