Gendernomics: The Male Sexual Strategies – Part 2

product-life-cycleWhen I was writing part one, that was intended to be a a stand-alone piece, but after posting it I’ve gotten some feedback, both in the comments and via Twitter, mainly relating to why I did not break down male strategies in the same depth and detail as with female sexual strategies. However, as I outlined in the first post, while males superficially can adopt a similar variant to the female strategies to further target a specific type of female, the male goal is opposite of the female goal. Whereas the female is adopting a sexual strategy to act as a filter to eliminate suitors preemptively, due to females having general appeal by default, A male has no appeal by default and works towards general appeal, in order to maximize his market value. Thus, a male can derive little value from engaging in the same filtering behaviors employed by females.

One of the comments brought up an interesting perspective on intra-sex competition (male vs male) and inter-sex competition (male vs female) in that males theoretically have two options, focusing on the traditional masculine behaviors that have their greatest effect in male vs male competition or focusing on the behaviors which females find attractive. This is a persuasive argument at first, however it ignores the treasure trove of data gathered in the manosphere for over a decade, that the same behaviors that are effective in inter-sex competition are also highly effective at attracting women.

Female attraction for a male owing to hypergamic optimization, dictates that a woman want to mate with the highest value male possible and the only way to determine the highest value male is to see how he ranks competitively compared to other males. This is not to say that men cannot employ strategies to more directly appeal to women rather than engage in inter-sex competition, but this is a case of complimentary approaches rather than dichotomous approaches. My post on the female sexual strategies is exactly such a blueprint in how to appeal to a specific type of woman based on her sexual strategy. Continue reading

Gendernomics: The male sexual strategies

The RoninIn our early days as a species on this earth, it is likely that we largely mimicked our cousins, the other primates in our approach to mating. Might makes right without the rule of law, and therefore the first sexual strategy that evolved was the physical one. In a world that consists largely of physical trials such as hunting, it follows that evolution would select for those who had the best genetics for this life. To explore this, I decided to see what the status is among our primate cousins who are living in a much more natural state than humans. While humans have come a long way from our hunter-gatherer past, through the agricultural revolution, our mating behavior is most likely less adapted.

The three closest relatives to humans genetically speaking are Chimpanzees, Bonobos and Gorillas. In Chimpanzee society, there are two dominance hierarchies, one among males, and one among females. The male hierarchy is controlled by an alpha male, and the alpha may be the most physically dominant, but may also be the one most skilled in manipulation and gaining allies. Males gain mating opportunities through status, females gain access to resources. Females will on occasion collude to remove an alpha male in favor of a new one if they perceive that it will benefit them. [1]

Bonobos appear to be a matriarchal society, where everyone has sexual contact with everyone except mother and son. A son gains his social status from his mother. Quite unique to bonobos, females will engage in sex with many males indiscriminate of social rank or age. This results in a situation where no male can know which offspring is his and parental care rests solely on the female. [2]

Gorillas live together in groups called troops, presided over by an Alpha male Silverback (over 12 years old), and often consists of a Silverback, multiple females and the offspring. On occasion groups with multiple males can exist, where the Silverback is the Alpha and the other males are younger and serve as support for the Silverback. The troops form in order for the females to gain protection and mating opportunities. [3] Continue reading

How men compete: The better mousetrap

value chainThe whole concept of “building a better mousetrap” is a very good explanation of how males compete. As I outlined in my post on why women slut shame, this is to in effect lower the relative market value of the women branded a slut, while increasing their own market value. In addition to “keeping other women in line” with hypergamous optimization. In effect, women compete in marketing.

Men differ in that competition tend to be in terms of performance, this is apparent early on with men often engaging in competitive activities such as team sports, or other forms of competition. Even non-physically active men tend to engage in forms of competition such as gaming or vicarious living through other men competing by watching sports.

The core difference can be summarized in that women tend to compete by marketing themselves, while putting down others, ideally not wanting competition but oligopoly/cartel situations. Men tend to compete by self-improvement and adding value to themselves, in a situation which is much closer to laissez-faire competition.

To illustrate explain the difference take a look at the diagram of the Value Chain.

Men tend to be focused on Inbound logistics, operations and outbound logistics. In effect, resources in, transforming resources and the results gained. While women tend to be mostly focused with the marketing and sales aspects of the value chain.

Now, for those of you who already read my article on women, you are going to read this article and feel like the articles are different. The answer why is simple, my article on women is descriptive, it is what they do, how they do it and why they do it. My article for men is prescriptive, it is what you need to do, why you need to do it and what the results should be. Continue reading