The Best of Rational Male – Year Three

best of 2014

Once again, I’ll be adding this post to the top page in a week or so for future reference.

As most of my regular readers are aware, I have a habit of crafting my essays over the course of a week or so, but about 8 months ago I got into the practice of keeping a small ‘scratch’ notebook with me wherever I go now. As an artist I’ve always kept a sketchbook with me to scribble out ideas when the moment strikes, and I find that this is even more necessary to my writing now as ideas or fragments of interesting ‘germs’ of posts often hit me when I’m not at my computer to flesh them out.

This practice has resulted in most of these ‘best of’ essays for 2013-2014. I get asked about my writing process fairly often and the best I can describe it is ‘crafting’ a post. I jot the elements of a topic in this notebook and some just sit there while others kind of snowball and take on a life of their own. I got to a point where I found myself waking up around 2am after a good sleep and having an internal conversation that was really my hashing out concepts and predictable counterarguments for what would be a good topic to address, only to fall back asleep 45 minutes later and wake up at 5 forgetting what it was I was considering.

So I decided to embrace the madness so to speak and simply started getting out of bed writing the basic elements out in my notebook and getting back to them later the next day. I also found I sleep better once I do.

So these are what I thought were my most important concepts in year 3. As far as general topics go I think Open Hypergamy will be something deserving of more attention in the coming year, however, Male Space is my personal favorite for year 3. I’ve chosen this post because I think it most succinctly and accurately describes this social dynamic.

And again, these are all among the best rated posts of The Rational Male for this year, plus a few I thought were important. I’ve deliberately left out the Preventative Medicine series from this lineup because I thought it important enough to dedicate to being the basis of the next installment of the Rational Male book, and I’d rather they be brought to life in that publication than distract from the rest of these posts.

It’s always difficult to consider which of these to include, because I (naturally) think all of my posts have the potential to benefit an individual reader. I always run the risk of having new readers just wind their way through my ‘best of’ without considering the others, but my hope it that these posts will encourage you to read all of my essasy.

Thanks again for another great year, and I’ll continue to write for as long as there are issues to address.

Enjoy!

The Rational Male – The Book

 

Communication

Game

Love

Sexual Market Value

Social Conventions

Hypergamy

Positive Masculinity

24 comments

  1. I was curious if you ever considered changing the page layout of your site?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe
    you could a little more in the way of content
    so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 pictures.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

  2. I am going through a marriage breakdown now; after years of abuse and exploitation I am the one doing the leaving but as many guys here will know, it is still tough, especially if you are a “pleaser/protector” type. Even if the person you were with was a complete vampire you can still feel guilt.
    At these times a man needs some support. He needs to keep his head clear and not get sucked back in. What has saved me is that i have, on and off, kept notebooks this last 18 months. The purpose was (a bit like the excel spreadsheet guy) to create a record to prove to my forgiving and easy-going self that “all this” was not just in my imagination but was in fact actually happening in my marriage, and constantly, that afoot was an exhausting and apparently pointless strategy of subtle humiliation and covert challenge that was utterly destructive and counter productive for everybody.
    My notes also included grabs from my manosphere readings; insights that helped me understand the psychological dynamic in my marriage, both her role and mine. In the end, the prognosis was bad…for her. Whatever the fuck was wrong with her probably couldnt be fixed and in any case I wasnt interested in taking on the challenge.
    So here i am, in a hotel room, and I have felt down, but when i feel some emotional backsliding, i open my notes at random and read.
    “She tortures her beta victim and elicits sadistic joy from making her victims miserable…this is the ultimate fate of the beta male: trapped in a depressive woman’s sadistic web”. And “Being beta is about unconditional giving without getting love and respect in return.”
    Along with hitting the gym, to have a notebook of this kind really is Rx for that despair you can feel at these times. Fuck, someone should make one of those day desk calendars with a manosphere quote of the day.
    So thanks to all of you redpill guys and pua theorists and commentators across the manosphere, everyone from rollo or roissy to blackdragon or roosh or yareally, and including mark minter with his formerly ferocious half-time speech style, you have all worked together and done something difficult but worthy against the slurs of opponents and even the currents of history. And you have done it for the benefit of anonymous others and for little reward beyond your sense of honor and the regard of those you respect. In other words, you are men.

  3. You can bet “Open Hypergamy” will become more rampant as the West slowly reverts back into a more primitive sexual mating strategy. I’ve written about the ecological factors before but here’s some more thoughts on the subject, as well as others. Also, since this is a post by Rollo over many topics, I’ll post some material that I’ve mulled over for quite some time as well. I’ll be interested in any comments some of you guys may have:

    1) Female domestic authority is associated with female mate preferences more like those typical of males (i.e., based upon the dimension of visual parameters) across a sample of nonindustrial societies, providing further evidence for the contribution of social and economic constraints on women to sex differences in mate preferences. When women are not dominated by their husbands and therefore have greater equality in terms of power in the household, they express more male-typical mate preferences. In societies with high female domestic authority (i.e, Western world) women had mainly stronger preferences for physical attractiveness in a male partner than in those with lower female domestic authority.

    2) Kurzban and Weeden (Hurry Date: Mate preferences in action, 2005) document the importance of group size (i.e, modern world: great populations, widespread mobility, communication networks, internet,etc) whereby women, not men, become more selective in larger meetings. Female choices are more skewed than are those of males, indicating greater mate choice agreement and hence greater potential effects of sexual selection at the hands of women as the choosier sex. That is, for humans, the more potential mates available to the chooser (females), the greater the inequality in mating opportunity among the selected (males). In still other words, when top-ranked (on beauty) men are among more competitors, they dominate even more and low-ranked men fare even less well.

    3) These findings suggest that mate choice strategies are indeed influenced by the choice environment: As the mate decision becomes more cognitively demanding, people (women are more discriminant) use simplifying heuristics that are likely to ensure that the mate chosen is above-threshold on at least the chooser’s most-important criterion: morphological clues.

    4) Moreover there are plenty of analyses that reveal that women are less willing than men to compromise to deviating from their ideal aesthetic standard and accordingly assume the possibility of assortative mating. Most of empirical mating research (i.e., speed dating studies, online dating studies, field studies (where the vast majority of females choice the same top-ranked male targets as potencial partners) are consistent with men, but not women, significantly compromise their mate beauty standards (e.g., attempting to mate using sub-par courtships for casual sex.) because such compromise increases the likelihood of finding some female partner ready to pair off.

    5) Women don’t necessarily want to ride the carousel, per se. It is rather a case where they want the most physically attractive males (causation), who – for evolutionary reasons – will tend to be fixtures of the carousel machinery (this is because physically attractive males have a high-rate fitness optima, and thus, evolution will limit the frequency of monogamous-tending deviations accordingly, given the implied fitness handicap).

    Men vary in their genetic quality, largely due to mutational pressure in the context of parasite resistance dynamics, which impede allelic fixation. Men with good genes have low levels of developmental instability, and some indicators of developmental instability are detectable. Women prefer men with low levels of developmental instability, and hence such men have more mating opportunities and therefore they can invest less in particular women (eliciting badboy/cad behavior).

  4. Rollo – would be interested in your thoughts on life long ‘red pillers’ like George Clooney or more recently, Paul Janka, getting married.

  5. Still like The Man In The Garage as one of the best. Illustrates the end game, what can ultimately be where all the phases and the nuances of strategy can try to take you.

    To Chode: The purpose was (a bit like the excel spreadsheet guy) to create a record to prove to my forgiving and easy-going self that “all this” was not just in my imagination but was in fact actually happening in my marriage, and constantly, that afoot was an exhausting and apparently pointless strategy of subtle humiliation and covert challenge that was utterly destructive and counter productive for everybody.
    To say that was an important step in the right direction would be an under statement. Good luck to you.

  6. On Return of Kings they are talking about that guy Paul Janka, who I’ve never heard of, but they credited this statement to him.
    The big ruse of monogamous relationships is that women have succeeded in convincing us to voluntarily enter into a situation in which we have no sexual alternatives. Think about that. The way the institution is set up, men willing agree to forgo all the other sexual options so that their woman is happy. If that’s not evidence of a woman’s agenda and her control of the situation, then I don’t know what else is.

    That metaphorical house and garage.

  7. @Rollo
    Because of you, Robert Greene, and to a lesser extent Roissy, Roosh, etc. I’m on the verge of restoring my relationship with my ex-wife and mother of my three small kids. Typical AFC frivorce with a ton of social pressure from her friends to dump me. And what’s funny is that at this point I could really take it or leave it and be equally happy. Thanks!

  8. google the recent Lockhart shootings in Australia.

    Those plugged in are understandably at a loss as to why a seemingly “completely normal” guy killed his own wife a 3 small children.

    There is a one line suicide note which may or may not be made public – but readers here know what probably happened and what that note might say.

    This is why I believe Rollo’s work is so important.

    If this man had of understood Hypergamy / Oneitis / FI – he and his entire family might still be alive.

    Hypergamy didn’t care that he sat dutifully by her bedside whilst she recovered from her injuries.

    Hypergamy didn’t care that he was a good provider, husband and father.

    “But the strain had taken its toll on him and the family. He admitted to local media the year had its “ups and downs” but was full of praise for what his wife had overcome.”

    Yeah, ups and downs…

  9. the chode i live by:

    When i read what you wrote, I thought it was me writing it. Worlds apart I’m sure but I’m going through the exact same thing.

    I started my Manosphere experience looking for ways to fix my marriage several years ago and found MMSL. It was a jump off point where I eventually found Rollo’s works and others. It’s helped me over the past couple of years and will help me into the future.

    I realized that no matter what I did to try and “fix” the relationship, it only works when both parties are willing to let the process work. It simply fails when one person must be the fixer while the fixee refuses the help or most importantly fails to see what they need to fix.

    I’m married to a professional victim and there’s no way you can “fix” that.

    I had better success in multiple combat tours than I did in my own house.

    Stay strong brother.

  10. This whole endeavor is very much needed and appreciated.

    Many of us have been so preoccupied with “keeping our nose to the grindstone” that we were not as consciously and objectively aware as we should be.

    Thank you profusely for all your efforts. The results are absolutely excellent.

  11. “1) Female domestic authority is associated with female mate preferences more like those typical of males (i.e., based upon the dimension of visual parameters) … When women are not dominated by their husbands and therefore have greater equality in terms of power in the household, they express more male-typical mate preferences. In societies with high female domestic authority (i.e, Western world) women had mainly stronger preferences for physical attractiveness in a male partner than in those with lower female domestic authority.” [Siirtyrion, September 10th, 2014 at 5:05 pm]
    .

    I found this at Heartiste:

    “Four experiments examined the relation between behavioral expressions of dominance and the heterosexual attractiveness of males and females. … All four experiments indicated an interaction between dominance and sex of target. Dominance behavior increased the attractiveness of males, but had no effect on the attractiveness of females. The third study indicated that the effect did not depend on the sex of the rater or on the sex of those with whom the dominant target interacted. The fourth study showed that the effect was specific to dominance as an independent variable and did not occur for related constructs (aggressive or domineering). … ”

    Sadalla, Edward K.; Kenrick, Douglas T.; Vershure, Beth, “Dominance and heterosexual attraction”, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 52(4), Apr 1987, 730-738. [psycnet.apa[]org/journals/psp/52/4/730/]
    .

    Notice that ” … the effect was specific to dominance as an independent variable and did not occur for related constructs (aggressive or domineering).”

    One reason is that “aggressive or domineering” (or both), in this context, are actually signs of weakness, signs that there is fear of resistance.

    If you are certain, in your own mind, that you will not back down, then you relax and enjoy the show, which is also “amused mastery”, and the relaxed certainty that women can sense from far away.

    Also, for this to work in the long term, the dominance must be consistent and real (actual strength and power), and not a male version of when a woman sobs and then peeks through her fingers to gauge the effect.

  12. Thanks Rollo,

    this is the very best use of the internet – the conversations we have here could never take place IRL. Here we can get straight to the point without concern for what women might think of what we have to say. Where else could that be the case?

    It’s good to know that women are not the unknowable creatures of myth they would have us believe – but the facts behind the system are akin to up-ending a rock on damp soil, we shouldn’t be surprised if the first reaction is throw it back in disgust at the sight of what’s underneath.

    Some of the comments are gold too – in particular the med student pretending to be a grunt so he can get first night sex; her complaint “I never would have slept with you so soon if I’d known!” kind of violently shifted a gear in my head like a good Twilight Zone ending. I can’t search comments so I can’t find it to link to.

    Thanks again, great resource – still going through your past posts,

    GD

  13. Despite what Siirtyrion, and women, wish to believe, male facial attractiveness is negatively correlated with semen quality. Despite what you might think, there has NEVER been any consistent support found for the hypothesis that ANY *male* physical secondary sexual traits are “honest” indicators of male fertilization efficiency. NEVER. ANY. In many hundreds of published studies over the past century, NEVER, ANY.

    C. Soler, J. Kekäläinen, M. Núñez, M. Sancho, J. G. Álvarez, J. Núñez, I. Yaber and R. Gutiérrez. 2014. Male facial attractiveness and masculinity may provide sex- and culture-independent cues to semen quality. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 27(9), 1930–1938.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jeb.12446/full

    The more general idea is that women have lousy pickers, and have had lousy pickers for millenia at least. This general idea explains a lot, and the contrary idea, i.e. that women have marvelous pickers, is easy to disprove.

  14. Further to my earlier post Sept 10 – Lockhart shooting update:

    While Jenny will never know exactly what caused her brother-in-law “to snap” she knows better than anyone the pressures the family was under.

    “Kim’s accident had put such a strain on their lives that Geoff obviously thought this was the only option open to him. Kim was no longer the woman he had married,” Jenny continued, revealing the extent to which the car accident in July 2012 had changed her sister.

    “A brain injury robs a person of empathy and love. Unless you live with someone who’s gone through this you can’t understand – it dulls their emotions.”

    Interesting. Seems to tie back into the Empathy post Nov 2013.

  15. Dearest Rollo, thank you so much for your continued work and dedication to us budding and enlightened alphas!

    I’m nearly six months into the red pill and continue to reap its rewards. However, setbacks happen, and I just wish to share & inspire for a moment.

    I’m 43 and have been an avid mtn biker here in nor Cali for over 20 yrs. 3hrs into the start of my vacation I got bucked & launched off of my bike, and fractured my tibia and punched out like 40% of the knee cartilage in one of the two disks.

    Being a swinging bachelor and all this is a bit of a challenge. I don’t mean to whine-I’m fortunate enough to have health ins, time on the books, and Aflac! But this is a major delay in my dating and clubbing and other game ventures.

    However, I have no doubt that the red pill and game principles are in use & effect during this latest challenge. Positive masculinity I have no doubt has helped me maintain a positive outlook pre and post surgery. I remain eggar to begin the rehab & physical therapy & wt lifting that will get me back on the bike, and hopefully tree-skiing again this winter.

    But most importantly, learning game in the last 6 mo has laid a foundation in my social life that has made this difficult situation much more bearable. For one, I simply have more friends! I got a younger girl (who’s cheating w/my friend!) to pick me up from the surgery clinic when I had no other ride available (most people work at 2pm Tuesdays!). Also, reaching out is not a personal strength, but game has given me the inner confidence to reach out and ask for help when needed. All I can say is that I’d hate to imagine facing this challenge in my pre-red pill life!

  16. @jf12:

    Despite what Siirtyrion, and women, wish to believe, male facial attractiveness is negatively correlated with semen quality. Despite what you might think, there has NEVER been any consistent support found for the hypothesis that ANY *male* physical secondary sexual traits are “honest” indicators of male fertilization efficiency.

    Conception isn’t a one way effort as it requires both sexes. While a man’s fertility is important, that’s not the complete picture here.
    The study below will give you a better idea of what I’m getting at. I will provide some key excerpts.

    All taken from: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199601/the-orgasm-wars

    Yet, it was only three years ago that two British biologists, Robin Baker and Mark Bellis, tested the so-called upsuck hypothesis. They were building upon ideas articulated by evolutionary biologist Robert Smith, who suggested that since women don’t have orgasms every time out, female orgasm favors some sperm over others. Baker and Bellis sought to learn just how female orgasms might affect which of a lover’s sperm is used to fertilize a woman’s eggs.

    They discovered that when a woman climaxes any time between a minute before to 45 minutes after her lover ejaculates, she retains significantly more sperm than she does after nonorgasmic sex. When her orgasm precedes her male’s by more than a minute, or when she does not have an orgasm, little sperm is retained. Just as the doctors’ letters suggested decades earlier, the team’s results indicated that muscular contractions associated with orgasm pull sperm from the vagina to the cervix, where it’s in better position to reach an egg.
    Baker and Bellis proposed that by manipulating the occurrence and timing of orgasm–via subconscious processes–women influence the probability of conception.

    Development, or the translation of genes into parts of the body, can be perturbed by stresses such as disease, malnutrition, or genetic defects. One measure of developmental instability is deviation from bilateral symmetry in traits like hands, eyes, and even birds’ tail feathers. Males whose immune systems are strong, and who forage well, develop with high symmetry, so females who choose symmetrical suitors are securing good genes for their offspring.

    Evolutionary biologist Randy Thornhill and psychologist Steve Gangestad at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque have tested whether humans also share this preference. And indeed they do. In their studies, women consistently identify as most attractive males whose faces (and other body parts) are most symmetrical.

    Thornhill and Gangestad reasoned that if women’s orgasms are an adaptation for securing good genes for their offspring, women should report more orgasms with relatively symmetrical mates. Collaborating for a second time, the two, along with graduate student Randall Comer, devised some very interesting studies to test this idea.

    The researchers took facial photographs of each person and analyzed the features by computer; they also had them graded for attractiveness by independent raters blind to the study. They measured various body parts to assess bilateral symmetry–the width of elbow, wrist, hand, ankle, and foot bones, and the length of the second and fifth fingers.

    Earlier studies had suggested all of these were associated with health.
    Indeed, the hypothesized relationship between male symmetry and female orgasm proved to be true, the researchers recently reported in the journal Animal Behavior (Vol. 50, December). From data on sexual behavior provided by the women, those whose partners were most symmetrical enjoyed a significantly higher frequency of orgasms during sexual intercourse than did those with less symmetrical mates. Even the data on sexual experience provided by the men showed the women had more orgasms with the most symmetrical men.

    “It’s important to note what did not correlate with female orgasm during sex. Degree of women s romantic attachment did not increase the frequency of orgasm! Nor did the sexual experience of either partner. Conventional wisdom holds that birth control and protection from disease up orgasm rates, since they allow women to feel more relaxed during intercourse. But no relationship emerged between female orgasm and the use of contraception.

    Nor can the study results be explained by the possibility that the symmetrical males were dating especially uninhibited and orgasmic women. Their partners did not have more orgasms during foreplay or in other sexual activities. Male symmetry correlated with a high frequency of female orgasm only during copulation.

    Kama Sutra practitioners wept. heh.

    To wrap this up:

    The findings support evolutionary psychologists’ “good genes” hypothesis: Women have orgasm more often with their most symmetrical lovers, increasing the likelihood of conceiving these men’s children. Well, that’s how it would have worked for millennia, before condoms and the Pill.

    And it is for the precontraceptive stone age that our brains seem to be built; the agricultural and industrial revolutions are flashes in the geological pan, far too recent in evolutionary terms to have fundamentally changed the way we experience emotions or sex. To argue, as may champions of chance like Gould, that sexual attraction has remained completely arbitrary throughout evolution seems increasingly unwarranted.”

    In order to understand the intersexual relations between the sexes, you must take into account the entire picture on human mating. I’ve done this for years and I know when someone nitpicks a study just to sooth their ego and try to “prove” their worldview. Jf12 I suggest you read up some more; you’ll get there eventually.

  17. Lying absolutely still retains sperm much much much much better than orgasming. Female orgasm is vestigial, totally.

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