The modern alpha male is a perfect example of how our social and biological selves are runners on the evolutionary track. Biology, weighed down by the process of natural selection and genetic mutations, is lagging behind the sprinting Social. We are biologically drawn to them, but they often make non optimal partners.
Current research points to the negative qualities of high testosterone men as romantic partners, husbands, and fathers.
Why would women want that? Social ramifications aside, high testosterone usually means great sperm.
The visual markers of an alpha male are the physiological traits that scream high testosterone to the opposite sex. We have also been biologically conditioned to find many of these qualities physically or sexually attractive
Cheekbones and a defined Jaw Line
heavy muscles in the arms and legs
capacity to store fat around the stomach area – (not attractive in itself, but women may prefer that to a guy with big hips)
ring finger outstretches their (greater exposure to testosterone while in the womb)
Societal Markers of an alpha male are the culturally derirable consequences of high testosterone males:
Women have been socially conditioned to find these qualities important, since they signify a man’s ability to provide and support during the vulnerable stage of pregnacy and raising a dependent young.
The Catch-22, however, is that the men who have been able to acquire the power, wealth, and status due to the interplay of their physiology (high testosterone) and socioeconomic factors (education, good upbringing) are also the ones who seem to be more likely to display less commitement to use these resources for a long term partnership and parental investment. Or at least so it seems…
(Testosterone and Men’s Marriages Alan Booth, James M. Dabbs, Jr. Social Forces, Vol. 72, No. 2 (Dec., 1993), pp. 463-477)
Below are some examples of real modern day alpha males:
Former President Bill Clinton
Actor, George Clooney
Hugh Hefner, the ultimate Playboy