The following article appeared in the Nigerian publication Pulse.ng in 2017:
There are three types of men….
The term alpha male shouldn’t be strange to you. It has become a pop culture buzz word up to the point of overuse. The alpha male is the confident, strong male who is the leader of the pack. Things revolve around him and he leads the way for others.
The alpha males are known as the bad guys, assholes or even Yoruba demons.
The beta male is the next on the pecking order. He is the opposite of the alpha male in the pack. He lacks charisma, charm, physical presence and confidence.
The beta males are the nice guys that are normally friend zoned by hot babes.
Last on the list is the omega male. He is at the bottom of the pile. He is socially awkward and doesn’t look presentable. In other words, he is a slob. Nobody wants to hang out with these type of guys.
Apart from these types of men, there is a new classification of men- the zeta male.
The three types of men are based on largely how women perceive them and society expectations. The zeta male is a rebel and doesn’t give a damn about women and society.
A zeta male is used for men who have rejected the traditional expectations associated with being a man- a provider, defender, and protector. He rejects stereotypes and doesn’t conform to traditional beliefs. He marches to the beat of his own drum and refuses to be seduced and shamed by anyone.
The term zeta male first appeared on the Internet in 2010. The appearance of the zeta male in the hierarchy of men has a lot more to do with what is known as Men Going Their Own Way.
Abbreviated as (M.G.T.O.W), this is a movement of men who have detached themselves from societal standards and expectations of women. According to Urban Dictionary M.G.T.O.W “is a statement of self-ownership, where the modern man preserves and protects his own sovereignty above all else. It is the manifestation of one word: “No”. Ejecting silly preconceptions and cultural definitions of what a “man” is.”
While an alpha female might find feminism amusing, the zeta male hates it. Zeta is named after Zeta Persei, the third-brightest star in the constellation.
According to website A Voice For Men “Persei is a variation of Perseus, the first of the Greek mythological heroes.” In Greek mythology, Persei slew Medusa. Medusa happens to be the symbol for feminism.
Zeta male is the fourth dimension of men. It will be interesting to see how long the zeta male will last in this era of social constructs.