This post revisits the male socio-sexual hierarchy as conceptualized by Vox Day. I am using rock stars to illustrate each rank on the hierarchy, along with my own tagline for each rank (ie., Sigma being analogous to “Rebel,” etc.). Justly or not, I placed each of the recording artists in his category based on common perception plus my own insight in a few cases.
It occurred to me that there aren’t many classic alphas on the microphone end of the industry — men like Donald Trump — who are masters of both women and men. Plenty of rock’s apex alphas have the yin side of the charisma, with the screaming girls at concerts. But not much on the yang half. How many of those characters would you take a bullet for? The reason for this may be the nature of the business. Under the hype, the performer is fundamentally part poet, part carnival jester.
[Update: see Lucius Somesuch’s reminder in the comments about Mick Jagger’s command failure at Altamont in ’69. There are no George Pattons in rock n roll, it seems.]
Fame is a confounding factor in categorizing these men’s socio-sexual rank, not just due to its superhuman injection of status, but also because it conflates myth with reality. Elvis Presley, for example: his persona, like with many figures in show business, was in part manufactured. He was the sex symbol of the century but he was also reportedly shy with women and taken advantage of by his hangers-on. Yet given the sheer grandeur of his legend, it would be wrong to call him anything other than, well, “The King.”
Alpha – the King. Magnetic, dominant personality. Natural leader of men. Women lose their self-control around him.
- Mick Jagger
- Elvis Presley
Steven Tyler[Update 1/2019: Kris Kristofferson]
Sigma – the Rebel. Dominant, independent personality. Struggles as leader due to his lone-wolf nature. Women are intrigued by him.
- Jim Morrison
- Eddie Vedder
- Roger Waters
Beta – the Nobleman. Dominant personality. Competent leader. Women are attracted to him.
- David Gilmour
- Don Henley
- Bruce Springsteen
Delta – the Citizen. Men respect him. Women are comfortable around him. The vast majority of men are Deltas.
- Bryan Adams
- Huey Lewis
- Paul McCartney
Gamma – the Thief. “Alpha ambition without the alpha goods.” Passive-aggressive personality. Men despise him. Women are uneasy around him.
- John Lennon
- Michael Stipe
- Josh Tillman, a.k.a. Father John Misty
Omega – the Hobo. Antisocial loner, outcast. Neither men nor women notice him.
- Kurt Cobain
- Peter Gabriel (just because)
- Michael Jackson
Lambda – the Madman. Homosexual male. Alternately idolized and hunted.
- Elton John
- Freddy Mercury
- George Michael