– Inscription on the temple of Apollo at Delphi, 4th c. B.C.
The discussion of Vox Day’s male sociosexual hierarchy continues. I find writing about this subject enjoyable for two reasons. One, it’s fun because it appeals to the analytical mind. And two, readers can find these concepts useful toward self-improvement. On that second point, I want to give the reader who is either unsatisfied with his social performance or is simply introspective a chance to take stock of his character. My aim here is similar to the one in my earlier “Be the Boss” three-part series, also a guide for men who are underperforming.
Ranking Yourself on the Vox Day Scale
Be honest with yourself in order to know yourself. The human ego is powerful force and it can get in the way of improvement if it thwarts candor in front of your mirror. So what I drafted below is a simple tool for assessing yourself based on the objective feedback you get in social interactions, instead of relying on your subjective opinion of yourself, which you might inflate.
Which one of the following templates best describes people’s posture toward you? Family and friends don’t count. An insouciant Gamma among lesser Gammas will strut like an Alpha but will still fold in any competitive social environment outside of his in-group.
Alpha: Strong, masculine men look to you for guidance and leadership in all things. Young beautiful women always explode with uncontrollable indicators of interest in your presence regardless of your age and with minimal effort on your part. (This described 1-3% of all men.)
Sigma: Powerful, impressive men are on guard around you until they start showing you grudging respect, even deference. All women eyeball you with fascination without you having to do anything. (1-3% of men)
Beta: Everybody at the party gravitates to you. First-tier, beautiful women will chat with you but it would take effort for you to seduce one. Average women will show obvious interest in you. (10% of men)
Delta: All kinds of men enjoy a conversation with you. When you talk, they look like they take you seriously. Cute women are friendly with you. With some effort, you can get a nice-looking regular girl. First-tier women are out of your reach. (65% of men)
There is wide variance among Deltas, since they represent such a large number of men. High Deltas do very well with above-average women, being almost Betas. Low Deltas struggle even with unattractive women.
Gamma: All kinds of men show impatience, irritation, or contempt toward you when they should be impressed with you. Women don’t appreciate you. (10% of men and sadly, growing)
Omega: Men avoid you. Women are nervous around you if they happen to notice that you exist. (Bottom 5% of men)
Lambda: You like cock. (3-5% of males)
Statistically speaking, you are probably a Delta. Congratulations, you made it through childhood and youth in an anti-male culture and yet here you are a mature, healthy man. I like how reader JumpinJackFash puts it:
I think most men vastly overestimate their rank. […] a big part of reaching adulthood is being comfortable in your own skin. I no longer feel like pleasing everybody and I am quite happy to be on my own which my work allows me to do.
An Important Aside: the Chateau Heartiste Scale
There are two different scales, and a note about Chateau Heartiste’s (CH) sexual market value ranking system is indicated. The Vox Day (VD) scale I’m using here is a measure of man’s absolute, context-independent suite of character traits; his essential socio-sexual wiring. In contrast, the Heartiste scale (also referred to as the Alpha-Beta-Omega scale) is a reading of a man’s power — by any means — to elicit sexual attraction in desirable women, itself a proxy for his masculinity.
Unlike with Vox’s sysem, Heartiste’s scale can be situational. For example, by Vox’s measure, John Lennon was a Gamma regardless of his station in life, and his inner life as well as his relations with his peers bore it out. However, by Heartiste’s scale Lennon was a super-alpha by virtue of his fame and its power over women; he had no lack of willing girls and there is still a well-attended shrine devoted to him in Central Park near West 72nd Street.
Thus, both scales correctly quantify that which they seek to appraise; however, in the example of Lennon the divergence between the two scales is an extreme case, caused by the perception-distorting effect of his fame. In fact, plenty of celebrities or otherwise powerful men in law and politics are Gammas who struck it rich, so to speak. But in ordinary cases, the two scales align as follows:
- VD’s Alpha, Sigma, Beta = CH’s Alpha
- VD’s Delta, Gamma = CH’s Beta
- Both Heartiste and Vox understand the Omega similarly.
- Lambda is irrelevant on the Heartiste scale.
There is a temptation among readers who like VD’s hierarchy for its complexity to dismiss the CH scale as simplistic or limited in scope. And yet, there is a deadly snare we can trip when we dismiss Heartiste’s scale on grounds of its face-value simplicity. The cultural institutions in our feminized society have abdicated their responsibility for guiding males toward maturity and excellence. Our schools, churches, the entertainment complex lie to boys and men in the service the feminine imperative. “Man-up and marry those
sluts brave single moms!” “Women are delicate angels who must be respected!” “Piss sitting down!”
Many an otherwise solid Delta man will fall into one of a myriad traps that turn his virtue against him. Chateau Heartiste periodically features a “Beta of the Month” review of the cucks’ gallery, a voyeuristic series of cautionary tales of good men doing something idiotic by blindly following a dictate of righteousness. A classic example is the guy who travels with his adulterous wife to her former lover’s grave to lay flowers and help her “find closure.”
That is the lesson provided by Heartiste’s “Beta” wretches. Like Alexander’s sword slicing through the Gordian knot, so does Heartiste clarify the essence of a man’s ways: are you an Alpha — a man who goes through life satisfied — or are you a Beta: a laughingstock, an oblivious cuckold, a man who lets down those who need him the most?
Heartiste’s writing about the ways of Alpha and Beta men is available in the magnum opus of his archives.
Where There is No Room to Improve
Returning to Vox Day’s hierarchy: the ranks in Vox Day’s hierarchy are largely fixed, and the best that most men can hope for is to raise their position within their Platonic caste. This is my opinion, and I am to a degree amenable to being persuaded otherwise. But those ranks are not arbitrary designations on a sliding continuum, but distinct psychosexual profiles and as such, their boundaries are not permeable. If you are not an Alpha, you will never become one. Donald Trump was born, not made.
So can’t a Delta graduate to Beta? The example of Paul McCartney says “no.” Despite his superhuman fame and wealth, he was always a Delta. Respected by his industry peers, well liked by fans worldwide and across generations, but he never broke through to the Beta rank, much less to Alpha. His relationships with women illustrate the Delta’s limitations.
Linda Eastman, the first woman he married, was third-tier in the merciless eye of the sexual marketplace, given his stature as a Beatle: not an extraordinary beauty, and a single mother to boot. I am not saying this to detract from McCartney or the late Eastman but to show that a man’s water finds its level based on his immutable psychosexual profile regardless of his fame, and given the couple’s apparent happiness over the decades, he did choose a compatible woman of high marriage value. While McCartney had no shortage of first-rate girlfriends and flings owing to his stardom, he did well by resisting any likely temptation to marry a woman above of his socio-sexual rank.
With Linda’s passing, McCartney overshot his Delta rank when he married Heather Mills, a woman who despite being an amputee, may have nonetheless been out of his league. By marrying out of his station, the Delta is blinded by his inner sex-starved teenager. He misjudges the woman’s character and fails to control the dynamic of the relationship. As consequence, Mills dragged McCartney through a humiliating and nearly-ruinous divorce.
Where There Is Room to Improve
The best anyone can do is grow within his station. Rise from lower Delta to high Delta, for example. Really, in the many testimonials of self-improvement I’ve read and seen in person, that’s where the action is. But — there is one boundary that I did not yet mention, which can sometimes be crossed: the dividing line between the healthy and the defective man. That line separates the Gamma and the Omega from the domain of normal manhood, Delta. (Or in rare cases, the Omega-to-Sigma bypass.)
For a Gamma or an Omega, achieving Delta is deliverance. Suddenly, women like him (though he still needs to work on the attraction part) and men — even Alphas — respect him. But it takes herculean effort for the despised Gamma to become a Delta and once he gets there, analogous to the recovering alcoholic, the pull of Gamma backslide forever follows him like a ghost.
Here are the basic formulas for breaking the chains of Omega and Gamma:
Overcoming Omega: To graduate from Omega to Delta — or in rare cases to Sigma, given their shared social outcome-independence — the Omega male has to make himself less weird or repellent. A few Omegas can do it. Others are mentally ill and blissfully oblivious to social reality, or in happier instances they are genuinely content as outcasts and they don’t have any desire to improve their social status in the first place.
Overcoming Gamma: But while an Omega may be satisfied with his life, the Gamma lives in a simmering hell of one frustrated ambition, one minor humiliation after another. He is the secret, unacknowledged prince suffering the impertinence of the sheeple. But he may eventually find a moment of clarity in fearless introspection and undertake to improve his life. Reconstructing oneself from Gamma to Delta requires painfully acquired humility to immolate his delusion of unmerited specialness.
In a recent discussion, reader Suburban_elk drives a point home:
A man – or a male – finding his place in the hierarchy. This theme is at the very center of social organization and the role of culture in its development. [… ] it is only the first step on another journey. It is only when a man knows where he stands, that he begins to appreciate other things.
And begins to live as his finest self.
Epic days are here and we need you at your best.