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male gaze

The rendering of art, literature, etc., from the perspective of and for the consumption of heterosexual males, especially characterized by the depiction of women as passive objects of desire and pleasure. The phrase was coined by film theorist Laura Mulvey. The male gaze will continue to dominate media until more and more women artists challenge the paradigm.
See also: gaze, male

beta male

1. In the social hierarchy of an animal group, a male occupying a position secondary to the dominant "alpha male." Emerging research on animal groups suggests that beta males may have more complex roles than previously thought.
2. By extension, a man comfortable with engaging in non-stereotypical male behaviors and having personality traits that contrast with the stereotypically dominant and aggressive "alpha male." In this usage, the term is used positively or affectionately. I really like that David is so chill. He's a real beta male, and I'm into it.
3. A derisive term for a man regarded as passive or weak (in contrast to the "alpha male"). I can't believe Mike lets his girlfriend tell him what to do—what a beta male.
See also: male

omega male

1. The male occupying the lowest position in the social hierarchy of an animal group. Emerging research on animal groups suggests that omega males may have more complex roles than previously thought.
2. A man who feels powerless and, as a result, does not actively work toward improving his life. He's a real omega male—he's unemployed, single, and miserable, and not doing anything to change that.
See also: male, omega

alpha male

1. The dominant male in the social hierarchy of an animal group. Emerging research on animal groups suggests that alpha males may have more complex roles than previously thought.
2. By extension, a man who asserts dominance socially and professionally, typically by assuming leadership roles and easily acquiring sexual partners. He walks into the room with such confidence that you immediately know he's an alpha male.
See also: alpha, male

female of the species is more deadly than the male

Prov. In many animal species, the female is poisonous and the male is not, and, by analogy, women are more dangerous than men. Bill: My old girlfriend's been threatening me ever since I broke up with her, but she's too small and weak to do me any harm. Fred: I'd be careful if I were you. The female of the species is more deadly than the male.
See also: deadly, male, more, of, species

male blindness

n. the imagined failure on the part of a male to see approaching dangers owing to the male’s eyes being focused on a some well-proportioned female attribute. After an attack of male blindness, he walked into a lamppost.
See also: male


and male chauvinist pig
n. a male who acts superior to and aggressively toward women. (From the woman’s liberation movements of the 1970s.) The guy is just a male chauvinist pig, and he’ll never change. That’s you! Walter L. Waddington, MCP.

male chauvinist pig

See also: chauvinist, male, pig
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