Zeta male

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Zeta male refers to a perspective and way of 'being male' that positions itself outside of the usual hierarchical model of masculinity based on alpha male (top), beta male (second) and omega male (lowest). Unlike the foregoing, the Zeta Male's orientation is not based on a hierarchical classification of men as valued by women.[1][2][3][4]

The zeta male also remains open to social engagement and to relationships, instead of social withdrawal which is often the preferred path of self-identified MGTOW.


According to most sources the Zeta male:

a. Refuses to identify with alpha/beta male stereotypes
b. Rejects gynocentric expectations
b. Says no to unreasonable aspects of traditional gender roles
c. Champions male self-determination
d. Refuses to be shamed, seduced or intimidated into submission
e. Involves creative social engagement in contrast nihilistic withdrawal [5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]


The term 'zeta male' was coined in an article by men's rights advocate Paul Elam in March 2010:

"As previously noted, the men’s movement is a unique and literally unprecedented phenomena. It will bring with it some other firsts. One of them is the socio-sexual warrior, and I refer to him for the purpose of this discourse as the zeta male. The tag remains faithful to the Greek alphabet classification of the other three types of men, but there is more purpose to the label. I took it from the star Zeta Persei. I liked the navigational metaphor of the star as it is applicable in the context of the lost generation. But I was also intrigued to learn that Persei is a variation of Perseus, the first of the Greek mythological heroes...

[The Zeta male] has no allegiance to tradition or nostalgia for the past, and in fact is charged with plotting a new course. He cannot be shamed into control or intimidated into silence or seduced into capitulation. He doesn’t fit in the classic hierarchy, and would gladly bring it down in the name of his cause. When someone says he needs to act like a real man, he smiles and says, “No, thank you.”

He cares about those lost young men who were ambushed coming out of the womb. And he will strive to make himself an example, living proof that there are other roads to take than the ones that lead to self-hatred and self-destruction.”[13][14]

The similar concepts 'Zeta male' and ' Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW)' are often compared on the basis that they both promote male self-determination,[15] however they differ in their propensity for social withdrawal (MGTOW) vs social engagement (Zeta male), and also in regard to the value of male hierarchical categories of Alpha, Beta and Omega which Zeta philosophy explicitly rejects.[16] In light of these differences, the Zeta male is understood as 'MGTOW+' ('MGTOW plus') - i.e. the zeta male concept includes an extra layer of redpill thinking on top of self-determinationand propensity for withdrawal and retreat.

Social withdrawal / social engagement

Both Zeta males and MGTOW champion non-gynocentric masculinities and male self-determination. What differentiates the Zeta male from MGTOW is his unfazed engagement with women, men and society on the basis of disavowing Alpha and Beta self-identification, remaining ever conscious of the fact that humans are both a pair-bonding and social species. MGTOW however has evolved to become associated with a rejection of intimate relationships with women (including marriage), and a permanent retreat and disengagement from society and its expectations. Critics of the MGTOW tendency toward disengagement claim it promotes a higher potential for isolation, nihilism, depression and suicide.[17][18]

Founder of the concept Paul Elam characterizes the Zeta male position in the following way:

"I've seen many people in the last decade read it (Zeta) as meaning detachment and indifference. And all along it was just the opposite.[19]

Unlike MGTOW, the Zeta male concept is not based on social withdrawal, nor on the status of being married or not married, nor on being in a relationship with women. It is based solely on male self-determination, the refusal to self-identify with female-serving 'masculine' categories of Alpha, Beta and Omega, and the decision to engage with the world on that basis.[20][21]

See Also

External Links

Ayomide. O. Tayo., A new class of men who don't care what you think; Zeta Males are the new type of men who do not play the 'game' but are societal rebels - article published by Pulse.ng