So then, where does the desire to be an Alpha originate if it is so stressful and destructive?
The same origin as every other drive of every living thing: reproductive success. Evolution doesn't care about stress and destruction. The only thing that matters from an evolutionary point of view is replication of genes.
That's just it, it isn't a desire its a drive.
That drive serves the troupe, not the individual.
Give the prospective alphas testosterone blockers and you'll see them happily enjoy their lives as betas (or lower).
If happiness is the goal, we already have the answer -- cocaine.
Men wrote the foundational texts for many religions. Many revered books are rife with discussions of the ideal woman or some such.
Some books written by women for women are also essentially written on behalf of men and their expectations.
(Disclaimer: I'm not acquainted with bell hooks' work.)
If this topic doesn't interest you, go elsewhere. Don't drag down the level of conversation for everyone else.
Besides, plenty of men have written books about feminism and gender. The reception is fine.
I for one like her too, but I find that when some media critics try to apply her methodology to pop culture, it can be problematic and clumsy.
> Watkins wanted her pen name to be spelled in lowercase to shift the attention from her identity to her ideas.
I’m sure what I’m about to say has been discussed before — but wouldn’t this accomplish the opposite effect? I feel her “unconventional” name makes me focus more on it, not less (especially when her name is used at the beginning of a sentence, where we are trained to expect a capital letter no matter what). Do other people with lowercase names have similar justifications?
Now I call people whatever they want me to call them. They've surely thought about it more than I have and with so many problems in the world why would I get bent out of shape over saying "they" instead of "she" for someone that I think looks like a woman. Why bother worrying about bell hooks or Kim Dotcom, it's just a waste of energy. People are different and that's that. Some people think I'm weird for studying weapon systems and arms control.
It takes all types and hooks's book "all about love" changed my life. How can I begrudge her choice?
Quite the opposite. Nouns are capitalized in newspaper headlines, so if this were a headline about hooks that you hang bells from, every word in the headline except "of" would be capitalized. As it stands, it's completely unambiguous to anyone familiar with hooks's work.
That is, unless you're taking issue with the fact that her nom de guerre happens to be "bell hooks" in the first place, which was her great-grandmother's name.
That's a shamefully low bar for clarity in newspaper copy editing.
Yes. It's an affectation. To suggest that it's "to shift the attention from her identity to her ideas" is either incredibly naïve or simply dishonest. Deliberately breaking the established conventions of English writing in such a visible way is sure to draw attention to the name/identity, not shift it away.
At the very least, it stands to reason that discussions and threads like this one would not exist if she capitalized her pen name. So the most charitable statement I can think of is that she genuinely did believe her actions would deflect attention from herself, but that they actually had the opposite effect. A more cynical statement is that she felt that a) her ideas wouldn’t attract enough attention on their own, and b) she needed a gimmick of some sort in order to stand out from the crowd.
Few things annoy me more than people who try to stand out for the sake of attention, so I’m choosing to believe the more charitable scenario.
Also, sincerely: consider why this provoked so much irritation. I completely sympathize with the feeling of annoyance; as someone who has historically overreacted to trivial annoyances, it's been healthy for me to dig into that habit and to find a different path. I imagine and hope you'll be happier doing the same.
If you reject the conventions of English, then you are writing in your own private language, and you should expect people to transliterate it into English. This is standard practice for non-English writing systems.
E.g. The Prime Minister of Japan is Shinzo Abe. This is making three changes from 安倍 晋三. The writing system is changed to English. The personal name and the family name are swapped. The long vowel of 三 is ignored (if you are willing to use diacritics you could write it as ō, but this is not a standard English letter, so there is nothing wrong with omitting it). This is far bigger change than just using English capitalization.
When I saw bell hooks I thought it was something about webhooks and notifications or telephony.
The sardonic me would say that it's dumb of her.
The cynical me would say that it's a marketing gimmick.
The trusting me would say that what she meant was that she wanted to show that what's important is the idea rather than the identity
Previously done: e e cummings https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._E._Cummings
Here I am discussing how her name is spelled, instead of her actual ideas in the field...