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Zeta male

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The Five Male Archetypes
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The Social and Sexual Hierarchy
Alpha The self-assured leader of men whose swagger and aloofness makes him very successful with women.
Sigma The Lone Wolf antithesis of the Alpha. Defies placement in the social hierarcy and yet is successful with women.
Beta The worker bees of society. Women will tolerate them if they have ample resource, otherwise they are discarded.
Gamma Gammas are bitter or clueless about women. Often they can't grasp Red Pill concepts and check out of the mating game.
Omega The hopeless. Omegas are correlated with violent outbursts like shooting sprees because of their total rejection by women.
Further types
Delta The normal guy. Deltas are the great majority of men.
Lambda Those men who have quite literally no interest in conventional male-female sexual relations.
Zeta 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).
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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' men.


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 traditionalism
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]


The term was coined 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."[5][12]

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,[6] 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.[5] 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 red pill thinking on top of self-determination and 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.[13]

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."[14]

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.[13]


Quote: «Zeta male refers to the 4th social hierarchy position among males. (alpha - top, beta - second, omega - the rest). Zeta males consciously reject a the traditional social position as it is based on how they are valued by women. Zeta's can be straight, bi or gay.
"I asked Jim to buy be a drink and he said I should pay for it myself. I guess he's a Zeta Male."

by sirskeptic»[15]


  1. Urban Dictionary: Zeta Male (2010)
  2. What is an Alpha Male?, WiseGeek
  3. Wikipedia: Beta and Omega
  4. Jessica Grose: Omega Males and the Women Who Hate Them (They're unemployed, romantically challenged, and they're everywhere.), Slate on March 18, 2010
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Paul Elam: The Plague of Modern Masculinity, A Voice for Men on July 1, 2010
  6. 6.0 6.1 Peter Wright: Bye bye Alpha Male, and hello Zeta Male!, A Voice for Men on January 6, 2015
  7. Zeta Male: So What is a Zeta Male Anyway?, A Voice for Men on May 11, 2011
  8. Cooterbee: Defining and Implementing Zeta Masculinity, A Voice for Men on October 5, 2011
  9. Definition of a Zeta Male, Masked Writer on November 21, 2011 (Updated on October 2, 2012)
  10. A new discovery - the Zeta male, Alan's Journey on March 21, 2013
  11. Andy Thomas: A Reflection on Zeta Male vs MGTOW, A Voice for Men on February 18, 2019
  12. Youtube-link-icon.svg The Plague of Modern Masculinity - Paul Elam (March 2010) (Size: 8:35 min.)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Andy Thomas: Nihilism and Beyond for the Zeta Male, A Voice for Men on January 9, 2020
    Andy Thomas: A Reflection on Zeta Male vs MGTOW, A Voice for Men on February 18, 2019
  14. Paul Elam, Comment under Andy Thomas article A Reflection on Zeta Male vs MGTOW, Feb 2019
  15. sirskeptic: Zeta Male, Urban Dictionary on March 12, 2010

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This article based on an article Zeta male (April 15, 2020) from the free Encyklopedia Wiki4Men. The Wiki4Men article is published under Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0). In Wiki4Men is a List of Authors available those who worked on the text before being incorporated in WikiMANNia.