Yes, modern men really do love bad boys
April 26, 2014 § 118 Comments
Though he initially seems more aloof and emotionally troubled than his twin brother Aron, Cal is soon seen to be more worldly, business savvy, and even sagacious than their pious and constantly disapproving father … Cal is bothered by the mystery of their supposedly dead mother, and discovers she is still alive and a brothel-keeping ‘madam’ — from the Wikipedia entry on James Dean, captured 4-26-2014.
I know this may be a difficult “red pill” for some to swallow, but modern men really do love their bad boys. Our society has loved and promoted the status of bad boys for generations: East of Eden came out in 1955. Rebel Without Cause came out the same year.
The other side of the coin is just what Dalrock says it is: our society also tears down and disdains good men. They are really the same phenomenon, not different phenomena: contrast the description of James Dean’s character Cal to the description of how his father is portrayed in the very same sentence.
The roots go deeper, of course. The heroes of the American Revolution are the scrappy bad boy rebels who stood up to authority. The symbology used fits well on the tattoo of a modern biker gang member.
Personally I don’t think it is freakishly nutty to suspect that many women are attracted to the high status of bad boys precisely because liberal society makes bad boys high status.
The objection that things are the other way around — that men love bad boys because women love bad boys (and women love bad boys because women are just intrinsically sociopathic, perhaps as some vestigial psychological organ left over from evolution) — was previously discussed in this post. The balance of argument suggests that men love bad boys rebels because of liberalism, and women love bad boy rebels because men love them. This also has the merit (or detriment, depending on your point of view) of not positing that either sex is intrinsically sociopathic.