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Saturday 22 July 2017

The alpha male is dead and tech geeks rule world - but does it stoke female desire?

Women want to be independent and respected but they also desire a man to submit to, writes Niamh Horan

In interviews Jamie Dornan has said he hates being called ‘baby faced’ so directors had him grow a beard. Unfortunately it will take a lot more than a bit of bum fluff to get us to come back for more
In interviews Jamie Dornan has said he hates being called ‘baby faced’ so directors had him grow a beard. Unfortunately it will take a lot more than a bit of bum fluff to get us to come back for more
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

Throughout history the alpha male has dominated. From gladiators of the Colosseum to the Grecian Gods extolled in the work of Rubens and Carracci.

The mavericks of the Wild West to generals on the battlefield. When Napoleon asked Jacques-Louis David to capture his manliness when painting 'Crossing the Alps' his only instruction was 'Calme sur un cheval fougueux' - calm on a fiery horse. It was never about muscle power.

So watching Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) show off his hairless pecs for the umpteenth time in Fifty Shades Darker - you couldn't help but think is this what society really thinks women want?

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