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Beta-male rage in Seattle?

Someone shooting random people at a college means there’s a good chance that it’s beta-male rage again.

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Remember that the definition of “beta-male rage” is that the perpetrator has no history of violence, criminal behavior or thugishness, does not have a wife or girlfriend and has below-average success with women, and is not suffering from a mental illness such as schizophrenia.

George Sodini used to be the most well-known case of beta-male rage, but that mantle of infamy has now passed to Elliot Rodger.

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But a co-worker at the gym where he worked said he was “calm and nice.”

Annie Nguyen, the worker, told Q13: “So we worked with each other for about two, three months. He was an amazing friend. Good worker. He was really calm and nice. If you know him, you would not think he would do it – he’s just not that type (pause) that would do something like that.”

She said he went to the shooting range on a regular basis and had invited her once. Ybarra, she added, was sociable and frequented local bars. [Epoch Times]

But also this:

Ybarra, according to KIRO-TV, was obsessed with the Columbine High School shootings in 1999 that left 15 dead and 21 injured. Police sources told the station he even traveled to the Colorado site where two student gunmen carried out the deadly mass shooting.

That he is “clam and nice” fits in with the beta-male-rage profile. But this Vietnamese girl seems to like him too much for him to be an Omega loser. But maybe his rage came from being in the “amazing friend” zone all the time.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 5, 2014 at 10:28 PM

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  1. Let’s certainly hope so.


    June 5, 2014 at 10:28 PM

  2. I know I’m fighting for a lost cause here, but we really should be calling this “omega male rage”. According to the PUA/red pill taxonomy, a beta male is an average joe who gets *some* girls, while the omega is the total loser who gets nothing.

    Michael H

    June 5, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    • We started calling it beta-male rage, it’s too late to change the name.

      • How about incel-male rage? Just about all the men who goes on a shooting spree are sexually starved.


        June 5, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      • “beta male rage” sounds better. “omega” has too many syllables.


        June 6, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    • We started calling it beta-male rage, it’s too late to change the name.

      Nothing shrewd remarketing can’t fix.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      June 5, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    • Omega male just doesn’t have the same ring to it.


      June 5, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      • It sounds just fine, and is more accurate. Betas are the average joes who have at least a little success with women and can generally marry if they put even a little effort in.

        Naming these incidents after average guys instead of exceptionally-starved guys only feeds the common feminist trope that any man can be a violent abusive killer and should be feared and excluded from society. “Omega male rage” it is.


        June 6, 2014 at 5:08 AM

      • too many symbols


        June 6, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    • Most people only recognize two categories: alpha and beta. Think of an omega as just an extreme beta.


      June 6, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    • Lion please write about pedantic grammar nazis. You are from NYC so you must have experience with confrontations with them.

      Do you think grammar pedantry is a form of aspergers/autism, or what? I think it has to do with social aggression in public…I’ve been corrected publicly, IMO so that the person could humiliate me in the social group, them being the beta/omega trying to claw their way up the hierarchy. I confronted them on the spot and they claimed it was about making what I am saying understandable, and not trying to humiliate me (what I think is a lie; they could have corrected me privately).


      June 6, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      • I’m a mean grammar pedant but I’ve learned to bite my tongue. I hate sloppiness, impatience and carelessness, all which are at the root of bad grammar. And sometime bad grammar is just a sign of stupidity, but I’ve known many intelligent people who express themselves terribly.

        Socially Extinct

        June 6, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      • Do you think grammar pedantry is a form of aspergers/autism, or what?

        It’s early in your link, dude – it’s a form of OCD. I am a sometime grammar Nazi myself, and also somewhat OCD.

        Samson J.

        June 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      • I can write better and more proper than I can verbalize. I’ve been told that I’m a good conversationalist, but I sometimes get slightly tongue-tied when speaking about a work project in the work place – not nervous, just a slight struggle to get everything out in a nice flow. Many of my female coworkers have plenty of personality problems, but they are pretty good verbally.

        E. Rekshun

        June 6, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      • Is it annoying when someone sings off key?


        June 7, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    • Promoting omegas to “betas”, implicitly promotes average guys to “alphas”.

      Peter Akuleyev

      June 6, 2014 at 4:09 AM

    • Most people on the street would recognize just think alpha is the cool winnner and beta is the loser. That view seems to have won out in the English vernacular I think.

      In primatology, the beta male is the one who is second in command. The beta male in group of chimps or gorillas would take over if the alpha dies or otherwise falls off his post. The omegas are the losers.


      June 6, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      • Sigmas are winners in this day of age. There are too many alphas, and most of them are just carbon copy fratboys of one another, where women are turned off by them.

        Sigmas are the bad ass nerds, who don’t play the direct game, but score anyway.

        Steve Jobs and Paul Janka are what I call Sigmas. Guys with a lot of cognitive ability, but don’t come across as nerds and wouldn’t be called as frats.


        June 6, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    • Omega male implies a dude with zero chance with women, and often quite disgusting in other ways too (omega’s often can’t even make many male friends). Low-end betas, average proles born without a good enough genetics to be jersey shore types), are unlikely to have anything approaching reliable access to sex and are extremely unlikely to get married and stay married. I think a lot of ryan goslings character in blue valentine, that’s how most of those types end up (and yes, they usually aren’t as attractive as ryan gosling). I’m sure if this dude learned some PUA methods and spam approached he’d get skank poon on rare occasions, but is that any kind of life to live.


      June 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

  3. “Remember that the definition of “beta-male rage” is that the perpetrator has no history of violence, criminal behavior or thugishness, does not have a wife or girlfriend and has below-average success with women, ”

    I’m sure that these guys all have below-average success with women. But I bet they have below average success in all human relationships, including with family, friends, etc. So you’re picking one area in life where they fail, and blaming it for their behavior.


    June 5, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    • Also, all these shooters tend to be secular and without a sense of racial pride. So white nationalists and religious fundies could also use these stories to tell their own narratives.


      June 5, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      • Elliot Rodger said Eurasians were the new master race and Eurasian men were the most beautiful men. Sounds like racial pride.


        June 6, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      • People here should elaborate on this.


        June 6, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      • all these shooters tend to be secular and without a sense of racial pride

        You mean like Breivik, Hassan, and the dude who shot up the Jewish center?

        Random Black Guy

        June 7, 2014 at 12:37 AM

      • “Elliot Rodger said Eurasians were the new master race and Eurasian men were the most beautiful men.” ——————————————————————————————— Elliot needed to live in Hawaii around other Eurasians where they are called Hapa and are highly regarded for their beauty.


        June 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

  4. The Daily Mail has a picture of the guy, though you can’t really tell much from it.

    I guess another big push for gun control is going to be bubbling up any minute now.


    June 6, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    • He seems to have some kind of charm with women. So he isn’t exactly another ER!

      And he’s Hispanic, as most Hispanic men do quite well with the ladies, if you COMPARE them with ASIAN MEN.


      June 6, 2014 at 9:09 AM

  5. 2 random musings:

    1. Is there such a thing as beta female rage? I’m thinking of a Philip Roth novel, American Pastoral, where the protagonist’s daughter is driven to violence because she is tall and and stuttered.

    More likely lovelorn hormonal young women just get depressed…a la “The Virgin Suicides”

    2. Does the beta male rage phenomenon have its roots in evolutionary biology? Maybe back in the Paleolithic, a weaker guy who wasn’t getting any love from women in his tribe would go take it out on a neighboring tribe, thereby freeing up space for his coethnics to pass on some of his genes. Or just take out some of his own tribe, shaking up the hierarchy of his surrounding group.

    Ava Lon

    June 6, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    • #2, with a twist.

      The “weaker guys” of antiquity had other avenues to address and dilute rage. Weak guys now only have social media and smart phones which only increase their sense of isolation and social ineptitude.

      Not all males win the breeding game. Many lose. We know this by observing primates. I highly doubt a Beta male chimpanzee internalizes his station into violent resentment.

      Men really need to stop expecting that they will all be “good” at this and fill their life with other empowering tools.

      Socially Extinct

      June 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      • Also, other animals don’t have the same sense of time that we do. A chimp will be annoyed that he isn’t getting any sex now, but will not become depressed that he hasn’t gotten any for 10 years. Other animals generally don’t commit suicide either, because they can’t think far into the future and decide that they will be depressed forever.


        June 6, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    • Typically female violence is relational. They have to know the person.


      June 6, 2014 at 12:41 PM

  6. Except all these guys save maybe Soldini who I know little about … forgot most of his story were in fact mentally I’ll . Damn autcorrect on tablet sorry. Rodgers in articular was thought to be crazy at age 8. Adam Lanza, James Holmes, the AZ shooter, all same.

    The big diff is that instead of going after Presidents: Garfield, Mckinley, JFK, Ford, Reagan, or pop stars like Lennon or that TV actress the crazies kill ordinary people. This is a big omininous change in Western society.


    June 6, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    • Crazy isn’t in DSM-V. So you’re going to need to use more precise terms.


      June 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    • Elliot was shy. Does shyness make someone “crazy.”? I don’t think so.

  7. It will be interesting to see how this incident is covered. The SPU campus, a Christian school, will almost certainly connect the religion and the self-sacrifice of the hero apprehending party (notable when compared to the cop pensioners who’ve been criticized for failing to act boldly in the past in such places as VirTech, referenced in the article, where 32, not two, were shot). The motive of the shooter here could be very interesting depending on whether he was responding to religious animus (the press don’t like this much as a meme). The media will want put this into a gun control narrative probably more so than highlighting the hero ‘save the day’ narrative unless a really interesting motive develops.

    Perhaps more interesting to you should be the other two shootings mentioned by the mayor that did not receive much national attention, both with possible beta male rage components. The Jewish Federation shooting involved an Arab who shot six at a Jewish Federation location in Seattle. His actions were characterized as a hate crime and, by some, a fellow acting out of beta male rage.

    The Cafe Racer shooting had five victims and was a two day story about a man with ‘anger management and mental health’ problems. Beta male rage?

    BTW – Anyone see coverage of black youth mob violence over the Memorial Day Weekend? No? Wonder why?


    June 6, 2014 at 1:41 AM

  8. Here’s your boy. Seems more standard issue loon than beta. But, it is still early in the news cycle.


    June 6, 2014 at 2:44 AM

  9. But who is to gain fame as the chronicler of beta male rage, just as Ann Rule gained fame as the chronicler of serial killers? Lion?


    June 6, 2014 at 2:47 AM


    Beta Male Rage (BeMR) strikes again.

    They all seem to have at least two things in common A) Male B) Socially undeveloped (for lack of a better word)

    I’m wondering if they also all had a fascination with shooting games or guns. There is a relationship with men and violent video games that translate into higher levels of aggressive behavior and risk taking. Women aren’t affected by it at all, probably due to a combination of genetics and social expectations. With many of these BeMR cases, it seems tell-tale signs of it are present well before the onset of their violent outburst. I would not be surprise if there were also a trail of clues leading up to this event with Aaron Ybarra. It’s been reported he was fascinated with the Columbine shooting. Will you be looking further into this as well Lion? A la ER. You’re becoming quite the expert on BeMR.


    June 6, 2014 at 3:27 AM

    • From that article — It appears he had a good relationship with an Asian woman. Not surprising, since most beta non-Asian men befriend Asian women quite easily.


      June 6, 2014 at 9:04 AM

  11. A 26 year old who is celebrating the fact he just got a job bagging groceries is probably not scoring with the ladies, seems like a safe assumption. This guy may just be borderline retarded unlike Rodger or Sodini.

    Peter Akuleyev

    June 6, 2014 at 4:13 AM

    • Some news reports say that he has a “minor reading disability.” That could be true, but more likely it means he is borderline retarded.
      Ybarra is a Hispanic name, though he looks mainly white. Could he be mixed?



      June 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      • Half the people don’t go to college. Does that mean half the people are borderline-retarded?

        If he were borderline retarded, the Vietnamese girl probably wouldn’t have had such positive things to say about him.

    • Ah, the presumptions I see littering this blogosphere! Do some of you live in bubbles?

      Socially Extinct

      June 6, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      • There is a huge difference between “not going to college” and being a bag boy at age 26. I worked in a supermarket in highschool. The only baggers over 18 were senior citizens looking for something to do and some people with down’s syndrome from the local home.

        Peter Akuleyev

        June 6, 2014 at 5:35 PM

  12. OT:
    How about a review of the complete season one of ‘Silicon Valley’ now? I remember you doing a detailed analysis of ‘Girls’.


    June 6, 2014 at 4:21 AM

    • This.


      June 6, 2014 at 8:04 AM

  13. “Ybarra, according to KIRO-TV, was obsessed with the Columbine High School shootings…”

    At what point is THIS going to start raising a red flag?

    Mike Street Station

    June 6, 2014 at 7:25 AM

  14. Though not *precise,* the term “beta male rage” is however accurate. The idea is to describe a class outside of alphadom, which both beta and omega fall into. The point is that this rage, whether it is expressed in a listless beta married man, or a hopelessly bottom-dwelling omega, is fundamentally the same: extreme discontent with their lot in love, a condition that is antithetical to alphahood.

    Rodgers was living the soul-crushing life of an entirely sexless omega, but I don’t believe that it was destined by his genetics. His repeated childhood traumas were never addressed in a meaningful way, and critically, he had no male mentor, leaving him hopeless and an increasingly delusional, emotional time bomb.

    Had he managed to weather his neuroses until his mid or late 20s, I believe he would have matured into an average beta guy. With the application of game, perhaps a really happy and fulfilled beta. With true confidence and his family’s connections? Well, probably banging the hot blondes he so obsessed over.

    Somehow Rodgers knew this: he *should* have at least kissed a girl by now, right? Yet he was powerless to overcome his accute anxiety enough to even talk to a girl. How this simple major defect failed to set off alarm bells for his family is appalling. He wasn’t just slow to mature, he was infantile in his tantrum throwing and prolonged crying. None of this would have mattered were he simply effeminate because he was gay. It was his baseline maleness that finally reared its head in an ugly way, from his demeanor in his videos to his final act of wanton ‘I’m taking you all with me’ murder-suicide spree.

    Between what he had spent on guns, lottery tickets, and other shit, he could have purchased every book ever written on game. Had he read Roissy and Roosh with an open mind, he would have learned to make his misogyny work for him in a constructive way. Instead, he gravitated into an online group of like-minded losers that did nothing for him but amp up his loserdom.

    He took the blue pill.


    June 6, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    • He would have had too much anxiety to apply “game.”

      “Game” works for men whose problem with women is not that they have social anxiety.

      • Have to disagree with you Lion. My crampy intestines and shaky hands are off the charts but Game helps by giving you a framework and a plan.

        Almost everyone who denounces Game does so in vague, general terms – we never hear testimonials saying, “I gave this a good effort, here’s what happened, here’s why it’s bunk, and therefore I’m renouncing it.”


        June 6, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    • Please, not the “red pill” rhetoric.

      I do not want to hear about how men are actually discriminated against.


      June 6, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      • The basement dweller set has to get in that “Matrix” reference though, as their neckbeard demands it.


        June 6, 2014 at 4:23 PM

  15. Aaron Rey Ybarra.

    Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said the suspect in custody was a white male “approximately 26 years of age”

    Aaron Rey Ybarra. “White” male. Nuh huh. I wonder when this “white male” or his parents rolled on in from Mexico.


    June 6, 2014 at 10:15 AM

  16. Keep an eye on what’s unfolding in Canada too, although it seems more likely to be mental health-related there.

    Samson J.

    June 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

  17. Are Gang Lu or J. Robert Oppenheimer part of the beta male rage phenomenon, though their jealousy seemed to be more about someone being smarter or getting more glory than about sexual jealousy about all the women?

    Paavo Ojala

    June 6, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    • Oppenheimer? You mean the guy who got a married woman preggo, and even after marrying her continued porking a mistress? He may have worked with Beta particles, but he certainly was no Beta..



      June 6, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    • Here’s something about Gang Lu’s flirtations with women.


      June 9, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      • Gang Lu could have been the 1st beta male rage prototype, and Asian to boot!


        June 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      • Well, we don’t have access to his letters, but apparently he was upset that someone else got a prestigious dissertation award, instead of sexual frustration.


        June 9, 2014 at 6:13 PM

  18. “That he is “calm and nice” fits in with the beta-male-rage profile. But this Vietnamese girl seems to like him too much for him to be an Omega loser. But maybe his rage came from being in the “amazing friend” zone all the time.”

    That interview with the girl was worthless. She looked and sounded like she was giving a student council speech. Who grins cutely when they’re talking about a shooter? She only worked with him for two or three months — not time to become “an amazing friend.”

    This is just standard, popular-person, positive-upbeat-bullshit talk. And of course she didn’t want to have sex with him. She just feels like she has to say nice things because he was nice to her, to the vague extent she probably remembers. It’s not socially acceptable for a woman to admit a man is gross. She has to say “great friend, great guy, just not my type,” or people will call her a bitch.

    Sheila Tone

    June 7, 2014 at 10:11 PM

  19. somewhat off topic but this deserves a wider circulation: a former top PR expert for Monsanto and WellPoint is now using her skills for Gun Control activism and she’s not only financed by billionaire Bloomberg she is also protected by armed bodyguards just like him:


    June 9, 2014 at 1:04 PM

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