[January 20, 2023] Dr. Jordan Peterson recently gave a short talk on a book called A Billion Wicked Thoughts (2012), written by a bunch of engineers at Google, and his ideas were fascinating. As he tells the story, these engineers looked at billions of Google searches. And, of course, there is no shortage of pornography on the Internet.
Dr. Peterson notes that pornography is one of the things that drove the development of the Internet (which I did not know) from the propensity of young men to search out sexually provocative images. These men were motivated for that purpose, and the Net provided the platform from which it emerged.
In their analysis, Google engineers separated male searches from female searches. They found that males searched out images; there was no surprise there and nothing interesting. But the females searched out literary representations of pornography; they searched for sexual material in writing.
These engineers did a plot analysis of the typical pornographic female fantasy. They discovered the basic plot of the female pornographic literary product. And it goes something like this, “An innocent, well-meaning and attractive young woman encounters a male who’s a bit of a monster.”
There are five types of classic male monsters. Vampires. Werewolf. Billionaire. Pirate. And surgeon. In these five, it is easy to see the dominance hierarchy expression. There is this desire for real aggression.
The basic plot is that the woman encounters this mysterious and aggressive male and tames him. That’s the female hero myth. It’s the story of Beauty and the Beast. Of course, there is no fun for women in taming a man who’s already tame. Who would want someone who is tame? And when bad times arrive, a tame man is of no use whatsoever.
Male aggression is absolutely vital when the threat arrives and stares at you. And women know this.
What happens in these literary texts is that the females look for the female hero who seduces and tames the aggressive male. To help substantiate this, look to the most popular television series, and we will consistently find these male monsters on display.
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