A Billion Wicked Thoughts

By | January 20, 2023

[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.

You can find a PDF version of the book at this link (click here).


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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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22 thoughts on “A Billion Wicked Thoughts

  1. Claudia M

    Gen. Satterfield, I’m kind of new to your forums but have been a regular reader for several months now, and I just wanted to say thanks for helping me understand people better and point me in the right direction. Your book “55 Rules for a new life” has made a big big difference in how I handle my life and that of my family. I also branched out and began helping as a volunteer with several community events we have each year. I’m now gaining friends, developing a new social network, and improving my people skills on top of it. No downsides so far. Thanks again for what you do. Keep up the great works.

    1. JT Patterson

      Welcome Claudia. You will find the forums a great place to exchange ideas.

  2. Willie Strumburger

    Gen. Satterfield, I really enjoyed today’s article. Shows what can happen when people get together to study something that is unusual.

  3. Pen Q

    I laughed out loud when I read this, “There are five types of classic male monsters. Vampires. Werewolf. Billionaire. Pirate. And surgeon. ” Can’t you see all the books and tv shows that capture these five categories? Holy Cra$ola. Gen. Satterfield nailed it.

    1. Julia

      I could be here all day listing the movies, shows, books, magazines, and periodicals that have one of these five as the big focus of the story. And who are the main readers? Women, esp. young women reading sexy books and watching sexy films. You would think it would be men, but no …. it’s women.

  4. osmodsann

    Wow, I never heard of this book before. I’ll start reading the PDF version tonight when I get home. Oh, this book should be a real eye opener into the distorted world of young men. I will add, and others have noted it too, but the value of Gen. Satterfield’s articles have improved over the past few months. But also the entertainment value is improving too. Okay to write a good article but best to make it funny too.

  5. Janna Faulkner

    What I’m liking more about Gen. Satterfield’s blog – besides his book “55 Rules for a Good Life” – is his ability to draw in the role of women. Most ignore us. He gives advice to men but also includes women as part of his discussions and ideas. He also acknowledges we are movitivated by different proclivities.

    1. KenFBrown

      Well said, Janna. That is what gives this leadership blog (actually a better-person blog) its real punch. Just my thinking here. And is also why I’m such a huge fan. I also will note that many here have their own followings inside their own viewership.

      1. Bryan Z. Lee

        Hi Ken, not sure exactly what you mean but I believe there are many here that are regular readers and fans of Gen. Satterfield. And on top of that some of us print out his articles and post on bulletin boards at work.

  6. Stacey Borden

    POW …. “Male aggression is absolutely vital when the threat arrives and stares at you. And women know this.” – Gen. Satterfield, quote of the day.

    1. Lynn Pitts

      Jasmine, that’s for sure. And also why staying on top of what your teenagers are doing should be in the forefront of your mind (your kids, or siblings). If you don’t provide some modicum of values, social skills, and moral guidance, then these young will drift into the world where they can be captured by ideas and things that will destroy them.

      1. Frank Graham

        I do believe Gen. Satterfield has a lot to say about young men. Having myself been in the military, mostly men, you will eventually learn much about how we operate and those things that work and those that don’t.👀😎


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