This warms the cockles of my dark heart.

One of the first things I check when I get up on Monday morning is Ace’s Sunday morning book thread. I get all sorts of great recommendations from it and my “still to read” pile on my desk looks like an unstable office tower as a result. Ace almost went off the reservation a month ago when he threatened to mentally implode over the Trumpening, but he seems to have recovered and is close to being back at his very best.

Anyhoo, in his most recent book thread write-up he posted details of a Penguin publishing competition to find new diverse authors, (where have we heard that before – Ed), who write for the young adult market. The prize is a publishing contract and all the usual goodies that make would-be writers willing to sell their souls to pagan cannibals just for the chance of having a sniff at the win.

However, it is the competition details that caught Ace’s eye, and thus my own:

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Alpha Males are not brutes.

The examination of men and the term alpha male is increasing every day in mainstream media and around the internet. And with this attention comes a common set of misconceptions. The biggest of which is that an alpha male is a brute. A man dragging a woman along by the hair whilst dealing out violence to other men who stand in his way. A bully. Someone who uses his fists at the earliest opportunity.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

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