Alpha Bait

I just submitted a comment to CH’s “Great Scenes Of Game In The Movies: Cockytail” dated 07 May 2015 that may or may not go through. Not sure if I should link to it for your convenience or avoid the pingback that will resemble the situation of pathetic parasitic oneupmanship marketing. I decided not (

The commentary makes a good post, at least to inspire independent thought, so here’s the clip from that post followed by my commentary plus the usual tag line.

Admittedly didn’t see movie, but the clip looks more like Hollywood Cougar Trope to me. Older woman demands to be regarded as a high status sex object. Younger man and friends are full-grown adolescents who only care about sex and bathroom humor. Bartenders don’t huddle with friends when paying customers are herding. They do ‘open’ customers with superficial sweet talk, as shown.

She escalated in nuclear way to bait him in not weed him out. We could call it alpha bait. Broken women like to frustrate a man into making a physical confrontation (heated connection with guy asserting authority), which she then frames as the initial conquest of love with kissy face. It would not work with the bar between them, but a broken women might be able to draw him out. They will not stop if they are doing it for real. But should we presume realism?

I don’t think the writers of the script knew anything about evo psychology, or happened to nail the shit test behavior. Yes, the Cruise character politely holds frame and then chucks the lighter at her. To me that was uncalibrated: too soft then too hard. I know…push-pull, hot/cold. Looked awkward to me. He could have taken her hand in his, looked her in the eyes without flinching and used some mental finesse like, “Did you get potty mouth from your mother or just the attractive body?” Instead, the character deescalates the sexual tension by removing consideration of her sexuality altogether rather than raising his value. She was hitting on him; she made first definitive move! Demonstrated was as much feminist fantasy as realism, IMO. Not close to a textbook example, but blog fans will cast it that way on cue.

—‘Reality’ Doug, 07 May 2015


About ‘Reality’ Doug

I'm feed up with herd people, so civil and uncivilized, these feckless barbarians with manicures. Where is Galt's Gulch? and where are the people to go there? Who am I? Who is John Galt?
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