Alpha body language.

14 Nov

I’m a big fan of the Just Dance games, and when I saw these two dances from the most recent edition, it struck me that they are pretty good examples of what is and what isn’t alpha body language.  Both dancers are very good (and the routines are exhausting just watching them), but one displays a lot of swagger, and the other one…doesn’t.  (Not that the songs themselves aren’t really obvious giveaways.)

 

 

The costume choices and background settings also highlight the differences.  “Pump It” guy is wearing a vest that conjures military uniform associations (masculine!) while Scissor Sisters guy is wearing sparkling pants and a cropped, fur-trimmed jacket.  “Pump It” guy’s background setting is stark and bold and has magenta rock formations bursting out of the ground, while Scissor Sisters guy is dancing in front of a cute igloo (that transforms into a glittering disco ball) while it is snowing (and has a cartoon penguin pop out of the ice occasionally – there are igloos in Antarctica?!).

It’s worth noting that in the comments of various uploads of these dances that “Pump It” guy is considered very attractive by female commenters, whereas Scissor Sisters guy’s maleness is sometimes questioned.

Of course, all this is about a cartoony game where everyone is dressed in neon.

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21 Responses to “Alpha body language.”

  1. Toz November 14, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    I’d be very surprised if the second guy isn’t gay.

  2. Herbie November 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    I agree with Toz. The second guy seems to be a little too in touch with his feminine side.

    On a somewhat different note, disco is NOT dead.

  3. y81 November 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    However, it’s also worth noting that effeminate dancing guys (e.g., David Bowie, Mick Jagger) don’t necessarily lack for female companionship. Mutabile semper est femina.

  4. Herbie November 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    y81,

    Though Bowie and Jagger probably seldom lacked female companionship, this may be attributed more to the fact that they are world famous than to their effeminate dancing ways. That said, you make a valid point. It never hurts to have the “moves like Jagger.”

  5. modernguy November 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Stephen Hawking is world famous too. Not exactly swimming in it. Women are like lemmings.

  6. ASDF November 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    David Bowie admitted to being bisexual, and there were rumours (and not just the Richard Gere hamster kind) about Mick Jagger. So even though they were swimming in it, they are not necessarily the best example of non-gay, gay-looking dancers.

  7. Herbie November 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    “and not just the Richard Gere hamster kind”

    A hamster? I thought it was just a Gerbil.

  8. ASDF November 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    A hamster? I thought it was just a Gerbil.

    You’re right. I realised that after I wrote it.

    As far as the two dancers go, I was going to make a joke that they’re both homos because they are playing a dancing videogame, but after watching the videos, holy crap is that second guy gay!

  9. Aunt Haley November 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    A hamster? I thought it was just a Gerbil.

    Well, hamsters are the preferred rodent around these parts. ;)

    ASDF–
    holy crap is that second guy gay!

    At least you’re acknowledging he’s a dude!

  10. Herbie November 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    “…but after watching the videos, holy crap is that second guy gay!”

    Possibly, but he can still dance; and if I know anything about women its that they tend to like a guy who can dance. Its the whole mating thing and whatnot.

  11. The confidence guru November 15, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    the videos have been blocked, please do something!

  12. jack November 15, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    Roissy had several good posts on alpha body language.

  13. Aunt Haley November 15, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Herbie–
    Possibly, but he can still dance; and if I know anything about women its that they tend to like a guy who can dance. Its the whole mating thing and whatnot.

    True story. If guy #2 liked women, he could get so many more with that dance than guy #1 could get with his. Contrast game to the extreme.

  14. laceagate November 18, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    I laughed hysterically at the Scissor Sisters dance. The idea that a guy would dance to that sends me rolling. Maybe someone paid him a lot of money. A LOT.

  15. Herbie November 19, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    @laceagate,

    Nah. I think he was really enjoying himself.

  16. Aunt Haley November 19, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    laceagate–
    The Just Dance games are essentially party games. If we had a real-life Haley’s Halo party, I’d pay good money (okay, like maybe a dollar) to see our male regulars shimmy to Scissor Sisters. Alpha contrast game time!

  17. y81 November 21, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    Mmm, Haley, I’m sure your male commenters will shimmy for you without any hope of *financial* compensation.

  18. Aunt Haley November 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    y81–
    Are you including yourself in that mix?

  19. Jesus November 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    the “masculine” dancer keeps his feet apart most of the time, moves his hips very little and relies on shoulder movements.

    the “femenine” dancer keeps his feet together most of the time, moves his hips a lot and barely does any shoulder moves.

    Check the videos out again and you’ll notice.

  20. Jesus November 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    and try this in front of a mirror: first move only your shoulder up and down, so when you bring the left shoulder up, the right shoulder comes down.

    Then move your hip up and down, and move your shoulders as an extension of that movement.

    I promise you’ll feel gay doing the second one.

  21. Rodney January 9, 2012 at 4:41 am #

    I’m surprised that people think the 2nd one is a guy. OK the body is male (male hip to waist ratio etc) but the motion capture for the character had to be female. No way is that male, not even a gay male, thats full on female. Men even beta men, even gay beta men cannot move like that.

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