Thursday, November 14, 2013

Rhett Butler – The Original Alpha Male

A few weeks ago I watched “Gone with the Wind”. It was by no means the first time I’d watched the 1939 classic, but this time something occurred to me. Rhett Butler, with all his swagger and charm, was indeed the original “alpha” leading man.

Think about it…

Long before Christian Grey pledged $100,000 for a dance with Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades, Rhett Butler offered $150 in gold for a spin around the floor with the recently widowed Scarlett O’Hara.

Long before Bennett Ryan tore Chloe Mill’s panties off in a conference room in Beautiful Bastard, Rhett Butler gazed at Scarlett as if he knew what she looked like “without her shimmy”. 

And long before Gideon Cross carried Eva Tramell across his office in Bared to You, Rhett Butler swept Scarlett up a wide staircase.

Rhett, like his fellow alphas, is a born leader, a man who stands out from the crowd. He is driven and yet always composed. He knows failure is only a minor setback and that in every problem therein lies an opportunity, he just has to find it. He dresses well, is physically fit and captures the attention of nearly every woman he meets. He is worldly and knowing, radiating a confidence even the willful Scarlett is unable to resist. But can you blame her? After all, what woman wouldn't feel a bit weak in the knees if a man took her in his arms and whispered…

“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” 

Oh fiddle dee dee… pass me one of those fans, Scarlett…I do believe I might faint.

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