Zero in the heterosexual market encompasses much more than the Omegas, but generally that is what one thinks of when at that lowest of numbers. Instead any man who is not actively involved with women romantically, sexually, or in pursuit of a relationship is a zero as well.
The first subset who score at zero heterosexual sexual market value (SMV) are zero not by choice. This group consists of Omegas who are social outcasts for whatever reason. The lone weirdo comes to mind but also encompasses those with severe physical or mental handicaps. The second subset is homosexual men who of course do not participate in the heterosexual market.
The second set which is where this post focuses: men who are Zeros by Choice (ZBC). This group is actually quite large, but very fluid in nature as there are many temporary members.
RebellionThe ZBC subset who rebel against the market are made of up men who are frustrated, bored, angry, or disappointed. Some examples:
- A man who recently divorced or had a hard breakup and swears off women for a while
- Japanese herbivores
- Western MGTOW supporters who explicitly support the movement
- Frustrated men who give up but have no affiliation with any movement
- Men who are bored with the women around him and take a break
They key distinctions for this group are they get out of the market for negative reasons rather than positive ones and they chose to leave without being forced out. Sometimes this is a permanent move, but most of the time it is temporary and they decide to re-enter it at some point.
Higher CallingThe other ZBC subset is men who find a greater purpose in life which completely consumes them, sometimes for a lifetime. Examples:
- Religious callings like celibate priests or monks
- Career focus
- Personal introspection and improvement (typically temporary)
Rather than being angry, frustrated, or bored this group finds that something else replaces the need for female companionship and becomes their focus. Outside of religious vows this is almost always temporary except perhaps in workaholics whose dedication to their life’s passion simply pushes away any women unintentionally.
A good example is JJ Watt who intentionally didn’t have a girlfriend and hinted he wasn’t even dating for the first year or two of his career. Football completely consumed him and he didn’t want the distraction. As odd as it may seem, at that time a Gamma who ranks a two had a higher SMV because the Gamma was participating and not sitting it out. You have to be in the game to have a rank, or otherwise you default to zero.
Joe Montana is not a NFL QuarterbackJoe Montana is one of the greatest football players of all time, a hall of famer, and arguably even the greatest NFL QB of all time, but he’s not an NFL quarterback as he’s not currently playing in the league. He has no current contract or team and he will produce no stats for 2016 because he’s not playing. It’s a tautology, but players are people who play. If your rank is zero in the market place you are no longer playing. Perhaps you once were the Joe Montana of the sexual market and have more notches on the bedpost than anyone, but if you choose not to participate anymore you are a zero. Being in a monogamous relationship with a woman is participating, it’s not just about numbers.
The ImportanceThe most important aspect of game is honesty. You simply cannot improve your game if you are not honest about where you currently sit in the market. “I could have banged 10 chicks last year, if I wanted to.” May be true however unlikely, but if you turned down every opportunity and aren’t playing anymore you certainly aren’t an Alpha. “I used to date a lot of women, but now I don’t. I’m a Beta.” Nope. You aren’t a Beta, you are a ZBC. Even if you aren’t looking to improve your game and are happily ZBC don’t lie to yourself.
ZBC Can ContributeA Catholic priest probably can’t help you much when it comes to meeting girls at a club, but they can give good marriage advice. If you are a former player who is now sitting it out then you can still help those who are playing. Maybe some guys can learn from your mistakes or success so it’s not like you have nothing to say, just don’t say you are something you are not.