So I've been reading fanfiction basically for four years now, and got into writing a year or so later. Now why I said it? Because just around that time, a new trope was introduced into fanfiction: Alpha/Beta/Omega dynamics. Now because some aspects of it make me feel uncomfortable, I made this post to show what are the rules for all my 'Omegaverse writings.
The original prompt came from a late-2010 Supernatural Kink Meme prompt:
“There are three types of men, alpha males, beta males and omega males. Alpha males are like any ordinary guy with the exception of their cocks, they work just like canines (the knot, tons of cum, strong breeders, etc). The beta male, is an ordinary guy without the special cock. Omega males are capable of child bearing and are often called bitch males.”
Okay, to sum it up, let's start with (re)defining the trope.
On top of the hierarchy, we have the Alphas. Now as said above, Alpha males are the special kind on top of the hierarchy. Basically, they have the special penis with a knot, based on the canid animals' bulbus clandis erectile tissue – a dog's cock is locked inside it's mating partner's vagina for some time to ensure a successful mating.
Alpha females are born with penises in place of clitoris and urethra, and they are not very fertile. Basically, their penises are half the length of Alpha males' penises, and they also have a knot. Well, as I'm not into hermaphrodites, the thing of a woman with a cock just turns me off. Not to mention that they're able to impregnate Beta females and Omegas. Now the thought or a woman impregnating a man is not only so conflicting with the laws of nature, but also purely disgusting in my opinion. *shoots self* Though the Alpha females can get pregnant themselves (by Beta or Omega males), it is highly unlikely.
A Beta male is just your average Joe: he doesn't have a knot on his cock, and can't get pregnant.
Likewise, a Beta female is your average Jane: she doesn't have a cock, and isn't hyper-fertile.
And now we come to the one that also causes me the problems: the Omegas.
It may be because I'm a guy that I hate Mpreg, which distinguishes Omega males from Alphas and Betas. Or maybe that I'm a realism lover – in RL men don't have the capabilities of bearing a child, and even in FF the thought of a man having internal female reproductive organs just disgusts me. Plus, even if possible, it would still be very unhealthy and unsafe for a man to give birth through the anus. While Omega males can also be fathers, it's a very rare case, as they're more seen as “mothers” in this trope. Although, to be honest, an Omega male really is kind of a woman in a man's body. And I believe that this trope was just created to rationalize Mpreg. Add to the fact that Omegas are almost always the “bottom” ones. Also the fact that Omega males are for some reason written to have small penises (around the size of Alpha females), is disgustingly misandristic IMO. Though as said, they can still impregnate Alpha or Beta females in rare instances.
But I feel kinda disgusted that for all the A/B/O fics, most of the Omegas are male. I especially hate Omega!Brian from Fast and the Furious fandom, as much as Brian/Monica pairing. Yuck!
Well, at least I don't read Teen Wolf and Supernatural fandoms, which seem to be the most popular fandoms for A/B/O.
However, I have no problems with Omega females. They're basically just like normal females, with the exception of being hyper-fertile, usually giving birth to two or more at the time. Now you might want to shoot me for possible misogynist language, but well, a woman is made by the nature to bear and to give birth to a child, while a man isn't. Possibly the reason why I hate Mpreg.
Practically, the Alphas and Omegas are mostly portrayed as being rare. I have no problems with that, and I can have it carried over to my personal 'Omegaverses the way I'd want it:
Alpha males – 7%; Beta males – 93%; Omega males – 0%
Alpha females – 0%; Beta females – 96.5%; Omega females – 3.5%
While I can't really redefine the trope at full, I can still add another rule for my 'Omegaverses: Alpha females and Omega males are non-existent.
- I'm listenin':Kiss - Strutter