Why is that? Dowd offers some suggestions:
Could it be that alpha men do not want to share their alpha zone with alpha women?
Could it be that they don't want women to challenge them, question them or, heaven forbid, outmaneuver them?
Could it be that they prefer the less competitive and more appreciative company of beta, gamma and va- voom girls?
Or, could it be that the adult world (both men and women) value gamma people skills, people "who care more about what they do than how they appear."?
And why is this a bad thing? It seems like the alpha-girl culture in schools leads to a lot of bullying, depression, conspicuous consumption, eating disorders, and school shootings. It seems like we should be concentrating on breaking the alpha-girl culture in schools rather than trying to promote it in the world of grown-ups.
You wonder how Dowd would react if Laura Bush or Condi Rice were a catty alph-girl type, criticizing reporters for their wardrobes, and making fun of, say Janet Reno, for her appearance. Kinda doubt she'd like it too much, and be lambasting the Bush administration for their "sttyle over substance" brand of leadership, as evidenced by this behavior.
You really think Paul Wolfowitz was the most popular guy in his high school? Bill Gates? Jack Welch? Dick Cheney? Donald Rumsfeld? Most of the alpha characters , male and female, reach their peak in high school. Somehow, Dowd managed to avoid that fate.