>when people put this bullshit on your gender meta posts and expect me to take it seriously

Alpha hierarchy is based on outdated studies by Rudolph Schenkel from 1947 who studied a group of unrelated packs in captivity, not real wolves out in the wild, findings that were corroborated by other wildlife researchers who, hey! Also studied unrelated packs in captivity

It was popularized by a book by L. David Mech from 1970, from his study on wolves in Isle Royale National Park as part of his PhD study, though he has since renounced the idea of an “alpha wolf” with his 1999 study of actual wolves in the wild, in which case he found that in real packs, there are no inherent “dominant” or “submissive” wolves, as real wolf packs are not hierarchy-based but more like families, with two parents and their young

If I was going to have real-life pack mentality among werewolves it wouldn’t accurately be portrayed as a hierarchy-based “alpha” structure, it would be portrayed by either a typical nuclear family of werewolves or by a big polyamorous werewolf pile

Now, get your 1940s pseudoscience outta my gender meta