There is indeed a close interrelation between the predominant Western conception of manhood and that of racial (and species) domination. 'The notion, originally from myth and fable, is that the summit of masculinity—the "white hero"—achieves his manhood, first and foremost, by winning victory over the "dark beast" (or over the barbarian beasts of other—in some sense, "darker"—races, nations and social castes).