Pop-Culture | Posted by CClio333 on 04/2/2011

Saturday Vids: Nerdy Girls Need Love Too

In the spirit of the Team Unicorn debate, here’s a great example of a woman refusing to apologize for her nerdiness!

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  • Quinc @ at 6:18 pm, April 2nd, 2011

    While my mother and her friends are proof that female nerds of long existed, it seems only recently has the idea been popularized, though even now they’re often joked about as being rare, ultra-desirable to male nerd (if also conventionally hot), or the only one at a Sci-Fi convention who can get laid.

    Often “nerd” and “geek” are synonymous with a particular sort of failed masculinity. A young man who might be intelligent, but lacks any sort of sexual or physical/athletic prowess. Unable to dominate anything (unless within the realm of certain academic subjects).

    A lot of movies cast nerds as the lovable under dog, up against the hyper-masculine bullies, proving that brains are better than brawn in the end. Though such movies seem to be just two competing versions of masculinity, and the winner gets the girl (and there’s only one girl to go around apparently).

    I’ve heard that smart women are often unfairly seen as asexual or unattractive, but personally always felt attracted to intelligence.

    I had to pause the video and giggle for a minute after each “…sonic screw…driver”. I prefer this depiction of female sexuality over the one in the Team Unicorn video, i.e. writhing with various objects from out from one’s boobs. Interestingly, the Sonic Screw driver is infamous being almost too useful, it’s function seems to morph to fit the plot, to be whatever the doctor needs right at that moment. No wonder she wants one.

  • Steph L @ at 5:23 am, April 3rd, 2011

    I have to be honest, I don’t really like it. It’s not particularly funny, and if a guy said to me “I value your intelligence, but what I want is sonic screw” I’d be pretty hacked off, even if he finished it with the “driver” joke. The way to redress double standards is not to make our own.

  • Becky @ at 6:34 am, April 3rd, 2011

    I consider myself to be a nerd… not in the sense that I am fantastic at science and math, but I am a total history geek.
    Once I went to this leadership conference for teens my age, and we all had to take a personality quiz that put us into 4 different colors. I ended up as green, or “values itelligence”. When I arrived at the group, I was the only girl there. Though I expected to be left out of the conversation, my fellow male nerds were incredibly welcoming. One said, “Let’s not ostracize the female!” The let me speak and did not throw down everything that I said. I felt respect, and it was awesome.
    My one question is “What defines a nerd?”
    I am not a big gamer/ computer science geek, but I do things like watch the news, reach articles online about science (basically learning outside of school). My friend considers me a nerd, but what divides intelligent people from nerds?

  • Peggy @ at 7:49 pm, April 4th, 2011

    Oh goodness, I’m a nerd. <3

  • allie @ at 4:05 pm, April 11th, 2011

    of course skinny pretty nerds can get a guy, but what about nerd girls that are not. i can’t get nerd loving even from nerd guys, and that makes me sad!:(

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