This is interesting. Take your time to read it, because it's clever, and it deserves to be read even if it makes me angry. This entire entry is about it anyway, so if you don't read it then you're not going to understand. Renal Failure found it, and then I got angry about it. This is because I get wantonly angry about things even when they're intended to be lighthearted and funny.
Here's why the article pisses me off: It's followed by a whole slop of "Amen, sister!" and "OMG you are so right" and I just couldn't help thinking about how totally fucking wrong some of it was.
You would think (you would be wrong, but you would think it) that I would highly approve of a blog entry regarding the rules of how to woo nerdy girls, written from the perspective of a nerdy girl that wants to be appropriately wooed, being that I am one. But firstly, this doesn't help me. Secondly, I don't like rules. Thirdly, I highly resent the Cool Nerd movement, and this is a direct result of it. Half the fun of being a nerd, I think, is that I'm into shit that annoys everyone else, so I keep it cloak-and-dagger. It's like having a secret identity. Makes me feel like a superhero.
The elements of shame in the face of evaluation, elitism partnered with a consumptive self-doubt and hustling up confidence despite obvious social ineptitude are integral to Nerdism.
Right? Or is that just a Human thing?
There is no mention of how nerdy girls think, just that they do, in fact, think. But remember this, men courting nerdy girls: do not say asinine things like "you're pretty cool for a girl" or something equally douchebaggy, because that will just piss her off. It's not a compliment at all, because it's really your backass way of saying that girls are lesser than you, and she'll know you're a sexist and an asshole. Seriously, what kind of people raised you, you misogynistic dipshit? You should be ashamed of yourself. Watch your language.
Also, as much as I love 30Rock, because it's the first show I've ever seen where I identified with a character, don't tell nerdy girls they're like Liz Lemon. Nerdy girls are different - they want to be undefinable, they don't want to fit into a mold. They want to be accepted for the person they've chosen to become. It's likely that in the past they weren't, and they're not fucking changing for shit. Not for anyone.
Example: I am obsessed with the fact that no one can name an actress that could play me in a movie. It's fucking awesome. Then again, that could just be because I'm not thin, and what actresses out there are my size? Christina Hendricks? I flatter myself. I'm not like Kelly Osborne or anything, but I sure ain't a skinny bitch. And we know Hendricks can be bad ass because of Firefly, but can she be bad ass without all of the sexual overtones? And can she be funny?
I think I can be funny.
In the end, I think what pissed me off most about the list was that I didn't necessarily agree with the examples. Dropping the TS Elliot? Really? That's not nerdy. That's classy. Nerdy would be dropping Tamora Pierce (because - she writes young adult fantasy books about magic that are superpopular amongst sad, lonely teenage girls who wish they were feisty and special. Also, very little actual literary value. Damn I loved those books in high school).
But I gotta admit, I did agree with number six. Uninteresting people just aren't worth knowing at all. Don't forget though, "uninteresting" is a state of mind, not action. Go ahead and do boring things, just don't think boring thoughts.
I agree with number seven, but again, not the examples. And of course I agree with number eleven, but zombies are old hat. Everyone worth knowing either (1) read the Zombie Survival Guide years ago or (2) instinctively knows what it takes to be a survivor because of (a) intrinsic awesomosity or (b) excessive movie watching.
Maybe what pissed me off was the fact that I've always considered myself a nerd, and I don't fit the proposed stereotype. I don't play video games and do conventions and collect things, but that's more because I just don't pay attention to stuff, which stems from a desire to remain as unaffected as I can by marketing and tabloids. Which, by the way, totally doesn't work. Even if you focus on tuning it out, it's far too important to ignore things like that from an analytical cultural perspective, so I have to try to stay detached. Granted, I do detachment very well. I mean, I found out Ted Kennedy died about five minutes ago. This is how far out of the loop I am. Miles from the loop, in fact. Or kilometers, if you're unAmerican, you fucking Tory*.
You know what I love? Arguing about things.
* Don't tread on me.