Here in the Curmudgeon Offices, we are intelligent but not eggheaded. That doesn’t mean we aren’t impressed by eggheads, whether hard-boiled, poached, scrambled, or fried. And so it is that I admire the Nerd Girls. Both the real ones and the representative ones – like the one in the picture above – who is probably only dressed up like a nerd girl because it turns us on. Us being men. Wherever there is a major development in women’s culture, particularly their style of dress or looks, you can bet the exploiters are not far behind.
But Nerd Girls are real. No longer willing to become pseudo-men in order to compete in the traditionally male fields of science and technology, the new nerd girl not only wears her smarts proudly, but shouts from atop her neutron generator, “I am woman and I am sexy.” That translates to “sexy woman” and that is A-OK with me. Throw in a brain and it’s the delicious icing on a luxurious cake.
They also offer encouragement and support to girls throughout the world to study science and technology in school, since a gifted woman can be as good (or better) as anyone. It doesn’t hurt their popularity that Nerd Girls have entered the mainstream culture. Think Tina Fey. And they are organized. The organization Nerd Girls was founded in 2000 by a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Tufts University, Dr. Karen Panetta, who partnered with two female documentarians to expand the Nerd Girls media presence and global expansion.
In addition, their website is an international community supporting the Nerd Girls agenda with forums, mentorship, networking, and a host of other services to help the girls themselves or their parents, young professionals, and anyone else who wish to inspire their budding Nerd Girl.
Perhaps most refreshingly, they shunt aside any criticism that photos of the Nerd Girls looking attractive and, yes, even sexy in high heels and makeup undoes decades of feminism. Aww, give me a break. That kind of feminism went out a long time ago. The Nerd Girls website concurs, “No. Just the opposite. The most damaging thing for women is to compartmentalize and limit themselves. We are by nature complex and, after decades of trying to be more “male,” the new generation of women is comfortable in embracing all aspects of who they are and celebrating it. Just as feminists did in the 1960s, we feel it is healthy to explore new sociological models, debunk stereotypes and continue to expand our horizons as a society.” You’ll even see the motto on tee shirts, “Talk Nerdy to me.”
I am asked if my interest in Nerd Girls is really an altruistic one, or is it simply because I am a pervert. I can answer that with a most definite…yes and no. Truth is, I consider it my job to keep abreast of new fads as they affect culture and/or the Internet. I have found that if you find out what the girls are up to, you will also find out what the boys are up to, and this in turn can give you some insight into where we, as a society, are headed. Plus, I am a pervert, and I enjoy looking at pictures of pretty girls in various stages of undress. Of course, this is not really a perversion, but simply the common interest of a healthy male.
So are these pictures of real Nerd Girls? Mmm…Probably not. But the United States is far behind the Japanese in objectifying the sexy Nerd Girl image. Consider anime. Those cartoons are chock full of Nerd Girl imagery, and the Nerd Girl and Japanese sensibilities fit together like, well, like a man and woman fit together. These girls just happen to be wearing glasses, and they are as sexy as all get out. I don’t have a problem with that. Do you?
So the next time you see an attractive female wearing spectacles, remember she is not a 4 eyes. She is 4 intelligence. She is 4 sensuality. She is 4 me.