Megan Taylor

front-end dev, volunteacher, news & data junkie, bibliophile, Flyers fan, sci-fi geek and kitteh servant

Third time marks a trend

I’ve seen a lot of “Why Girls Should Date Geeks” posts…probably starting four years ago. That was mid-way through high school for me, so it could’ve been making the rounds longer without my knowledge.

It’s just made the rounds again, originating on Craigslist of all places, getting in on Digg and a few blogs.

But what is the trend here? The rise of geeks in the awareness of available women? The differences between geeks and greeks? The differences between men and women?

What about a list of what makes female geeks special?

  • Joe

    I think it’s rather presumptuous to imagine the naivety of an entire class of people who present themselves as ‘geeks’ to the common observer. I think many males and females discount the possibility that perhaps this posture is just as strategic as those assumed by those of all genders who can be described as slutty. Maybe these apparent ‘geeks’ don’t actually want to be engaged in interaction with most varieties of females. Maybe all the trite females who might actually give this a try will only succeed in annoying those who are attempting to bait a different species of suitor.

    As for the trend, I think counter-motions as an overclass that includes this variant on relationship selection are recurring in cultural context throughout recent history. The appeal of the unknown, the deviant, the exceptional, the common urge to strive for individuation. I don’t think the current itself expands, possibly only the dissemination of it through relatively recent forums like craigslist. I think diverse sexual interactions are and have been in existence, under the radar of most popular media. The image of the paradigm courtship in the human sexual prime is narrow and superficial. Not that most humans aren’t. But they’re narrow and superficial in different flavors. Counter-motions in mass electronic media, the so-called blogosphere or the wikiverse have finally been able to record and reproduce some of the history of non-popular sexuality. And yet it’s still popularity driven. Covert sexuality, antiglobal sexuality, what’s left of private sexuality is still untransmitted on a mass scale. And anymore it takes a conscious effort for a person who has a digital, virtual presence to keep their sexuality or any other aspect of themselves unglobal and antiglobal. The choice of what to blog is also the choice of what not to blog. Constructing an image for consumption that is a willing distortion. An effort to be misunderstood. We return to the ‘geek’ as a human taking on social camoflage, stalking the rarest of sexual prey, the other who is able to understand the depths of their camoflage and motives. An anti-mass liason, a lover who evades inscription, legibility, and intelligibility. A lover who refuses reduction, consumption, globalization of image.

  • Joe

    I think it’s rather presumptuous to imagine the naivety of an entire class of people who present themselves as ‘geeks’ to the common observer. I think many males and females discount the possibility that perhaps this posture is just as strategic as those assumed by those of all genders who can be described as slutty. Maybe these apparent ‘geeks’ don’t actually want to be engaged in interaction with most varieties of females. Maybe all the trite females who might actually give this a try will only succeed in annoying those who are attempting to bait a different species of suitor.

    As for the trend, I think counter-motions as an overclass that includes this variant on relationship selection are recurring in cultural context throughout recent history. The appeal of the unknown, the deviant, the exceptional, the common urge to strive for individuation. I don’t think the current itself expands, possibly only the dissemination of it through relatively recent forums like craigslist. I think diverse sexual interactions are and have been in existence, under the radar of most popular media. The image of the paradigm courtship in the human sexual prime is narrow and superficial. Not that most humans aren’t. But they’re narrow and superficial in different flavors. Counter-motions in mass electronic media, the so-called blogosphere or the wikiverse have finally been able to record and reproduce some of the history of non-popular sexuality. And yet it’s still popularity driven. Covert sexuality, antiglobal sexuality, what’s left of private sexuality is still untransmitted on a mass scale. And anymore it takes a conscious effort for a person who has a digital, virtual presence to keep their sexuality or any other aspect of themselves unglobal and antiglobal. The choice of what to blog is also the choice of what not to blog. Constructing an image for consumption that is a willing distortion. An effort to be misunderstood. We return to the ‘geek’ as a human taking on social camoflage, stalking the rarest of sexual prey, the other who is able to understand the depths of their camoflage and motives. An anti-mass liason, a lover who evades inscription, legibility, and intelligibility. A lover who refuses reduction, consumption, globalization of image.

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