Stereotyping is bad, mmkay?
So Halloween came and went. Fun times. My favorite day of the year. Invariably, some people decide to dress up as ‘nerds’, and invariably, they look something like this. Now if you want to blatantly stereotypical and rude, that’s your prerogative, but remember, we can play that game too. I’d say don’t get offended if we dress up as the vapid sorority girl (though that was, like, so last year) or the meathead football player with his 11th concussion, but chances are we won’t do those costumes or others like it. Two reasons why: 1. We’ve got something vastly more interesting to go as (and probably fairly elaborate as well). 2. We take our comfort in how much more money we’ll be making than you (y’all started the stereotype, I’m just running with it here).
But here’s the thing I really don’t understand, why does this stereotype exist. How many people do you know that you might call nerds or geeks? Probably quite a few. And when was the last time you seriously saw anyone with their glasses taped together or sporting a pocket protector or even a bow tie (with the notable exception of history teachers)? And this one I really don’t get, we’re associated with both retainers/braces and poor dental hygiene at the same time? Seriously, WTF? We come in all shapes and sizes, from all races and nationalities, and from all walks of life. If you still think the bygone image of the 1950’s nerd is accurate, please consult the picture below.
Make fun of D&D and Vin Diesel will kill you with his tea cup.
Posted on 11/03/2009, in Geekiness and tagged death by tea cup, dungeons and dragons, famous d&d players, nerd costume, nerd stereotype, stereotyping, traditional nerd. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.