| Misconception of Nerds and Masculinity|
Arthur Chu’s, Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds discusses many issues our society faces. Chu talks about the unrealistic expectations that television shows and movies give to those considered as ‘nerds’. The Big Bang Theory is one show used as an example. The show basically implies that nerds are always lusting over the hot popular girl, and the hot popular girl doesn’t notice them time after time. After continuous attempts to get the popular girl, she eventually gives in and falls in love with the nerd. While this seems like a romantic love story, it is not. It implies that if you keep trying the girl will eventually say yes. This gives false hope and belief that if you keep trying you will get what you want-making nerds feel entitled to get the hot popular girl. Chu talks about some repercussions of this, including a man who shot up a sorority house in Santa Barbara. The man posted a video online saying this was because he was denied sex. Chu also brings up one of the plots of Revenge of the Nerds. One of the characters, Lewis, puts on a darth vader mask to disguise himself as a jock so he can have sex with the jock’s girlfriend. While this may seem like a classic nerd fantasy, it is actually rape. The author argues that, “The overall problem is one of a culture where instead of seeing women as, you know, people, protagonists of their own stories just like we are of ours, men are taught that women are things to ‘earn,’ to ‘win.’ That if we try hard enough and persist long enough, we’ll get the girl in the end. Like life is a video game and women, like money and status, are just part of the reward we get for doing well” (Chu, 2017).
Arthur Chu also discusses another unfortunate situation. A man who killed six people and injured 13 in broad daylight. The killer left Youtube videos and a 140 page rant on why he did it, claiming a girl said ‘no’ to him. When the story hit the news people only discusses mental illness, and not misogyny. The problem is that we as a society are feeding into this. At what point do we put a stop to it? When will we open our eyes and see that this is rape culture and this is a problem? This article is extremely compelling. It is almost impossible to fix a problem if we cannot recognize it to begin with. This idea of, ‘boys will be boys’ is not helping us. It is making excuses for actions. It is only perpetuating this cycle of rape culture and it is ultimately putting us all at risk. Not just women, but all of us. Even if you are not a women yourself you are still effected by them weather you love one or were raised by one.
Chu, A. (2017, January 30). Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds. Retrieved May 10, 2017, from http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/27/your-princess-is-in-another-castle-misogyny-entitlement-and-nerds
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