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Are 'geek' and 'nerd' now positive terms?
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I never message guys online whose profiles say they aren't into older guys. This seemingly ubiquitous statement began to lose any meaning when I turned 25 and started receiving messages from year-old guys whose profiles unironically declared they were looking for a daddy. I started going to gay bars when I was Tired of being the punchline of my hetero peers' jokes, I desperately searched for a community to call my own. I was rebellious, angsty, but also damned crafty: I forged a fake membership card to the local disco by scanning my provisional driver's license, editing the birth date, and laminating the edited print-out opposite a downloaded JPEG of the club's logo from the their website. Nerds, FTW. Having begun my training so young, by the time I was actually legally able to drink I had cultivated quite the twink aesthetic.
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This is the type of guy who would choose a gym date over a date with her. A woman, however, is over dating bad boys and instead wants to date someone with whom she can have an intelligent conversation. Geeks, dorks and nerds also tend to be passionate in their life pursuits.
Campaigners in Sweden are trying to force a dictionary to change its definition of "nerd". But after two decades of "reappropriation" has "nerd" - and its sister word "geek" - now completely lost its derogatory connotations? In the film Revenge of the Nerds the rousing final speech of one of the protagonists starts with the statement: "I'm a nerd. Its plot may be cartoonish but the film reveals a certain cultural backdrop - to be a nerd was to be socially awkward, even socially inferior.