I think my biggest huh moment with respect to gender roles is when it was pointed out to me that your typical geek is just as hypermasculine as your typical jock when you look at it from the right angle As male geeks a great deal of our identity is built on the notion that male geeks are in some sense gender-nonconformant insofar as we're unwilling or unable to live up to certain physical ideals about what a man should be Indeed many of us take pride in how putatively unmanly we are Viewed from an historical perspective however the virtues of the ideal geek are essentially those of the ideal aristocrat a cultured polymath with expertise in a vast array of subjects rarefied or eccentric taste in food clothing music etc identity politics that revolve around one's hobbies or pastimes open disdain for physical labour and those who perform it a sense of natural entitlement to positions of authority you should be flipping my burgersand so forth And the thing about that aristocratic ideal? It's intensely masculine It may seem more welcoming to women on the surface but - as recent events will readily illustrate - this is a facade we pretend to be egalitarian because it suits our refined self-image but that affectation falls away in a heartbeat when challenged Basically the whole geeks versus jocks thing that gets drilled into us by media and the educational system isn't about degrees of masculinity at all It's just two different flavours of the same toxic bullshit the ideal geek is the alpha-male-as-philosopher-king as opposed to the ideal jock's alpha-male-as-warrior-king It's still a big dick-measuring contest we're just using different rulers I think my biggest huh moment with respect to gender roles is when it was pointed out to me that your typical geek is just as hypermasculine as your typical jock when you look at it from the right angle As male geeks a great deal of our identity is built on the notion that male geeks are in some sense gender non-conformant insofar as we're unwilling or unable to live up to certain physical ideals about what a man should be Indeed many of us take pride in how putatively unmanly we are All you posting about What big game Viewed from a historical perspective however the virtues of the ideal geek are essentially those of the ideal aristocrat a cultured polymath with expertise in a vast array of subjects rarefied or eccentric taste in food clothing music etc identity politics that revolve around one's hobbies or pastimes open disdain for physical labor and those who perform it a sense of natural entitlement to positions of authority and so forth Basically the whole geeks versus jocks think that gets drilled into us by media and the educational system isn't about degrees of masculinity at all It's just two different flavors of the same toxic bullshit the ideal geek is the alpha male as philosopher king as opposed to the ideal jock's alpha male as warrior king It's still a big ego-measuring contest - we're just using different rulers Diesel Meme

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