so today at work I cleaned this old man’s golf clubs and I thought he was getting his wallet out of his bag but instead he pulls out this giant plastic target bag of yellow plums. he tipped us in yellow plums. he told us not to tell anyone we had these and I looked them up because they were so good and these plums are illegal in the US. I got tipped in illegally imported plums.
I don’t know if it’s anti-intellectual, but I do think it literally is exactly the same thing as making fun of unattractive nerds in high school, but prettied up so it can be considered acceptable to keep bashing unattractive people now that being geeky is actually becoming more acceptable so you can’t get away with picking on unattractive people any more just for that alone.
I think it fuels the whole “fake geek girl” debate as well; basically there’s a bunch of girls who want in on the new trendy geek stuff but don’t want to have to actually interact with the actual geeks they still find grody, so quick, find some excuse to force them to have to let you take over their cultural spaces while not having to deign to actually try being genuine friends (or at least co-community dwellers) with them. If you completely tear apart their communities in the process by convincing enough geeks to buy your rhetoric and turn on their friends, all the better. ***
I personally have met some “neckbeards” both in real life and online, and been friends with a number of them, and you know what? All of them, to a t, were legitimately decent guys who had no issues with women.
Meanwhile, you know who were the ones who perpetrated things like Steubenville? The attractive, cleancut guys who sport neither fedora nor neckbeard. The ones who, you know, are actually attractive and popular enough to get away with hating women openly.
Fedora/neckbeard hate isn’t actually about fighting sexism. It’s just the same old shaming people for being unattractive or socially outcast wrapped up in a gilded bow to be more acceptable. I’m ashamed for humanity that said gilded bow is actually successfully fooling people.
*** Seriously, so far I’ve recently lost at least two friends I used to get along great with for years because they couldn’t handle that they’ve bought into feminist rhetoric and I didn’t, and geek communities in general have become a minefield where everything and everyone is offensive and everyone’s pointing fingers at each other all day. Tell me how feminism has helped me as a geek girl, again, when it’s actually made my geek communities LESS welcoming and fun to me than they used to be? I never ever had to actually worry about male geeks rejecting me as a geek girl until you femfolks brainwashed some of them into feminist claptrap. GG.