Nerdbaiting – looking at the above picture, do you even need a definition? To me it’s the lowest of the low, exploiting the icons of some nerdy sub-culture to gain that most valuable of currencies in an insecure girl’s treasury: attention!
Dressing up in some slutty version of a famous character’s costume is sure to draw plenty of attention from the socially inept – I picture some mouth-breather looking at the Rd-D2 girls above and thinking “They’re hot, and I’m sure they would be interested in how I think General Akbar’s attack plans were doomed to fail!!” – but the fact is these girls are completely uninterested in the genres they are exploiting – it’s all for the attention.
Now one could claim *any* girl posing in costume is nerdbaiting – pin-up posters from the ’50s for example – and they wouldn’t be terribly off, but there is something more insidious at work here. Vampirella (pictured above) is classic 70′s nerd marketing, but she was used to sell magazines – smart move. Nerdbaiting on the other hand is akin to shooting fish in a barrel – it’s just plain lazy.
Now everyone knows even an average girl is elevated to near goddess status by simply attending any nerd gathering – by dressing trashy they are guaranteed near unanimous nerd worship… and that’s as pathetic as it sounds. You might say that based on numbers alone *some* hot girls must like this nerdy stuff – and I’d laugh in your face.
Ok sure, chicks like Adrienne Curry are in it for the attention – does anyone actually believe she digs this stuff?!? But maybe you need another example…
A final thought – worse than casual nerdbaiting are those that make a living out of it – Olivia Munn, Adrienne Curry, Terry Hatcher (in the before-days) are all guilty of building fan bases on the faulty premise that they actually like nerdy stuff/are closet nerds… bullshit. Don’t fall for it!
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