Rise of the Nerds

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"Rise of the Nerds"

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Amanda Marcotte writes about the rise of female nerds on television:

But over the past few years, there’s been a quiet feminist revolution on television. The female nerd has arrived, and she’s not interested in a makeover. It started with Willow on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a computer geek who bagged a musician boyfriend, without giving up computer hacking. Hollywood must have taken note of her popularity, because in the years since, the female nerd has taken off. Four major TV comedies have been built around relatable female characters whose intelligence is only matched by their social ineptitude: Ugly Betty, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and now Glee.

It seems to me that the real exemplar of this trend is not in the comedy genre at all, but rather on Fox’s Bones where Emily Deschanel plays a brilliant-but-awkward scientist. Of course the real problem with citing Bones as part of an important pop cultural trend is that it’s not a very well-written show. That said, I want to see a Bones/House crossover where she matches wits with a somewhat similar character from a generally much better-executed program.

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