Last night, we found ourselves accidentally watching What Not To Wear. It wasn’t so much because we wanted to, but it was on whatever channel popped up after our recorded program was over, and the remote was all the way over there. They were forcing their generic mass-marketed chain-store excuse for “style” making over a girl named Simona Dalin. She’s a scientist, she’s a nerd, and she’s probably twenty times smarter than anyone else on the program. In all honesty, the chick seriously rocked. She was a funky-geeky-cool, she was even kinda hot, and she was frankly really funny. The hosts accused her of being too rigid, telling her to be more “fluid”. She asked if they could compromise on an approximation of a non-Newtonian fluid instead. They had no idea what she was talking about. I laughed.
The part of the show that made me angry was the point where they revealed her impressive collection of excellent geeky T-shirts. Some of the best examples from ThinkGeek and DieselSweeties, and a wide assortment I’d never even seen.
And then they collected the whole assortment and threw them out, because they weren’t girly enough. Seriously, that’s what they said. Not girly enough. Now, we’ve been accused a few times of being insensitive to our feminine audience because we do sincerely enjoy the feminine form; we’ll accept that, however that doesn’t mean we’re actually pigs. But a girl with a funky nerd style being told that it wasn’t acceptable because it was “immature”? I actually got mad and started yelling at the TV. They told this girl, who I believe is a doctoral candidate at 22 years old, that it was time for her to “grow up” and start wearing “some big-girl clothes”.
I’m getting pissed off again just remembering it, so before this turns into an angry rant, let’s just ask the question:
Fuck What Not To Wear, they’re wrong. Who dares to say that ThinkGeek shirts aren’t awesome? They are. End of story. What’s the most awesomest nerd or geek clothes you’ve ever seen?