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@RedheadWriting @VilmaBonilla @slclark Here's where the issue starts for me: what's commonly defined as being "unpopular" stems from social alienation. That phenomenon doesn't end at adolescence for many people. So to declare "there's nothing sexier than being unpopular" seems, to me, to silence the experiences of those who don't or can't break out of that pattern in their lives, for whatever reason. And to respond with, "Well, so and so bought six copies of that book" seems doubly dismissive, because at that point you're equating money with validation thanks to a specific chosen career path.
While I would certainly agree and hope that people can find the best within themselves and use that to forge their own path, the way it was stated veered dangerously close to self-aggrandizing statements like "geeks rule the world." There's nothing sexy about being the object of ridicule, and using it as a branding strategy, even in the name of being "positive," is problematic.
2 years, 7 months ago on There’s Something Dead Sexy About a Geek
@slclark You'll pardon me if I don't accept squeeing fanboyism as an answer. It's not the result I'm questioning, it's the nature of the approach. Another thread, please go derail.
<I>Today? We know that the sexiest thing we can be is unpopular.</I>
I have to question this statement just a little bit. Isn't this just using one artificial metric to rationalize another?