Here’s one for Whiskey, from the New York Times:
Aug. 11, 2018
I used to love nerds. Or at least, I loved the idea of nerds. In the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s, there was an endless stream of movies and media, from “Revenge of the Nerds” to “Spider-Man” to “Beauty and the Geek,” dedicated to telling women that they’d be better off with nerds than with the arrogant jocks who would grunt cavemanlike in response to anything women said, before kicking sand in a nerd’s face.
Nerds were smart and decent underdogs who just needed a good-hearted lady to notice them and maybe get them a pair of contact lenses.
Boy, that stereotype does not hold up in 2018.
These days, stories of misogyny in nerd-world — and allegations of sexual harassment in tech companies — have become incredibly common.
… I wasn’t that surprised, then, when Chloe Dykstra, the ex-girlfriend of the Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick (whom Rolling Stone has called “King of the Nerds”), wrote in an essay that her boyfriend of three years had emotionally and sexually abused her.
… Elon Musk …
So what about their old schoolyard nemeses, those heartless bullies — the jocks?
Well, they suddenly seem pretty great by comparison.
On July 30, the N.B.A. star LeBron James opened a school in Akron, Ohio …
Last week, another N.B.A. player, Stephen Curry, raised over $21,000 through a live-streamed event to help benefit the family of Nia Wilson, a young woman who was stabbed to death at a train station in Oakland, Calif.
In June, the former N.F.L. player-turned-actor Terry Crews gave Senate testimony in which he spoke about having been sexually assaulted and warned against the “cult of toxic masculinity” that led him to believe he was more important than women.
And of course there’s Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback, who drew national attention to police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. …
None of these guys sound like the heartless, monosyllabic brutes pop culture made jocks out to be. They sound like the kind of men who would patiently listen to you and commiserate after a nerd sexually harasses you.
To be sure, some nerds are nice, and some jocks are still jerks — like Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers and Sean Newcomb of the Atlanta Braves, who recently apologized for old racist and homophobic tweets. But they’ve been overshadowed by people like Mr. James. Maybe it’s time to readjust stereotypes accordingly.
These jocks are deeply decent men standing up to bullies in power. Just like nerds in old movies used to do.
Jennifer Wright is Bazaar.com’s political editor at large and the author of “Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them” and “It Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Breakups In History.”
Let’s see, Ms. Wright names four white guys, two nerds, two jocks, and they are all Bad.
She names four black jocks and they are all Good. In fact, they all “sound like the kind of men who would patiently listen to you and commiserate after a nerd sexually harasses you,” Ms. Wright dreamily muses while practicing signing her future name “Ms. Jennifer Wright-James” or maybe “Mrs. Stephen Curry.”
Her husband, Mr. Kibblesmith from Oak Park, IL, has nothing to worry about, of course.