In grad school, we called the boys who were attractive in a kind of unconventional, nerdy cute way “WLP hot,” as in, not quite “real” hot, just “Writing, Literature & Publishing (the name of our grad school program)” hot. Stereotypically, people cannot be both smart and hot–it’s just not socially acceptable. You pick one or the other. Or that’s what we’re led to believe, anyway. But is smart becoming the new hot, at least where women are concerned?
A couple of popular new blogs are mixing the boundaries between “real” hot and “nerd” hot. Hot Guys Reading Books is a blog that contends “There are plenty of attractive men in the world, but unfortunately few of them that are avid readers.” While I strongly disagree with this generalization, I think the blog is fun, and I appreciate that it’s playing with our preconceived notions about image a little bit. Here are a few images:
One of my favorite new blogs, Nerd Boyfriend, highlights the style of quirky icons who aren’t conventional heartthrobs. Best of all, they offer current items to help dudes out there emulate their style. Here are some highlights:
Harold Crick from Stranger than Fiction–so great.
What do you think? Are these sites questioning society’s standards of attractiveness, or just promulgating stereotypes?