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Revenge of the nerds!

Illustration by Dot

OK, I've had just about enough. It seems that nary a day goes by that I don't hear it from some foreigner about how all these gaijin geeks pick up stunning Japanese girls and what's up with that? Look, just because back home (wherever that happens to be) we have some sort of crazed fashion/beauty myth that says that some people are more worthy of love than others doesn't mean that it should apply here. What I find particularly striking is that most of the people who advance what a friend of mine calls the 2 to 10 theory (guys who are a 2 over there are a 10 over here) are women. You would think that a gender that has spent the last 400 or more years being told how to look by a phallocratic media culture would be pleased to see that some of its newer victims have found a place where they can find a mate without the most stylish clothes or Brad Pitt looks.

The very concept of someone being a 2 or a 10 should be revolting, and yet with a hint of unfairness in their voice, gaijin women decry the fact that these so-called losers are scoring all the babes. Hey, wake up and get off it. Maybe those two people who you see holding hands on the Yamanote train love each other, maybe some Japanese women haven't bought into the male beauty myth that has already infected our society in the West. Maybe their beauty myth doesn't extend to foreign men. If these women have managed to avoid this, then way to go. It has gotten to the point that I feel bad when walking around with a Japanese woman, as I know that all the gaijin I see will be tut-tutting. What kind of weird racist, beauty-obsessed crap is that?

Personally, I think that this is all just sour grapes. Envy. Why can't the gaijin women get over this? Maybe because they feel left out. I don't know, and perhaps I am being a bit unfair. Not everyone feels this way, but there are enough out there that this had to be said. Let's try to embrace this opportunity and force ourselves beyond our preconceptions. Maybe we can look at those two kids on the train and say "good for them, they've found each other." Even if the guy is wearing the wrong socks, and a cheap suit. I hope so. Good luck to the geeks, and more power to them. If they can find women who are capable of seeing beyond their clothes and looks then ganbatte I say.

Many thanks to Mike Ross for this Rant.

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381: The Crisp Linen Suit Syndrome
Unbearable heat and crisp linen suits
380: Smile
Smile when you see another foreigner
379: What sign are you?
When signs start to complicate life
378: Off with the gloves
Battle of the readers
377: Stop before you shop
Stores that scare away gaijin
376: Home sweet home
Modern housing in Japan?
375: Nihonjinron
Theories of Japaneseness and insecurity
374: Plastic bags
Do we really need them for everything?
373: Doctor knows best?
A scary visit to a Japanese hospital
372: Don't forget the finger wagger
So you've never complained about Japan?
371: A-choob tale
The Sneezing Salaryman
370: The gaijin language snob
Dare to cross his path
369: Nihongo
One man's struggle...
368: Making sense of Roppongi
Why do I keep going back?
367: Hateus Japanus Expatricus
Great bar bores of the world
366: Plants and animals
Darwin's turning in his grave
365: No more groping - for now
Women only train cars
364: Man's best friend
Pets have it rougher
363: In praise of Tokyo taxi drivers
A good ride all around
362: The Big Boot Brigade
Masters of the oversized-shoe
361: The case of the missing garbage cans
Where art thou o garbage can?
360: Ramen for the soul
Japanese chicken soup
359: Revenge of the nerds Part II
Geeky guys with hot girls
358: Little old ladies
Grandmas packing a punch
357: Starbucks sanctuary
Stop the Starbucks insanity
356: Pet name problem
My sweet little... carrot?
355: Unclean Jeans
Jeans McNasty
354: My chosen profession
Lindsay Nelson's the name, English teaching's the game
352/3: Merry Christmas... sort of
Merry and not-so-Merry Christmas in Japan
351: Last temptation of rice crackers
Breaking big bills the hard way
350: Revenge of the nerds
Gaijin girls are just jealous

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