From hot chick to nerd girl in four easy steps

A Web site advises guys on converting their girlfriends to geekdom.


Judy Berman
July 3, 2008 5:40PM (UTC)

A few weeks ago, Broadsheet's Catherine Price wrote about a group of young ladies determined to show that nerdy girls can also be sexy. But what's a geeky guy to do when he lands a seriously hot girlfriend who happens not to be of the dorky persuasion? He has no choice but to convert her, of course. And thanks to Lukas Kaiser of "men's entertainment" site Double Viking, he now has his very own instruction manual -- just like the ones he uses to assemble his supercomputer and build model airplanes!

"How to Turn a Hot Chick Into a Geek" employs what Kaiser calls "bridge theory": Basically, to turn a girl on to geekdom, you have to start slowly, identifying aspects of your nerdy interests that may actually appeal to her. Want to introduce your hottie to genre flicks? Try "Kill Bill." Video gamers should consider playing Wii, a more social game system than either the PS3 or the Xbox 360, with their girlfriends.

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I have to admit, I'm a bit torn on this one. I realize that the piece is full of silly stereotypes (try the Wii Fit because ladies love exercise) and faulty logic ("Hot chicks normally like mainstream, multiplex flicks. This should be obvious; they contain good looking stars, which are people they can relate to"). But it's also imbued with the kind of goofy sweetness that must have endeared Kaiser to the attractive girlfriend he describes in an adorably self-deprecating note at the end of the article.

Women everywhere will thank the author for advising his readers against World of Warcraft because, as he writes, "any game that requires you give it more attention than your girlfriend HAS to be bad for your relationship." And Kaiser's underlying assumption -- that lack of exposure, rather than lack of intelligence, prevents hot girls from becoming geeks -- is refreshing, especially coming from the world of "men's entertainment." Now, if only anyone wanted to hear about how I introduced my cute boyfriend to the nerdy realm of record collecting ...


Judy Berman

Judy Berman is a writer and editor in Brooklyn. She is a regular contributor to Salon's Broadsheet.

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