UK Tabloid Highlights Questionable 'Nerd Calendar'

January 30, 2013 -

The UK tabloid The Sun is running a feature length story about a saucy calendar featuring gaming and scantily clad women that is apparently all the rage in Germany - right alongside David Hasselhoff... The article is titled "Nerd is the word," and highlights the fact that the "calendar featuring classic gaming consoles and sexy girls" is a "big hit.." We think it's a big miss personally because it objectifies women in the name of geek culture. Likely the creator of this calendar has no idea what rattles around in the mind of intelligent men and women - including what fantasies they have about the fairer (or same) sex.

The Sun article goes on to say that it is huge in Germany already and is now making a splash in other parts of Europe. They follow this with some quotes from the Nerd Dreams Calendar 2013 creator Henning Schneider.

"Some of us are too young to remember, but there was an exciting time when computers were not yet part of everyday life," said Schneider. "To operate these machines, you needed knowhow. They had 5 1/4 inch floppy disks and command prompts, beeping modems and slow connections."

"As a result, a class of computer nerds formed," he continued. "Call them geeks or even dorks, they paved the way to the all the digital pleasures that make our lives so much richer today. "

"To remember both the early computers and the nerds operating them, I wanted to produce the Nerd Dreams Calendar 2013."

Of course, he could have simply made a calendar featuring the classic computer and gaming hardware if he really wanted to emphasize the importance of these devices as they relate to the technology we currently enjoy today, but really this calendar is about showing off pretty women to make a quick buck, in my opinion.

If you are worried that you can't get the calendar you'll be happy to know that it ships worldwide through DHL and you can use your Paypal account to pay for it. Yeah. Check out the video to your left to get a behind the scenes look at one of the models in the calendar. This is almost as bad as those "Date A Gamer" sites.

Source: MCV

 


Comments

Re: UK Tabloid Highlights Questionable 'Nerd Calendar'

"It objectified women in the name of geek culture". I feel like objectification is become such a cliche that we as a society are actually forgetting what it really means to objectify a woman (and as an unfortunate consequence will fail to identify and address this problem in reality).

Believe it or not, it is possible to find and appreciate a women for her physical features as much as her personality. Sexuality and personality ARE NOT mutually exclusive, and the presence of both is very human.

I think it is very difficult to conclude here that the photos in this calendar led to the women captured in them to have been treated as unhuman, to have been disregard as sentient, or treated as people devoid of emotion and/or thought... to conclude this from a photo is utter nonsense. To believe that this calendar will cause people to treat women this way is equally completely nonsense.

In the mean time, this trend of calling everyone and everything sexist is detracting and preventing real dialog from happening.

Re: UK Tabloid Highlights Questionable 'Nerd Calendar'

While I agree with you, good luck bringing logic or rationality into any discussion once the sexism card has been played.  Your opinion will be disregarded as "male privilege" and you will be ignored at best, or lumped in with rapists and misogynists if the group you are addressing is particularly batshit.

Re: UK Tabloid Highlights Questionable 'Nerd Calendar'

Bingo. Online, at least, there is no (or little, if you want to be optimistic) hope for rational discussion.

In the real world might be different.

Re: UK Tabloid Highlights Questionable 'Nerd Calendar'

Don't see any reason to complain really, might be a nice calendar and it doesn't even look like the women are skimpily dressed or anything like that. Though considering my current calendar is Maya Nakanishi's nude calendar I don't get worked up about that stuff as long as it's tastefully done.

Re: UK Tabloid Highlights Questionable 'Nerd Calendar'

And this is different from a girly calendar with cars/tools/postage stamps how?

Re: UK Tabloid Highlights Questionable 'Nerd Calendar'

Well, in cars/tools/stamps calendars, "scantily clad" usually means postage stamp sized bikinis. In this calendar, "scantily clad" apparently means ... some of the models are wearing short sleeves?

 

Re: UK Tabloid Highlights Questionable 'Nerd Calendar'

Considering the Sun still includes topless female models on page 3, it's not surprising to see they'd support something which continues to treat women in geekdom as window dressing rather than participants.

 
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