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  1. just jonna
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    The trend is definitely noticeable… It first occurred to me about 9 or 10 years ago when guys in rock bands started wearing the big, thick, black-framed glasses, and girls still thought they were hot.

    Seems like every generation, and every decade, can almost be defined by who is considered hot.

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  2. Bartlett
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    I don’t know that it’s confined to this generation or necessairily a new thing. As a society, quirky has long worked for us. James Dean was definately against type when he showed up sporting jacket, attitude and smoldering looks. In fact, my mother tells me there were many, many women who didn’t consider James all that wonderful. The handful that did made him what he was to become. Ditto Elvis. And again, my mom — a Tupelo native old enough to have known of the Presley family across the tracks — noted how his “quirkiness” was a general turn off. Until he got hot.

    And there’s this: Maybe quirky is acceptable when the quirky people start making the coin. If the weak, scrawny caveman comes back with the biggest mastadon chops, is he still shunned? probably not.

    Right Mr. Gates?

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    Jonna: I totally forgot about the geek-chic rocker thing. Which reminds me of a whole ‘nother vent. How come Blues Traveller, Smashmouth, and a whole slew of groups can have, um, aesthetically-challenged, hefty lead singers if they’re MALE, but name one female front-person or solo artist who isn’t traditionally attractive and slim? But I digress.

    Bart: You may have something with the money theory. And you have a point; Van Gogh was a pretty popular oddball over a hundred years ago.

    But doesn’t there seem to be some sort of shift happening? Or is it just that the internet has made it easier for geeks to connect, commiserate, and form community? Perhaps geeks aren’t any cooler; they just found their Motherland: the internet. LOL

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