Hello Dr. NerdLove
I am what you might call a stereotypical 16-year-old nerd, geek,or nobody in high school. I love comics, movies, video games, and geek stuff in general. I have a 4.0 gpa, and in between playing sports and reading classic literature I can usually be found browsing through Spill.com and listening to the League of Extremely Ordinary Gentlemen podcasts on my iPod. At school I have one or two good friends who sort of understand my geeky passion, but from what I can tell I’m the only person in school who knows the origins of just about every goddamn major Marvel superhero. I’m even complete with some bad-ass (in my opinion) Marvel t-shirts, glasses which will soon require tape repair, and really bad acne problems that Proactiv and soap can’t seem to fix. Of course all of these traits make me quite an unattractive specimen for girls in high school, of whom which I have yet to actually gain romantic experience with. I hold doors open for them, I pick up their books when they drop them, I complement them on their new shoes, but for whatever reason I just seem to be invisible to the opposite sex. I’ve also noticed that my frustration with this hasn’t gone unnoticed with some girls, and now I try to avoid appearing as that “pissed off little prick that reads comics”. Even my dad has been jumping on my ass for not having a girlfriend, and I don’t need to take his shit since I’m pretty sure he was never a nerd who was ignored by his peers.
So now I suppose I should ask the wise Doctor a question. What am I doing wrong? Yes, probably a very vague question, but sitting in my room raging about the situation with parents who haven’t been any help isn’t what I’d call progress. Is it just teen angst? Do I need to stop reading the latest Green Lantern issue or quoting the previous Archer episode just to be deemed socially acceptable?