Adorkable Misogynists are male characters whose geeky version of masculinity is framed as comically pathetic yet still endearing. Their status as nerdy “nice guys” then lets them off the hook for a wide range of creepy, entitled, and sexist behaviors.
There's just so much to critique on The Big Bang Theory that I ended up splitting my analysis into two different and distinct video essays. In next month's video I'll argue that there’s something even more pernicious going on under the surface. Beyond the sexism and general mocking of geeks and nerds, the show is relentless in making fun of its four male leads for not acting like “real men," and in so doing it reinforces a whole bunch of regressive ideas about masculinity.
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