(Updated: forgot the damn link) Twisty thinks so, after describing her own lack of compliance with social conformity:
It is an asset, not to mention a joy and a relief, to be unencumbered by social skills. What are they, after all, but a set of arbitrarily-conceived customs meant to sort people into classes, the more conveniently to be dominated by those whose mastery of the arbitrary customs is superior? I’m sure I need not point out to you, O my fellow blamers, that the stability of patriarchy as a system of social control relies on the mass assimilation of these customs. Customs are the currency of culture; the more you absorb, the greater your rewards. But closer examination reveals them to be nothing but taboos and commandments designed to restrict human conduct to a finite set of ritualized mannerisms constrained by foul ideals of deference, appeasement, and conformity.
“Attractiveness” is one of those mannerisms. You know what? Fuck attractiveness and the establishmentarian horse it rode in on.
So, back to the question posed by Person X, “is there anything about being a geek that makes a person more attractive?”
I am happy to say, no there isn’t, and isn’t that nice.
For the so-far unTwistified, be aware that she uses hyperbole and polemic like scalpels in her rhetoric. If you are confronted by some of her statements, you’re meant to be, and whining about it over there in discussions is counterproductive to say the least.
As the parent of children on the Autistic Spectrum, (and displaying more than a few ASD traits myself), I find a post like this most bracing. I might go outside and spin on the lawn for a while.