Nerd Wearing Pearls

26. Grad student and academic. Proud Seven Sisters alum. Reproductive health and infectious disease nerd.

Native Texan with New England roots. Currently living in the Midwest. Occasional expat.

Married to my high school & forever sweetheart. Mama-to-be.

Things that make me happy: my puppies, preppy fashion, fangirling, horses, bikes, feminism, and zombies.
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Don’t let that image fool you. Click on the video; you won’t regret it.

(You’ll probably also shed a few tears at the end.)


See this, THIS is how adult education and illiteracy should be in real life.
People being kind, supportive, encouraging, not mocking because you took a little longer to learn something.
I’m sorry I get really emotional about people learning and education and I’m crying really hard right now because I really wish this was a commercial for a adult education network/organization that was becoming mainstream and commonplace and celebrated and not about alcohol

This is a beautiful commercial. Even though it is a commercial for alcohol, it hands down beats the usual marketing devices for such products.

this is fucking fantastic


you know I used to be a person who did not cry at things?


jeez. watch this.

This is stunning!

One of the best things I’ve seen in a long while.  Well done.

Oh god. I hate that it’s an ad, but it’s really beautiful.

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(1/2) I read in a fic or meta somewhere years ago (can't remember the name sorry!!) that there only seemed to be an increase in Muggleborns and Squibs in the 20th century, because before that point, pureblood families with Squib babies would secretly kidnap and adopt a Muggleborn baby and leave the Squib baby in its place (which is where Changelings come from in our world!). And by the 20th century,
nerdwearingpearls nerdwearingpearls Said:





(2/2) Muggle civilization was too advanced, with censuses and photographs etc., for that to be a viable option. So pureblood families were forced to keep their Squibs instead of kidnapping Muggleborn infants and pretending the magical babies were theirs all along. This lead to a *seemingly* huge increase in Squibs and Muggleborns in the 20th century, which pureblood elitists who supported Voldemort used to their advantage to sow seeds of fear and panic about the ‘disappearing’ magical society.

Oh wow this is a fascinating theory. Putting this out there for those who might be interested and thank you for telling me this! It’s an interesting perspective for approaching the muggleborn/pureblood population question in the wizarding world.

Okay, but when you take this theory in conjunction with the one about magic being a recessive genetic trait or mutation, the existence of muggleborns makes even more sense. Since we know for a fact that squibs would carry the gene and were unknowingly seeded into the muggle population, it all kinda clicks.

Or with the replications of particular sections thing Klenotiz talks about. Yep.

Now imagine a Neville-like case, where the parents thought their kid was a Squib and got rid of it, and then one day their (stolen) son or daughter brings a Muggle-born friend home from Hogwarts who looks so much like you guys, isn’t it crazy mum, we could practically be siblings—well, except I don’t really look much like either of you, but you get my point… And the parents just nod and force smiles and think that is my child whom I gave up for no reason, and can’t do a damn thing about it because it’s too late, they made their bed already and now all they can do is feel guilty and squirm.

While Johansson’s first Marvel appearance in Iron Man 2 may have relied somewhat upon sex appeal, this was quickly nixed in favor of characterizing her as the most cerebral Avenger. Her most important scenes in The Avengers relied upon her intelligence and skills as a spy, to the extent that she even managed to outwit Loki, the God of Lies. At the end of the movie, she’s the one who closes the portal that let all the aliens into New York. Then in Winter Soldier she’s given second billing to Captain America, a meaty role that showcases a wide-ranging skillset that stretches far beyond just “kicking ass.” At no point during any of these movies does she seduce anyone, by the way.

Sadly, there’s very little sign of this character in the most easily accessible reviews of both The Avengers and Winter Soldier. Judging by the Guardian, WSJ, or New Yorker, Black Widow is more like a blow-up doll with a black belt. By their logic, if she’s wearing a tight outfit, then she must be a sexy ass-kicker, meaning that she must be the token female character, and therefore is little more than eye candy.

With that thought process in mind, it must make perfect sense to relegate Black Widow to a single sniggering comment about her catsuit, because obviously Scarlett Johansson is just there for decoration. And if you’ve read in the New York Times that Black Widow is a token female character, then chances are you’ll have internalized that opinion before you even buy a ticket. The feedback loop of misogynist preconceptions continues on, and in the end, we all lose out.

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, Every review of Black Widow in ‘Captain America’ is wrong (via fyeahmcublackwidow)

If you saw CA:TWS and didn’t think that Black Widow and Cap were basically in a buddy-cop flick, you weren’t watching the right movie.

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Full Performance of “No One Is Alone” from “Bash” | GLEE

1. I think it’s easy to forget Rachel has two dads.  You do not forget here.

2. Oh man, this is shot and staged so smartly in terms of Kurt not having a candle, in terms of Kurt clearly telegraphing a sense of numbness to keep it together and a sense of always being alone.  Always.

3. I’m telling you, there’s something fucked up in Blaine’s relationship with his dad.  That has not disappeared since S2.  I’m not saying it’s epic terrible, but I am saying it’s something that forms Blaine’s sense of self and ability to cope.

4. All the acting is really good here.  Colfer knocks it out of the park.  He does this flatness with his face and indicts you with his eyes, and he’s so good with it.



Elle Woods was hollering back before the movement. This is why i love this movie. It’s so progressive. Elle is a femme feminist who comes by it the hard way. She doesn’t change for the bookish people, the elitists, or for the feminists. She just does what she needs to do, and what she wants, even when at first it was chasing a boy. Then the movie drops the romance. IT DROPS THE ROMANCE. chick flicks don’t do that. Emmett asking her out is a footnote at the very end. And this whole time, she is classy, and lady like, and has pride in herself and her work. She’ll go to a costume party as a playboy bunny, but like hell will she sleep with her professor for an internship. Elle is my feminist role model


I remember listening to my DAD defend Legally Blonde. An uncle was saying “Oh look, it’s that stupid movie again.” as he flipped through the channels. My dad responded with “Oh yeah, that movie where the blonde girl with great grades works really hard to get into pre-law, studies hard and proves herself to her peers and bosses while maintaining her integrity and not sleeping with her boss? What a terrible message to send girls.”

Also, I love this movie because Reese Witherspoon. 


And don’t forget that she has serious female friends and wins the case by way of her specialist knowledge of so-called “feminine things” that no one else takes seriously enough to even bother with.

The movie also passes the Bechdel test.


LET’S NOT FORGET that even though it starts with a situation where two girls are rivals for the same guy, they BOTH choose to ignore the social codes (and hollywood bylaws) that tell them they should be cat-fighting and trying to one-up each other, and instead they realize that they make good working partners and better friends and screw rivalry, AND ALSO HAVE EACH OTHER’S BACKS RE: WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT. And that it portrays sororities as places where women can learn to work together and respect each other and help each other out, which sets the stage for the way Elle treats everyone she meets for the rest of the movie. OH AND IT HAS A FAT SIDE CHARACTER WHO OVERCOMES EMOTIONAL ABUSE, IS NEVER FAT-SHAMED OR USED AS THE BRUNT OF A FAT JOKE, AND LANDS THE HOTTEST MAN IN THE ENTIRE FILM. 


Also, Elle still stays true to herself in a professional setting. Even when it’s tough for her, she always keeps being her bubbly, peppy self. She doesn’t let what others say about her stop her from being a kickass lawyer that also is unafraid to express herself how she wants to.

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I’m due April 26 and it would really screw up some end of the semester academic stuff for me if the baby arrives before April 10, but DAMN does part of me want to go into labor sometime in the next 24 hours so I can tell people and then be like “PSYCH, YOU THOUGHT IT WAS AN APRIL FOOL’S JOKE BUT REALLY I HAD MY BABY AND HERE’S A PICTURE.”