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.



Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them

Everyone stop what you’re doing and watch this video.

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Asker tigerkat24 Asks:
I'm easily terrified, but Newsflesh didn't really throw me; I guess because it wasn't about the zombies so much as the politics and interpersonal relationships? It was more like the West Wing set in a universe where there happened to be zombies, which cut down on the scary factor for me.
nerdwearingpearls nerdwearingpearls Said:


That makes sense.

I frequently recommend Newsflesh to people as The West Wing meets Scandal meets zombies.

I read on someone else's tumblr that you said Georgia and Shaun have no canon race/can be any race. If that's true, that is awesome and thank you SO MUCH for that. I also really, really love Mahir because he's a South Asian character and he's awesome and funny and brave and DOESN'T DIE, I spent the whole series convinced I was going to lose him. Thank you so much for that.
nerdwearingpearls nerdwearingpearls Said:






The only real race indicator given on either of them is that George gets paler when she stays inside for a really, really long time, which is basically true of anyone with a skin who possesses melanin.  I genuinely hope that if/when the movie* moves forward, at least one of the two is cast with a non-white actor, because that would be frankly amazing.

After Shaun and George, Mahir is my favorite.  He’s just so dryly frustrated by everything around him, and it’s glorious.

I am so glad to have given him to you.  :)

(*Yes, movie rights have been optioned; no, I have absolutely no information beyond that statement; no, I will not answer asks about the movie rights, I will delete them because they will just sad me; why will they sad me?  They will sad me because I have absolutely no information.)

Oh wow, so much yes! Shaun and Georgia are adopted, there’s no reason why they have to be the same race. And I’m definitely brown but I get way way lighter if I stay inside. Even just going out into direct sunshine for two hours in Florida made me get tan lines. Thank you for letting me headcanon them as anything I wanted.

You have no idea how much Mahir and Dr. Patel mean to me. I have all the books in Kindle formatting so when I hit the paragraph about Dr. Patel inventing the blood test units, I tried to highlight/paste it over to a friend and couldn’t, so I typed it all out myself into the chat box because it was THAT important to me. That India wasn’t just a lost continent, just another ‘third world tragedy’. Something important and major came from an Indian doctor. You could have just had India be lost to show how terrible the uprising was but you didn’t. You made India important. You made Indians and the diaspora of displacement important and it just - I love the world building you do and that it’s worldbuilding, that it’s international. And I love that Mahir and Dr. Patel are competent and successful instead of just being comic relief or the ‘exotic other’.

Thank you. So very, very much.

I actually really want Shaun and Georgia to be of different races, if at all possible, when we get to the casting phase (if we get there).  I love that I was able to write them so that they can be anybody.  I’ve had people tell me about their personal Shauns and Georgias, and they have been all races, all appearances.  It delights me down to my bones.  (One of my favorites was a shy young man who told me his Shaun was trans, and explained his reasons, and was just so damn happy when I said there was nothing in the text to contradict it.)

You are why Mahir and Dr. Patel are there.  You, and my friend Sunil, and all the other people I’ve met who needed to be a part of an awesome zombie adventure.  I’m tired of the awesome zombie adventures only being for little slices of humanity.  It’s not fair, and it’s not cool, and I do not appreciate it.

I’m so glad I was able to give them to you.  Like, really.  This is my joy, and it is you, and knowing that I’ve made a difference.

Thank you.

What is wonderful is that not only do you not shoot down these head-canons, but you create characters who are canonically us. I get so used to white-washed, cis-straight-washed characters, that I still occasionally double-take when I see it explicitly, nonchalantly mentioned that a character isn’t that ‘default’. Because it is still so rare. Because it is still so acceptable to compose worlds in which we do not exist. “Velveteen vs.” was the first non-erotic media I was ever exposed to that cast a transgender character as an actual person, and not as a token, or joke, or tool to advance the plot.

I both hated that it took so long for me to make her identity clear on the page, and loved that it meant everyone got to know her for her, without expecting any of those things, before that came out as a vital and core part of her identity.  She didn’t hide it.  She just doesn’t think it’s anybody’s business but her own.


When you send a girl home from school because her shorts or too short, or her clothing is immodest, you are telling her that hiding her body is more important than her education. You are telling her that making sure the boys have a distraction-free learning environment is more important than her education. In a way, you’re telling her that the boys are more entitled to an education than she is, and that isn’t acceptable.

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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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