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This Video Examines How The Big Bang Theory Normalizes A Competitive, Self-Hating Version of Geek Masculinity

In his second video on The Big Bang Theory, YouTuber Pop Culture Detective examines how the show normalizes a vision of masculinity in which men police and humiliate each other when they dare to demonstrate emotional openness, vulnerability, and other "feminine" behaviors.

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This Video Shows How The Big Bang Theory Tries to Make Misogyny Look “Adorkable”

This video from Pop Culture Detective analyzes how The Big Bang Theory uses lampshading and nerdy stereotypes in a way that suggests geeky guys' misogyny is "just another socially awkward personality quirk."

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How The Big Bang Theory’s New Spinoff Fails the Asexual Community

This new spin-off show feels like a giant step away from a commitment from society to acknowledge asexuality as a valid identity.

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On Television’s Alpha-Nerds and Their Mysterious Women

What may seem like a whole new breed of leading male protagonist on TV, born from the widespread assimilation of nerd culture into the mainstream, is little more than your average alpha-male with an IQ upgrade.

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What to Make of Zootopia’s Popularity and Critique in China

Zootopia is an accessible and incredibly timely movie, a fact that seems to resonate with both its fans and its critics. Bloomberg reports that Zootopia overtook Kung Fu Panda 3 as the highest-grossing cartoon in China since its release on March 4th.

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Things We Saw Today: A Peek at the First Copy of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Book

That spiffy hardcover book contains a behind-the-scenes look at the crafting of the smash hit musical Hamilton, by composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and theatre critic Jeremy McCarter. The book comes out on April 12th!

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Forbes’ Findings on Highest-Paid TV Actresses Shows Gender Pay Gap, Lack of Diversity

Shocking no one.

Last month Forbes released a list of 2015's highest-paid TV actors, and now they've shared their findings on the world's highest paid TV actresses.

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Review: Love & Engineering Is Not For The Ladies Or Anyone Who Isn’t A Misogynist

A documentary that tries to make RedPill/PUA dudes look endearing.

I am not a fan of The Big Bang Theory, though everyone tells me I should be; "It's funny! You'll love the nerdy guys!" Well, after checking out the show a few times, I came to the conclusion that most of the characters on the show are completely unlikeable, especially given the contempt with which they treat the "pretty girl."

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Things We Saw Today: I Would Watch the Gender Swapped Big Bang Theory

For REAL, though.

Not pictured: evil Wilhelmina Wheaton. (via JuliaJm15 on Tumblr)

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Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco Says She Isn’t Feminist, Rounds Out a Year of Celebrities Who Don’t Understand Feminism

Here we go again.

The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting is the cover story on the latest edition of RedBook, out next week, and she wants the world to know that she definitely isn't a feminist because she likes to serve her husband. Sigh.

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No Clash of Kings: HBO’s Game of Thrones Retains “Most Pirated TV Show” Crown

Shiver me White Walkers!

It's good to be the King?

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Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and the Mainstreaming of Fan Culture

This is just like magic!

A few weeks ago, the Syfy network announced their plans to adapt Lev Grossman's fantasy trilogy, The Magicians, into an hourlong drama series. The small handful of blogs and online news outlets who covered the story labelled the project "Harry Potter for adults," or else slapped it with a somewhat derisive-sounding "Young Adult fantasy" label. On the surface, it's easy to see how people can mistake The Magicians for any number of other "young people discovering they're mystically special" narrative, but it's a description that is, nevertheless, inaccurate. Now I'm not crazy. I know a story about a group of young adults who attend a magic school and then go traipsing around an alternate universe which can be accessed via an interstitial forest sounds a lot like "Harry Potter/Narnia for adults." But what that description betrays is a failure to understand that Grossman's series isn't a rip-off of either story, but is instead something newer and stranger than that. 

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Haters Gonna Hate: I Love The Big Bang Theory

Essay

The Big Bang Theory takes a lot of crap from the nerd community. We have a hard time being happy, don’t we? The science is too sciency. The science isn’t sciency enough. Where are the women? Well we don’t like those women – give us some we can. Don’t get me wrong: I like to pick apart a TV show just as much as the next girl. But I really love The Big Bang Theory, and the reason why might surprise you. I totally adore the women in the show. Yeah, I said it. I totally adore Penny and her Lady Posse. 

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Two Primetime Sitcoms Are Getting Star Wars-Themed Episodes For May The Fourth

Never let it be said that Lucasfilm doesn't love tie-ins. Both The Big Bang Theory and The Goldbergs have partnered with the Star Wars production company to honor that most revered holiday, May The Fourth. Geek culture is kind of the entire point of The Big Bang Theory, so no real surprise there. However, it sounds like they're going all out with the set design for this one. Here's a hint: I'm sure it's perfectly safe for droids.

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Reader Halloween Costumes!

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We asked, and you delivered! Pictures of your Halloween costumes, that is. And what amazing costumes they are! Come in and look at your incredible handiwork.

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Our Friend Bill Nye and His Friend Bob Newhart Will Guest Star on The Big Bang Theory [Updated]

So that's happening.

Whether you're a fan of The Big Bang Theory or not, you might want to tune in to a very special episode next month. Our friend Bill Nye just announced on Twitter that he'll be guest starring on an episode with comedy legend Bob Newhart.

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Warner Bros. Reveals Their SDCC 2013 Bags Complete With Detachable Capes

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Warner Bros. has revealed the bags that will be available this year at San Diego Comic-Con, and they have some exciting extra features. Each bag can be turned into a backpack and comes with a detachable cape! Check out the bags and capes for Teen Titans Go!, Supernatural, Revolution, and other popular shows, and decide which design you want before you're confronted with the 130,000 bags made for Comic-Con next week. Though there are no photos yet, Warner Bros. is also releasing Godzilla, LEGO Movie, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, classic television Batman, and 300: Rise of an Empire bags.

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Game of Thrones is Officially the Most Pirated Television Show of 2012

the internet is serious business

Game of Thrones lost out on the "most pirated television" title last year to Dexter. Could the scrappy younger show pull out the ignominious win this year? Yes. Yes it could.

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Star Trek Actor Michael Dorn Gives Details On A Possible Worf Spin-Off

Make It So

I don't know about you but Worf was one of the best characters to come out of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I was glad he continued on to Deep Space Nine but since the TNG films wrapped, there's some serious Woft withdrawal on my part. That's why I'm so excited actor Michael Dorn is trying to figure out if he can get the green light for his own spin-off! Read on for some details.

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I’m Batman, You’re Batman, We’re ALL Batman! [VIDEO]

Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

Just in case you forgot who Batman was, here's a fantastic supercut of lots of people claiming to be Batman. Now obviously, we all know there is only one Batman and his name is Bruce Wayne, but that doesn't mean the rest of us can't have a little fun playing pretend now and then. Watch as several actors who have played Batman on the screen take their turn claiming the title, while several others from our geek realm try the same. (via The High Definite)

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