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Full-fledged fandomy argument
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I had a fandomesque discussion turn kinda angry today. It's been a while since that happened; I can't say I've missed it. But at least it was familiar territory!

There's a new American English teacher at work (he's going to cover for me when I go on mat leave). He's sort of ... dudebro-y, if you know what I mean. So besides "here's the job, please don't leave it in a fucking mess for me when I get back" we haven't had a lot to talk about. But today he mentioned that he likes the Big Bang Theory. So I thought we could go with that for a while.

I said how much Amy's character cracks me up. He was just "meh", which is fine. We don't all have to like the same characters. Then he said that he thought Sheldon should be with Penny. I'd never thought of that as a possible pairing, so I asked why.

Dudebro: Well... she's hot, you know.
Me: Yeah, but Sheldon doesn't care about stuff like that.
D: Yeah, but if he had a hotter girl it'd be better for him. Plus she'd be good for him because she could teach him about social stuff.
M: Well, what does she get out of the relationship?
D: What do you mean?
M: Well, leaving aside the fact that Penny's a pretty sexual person and Sheldon thinks sex is gross, he drives her up the wall a lot of the time and doesn't like any of the stuff she likes. What does she get out of dating him?
D: A really smart guy.
M: She's got one. Leonard has a Ph.D in physics.
D: Yeah, but Leonard's not as cool as Sheldon.
M: From Penny's perspective? I don't think she considers either of them cool. That's not a thing she's looking for in this relationship.
D: Whatever. Sheldon's cooler and he should have the hotter girl.

Yeah. Let's just use attractive women as rewards for characters we like. Never mind the fact that, intentionally or not, he routinely insults and offends her. And while we're at it, let's write off a really funny and original character as a love interest because this guy doesn't want to bang her. How fun.
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The idea of Sheldon with Penny makes me cry. Seriously. I adore Amy and I think she and Sheldon are perfect together - in her own geeky way she's already taught him quite a bit about relationships and how to treat a girl. I don't think this would have ever worked with Penny because Sheldon is too stuck in his own routines and someone like Penny would be 'too much', probably wanting too much at once. It works much better for him with a character like Amy.

And I think it's a bit short-sighted to say Amy isn't attractive - because sure, she's made out to look that way on the show but honestly? Put Kaley Cuoco in that kind of outfit, put glasses on her, do her hair in a really boring way - she won't look so hot anymore.

He'd be terrible for Penny as well. He'd drive her nuts and she'd take what he says a lot worse than Amy does. And I love Penny and would hate to see her unhappy.

Maybe it's because I grew up as a fairly average person and my brother is a genius (he's an actual rocket scientist now) but I really do feel for her and would hate to see her constantly put down by her partner the way Sheldon certainly would.

I completely agree - Penny needs to be in control of certain parts of her life and Leonard lets her have that, but I don't think Sheldon would, because he has to be the one to make the rules for his relationships. And Amy is a genius as well so Sheldon can't insult her intellect as much, and she knows how to deflect him better than better Penny could.

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