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DrNerdLove, a.k.a. Harris O'Malley, is a YouTube web series host that features informational videos about love, sex, and dating for nerds. He also has his own website.


This web series provides examples of:

  • Artistic License – Biology: A few examples:
    • In one column he claims that bonobos, not chimps, are humans' closest relatives with the greatest genetic match percentage (99%), in reality both chimps and bonobos share the same amount of DNA with humans; in fact there's DNA humans share with chimps but not bonobos and vice versa.
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    • In one video he makes the argument against the existence of an "ideal male body type" which basically says "If there's a body type that is considered the most attractive, then, why there are so many different body types out there?". In reality, evolution values diversity in characteristics in a population, so that natural selection can select the better adapted characteristics for the next generation, also there are many factors intervening in the process of natural selection, and what could be considered "attractive" could very well be disadvantageous if the natural conditions change which could very well favor the success of other "less attractive" characteristics.
  • Facepalm: He does this in "How Can You Learn To Love Being Single?" after saying that "there's a reason that Oscar the Grouch isn't considered a sex symbol," and then realizing somebody's going to go draw some pictures of somebody screwing Oscar the Grouch.
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  • Not Good with Rejection: A reader had written in about not being able to handle rejection in "When Does Rejection Stop Hurting?"
  • Real Men Hate Affection: In "What's Wrong With Men Today?", which is about male loneliness, DrNerdLove comments that the reason men have far fewer close friends than women is that they are taught as they enter into adolescence, by culture and by media, that men showing deep physical affection for one another is a prelude to a desire for sex, and thus culture dictates that it should be avoided unless you want to signal to other men that you're gay.
  • Sex as a Rite-of-Passage: He challenges this thinking in "The Virginity Paradox", saying that losing your virginity doesn't magically change the person you are, that you'll still be the same person you were before it even happened.
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  • Virgin-Shaming: Comments about this, particularly about male virginity, in "The Virginity Paradox".
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