There has been a lot of talk lately about fake geek girls. As a naturally nerdy female raised to be geek I wanted to say something about all this.
My dad read me The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as well as Dr Seuss, The Wind in the Willows and Winnie the Pooh. I was 10 when I learned to play D&D. Tom Baker was my first Doctor but Jon Pertwee was my favourite. I also love the new ones.
My brothers were more into comics than me but I have a working knowledge of most of the big ones. Star Wars was a theme of my childhood and remains something I love (most of) to this day. Star Trek is good too.
All of the above “geek cred” makes me no more or less interesting or worthwhile than someone who has just jumped on the bandwagon. It’s ok to love stuff. It’s fantastic that society is more willing to accept us showing our enthusiasm than when I was in school.
Speaking of school; yeah, I did get picked on. That’s not geek cred, that’s something bad that happened in the past. I’m over it and I’m glad that we’re working toward stopping that kind of behavior (we still have a long way to go).
To the girl (yes girl) who called me a fake geek the other week. I’m sorry you think that’s how we treat each other. Next time you say “OMG I Love Dr. Who! That’s an awesome shirt” to someone try not to make it a contest and try not to call names if you lose. I would have been willing to be friends.