I recently visited a website about upcoming events in the comic book world. As I was reading through the posts on the site, I realized that none of this is geared toward me. It’s all geared to the geek boy. But I’m a geek girl. So who is the geek girl? The geek girl is a female who actually enjoys reading a comic book. We know who the superheroes in the comic books are, and we have a favorite. The geek girl enjoys Star Wars or Star Trek. In fact the geek girl never has a problem putting together a costume at Halloween. The problem is which costume would be the best for the Halloween party she is attending? They may already have Vulcan ears tucked away in a drawer so they could dress as a member of the Star Trek crew, or they may have the perfect anime costume. The geek girl would love a Superman t-shirt as a gift, but she might like hers in pink instead of the traditional blue.
Geek girls come in all ages, shapes, and sizes. We come from all backgrounds, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We have been ignored by the geek world for far too long. We have been made to feel that we are the arm candy for our boyfriends who enjoy science fiction, and comic books. But that we really shouldn’t be taken too seriously because the boyfriends we accompany are the real fans, and we are just an extra. The geek boys are curious about the geek girls, but they aren’t sure how we fit into their world. It’s time for the geek world to pay attention to the geek girls.
So how do we get the attention and respect we deserve? Let the world know we exist. Don’t be afraid to let people know that your interests don’t just include the new outfit you purchased, but that new outfit may include an extremely BAZINGA spelled out using the periodic table. Don’t be afraid to let the world know that you really did enjoy seeing Iron Man III. It’s time for the geek girls in the world to let everyone know that it’s possible to be girly and be a geek.