Fake And Real Geek Girls

Tara Tiger Brown, a writer for Forbes, has launched a stunning attack on what she considers to be “fake” geek girls. Note that this is specifically addressed not to fake geeks, but to fake geek girls.

Apparently only females are trying to pass themselves off as geeks. Or maybe it’s totally all right for males to do so, but not females.

I’m a little bit bewildered by Brown’s article. I was always a geek girl in school. I was unpopular and I read a lot of books. I don’t think Brown would consider me a “real” geek, though, because I was not a science/tech geek. I was (and am) a literature/pop culture geek.

Brown’s definition of geek excludes me.

This is a little odd. In junior high and high school I was on the knowledge bowl team, a group of people who would play trivia games against teams from other schools, a very geeky pursuit. Our team included a math geek, a science geek and two literature/culture geeks. We were all geeks together, and by our powers combined, well, we were pretty much Captain Geek.

I wasn’t somehow less of a geek because I’d read “The Merchant of Venice” instead of Richard Feynman. And none of my geek friends treated me any different, although sometimes they would have to explain mathematical concepts in terms a six-year-old would understand for me. That was okay. I was pretty happy to explain the plot of “Count of Monte Cristo” to them as if they hadn’t read a book not about computers since they were 6, so it all evened out.

I still don’t read comics, and I still don’t really play video games. And I’m still a geek from a family of geeks. My dad happens to be a theology geek, and my mom is a literature geek, thank you very much.

It’s a little sad that someone would be less accepting of different types of geeks now than people were in 1989.

We should have less diversity in geekdom? Really? You, Tara Tiger Brown, a female geek, are really arguing that?

And plenty of other people agree with me, too.