Last month I questioned the existence of the “Geek Girl” as an actual being instead of myth (yes I was being tongue in cheek) and I was amazed at the responses that came in.
To date they number 87, which is far and away the most I’ve ever seen on the blog — and they were enlightening on many levels.
In fact, I think I may have found my answer as to why it was that Geek Boys sometimes seem to (very strongly) question the existence or veracity of Geek babes online and off. But I figured I’d check.
Reading the comments, many of the male comments mentioned things like shyness or a feeling of not belonging being a large part of their geek existence, whether currently or growing up. Questions of acceptance, the ability to be expressed freely and feeling comfortable with their geekiness also came up.
On the flipside, you have a bevy of female geeks being very “expressed” both online and off. I realized that my flirtatious nature and outgoing personality are often offered as reasons I’m not a geek girl.
If flirt online and feel comfortable expressing myself at geek functions like SDCC, I’m not really a geek?
Personally, I feel lucky to have found a place to feel comfortable with my geekitude. I can’t imagine someone denying my right to that.
So, I figured I’d offer it as a theory and see what other people think…