“The Geekiest Girl I Know”
Geeks are interested in what is not commonly interesting: ideas, art and culture skewed from the common. This is my view, now, at any rate. It wasn’t always.
Science fiction, Doctor Who, a new complicated word, Tomb Raider, good acting, great writing, Joss Whedon, Firefly, Jasper Fforde, Thursday Next, movies, books, games……these are a few of my favorite things. But I have not always loved the reaction when I talked about them. Most of my life I seemed to be just a little too odd for my own good.
One day I took a risk with a coworker. We had talked about gaming (he was surprised to meet a woman gamer) and he mentioned Tomb Raider. I talked about how much I loved those games and how I had struggled with internal feminist conflict over the games: strong, intelligent, tough woman (good) vs. visual representation (pandering). He said, with some happiness, “Don’t get me wrong, but you are the geekiest girl I know.” It was the first time I had been named a geek, and named a geek as a positive thing. (I decided to overlook being called a girl. He was trying.)
Because at that moment I started to understand that being a geek meant I was interested in different and unique things. And that it was a good thing.
I “geek out” (i.e. get crazy, arm-waving, rapid-fire happy) on science fiction, movies, games, actors, canning, knitting and I need to talk about them: to hold forth on a well-written line, worthy of excitement, a view into the growth of a show’s writers; to exclaim that Jasper Fforde and Harlan Ellison are the best damned writers around; to state for all the world to hear that above all else I want to spend just one night on Serenity—preferably on Kaylee’s hammock in the engine room.
Why should you care? You shouldn’t. Unless you like these things too. I’ll be geeking out on everything that makes me happy and throwing in links in case you are interested in learning more. Talk to you soon!