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It Came From Outer Space

Beware the Attack of the Fake Geek Girls!


THE HORROR!

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  • TKS

    Every time I feel that we’ve set the record strait, some other craptitude rears its ugly head. The other day it was that Portlandia “Fake Nerd” PSA.

  • http://twitter.com/sarasakana Sara Sakana

    In before people who think “fake geek girls” actually exist.

  • http://twitter.com/Parademon Tim Gin

    When I saw the title fake geek girls I thought it would be guys in drag.

  • moffatt0184

    speaking as a guy, I’m sick of this “fake geek girl” crap and hate it whenever someone continues picking at this wound. Enough!

  • http://twitter.com/Kaldary Kal

    I never understood the fake geek girl. I can’t think of any popular girl who would work hard to attract a nerdy guy. She’d more likely go for the jock or the “hot” guy. She wouldn’t waste any time on guys she wasn’t attracted to. In high school, I saw more popular guys pretend to like the nerdy and then later make fun of them than the other way around. But that was almost a decade ago so maybe things have changed. And if a non nerdy girl does find a nerd attractive, what’s wrong with her looking into his interests to try to make him interested in her? If she ends up not liking it, then she doesn’t like it.

  • This fellow right here

    Now I have the tune “Science Fiction Double Feature” stuck in my head…

  • Betty Windsor

    Oh, I just figured it had something to do with the idea of “geek” or “nerd” culture becoming part of mainstream or pop culture?? Hmmm, I do know a lot of girls that have pretended to like video games to seem interesting though. And that’s just sad. :(

  • This is Basic

    Really? *You’re* sick of it? Where were you when I was dealing with this for over 25 years? Here’s a tip from a woman, this little meme isn’t new. What’s new is that we’re calling it out, *and* being heard.

    So what is it you’re trying to accomplish here: stopping the problem, or resuming the silence?

  • moffatt0184

    I work overnights with women so guess what, women can do whatever they want, so there are no more excuses in my book for women not doing or getting what they want. I’m one person who wants these websites to get over “fake this or fake that” because it’s “really? this again?”, mainstream world get over it, geeks period are here, regardless of gender. My niece will be whatever she wants, geek or nongeek so that’s my victory

  • This is Basic

    And I work in a male-dominated industry. I also made it into STEM-related academic programs, in some cases being the only woman in the classroom. Your point is? Where was I talking about who isn’t *able* to do what? I was talking about how the fake geek girl meme has been around for a damn long while, and if you’re getting tired of it now, how do you think those of us who have had it levied against us for decades feel about it? Put another way: QQ Moar.

    But since you seem to be doing the privilege-denying dance that implies the reason that women aren’t equally represented in certain fields is that we just aren’t trying, but are instead making excuses, let’s do some science real quick:

    http://io9.com/5867401/there-really-is-no-difference-between-men-and-womens-math-abilities

    However:
    http://www.bust.com/blog/scientific-study-shows-scientists-are-sexist.html
    http://skepchick.org/2013/02/proving-and-quantifying-sexism/
    http://jezebel.com/5901131/regardless-of-performance-teachers-assume-girls-are-worse-at-math
    http://jezebel.com/5934551/epic-mansplainer-wonders-why-women-cant-just-shut-up-about-the-gender-wage-gap-already

    Kinda blows your anecdotal evidence right out of the water, doesn’t it? See, the reality of the situation is that, as it stands,the women you work with will most likely have to outperform you in order to get the same accolades you will. They will also most likely make less money anyway. Unless that changes, this means your niece will more often than not have to *outperform* the men around her to get the *same* recognition they do. (And again, less pay.)

    Your desire to stick your head in the sand, and pretend it’s not the case? That’ll contribute to it. THAT is your victory. Nice job, uncle.