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  1. Leigh Lahav & HISHE Team Up to Report on the Five Stages of Watching a Marvel Movie

    Undeniably all of us.

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  2. Characters Talk About Their Love Lives and Loki Has a “Moment” in the Latest Leigh Lahav ‘Toon

    We don't know what about this is our favorite part. Black Widow? Hermione? The Mad Men Song?

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  3. Things We Saw Today: Join The Geek Girl Illuminati

    We've got your back.

    Valkyrie founder, comic writer, artist, and all-around extraordinary human Kate Leth has designed these Geek Girl Illuminati shirts, so you can spot each other in a crowd. Because if we don't have each other's backs, who will? (via Topatoco)

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  4. [UPDATED] Come One! Come All! To The Mary Sue’s Geek Girl Headquarters at New York Comic Con!

    Calling all nerds

    We're partnering with New York Comic Con for the very first Geek Girl Headquarters, and I don't think we're being too biased when we say it's going to be awesome.

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  5. Merriam-Webster Adds “Steampunk,” “Spoiler Alert,” and “Fangirl” to the English Dictionary

    Today in Awesome

    Merriam-Webster announced the addition of one hundred fifty new words to its celebrated dictionary of American English, from "Auto-Tune" (to adjust or alter (a recording of a voice) with Auto-Tune software or other audio-editing software esp. to correct sung notes that are out of tune) to "Yooper" (a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan — used as a nickname). And, nestled in among a selection of words that seem themed around the intersection of technology and pop culture, is one we're very familiar with here on The Mary Sue: "fangirl."

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  6. The Geek’s Guide to Dating Advice: How to Talk to Gamer Girls

    The Geek's Guide to Dating is out on December 3rd from Quirk Books!

    Our resident geek dating expert Eric Smith, author of The Geek's Guide to Dating, is here again to help answer your geek dating queries.

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  7. Reign’s Adelaide Kane Is An Intelligent, Well-Spoken Geek, And We Love Her


    Okay, we know Reign is a show on The CW, and The CW isn't exactly known for its' appeal to the nerd community. But we're here to tell you that Adelaide Kane - star of Reign, the CW's newest show about Mary, Queen of Scots - is a girl after our own nerdy hearts. She's one of us!

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  8. Back-to-School: Fangirl Style

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    Leigh Lahav decided to make a new video in honor of good ol' back-to-school time! Is it difficult to keep your fandom out of school work or are your teachers more accepting of your hobbies? (via Leigh Lahav) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  9. The 5 Stages Of Geek Fandom [VIDEO]

    This Makes Sense

    I'll just leave this here. (via Laughing Squid) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  10. Take A Look At Some Of The Many Geek Girl Sentiments Inspired By The Doubleclicks’ “Nothing To Prove”

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    The Doubleclicks' music video celebrating all geek girls brought together members of the geek community to celebrate the many geek girls out there and assert once again that fake geeks, male or female, do not exist. The enthusiasm for that "Nothing to Prove" concept continues on The Doubleclicks' and Geek Girls Have #NothingtoProve's respective Tumblrs, the latter of which is still collecting story submissions. We've compiled enough of our favorite photos of ladies proving they have nothing to prove to cover a whole spectrum of geeky interests and experiences.

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  11. Will The Fangirl Meeting Please Come To Order? [VIDEO]

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    Disclaimer: Not all fangirls are the same, some lady fans don't even like the term "fangirl." Now that we've got that out of the way, watch this, it's adorable. Harsh dig there at first but this might produce some feels from fans of Sherlock, Firefly, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Marvel, etc. (Created by Leigh Lahav via So Geek Chic) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  12. Her Universe Wants You To Nominate Your Favorite Fangirl! [VIDEO]

    This Exists... Because of A Lady

    Our friend Ashley Eckstein of has dubbed 2013 the Year of the Fangirl! To celebrate, they'll be highlighting a different fangirl every day and she's looking for your help finding them. Take a look at the introductory video above, there's a few rules but you can find out more and nominate someone at (via The Bird and the Bat) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  13. Comedian Shares Her Nerd Dating Experiences, Getting Dumped Via Puppet

    A Series of Fallopian Tubes

    Comedian Dani Herd recently did stand-up at the Laughing Skull Lounge in Atlanta, George, you know, the home of Dragon*Con. That's important, see, Herd is a geek. Her set mostly revolves around her love life and love of Fraggles. I adore her instantly. Adult language is used, you have been so forewarned. (via reddit) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  14. The Psychology of the Fake Geek Girl: Why We’re Threatened by Falsified Fandom


    I’ve been telling myself to stay out of this debate. I’ve been assuring myself that any time spent reading rants, posts, and their circular comments will only make me feel resentful and defensive. I tell myself that the fight is over and no one won. I rationalize that only a few people are ruining it for the rest of us and therefore, those few should just be ignored. I vow to stop drawing attention to this ridiculous creature, to stop reinforcing the idea that the “Fake Geek Girl” exists. “Why don’t you just drop it?” “Why can’t you take a joke?” “Why aren’t you over this?” I ask myself these things too. The truth is, I don’t know.

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  15. Problem Solved: Geek Girl ID Cards

    Consider the Following

    You might recognize Nerdache Cakes as the the young woman whose confectionary treats we feature here frequently, from an incredible birthday cake based on Gurihiru's Baby Avengers, a set of Gotham City character cookies, to an entire cake based on one piece Avengers fanart drawn by Adventure Time's Natasha Allegri. In response to an anonymous poster who decided that this wasn't enough evidence that she genuinely enjoyed the things she spent hours recreating in dough and fondant, she has created a gift for all of us. I'm sure it will completely fix the "fake geek girl" "problem" forever. In the meantime...

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  16. Jemma Salume Wins Best Commentary On The Latest “Fake Geek Girl” Controversy

    And All Was Right With the World

    I won't say this comic from Jemma Salume is better than the one we posted last week from Meghan Danger, but it wins for illustrating exactly what artist Tony Harris seemed to be accusing certain cosplayers of in his recent Facebook rant. In the most literal, comedic way possible. Hit the jump to find out what happens when this "Fake Geek Girl" preys on the unsuspecting, "Super Mang" reading dude at VeldtCon. 

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  17. No “Fake Geek Girl” Shall Escape His Sight (Apparently)

    i'll just leave this here

    It's been an interesting week in geekdom. If you missed the most recent kerfuffle, you can catch up here. Luckily, tumblr user sailorsway (aka Meghan Danger) has created a delightful two-panel comic strip that explains why some of us ladies are frustrated. Here's how the conversation goes between two men when a Green Lantern t-shirt is spotted. Now hit the jump to see what happens when it's a woman wearing the shirt.

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  18. Star Wars Katie Gets Her Own Stormtrooper Armor Thanks To The 501st

    May The Force Be With You

    Remember Star Wars Katie? The young girl bullied by peers at school for liking the sci-fi saga simply because she was a girl? She made a splash online thanks to a blog written by her mother Carrie Goldman, who has since gone on to write a book on bullying called "Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear." We had a nice update on Katie late last year and she of course, continued to be awesome, but there's a new chapter to be told. See, Katie wanted to be a Stormtrooper for Halloween this year and the 501st Legion made it happen.

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  19. So, The Back Cover Ad on Batman This Month Is a “Fake Geek Girl” Joke

    Today in things that make us scream incoherently

    You might be forgiven for not noticing any ads in Scott Snyder's Batman #13, since the story is riveting, horrifying, and kicks off the first major appearance of the Joker in the New 52. In fact, until David Willis of Shortpacked pointed it out on his tumblr, I didn't even notice that the back cover ad on this issue was different from the back cover ad of the three other DC comics books I picked up this week. Which is unusual, since the way ads in comics usually work is that they are the same across all of a publisher's titles in a given month, right down to page placement. So what's the ad hiding behind that die cut cover of the Joker's horrifying new face?

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  20. “Princess Scientists” Draw Young Girls Into Science, and Plenty of Controversy

    Pretty Pretty Princess

    Erika Ebbel Angle, host of the live science show "The Dr. Erika Show", has two costume elements that should tell you everything you need to know; a lab coat, and her Miss Massachusetts tiara. The tiara in particular is a big hit with the studio audience of kids, most of them girls. Ebbel Angle, who is an MIT graduate with a Ph. D. in biochemistry, says the crown-and-labcoat pairing is meant to subvert what she feels is a stereotype about female scientists, and their presumed slovenly appearance. She wants to prove beauty and brains are possible for scientific women, and makes sure that the kids are getting the message. But swinging too far to an emphasis on beauty is its own extreme stereotype, and Ebbel Angle's show is seen by some as a case of protesting too much. If popular entertainment for the age group can be taken as a reasonable sample of our cultural mores, the show is speaking that language, and using it to make science more inviting. The "Princess Scientist" concept is tailored to its target audience of young girls, many of whom could be drawn to consider an area they had not otherwise. At the same time, it re-enforces an ideal of the smart, career-oriented woman who should also maintain a perfect physical appearance. It seems like, either way, there's no winning. The real question becomes whether it is more important to appeal to impressionable would-be female scientists or enthusiasts, or to examine why this spectrum exists, and what can be done to change the perception of choices for the way women represent themselves.

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