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  1. Is Geek Still a Dirty Word? One Female Engineer Thinks It’s Keeping Women out of STEM Fields

    Naturally, we have some feelings about this.

    Here at The Mary Sue, we think it's incredibly important to get young girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields to fix their diversity problems, and it's great when women in those fields speak up and share their experience on the subject. Still, an opinion shared on The Washington Post by engineer Tricia Berry has us a little perplexed at why people still think geek—a word we use proudly—is a negative term.

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  2. Ever Wonder What It Feels Like To Be A Geek? This Magic: The Gathering Collector Gives You A Taste

    I often get asked what makes me a geek. My usual response? Intense passion for something. So yes, "being a geek" to me isn't necessarily relegated to the genre medium of comic books, video games, etc. People who get really excited over sports are no different than people who get really excited about a collectable statue. And collectors, well they're tangentially connected. Not all collectors do it for the money but when a huge score falls on your lap, it's hard not to get really excited.

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  3. Wil Wheaton Talks About the Difference Between Nerds and Geeks (Spoiler Alert: There Isn’t One)

    This calls for dancing and capes!

    In an recent interview with GQ, nerd superstar and host of The Wil Wheaton Project Wil Wheaton (gee, I wonder where they got the name of his show from?) had some really excellent things to say about what it means to be a geek. Or a nerd. Whatever puts your starship into hyperdrive, I guess.

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  4. Welcome to Our New Geek Sex Column: Self-Insert

    Go, little guy, go!

    Don't judge me too much here, but I've never seen Revenge of the Nerds. It's not out of protest -- I just never have. What I have done, however, is osmosed culturally the dichotomy presented by the film's main character: All jocks ever think about is sports, but all nerds ever think about is sex.

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  5. A Brief History of Fandom, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Fan

    (The) Doctor (and a) Strange Love

    In the beginning, I was not a fan. I liked stuff - Firefly, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings - but the tween who freaked over Bon Jovi and baseball grew up and moved out. I knew about fans; I married a classic Trekkie, who memorizes music cues and can name an episode by its first five seconds, and who first went to Comic-Con in 1972. But I thought, as so many do, that fandom was the domain of man-children with a less than firm grasp on reality. Then I met the Doctor.

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  6. Why Geeks Do What Geeks Do

    That is how the geek do.

    The morning after the Isla Vista shootings, I was on Gchat with Sam, my fellow weekend editor. I was supposed to be working, but I was having trouble getting to it. I’d seen people on Twitter looking for friends who lived near the shooting (and who weren’t returning their calls), and the shooter’s disturbing screed was still up on YouTube. I watched as much as I could stomach (not much). Sam and I sat together, a few thousand miles apart, sharing the silence of a blank chat field.

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  7. The 10 Geek Commandments

    The 10 Geek Commandments

    For your consideration.

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  8. Empire Strikes Back and Nerd Favorites Top Empire‘s Greatest Films Fan Poll

    Oh Hollywood

    What is there to say about a list that would posit that there are only two hundred and twenty three films in history that have been better than Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith?

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  9. Things We Saw Today: Happy Geek Pride Day!

    Things We Saw Today

    Today marks a convergence of geekery: Towel Day (for all you hoopy froods out there), the 37th anniversary of the release of Star Wars, and the Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May. With their powers combined, they are...Geek Pride Day! In celebration, both ThinkGeek and WeLoveFine are offering checkout codes good for 20% off. Hide your wallets.

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  10. Haters Gonna Hate: I Love The Big Bang Theory

    Essay

    The Big Bang Theory takes a lot of crap from the nerd community. We have a hard time being happy, don’t we? The science is too sciency. The science isn’t sciency enough. Where are the women? Well we don’t like those women – give us some we can. Don’t get me wrong: I like to pick apart a TV show just as much as the next girl. But I really love The Big Bang Theory, and the reason why might surprise you. I totally adore the women in the show. Yeah, I said it. I totally adore Penny and her Lady Posse. 

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