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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. The 10 Geek Commandments

    The 10 Geek Commandments

    For your consideration.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Man of Steel Sequel Writer David Goyer Calls Marvel’s She-Hulk “A Giant Green Porn Star,” Insults Geeks

    Today in things that make us scream incoherently

    Last night, a podcast called Scriptnotes interviewed a panel of screenwriters before a live audience. "The Summer Superhero Spectacular" panel included Andrea Berloff (The Legend of Conan), Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel). Podcast hosts John August and Craig Mazin asked the screenwriters a few questions on how they approached the genre of superheroes and mythical warriors. As expected, Goyer answered some questions but avoided giving away spoilers on his upcoming projects bringing the DC Comics Universe to live-action. But it's the way he spoke about a Marvel Comics hero which got our attention. 

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  8. Creators Of WonderCon’s “I Hate Fangirls” Shirt Defend It, Double Down On “Fake Geek” Bullcrap

    Your Stupid Minds! Stupid! Stupid!

    "So, we've apparently received some bad word on our fan girl shirt, with accusations of sexism being thrown at us from a certain few bloggers... ...who have completely ignored our other variant shirt on display or didn't even bother to ask our take on it. Apparently it's only sexism if it is insulting to one gender. Woo double standards. Anyways, the fangirl/fanboy shirts can best be explained like this: fangirls/boys =/= fans. Fans are people who like and genuinely respect a fandom, and it's creators. Fangirls/boys are like those creepy fedora wearing neckbearded bronies, or hetalia fanfiction shippers, who make us all collectively cringe in pain at what they do to the things we love. No one should ever defend these kinds of people. Seriously, they make the rest of us look bad. oh and fyi: the ones who bought the shirt design, the fangirl one in particular, half were girls who bought it." — Yesterday we brought you Greg Rucka's thoughts on a certain t-shirt for sale at WonderCon (a much more accurate version of which is above) that rightfully got a lot of people ticked off because of the way it perpetuates the toxic "there's only one right way to be a fan of something" attitude that's long infected geek culture and often manifests specifically in a way that's intended to push girls out of geek spaces. Tankhead Custom Tees, which made the shirt, responded to the controversy with a grammatically-challenged message on their Facebook page, pointing out that they make a version of the shirt for fanboys too and completely ignoring the whole thing about how no one should be shamed for the way they choose to express their interest. Hetalia fanfic shippers, oh noes! (via The Daily Dot, image via Joe L. on Facebook) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  9. Greg Rucka Has Something Important To Say About Your Gatekeeping Of Women In Geek Culture

    Essay

    [Editor's Note: With creator Greg Rucka's permission, we're republishing a piece he wrote on his personal blog in its entirety. Some strong language to follow from a husband and father who's fed up. The topic of conversation? The above t-shirt design spotted at WonderCon this past weekend.] I rarely use this to just blog. I’m going to just blog now, so you can all just ignore this if it’s not to your liking. Warning. Contents under pressure.

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  10. Help Make This Hugely Geeky Road Trip Happen [VIDEO]

    There And Back Again

    Creators Jessica Mills and Alan Kistler (two very good friends of mine) have come up with a really fun idea. They want to go on a geeky road trip to visit famous nerdy haunts and treasures! Sound like something you might want to watch unfold? Check out their adorable Kickstarter video for all the details and see if if you can help make it happen. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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