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Growing Up Geek: Learning to Wear Your Nerdiness On Your Sleeve

Be the self-accepting person your younger self needed

This is just one geek's story. But there are countless others out there.

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Things We Saw Today: Ugh, Fake Geek Guys

Jill Pantozzi, TMS' erstwhile Editor-in-Chief, tweeted about an incredible /r/relationships post that can really only be summed up exactly how you see it on her tweet.

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When the Dave’s Is Done: Some Thoughts on the Passing of a Comic Shop

Even if you’ve never been to a comic shop, you can probably get an idea of what my experience in Dave’s was like from any cultural depiction of the setting. The clientele was overwhelmingly male and largely, if not exclusively, adult. If you weren’t an adult one of the clerks would likely eye you over his glasses (I’m not stereotyping, they all had glasses) and ask if there was anything he could “help you with” if you hadn’t taken your purchase to the register within a few minutes.

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Olivia Munn and “Appropriating Nerd Culture”

Oh, good. I was wondering when someone would haul out the "fake geek girl" meme again.

The Internet took Bleszinski's choice of phrase and ran with it, using it ironically--because there really is no such thing as "appropriating nerd culture".

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The Mary Sue’s Best Moments in Female Fandom in 2014!

'Nuff said.

Bad moments are sometimes the most important for us to write about here at The Mary Sue, but that doesn't mean everything is doom and gloom! We're all passionate geeks, and that means, above all else, loving things so much that we might actually explode. Take a look back at some of the things we loved this year that were the best candidates for untimely death by spontaneous fan-bustion.

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The Mary Sue’s Worst Moments in Female Fandom in 2014

On the upside, we got to snark a lot. On the downside... everything.

We try to see the positive in all situations around here at TMS, but occasionally, some things happen in fandom that we just have to call out. 2014 had a series of moments in which it didn't feel super-awesome to be a female fan of things like comics, cosplay, and video games, so let's take a look at the whole horrible list.

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The Mary Sue Exclusive: She Makes Comics Documentary Tackles Conventions & Fake Geeks

The Mary Sue is proud to present an exclusive clip from Respect! Films' new documentary, She Makes Comics!

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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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Neil Gaiman Has No Truck With Any Of That “Fake Geek” Nonsense

Master of karate and friendship for everyone.

Neil Gaiman’s on a bit of a roll lately. First he threw shade Doctor Who’s way for their lack of female writers, then he further addressed the imbalance and offered advice for writers looking to secure themselves a wibbly wobbly, timey wimey gig. Now he’s taken on one of my personal pet peeves: The idea that there’s any such thing as a "fake geek."

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What If Geek Girls Acted Like Geek Guys?

“Tell me a fact about the Avengers that isn’t from the movies. Do you even know anything about Wasp?”

Say "not all geek guys!" I dare you. I flipping dare you.

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Things We Saw Today: Josh Brolin Stole The Infinity Gauntlet At Comic-Con

Lookin' good.

He was born for this.

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Oh, Cool: The National Review Posted a Cover Story About Fake Geeks

Set phasers to "fuck you."

Normally we don't pay much attention to the National Review here at The Mary Sue—after all, you don't often see them reporting on the same kinds of stories that we tend to cover in the pop culture and science sphere. But, as it turns out, one columnist who writes for them has very specific opinions about those topics, in an article entitled... "Smarter Than Thou: Neil deGrasse Tyson and America's Nerd Problem." Hoo boy. I have a bad feeling about this.

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[UPDATED] Oh No He Didn’t: Diamond Comics’ Previews World Editor Says Women Got Into Geek Culture For Fashion

Girls, lol.

I love fashion. I post about it on The Mary Sue often. But in a climate of "fake geek girl" accusations, I take issue with someone in the industry saying women got into geek culture for the "fashion sense."

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


[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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The Fake Geek Girls of this New Webseries Tackle the Haters, Remain Cute

As the Doubleclicks say, "There are no fake geeks, only real jerks."

You've heard of the mysterious "Fake Geek Girl": she's cute, she likes comics, and she can't exist. Our friends at The Mary Sue wrote a great post about this phenomenon last year; more recently, The Doubleclicks made this awesome music video. Now, two writer/producers out of LA are giving us their own take, with a hilarious new webseries.

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Interviewer Swaps Usual Convention Questions To Find The Real Fake Geeks [VIDEO]

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Jennifer Landa decided to do some investigative journalism at San Diego Comic-Con to sort out this whole "fake geek" issue. And she enlisted help from our good friends Andre Meadows and Dr. Andrea Letamendi! I never recommend reading the comments but I find it hilarious several folks on YouTube missed the satire part of this whole thing. For instance: "Yeah, I hate to break it to you, but most of the female cosplayers aren't any nerdier or geekier than the males you accuse of fake nerdom. I find your video incredibly derisive and insulting." Ah, life. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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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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The Doubleclicks’ “Fake” Geek Girl Video Has Nothing to Prove

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

At the beginning of this month girl nerd band and sister act the Doubleclicks asked the lady geek community (with help from some special guest stars like Kelly Sue DeConnick, Marian Call, Wil Wheaton, Paul and Storm, Adam Savage and more) to help them make a music video, and it just might put a tear in your eye. Previously in The Doubleclicks

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Things We Saw Today: Convention Harassment Posters

Things We Saw Today

A very cool series of posters by Christopher Jones for CONvergence's “Costumes are not Consent" anti-harassment campaign. John Scalzi would be proud. (via EruditeChick)

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