The Nerd Girl Invasion

Kudos to my friend Nico who found this hilarious video by the SMBC Theater. I’ve been collecting articles, photos, memes and blog post about geek or nerd girls for a while now. Women who are into geekdom, especially if they are pretty or do sexy cosplay, are accused by some of being “fake geek girls” and of only pretending to like geekdom to get the attention of men.

Ever seen memes of the Nerd Girl?

This video hits a lot of stereotypes about geeks and nerds and shows that geeks can laugh at themselves and the extremes some geeks go to. Interestingly enough, they don’t talk about the possibility that women might fake to be nerds or the fact that they do so to get attention. Instead, they joke about the possibility that women might leave in the middle of a raid to care for their kids and what criteria for true nerdiness are.

Let me know what you think!

– The Geek Anthropologist

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About Marie-Pierre Renaud

I am an anthropologist living in Quebec city, Canada. I specialize in native studies and anthropology of health. I am a geek. I founded and now co-manage The Geek Anthropologist blog. I am working on transforming my memoir into a book and journal articles. I like to knit while watching Star Trek. Reach out to me for collaborations! https://mariepierrerenaud.co/

There are 5 comments

  1. Daan van den Bergh

    I have been on all sides of society in my young life and if I learned anything it would be: being a nerd is awesome.

    I see a nerd as someone that is him/herself, no matter what society thinks of them. They do what they like to do, they do what makes them happy. Whether it’s playing WOW 24/7 or reading a book on the stairs during a break in school. Girls put green lipstick on even when it makes them look like shit, it makes them happy and they know that’s all that counts.

    What makes me sad, is that some people become nerds, BECAUSE they are kicked out by society and SECLUDE themselves and try to avoid the confrontation BY playing WOW 24/7, etc. etc.

    Till I was 12 I was a study-nerd, I got awesome grades. After that, till my 15th I was a gaming-nerd, basically to seclude myself from any kind of social life – I was bullied a lot. After that, while I accidentally got a tan during vacation I became a popular kid and stayed that way till I finished high school at 18.

    Because of my confusing childhood I had been experimenting with drugs and alcohol since I was 13 and after I finished high school, my Mr. Popular-status got me involved with a lot of crazy people. By the time I was 20 I was a drug-dealer and didn’t have anything to complain financially or socially.

    Now, I’m 27. I’m off the drugs and only drink occasionally and have spent 7 years trying to better my life. Although I’m a much better, stronger person and I couldn’t give one shit about my social status, I’m unemployed and I work my ass off trying to save my family from a financial meltdown.

    But you know what? I’m happier than I ever was. I no longer crave acceptance from the cool kids or have to alter my reality to fit in. I do what I do, I am what I am and I don’t care what anyone thinks.

    I speak fluent HTML, PHP and CSS and enjoy a good Marvel Comic/Movie. I don’t like MMORPG’s but am a Hardcore PS3 Gamer.

    I’m a big ass Nerd, and I’m proud.

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    1. thegeekanthropologist

      Happy to know you have sorted out some problems and are continuing to do so. As you said, it is important to be proud and happy of who you are. I agree that some people turn geek or nerd because they are rejected from society and look to places where they can find people to connect with. On the other hand, even when you head to geek culture on your own, you might end up being rejected for it. I suppose that might be one reason why so many geeks end up saying that “normal” people are way to boring and stupid and that geeks rule: once you’re rejected, one reaction might be to further reject your rejecter. It’s worth looking into, it’s just an hypothesis. Thanks for taking the time to write such a personal comment!

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      1. Daan van den Bergh

        Absolutely. Bottom line is that everyone should just do whatever makes them happy, regardless of which category it fits in.

        It’s not an hypothesis actually, there’s a psychological term for it, but I forgot it now. It’ll come to me. It is one of the many ways how people avoid issues.

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