The Geek Life

April 14, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Posted in Essays | 3 Comments
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I’d like to come out of the closet. I’m not sure I was actually in there with my Star Trek uniform, my Ren Faire garb, and my Steampunk accoutrements. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a geek.

As I get older, I embrace the Geek Side even more. I don’t know if it’s the truth, but being intelligent is cool these days. The Big Bang Theory has gone a long way to improve geek perception. Who doesn’t love Sheldon Cooper?

One of the coolest things about geeks, in my opinion, is how much we’re willing to do to dress up. It’s really a freeing thing to dress up at a con. The better job you do at your outfit, the more likely you are to be a minor celebrity. And people will work hard or spend a lot of money to get the coolest outfit. I’ve seen the most amazing Weeping Angel and Predator.

Bonus points if you are the only one wearing that outfit. More bonus points for obscurity.

Another thing I love about the geek community is how much intelligence is prized. Can you even BE a part of the geek community if you’re not smart? Some of the sexiest men in the geek community are the most intelligent. I mean come on, Doctor Who? Sherlock? There are also plenty of kick-ass women in the geeky community. In almost every Predator movie, the woman was the last one standing. Ellen Ripley lived every time in comparison with the boatloads of men who didn’t!

There’s some rampant sexualization of women in the geek community. Women almost always wear skin-tight clothing or are scantily-clad. How many men fantasize about Princess Leia in her slave girl outfit? I’ve been reading accounts of women who are groped and otherwise accosted because they’re dressed up at cons. I can’t say that it’s totally unexpected. A big part of the geek community is composed of men. Not all of those men, but quite a lot are social awkward, socially inept. They gather their information on appropriate behavior from the internet. As we all know, there are some shall we say questionable? sources on the internet. Even though it’s not unexpected, it’s not acceptable.


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