Geek Girl Pride is contagious! Stop bullies and trolls in their tracks by being proud.

Traditionally, geeks were the ones with their underwear pulled up out of their pants, their heads wet from swirlies in the toilet, and the “Kick me” sign taped to their back. Geeks are those weaker members of our culture who get bullied by non-geeks, for loving dorky things like video games, fantasy novels, math, science (and science fiction!), and anime.

Flash forward to today, and geeks are more widely accepted, even idolized and popularized on shows like the Big Bang Theory. The focus has now shifted to the ridicule of geek girls, or so-called fake geek girls. Geek girls are bullied, questioned, asked to prove themselves, or ridiculed for being involved in a subculture that’s been primarily dominated by men up until recently. This is a collection of some of my favorite geek girl, geek feminist, and nerd girl pride images, videos, and memes.

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Source unknown

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This comic was posted to the Geek Girl Pen Pals Facebook by Kitsune Ninetails. It’s originally from One stop humor.

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What began as an attack on so-called “fake nerd girls” was quickly reclaimed by awesome geek girls. You can read a lot of the story here. Picture from The Mary Sue.

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Via Cosplay is not Consent

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Via Rad Rangy

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Via Feministriots

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Source: “Ren in a comic book store” by All the Fun

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If you’re looking for a couple more “geek girl” specific posts from my blog, be sure to check out That awkward moment when George Takei‚Äôs Duela Dent Facebook post turned into a geek girl gender war, Geek Girl Advice: Things I wish I could tell my geeky 13-year old self, and
Geek Girl Advice: Things I wish I could tell myself before my first LARP
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Other Geek Girl websites that deserve a shoutout!
Geek Girl Con
Geek Girls Rule
Geek X Girls
Jezebel – not exclusively geek, but lots of empowering chick stuff here!
Nerd Girl News
The Mary Sue

Also make sure to check out two of my favorite geek girl communities (that I am on staff for!), The Larpettes and the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club! These are fantastic, positive, and encouraging communities that lift us geek chicks up. The Larpettes is an exclusively female community, but guys are totally welcome to hang out with Iggles at the IGGPPC!

I hope these images a sites encourage all my geek girls and geek guys out there to live loud and proud.


Leave me a comment! Post a link to your favorite “Geek girl pride” examples, comics, videos, or pictures!

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Things I wish I could tell myself before my first LARP


Photo courtesy of UnderworldLARP.ca

Disclaimer: For those of you who don’t know, LARP is an acronym that stands for live-action role playing. Yes, like from that movie Role Models, with Paul Rudd. Yes, it’s kind of like Dungeons and Dragons meets Renaissance Faire meets improv theater. Yes, lightning bolt, lighting bolt.


Nana Wells: Just talk to people. Shut up, stop thinking you’re supposed to be immediately great at this and talk to people. Ask questions about the world. Find out peoples’ names. Build a rapport with people and don’t remain in your own little clique. Also, bring baby wipes.


Marie Burell: More blankets. And not to be so damn stressed and scared of everyone. They don’t bite… at least I hope they don’t…


Angela Basset: If you have to make a choice between something that’s probably a safe bet, and you won’t die, versus a dangerous mission, always choose the dangerous mission.


Briana Westmoreland: Just talk to people, folks aren’t going to judge you. so don’t be shy. Also, at the same time, no one has any right to touch you and you can ask people to leave you alone.


Kiri Brasseur: CALM DOWN. Use a modern bathroom before you get there. Breathe. Featherlite boning is NOT going to keep the shape of your bodice.


Brandon M Burns: Learn some more folk songs to completion. Approach people with a little caution. Wear more layers. Do everything. Bring snacks. Don’t let people talk down to you/underestimate you just because you’re a cute girl. Accept courtships from no one. Don’t join any organization for at least one year. Stay in character always. If something gets boring, go look for trouble.


Amy Lynn Resele: Every faulty principle that you’ve built your life on is going to crumble. These people will love you for who you are, and not judge you for your size. Let your guard down, you’re finally safe.


Jacci Kaschak: Try not to let others get to you. It’s always scary when you first start and you dont know anyone, but remain strong and true to your character and others will respect you for it, even if not right away.


Stephanie Parmelee: You don’t look NEARLY as stupid as you think you do… Besides, everyone else is here doing the same thing… go get em! No, you’re not expected to remember everyone’s name the first time. Yes, it’s okay that your costume isn’t as frilly/elaborate/extravagant as theirs. Yes, it’s okay that you forgot your name and that your back history is a tale that can be told in 2 minutes. Just jump in. Worst case scenario, you have something to giggle about when you look back.


Sarah Jessop: Your girly friends from school are never going to know how dorky you were on the weekend, and even if they do, who cares!


Chelsea Stoddard: Try picking a character that is not so against the grain of the world.


L.C. Longo: You should pack more socks. That cute guy in the cloak? He’s a dick… Fairy Fire is not as cool as it sounds.


Tara M. Clapper: Bring friends and you’ll feel less nervous.


Stephanie Leigh Twilley: Don’t trip over the fire pit.


Rachel Onca Berleman: Stop taking the world so seriously, and try to bask in a group of people where you feel you belong.


Danielle Sanfilippo: You know how you’re thinking right now that it might be just like Oblivion, but real life? It is. Now kick some ass and have fun!


Jennifer Hartshorn: If you can possibly manage it, take Monday off. You are going to want to sleep for 24 hours after your first event.


JJ Bartlett: Make up a character that has a personality/character quirk/whatever that will cause you to say ‘yes’ to getting involved in things, rather than one who shies away from getting involved in plots. Being a shy/cautious character is all well and good, story-wise, but you are going to want to be doing stuff.


Kiri Brasseur: Yes, this IS just like improv, and the same golden rule applies: never say no.


Erica Tieppo: No matter what your boyfriend tells you, la poste di falcone is only going to make you look kinda crazy during your combat test, especially if you only “learned” it a half hour ago.


Elizabeth Mc Allister: Wander around. Listen to the stories being told around the fire.


Bianca Mason: Be yourself, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and have fun. You are most likely going to make some of the best friends ever.


Jacqueline Whalen: Be more naive sometimes… yes, that NPC is probably leading you to danger, but that’s part of how you get really involved in the game. If you think you are going somewhere dangerous, see if you can bring some other players along who you trust in game, but don’t pass up on plot.


Leslie Stewart: Don’t let that cute boy from LARP talk sweet on you, and flirt with you, in his cute costume, and be all adorable and stuff. You might end up marrying him someday. Oh wait.


Today’s post comes from an epic Facebook group, The LARPettes. If you’re a female LARPer, join up for a daily barrage of fantastic and femme flared LARP chatter.


Please leave your own LARP advice, or join the conversation on Twitter. #GeekGirlAdvice

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Geek Girl Advice: Things I wish I could tell my geeky 13-year old self.



Photo via Geek Rooms on Tumblr


Mia Moore: It’s okay to be geeky and girly. Don’t feel obligated to choose!


Kaitlin Marie: Don’t be afraid to be enthusiastic about the things that you love. Like what you like, even if people think it’s weird. This is the stuff you’ll be writing about in the future. These geeky interests will be the way you connect with future friends.


Monica Parker Esman: Don’t try so hard to make people love you, those that matter, already do. And don’t hide your geek, it’s part of you so you might as well embrace it!


Jennifer Baldwin: It’s okay to be geeky, you’ll find someone to love you just the way you are.


Katy Hoagland: I wish I had gone into that comic book store when I first heard about it. I wish I would have embraced my geekiness rather than pretending I was like other people.


Charley Bothamley: One day you will discover DND. Embrace it. Roll with it.
You will also discover Wil Wheaton. Role model for life right there. You will find your Doctor. And he will emotionally destroy you.


Amy Lynn Kersnick: Don’t try to change yourself or deny what you love to fit in with the “cool” kids. Embrace the geek, because it will lead you to the best friends you’ll ever have.


Lysa Schwartz Hoffman: Get help. Trust your instincts. When something doesn’t feel right, TELL SOMEONE. Like Daddy. He’ll listen.


Stephanie Turner: Don’t be afraid, love yourself. There are others like you, it will get better.


Kara San Joaquin: You love building webpages, eh? You know what else you’ll love? PROGRAMMING!! Also, save up your money and buy that drum set already, screw your dad when he tells you you can’t have it. Most importantly, stop being afraid to blaze your own trails.


Rebecca Kennedy: Uhm… that bitch who tells you it’s not alright to like ‘boy things ‘ is not your friend and you need to get rid before college when you will be geekier than ever.


Clare Long: Don’t worry – just because no one gets you now, it doesn’t mean it will be that way forever. You’re not the only one at out there who loves the stuff you do, and soon you will have people to share that stuff with.


Erika B: You are never too old to dress up for Halloween… or the weekend… or a random Tuesday.


Lizzie Fletcher: The braces will work, your hair will get straighter and one day you won’t care if people laugh at you for loving Belinda Carlisle because it will just be your thing…


Leslie Stewart (me): Even though you don’t have many friends, someday you will have more than you know what to do with. Always be nice to everyone, even the bullies. Stick up for those getting picked on, sit with the people who sit alone at lunch, and be proud of your inner awkward, because someday you won’t care when people make fun of you for it.


Danica Colopy: There is this new show called Firefly and it will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Get ready.


Stephanie Wallace: Play piano. Love yourself. Audition for every play every time. Run for prom queen.


Meaghan Golden Avocato: Watch the original Star Wars trilogy first. There are video games other than Dogz and Catz. In ten years, you’ll be happier and more successful than any of the girls on the cheerleading team (and your boobs will be just as big).


Ari Carr: Watch more films and write more you little geek. It’ll be worth it in the future!


Polled via Geek Girl Pen Pals on Facebook

Please leave your own advice to your 13-year old self below, whether you or not you are a geek or a girl! Or feel free to tweet about it: #GeekGirlAdvice

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