Another group of women who take a lot of heat for their genuine "geekiness" are a bit harder to pick out than cosplayers. This group of women includes ladies who are genuine fans of specific franchises, characters, or programs. They might be walking down the street with a Star Trek shirt on or have Doctor Who sneakers on their feet. A few of them might actually have on glasses that they need in order to SEE with! These ladies are often confronted by men (and women) who are determined to prove that they aren't "geeky" enough to wear said shirt or shoes. They get asked obscure questions about an actor who portrayed "third red shirt from the left" on Episode X of Star Trek: TOS. They get attacked by jerks who laugh at them for mispronouncing the name of a character from The Hobbit. They get noses turned up to them if they haven't heard about the latest video game in a specific seriees.
These ladies probably have it tougher than anyone because A) nothing they say or do can prove their "geekiness" to the types of idiots who question them about it and B) even if they do answer any and every question thrown at them, the idiot asking them questions will eventually fall back on low ball techniques such as name-calling or making fun of them in some other sophomoric manner.
These ladies are basically in a no-win situation with certain types of fools. However, if you are reading this and find yourself in a situation where you can speak up for one of these ladies, do so. Why? Because geeks always harp on how tolerant they are of others. Prove it!!! I'm not telling you to go into "damsel in distress" mode, I'm simply saying that by showing a geeky lady support, she will see that not all socially awkward nerds are jerks.
Another group that takes a lot of heat for their geekiness are women who are legitimate scientists, doctors, artists, writers, etc. who are looked down upon for the simple fact that they are female. Blatant discrimination is wrong, and it pains me to see brilliant women get doors shut on them or backs turned to them NOT because of their intelligence, but because of their gender. Support them by backing their research, artwork, ideas, etc. This can be done by simply purchasing the fruits of their labor or helpiing to fund whatever project in whatever field they happen to be in. Simply telling them that you appreciate their efforts is helpful as well.
I think what is most sad about this particular topic is that ultimately the jerks that are making fun of these people or attacking them are doing it simply because they can't deal with the shortcomings and failures in their own lives. Honestly, how sad of a person must you be if your only source of pleasure comes from demeaning a lady for not knowing the particular year that Batman first appeared in the comics or why Firefly used so much of the Chinese language in dialogue? Quit being such a pitiful loser and give a bit of respect to these ladies.
Heck, a few of them might even become your friend!
Respect the geeky ladies of this world. We need them!
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