Misconceptions of Geeks

Geeks are so misunderstood, in the sense that it is easily stereotyped, and even then not correctly. But, there are common threads in what is misconceived of geeks.

All Geeks Are Male

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Geek culture is not owned or belongs to a single gender. In fact, a huge percentage of the geek population is female, so sorry boys, it’s not just for you.

Geeks Are Bookish/Techy

Being school smart and tech savvy is more of a nerd trait, and although geeks can have them, they are not mutually exclusive.

Female Geeks Are Fake

I can’t express enough how absolutely stupid the fake geek girl idea is. Angry men deciding that women can’t love what they love is childish. And since so many women are genuinely involved in fandoms and geek culture, they are definitely not fake.

Geeks and Nerds Are The Same

Nope, and you can read about that more in my Geek vs. Nerd post.

Geek Is A Bad Thing

The old adage that being a geek is embarrassing and unpopular has mostly fallen out of favor, but I can imagined that there is some bully in some high school picking on a geek for enjoying comic books.  Media has helped change the idea of geeky being uncool, and as long as we own it, it won’t matter.

What is your favorite part of being a geek? Leave a comment letting me know.

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13 thoughts on “Misconceptions of Geeks

  1. I am not a geek and I held some of these stereotypes myself until now. Thanks for educating me. I am wondering though, since you mention fandom, what’s the relation between fangirls and geeks?

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  2. omg THANK YOU! Seriously, it irks me so much when some of my friends use the term so loosely and have no idea. Also, the Big Bang Theory is such an offender of this (in my opinion). I cringe so hard watching that show and found it so annoying when my boyfriend’s brother (loves this show) kept going on and on about how my boyfriend was just like the guy on that show. Uh, no. Not everyone is that kind of nerd. so irritating lol

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  3. i don’t think i’m a geek but i can see how this misconceptions can be annoying. i agree completely though that there is a difference between a geek and a nerd

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  4. I love being a geek and yes I”m self proclaimed. I’ve always been one to like what I like and it hasn’t always been the most popular topic. I thought it was funny because I was married and had a son when Twilight came out. Everyone was reading vampire books and the whole paranormal genre blew up. People that had made fun of me for years for liking that genre thought it was the coolest thing ever. Drove me nuts.

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  5. I always just assumed Geek/Nerd were equivalent. Thanks for enlightening me! Now I have to go change my Twitter handle! Lolz! 😉 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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