Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World
What do Amy Poehler, Bjork, Felicia Day, Martha Stewart, Miranda July, and Zooey Deschanel have in common? They’re just a few of the amazing women proving that “geek” is no longer a four-letter word.
In recent years, male geeks have taken the world by storm. But what about their female counterparts? After all, fangirls are just like fanboys—they put on their Imperial Stormt...more
I'm sure Ms. Simon meant no harm. I'm sure she wasn't trying to insult me. But someone along the writing path needed to remind her of the sensitivity of her subject. How saying my jeans are "probably second hand or from Target" might be seen as an insult or how her humorous quips might be read more as jabs. How not all girls are the same and one geek is not like t ...more
Geek girls are white
Geek girls are straight
Geek girls listen to indie/alternative rock
Geek girls may not be hotties but they sure are funny
Geek girls are around 35 years old, considering the overwhelming references to 90s culture (Parker Posey, Sassy magazine, Sonic Youth)
Well shit, I just described myself. So I might have also inadvertently described the author, Leslie Simon. However, I would never write a book about stuff I like in the guise of a manual/manifest ...more
each chapter represents a different kind of geek girl, from sci fi/gaming nerds to bookworms to film geeks to "domestic geeks". this was the first time i ever heard that taking a page from martha stewart made one a kin ...more
But this should be kept far far away from those middle schoolers because it will FUCK THEM UP. I'm serious. How this book was written, it's just snobby bitch affirmations. Ful ...more
Simon dedicates each chapter to a different group of geek girldom, advising of some of their more telling features, point ...more
After reading "Geek Girls", I was disappointed. It's a cute little book that basically defines the major geeks in life: fangirls, book nerds, film geeks, and music geeks. Examples of famous women past and present are given in each of these categories to show how they fit the geek label.
What wasn't necessary was the "Geek Love" parts for each section, which ...more
A pretty fun read to skim through. I found myself happily nodding along to some of the descriptions, but al ...more
Fast forward to a few years later, I begin an adventure in SF. I've collected books, movies and actors (yes, if you keep stats on actors on paper like IMBD, in 19 ...more
According to Simon's definitions (because you must first define what a geek is, especially as there are concerns that a geek and a nerd are really the same thing), a geek is "a person who is wildly passionate abou ...more
I was excited to read this book. I thought I would find a collection of stories and examples of how being a Geek Girl is an amazing thing and how despite our differences how really the same all of us are. My excitement quickly went from disappointment to anger.
One of the biggest mistakes author Leslie Simon makes is taking on the tone of all-knowing. As if she is Head Girl of each of the fandoms she writes about, even when sh ...more
I am also disturbed that there is quite a bit of tearing down of other 'non- geek' females through out the course of the book. Admittedly most of the females mocked I don't admire and have said cutting and cruel things about them myself - but I've not taken the time to publish them and I generally try to work ou ...more
One of the major things that bothered me about Geek Girls Unite was that it seems to cater to those who are just one-dimensional geeks (and I say that in the most loving way), but most ...more
Well… The times. They are a-chang ...more
My biggest pet-peeve with this book was the sole focus on women who identify as straight. Why have a "Perfect Boyfriend" section? There are geeky females out there who have the perfect match with a person of the same gender!
In the introduction there is a little note encouraging women to respect one another despite differences in interests, yet each chapter includes a frenemies list.
I was pleased to see the in ...more
"Patti Smith, on the other hand, was not one of the lookers, but her overwhelming stage presence and protagonist musical style made her utterly captivating, endlessly powerful, and oddly attractive". (pg 96)
There is nothing "unifying" in the author's tone about geek women and fandom. Which is a shame, because she's nabbed a fantastic title and written a shit book. I feel like this would only be a title worth reading for someone who wanted ...more
No. Just no.
The first obsession the author mentions is Beverly Hills 90210. It is not really geeky to love the most mainstream show that was on when the author was a kid. This book is just strange and useless.
- I’m a recovering Diet Coke addict
- I think John Green is a literary God
- If I could only listen to one band for the rest of my life, it’d be The Wombats
- I get excited every time I get to clean out the lint trap in the dryer
- I like to catch solo morning mo ...more