Over the past year, I’ve become significantly more active in the women in tech scene. It took someone else recommending that I get involved with a specific community for me to even realize I was part of the women in tech scene. I hadn’t even recognized web publishing, data journalism and social media strategy as being “tech.”
I’ve always embraced my literary and pop-culture geek side. I’ve seen every episode of every Joss Whedon show, at least three times. My first order of business upon arriving in Seoul in 2007 was finding a place where I could get a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in English. While other girls were drinking wine coolers and riding in cars to impress boys, I was voraciously reading Neil Gaiman books (a gift from my then-boyfriend, a nod to my acceptance into our school’s British Literature section for senior English).
So I’ve been thinking a lot more recently, about where these two geeks intersect: the one who loves Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and American Gods, and the one who is passionate about battling sexism on tech teams and harassment at tech conventions.
As a starting point, here’s what I’ve come up with. Introducing The DNA of a Geek Feminist:
1. You embrace movies, books, shows that herald feminist friendly characters: strong women, smart women, women who don’t wait to be rescued by some would-be hero.
2. You fought back the last time you were harassed for being a lady geek. (related: You actively choose your Con based on its attendee harassment policy.)
3. Weak female characters in geeky fiction make you mad. Like, really mad. (I’m looking at you, Bella Swan.) And you can go on for hours critiquing how they could be stronger.
4. You’ll cheer for any ass-kicking female character, whether you’re into their fandom or not. (Long live Kaylie Frye, Hermione Granger, and Buffy Summers.)
5. You are bored with people arguing over whether or not “fake geek girls” is a thing.
6. You actively argue with people about the term and concept of “brogramming.”
7. You have to remind yourself frequently not to feed the trolls. Instead, focus on proving them wrong.
8. You not only wish for, but actively attempt to recruit, more awesome lady geeks into your chosen career space. Call it “leaning in” or whatever you like, but in general, lady geeks are good at finding each other.
To me, when you figuratively sew the “Geek Feminist” badge onto your sleeve, you sign up for a few universal truths:
1. To be an advocate for other lady geeks - whether online, in the workplace, at meetups and conventions, and so on. Don’t be a mean girl. Embrace Shine Theory.
2. To embrace your geekiness unabashedly. Geeky and Feminist are traits of strong and sexy women. Own it and be proud of it.
3. To stop hating on other lady geeks in its tracks. Dudes who want to grill you about every fact in the fandom universe, just because you’re wearing a graphic T with the logo? Show ‘em up and Shut. Them. Down.
So tell us, dear readers: what does being a geek feminist mean to you?
Post by Emma Carew Grovum. She is a data journalist working at the Chronicle of Philanthropy in Washington, D.C. She previously worked as the Digital Editor for The Cooking Club of America and blogs at kitchendreamer.blogspot.com Emma loves Star Wars, pandas and all things Joss Whedon. Find her on twitter at @emmacarew.
Everyone loves a sale. Including me. If you have been lusting for something in the Being Geek Chic, then click this picture:
Every item in the store is eligible, so here’s some pricing:
Totes are $13. Dude and Lady shirts are $17. iPhone cases are $30. Stationary is $7 for 3 cards. And there’s lots, lots lots more.
Every item in my store eligible.
Promotion expires Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Midnight Pacific Time.
This outfit post is brought to you by the letter P.
Zac Posen for Target Cardigan (old)
Striped tee from Express (old)
Black pencil skirt from Theory (old, but similar here, but also watch at TJ Maxx, that’s where I got mine)
Steve Madden Leopard Wedges (old, similar here)
Tory Burch Dean Metallic hobo bag (old)
Sometimes I just get sick of looking at the contents of my own closet. Luckily, the blogosphere is always full of new inspiration and ideas for how to jazz up my look. It’s a good thing too, because I bought a vintage, bedazzled cummerbund last week because belting my outfits was boring me. See? That’s insane. But I’m hopeful that the cummerbund will bring some sartorial satisfaction to my life. We’ll see. In the meantime, check out these inspirational outfits.
See what I mean? Yes, I know it’s technically the time of year when the white jeans are supposed to go back in the closet, but I’m all for breaking the rules.
Another rule I’d like to break? Leather isn’t appropriate for the office. Ahem, NO. It’s tough. It’s sexy. It’s like a blazer. It’s un-boring. Add an asteroids shirt and suddenly you are the coolest person in cube-landia. Get all the details on this outfit over at Emily’s blog.
Yes, it’s true Tania is no longer bringing us her fashionable choices on a regular basis. The good news is that the archives are all still in tact, so you can find inspiration outfits like this denim/mustard combo. This particular outfit is one that I would wear in fall a million times. Add a giant necklace and you’ll feel like the chicest broad in town.
All the details on where these lovely items come from are available on WWANW.
Tel me: where do you turn for closet counseling?
Thanks to those that let me know that they like this format! I’ll try to keep remembering to take pictures of my outfits for this Wednesday segment. Of course, this would be a casual Friday outfit for work.
Here’s what I’m wearing:
Black cardigan: Thrifted
Feather belt: Minneapolis-based retailer Len Druskin - $18
Jeans: Seven for all Mankind Bootcut Extra Dark Wash (no longer available)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs Totally Turnlock Crossbody (no longer available)
Watch: Michael Kors pyramid stud stainless watch
Shoes: Boutique 9 studded kitten heels (no longer available)
Every week, I try to write a "Geeky at Work" that brings together the best of fashion and practicality for work. I recently stocked up on a couple new tees that I plan to rock with my various work wardrobe options and thought I’d share some of the best with you.
I’ve had The Hunger Games on my mind. With the film coming out in March, I’m starting to feel an intense anticipation, which inevitably consumes me every time a new favorite book - turned movie is released. That’s why Rachael Thomas’s Hunger Games District tees are so perfect.
With one logo for each district and an option for both men’s and women’s fitted tees, these are the perfect shirt. Conceptually, they’re simple, so you’re not overtly showing your HG pride, but you have a tad of individuality too thanks to the 13 unique districts that you can choose from.
Jerod Gibson’s cameo designs have a similarly perfect simplicity to them. Darth Vader, Ron Burgundy and Office Space are designed for maximum impact. The other great thing about these designs? The type treatment. If you’re a word nerd, you’ll love exploring the awesome mapping of key words and phrases.
If you love these designs, but aren’t sure about getting them in a tee, they’re also available as iPhone covers. Trust us, they’re equally awesome.
For the book lovers out there, check out Out of Print Clothing. Their collection of classics turned into tees have a nice vintage edge. They’ve also got a few long sleeve options. The mission behind Out of Print is also pretty incredible. They’ve worked with artists to try and source out of print or rare book covers for the art and for everything sold, one book is donated through Books For Africa.