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 Stormtrooper Lycra pants one leg at a time.
Geek Girls Unite is a call to arms for every girl who has ever obsessed over music, comics, film, comedy, books, crafts, fashion, or anything else under the Death Star. Music geek girl Leslie Simon offers an overview of the geek elite by covering groundbreaking women, hall-of-famers, ultimate love matches, and potential frenemies, along with her top picks for playlists, books, movies, and websites. This smart and hilarious tour through girl geekdom is a must-have for any woman who has ever wondered where her sassy rebel sisters have been hiding.
While geekdom has long been portrayed in pop culture as a boys' club, Simon (Wish You Were Here) catalogues the wide variety of geek girls in this entertaining look at embracing nonconformity. No longer a four-letter insult, "geek" is now a badge of honor for a person who's passionate about something and strives to be an expert. This "something" could be anything from the television oeuvre of Joss Whedon to crafting with an alternative twist. In an attempt to bring other like-minded women into the fold, Simon turned to the Internet and created the Geek Girl Guild, a sort of alternative sorority for those who shrug off conventionality. Dividing the book into six chapters, each devoted to different subspecies of geek, she explores the origins, defining characteristics and role models who've made it big. Each category fan girl geek, literary geek, film geek, music geek, funny-girl geek, and domestic goddess geek comes with an approved reading, watching, or listening list, along with a quiz at the start of each chapter for readers to gauge their own geek quotient. While it's obvious that not everyone will fit into the categories Simon defines (a point she concedes early on), bringing girls out from behind fan boys' shadows is a worthy endeavor.