Being Socially Awkward Is Not An Excuse

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Dr. NerdLove explains that it’s not bad to be socially awkward, but it IS bad to refuse to respect people’s boundaries and use social awkwardness as an excuse.

What If the X-Men Were Black?

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Orion Martin explains that while the X-Men were discriminated against because they were mutants, they were still straight, cis-, able-bodied white guys.

I Keep Trying to Make My Son Cool

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Joanna Schroeder admits that she thinks coolness matters…and she wonders if that makes her a jerk or a good parent.

A Glimpse Of The Dawn Of Science Fiction Fandom

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Ray Bradbury’s influential fanzine proves that geeks haven’t changed since 1939.

Nerd Role Models: The Alpha Geek

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Dr. NerdLove explains how guys can use Spider-Man as a model of how to embrace your geekiness while still being great at dating.

Dudes, Stop Trying to Compete With the Girl in the Comic Book Store for Nerd Cred

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The women who work in Devon Sanders’ comic book store are more than qualified to be there. And if you get between them and their job, you will lose every time.

What If My Son Doesn’t Like Star Wars?

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Neil Sheppard explains to his wife that there’s more to Star Wars than light saber duels.

Geek Masculinity and the Spectre of the Fake Geek Girl

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Rachel Edidin looks at what happens when an alternative model of masculinity gives rise to a nasty strain of misogyny.

Nerds and Male Privilege

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What is it about geek culture that’s so unwelcoming to female fans? And why is it so reluctant to admit that? Doctor Nerdlove investigates.

Are Geeks Being Manipulated By Hot Girls?

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Joanna Schroeder offers an open letter to Joe Peacock, challenging his claims that he is an ally of female gamers, and rising to the defense of the Frag Dolls.

Geek Pride and Social Justice

TweetHey, everyone, it’s been a while! I have been dealing with assorted Brain Issues, and I’ll probably be flaky as shit for a while because sometimes even remembering to eat is difficult and writing a post is damn near impossible. But when I can I’ll post. That said! Today I have Thoughts on Geeks, prompted […]

Can’t Geeks All Get Along?

Tweet(TW for mentions of violence, bullying and suicide) About a year and a half ago, a story broke about a little girl who was teased for having a Star Wars water bottle because Star Wars “is for boys.” The geek community rose to her aid, informing her that she shouldn’t let her tastes be dictated […]