A recent article in Forbes, told the so-called “fake geek girls” to go away. That they might act like they were into sewing to get a good Instagram shot, but wouldn’t deign to take Saturday classes for their “hobby.” That there is a “right” way to be part of an underclass and that if you don’t meet this criteria, you can’t join the club.
I have to admit that I have had a similar reaction, notably when I went off really hard on New Girl. Personally, I think the animosity is born from the co-opting of “geek” culture and pastiche, while still relegating people originally within that social class to the loser table at lunch. Although, if 21 Jump Street is an accurate depiction of today’s high schools, maybe the losers are the jocks and the bros now. Honestly, I have a hard time believing that if I’d just been born a few years later I’d be cool and popular. But maybe that would be due to my overall personality, not my obsession with Star Trek. Continue reading