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Nerd is the Word!

Women are playing bigger and bigger rolls in contributing to nerd culture. From J.K. Rowling creating Harry Potter, to Kim Swift working on games like Portal and Left 4 Dead, women are moving into the culture with swift force. And while the gap of nerdy women to men is closing, I will admit I still have a few issues with being a nerdy woman in 2018. Below I have compiled the top 4 reasons I struggle with my nerd-dom!

#1. The Testing Testies

The moment the phrase “I’m a nerd” escapes my lips, it’s followed by instant regret. I’m constantly being berated by males with questions like, “Oh you’re a nerd? Have you ever even played (insert video game here)?” No! Just because I’m a nerd doesn’t mean I’ve seen every “nerdy” television show, movie, comic book or video game ever created…
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#2. I Yam Who I Yam!

I have days, like anyone else, when I dress up or I don’t. Sometimes I have a late night and an early morning. Does it occur to people that I can be just as comfortable in a Workaholics tee and sweats as I am in a dress and heels? On a “no makeup day” someone said to me, “You look so much better when you try.” I’m comfortable rocking a messy bun and glasses, but thanks for your unwanted opinion.

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#3. You’re Playing With a Girl, But I Guess I Am Too!

My sister expressed her frustrations to me about gaming with men online and I couldn’t agree more. She leaves her microphone off when gaming online because every time a guy found out they just got beat by a girl, they would get angry.. Guess what? Girls game too and sometimes we win, get over it!
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#4. On the Search for Nerd Merch…

Every time I go into a comic book store or the video game section and I’m looking for assistance, I get asked questions like, “Well, what does your boyfriend normally like to play?” Please stop assuming I am buying the “nerd merch” for a guy. This Assassin’s Creed is for me and I am going to SLAY!
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While most of my male nerd friends are very accepting, I still face these issues a lot. Let me know in the comments below if you have any of the same issues I do, or if you have experienced something completely different.

To end on a happy note, I leave you with this. Enjoy!

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  1. Too true. So far as dressing up……they can piss off, I dress for me , not for them!!!!

  2. As far as I’m concerned, the only rule of nerddom is that you are so into a harmless hobby that it makes you less popular rather than more and “normal people” think you are weird. If a hobby creates popularity, has moved from nerddom into the mainstream.

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