Nerd vs. Geek: Does it Even Matter?

nerd vs geekGrowing up, I had always heard the terms “nerd” and “geek” being used but no one could really tell me why there were “band nerds” and “chorus geeks” and not the other way around, or why when I called myself a geek, I was usually corrected and told that I was more of a nerd. Finally, thanks to the power of Google I was able to get a bit of clarity on the issue. Articles like the one on WikiHow break it down- with pictures and everything.

After reading the WikiHow article, two things stood out to me:

  • Not a single picture in that article showed a girl as the focus (one had a girl as the man’s girlfriend and that’s it).
  • The point at the end of the article: “It is possible for someone to be a nerd and a geek, depending on definition. Many ‘nerd’ and ‘geek’ interests interlace. Often being a geek leads to being a nerd…similarly, nerds can become geeks.”

This is a place for girls and women to feel like it is okay to be a geek, a nerd, or a wonderful combination of the two (which, in reality is what I believe I am!). We will look at things from a female perspective (which, after all, it’s the only one I know!). So, if you are big on labels, feel free to make a date with Google and sort it all out.

Otherwise, if you are proud to be a smart girl, have more books (of any subject) than shoes, love technology, dig Time Lords, want to one day be loved as much as Sheldon loves his spot, and think Princess Leia was one bad ass chick who held her own amongst the boys, than Geeked Out Girl is the community for you! Park your Tardis, land your Death Star, and pull the Hogwarts Express up to Platform 9 ¾ and make your self at home! – Michelle

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