Girls can be just as geeky as boys. That’s a fact that the general population is gradually coming around to. But there’s always one sticking point. One element of the equation that people can’t quite accept. And that’s Hot Geek Girls.
Of course girls can be geeks, with their jeans and hoodies and no make-up and/or lots of piercings, utterly devoid of skin pigmentation thanks to the many hours spent preparing for WoW raids, the sort of girls who stay in on Saturday nights. But those girls who get dressed up and go out dancing and flirting with their friends – they can’t be geeks. They’re hot, why would they need or want to be geeks? They must just be pretending to be geeks. Yeah, that must be it. They’re pretending to be geeks so that they can attract even more men.
The Fake Hot Nerd Fallacy De-Bunked
So, these stunning women, who could hit a club and pick up any guy they liked the look of, are pretending to be geeks in order to attract geeky men, who, rather like geeky women, do not have a reputation for being lookers. Does that make any sense to anyone?
Sure, models who have been dressed as soft-porn Catwomen and Leias by some lads mag probably aren’t that into comics. It’s entirely possible they don’t know that such a thing even exists. But you’ve got to assume that these gorgeous girls on Twitter bemoaning their hours spent on Skyrim and eagerly anticipating the new series of Doctor Who know their nerdy stuff.
I’m not going to make a Samantha Brick mistake and start claiming that I am myself a Hot Girl Geek (in dim lighting, under a skin-suffocating layer of make-up, maybe) but I know plenty of stunning women who can more than hold their own in nerd banter. You see them every time you go to a comic book shop or convention. This website alone is staffed by some gorgeous girls who manage the challenging task of reading comics while having symmetrical facial features.
And yet, it’s amazing how many women are dismissed as bloggers/journalists because they are deemed ‘too hot’ to be geeks. I’ve read many interesting and intelligent articles that happened to be accompanied by a photo of the author looking particularly boobalicious in a Black Cat costume, in which the comments section is filled with people calling the writer a fake. This isn’t an accusation levelled at them just by male geeks. Other women are often the first to make the claim. I think, for men, the reaction to Hot Girl Geeks is one of disbelief. For women, they often suspect these girls of being band wagon geeks, jumping on now that it’s comparatively cool to be a geek.