Sunday, March 10, 2013

Girly geek or Geeky girl

I like the word Geek. These days the meaning of the word has shifted from the synonym of rather negative words looser or dork to a rather positive meaning, like a "successful technologist" or "technology enthusiast".

If you think about it... Today we would not call everyone in technology a geek - neither the guy who can code, nor the cliché character from movies wearing very thick glasses and collecting rare varieties of butterflies automatically qualifies as a geek. The word has become descriptive of a person who truly likes technology and is good with it.

Attention Geeks & Girlfriends of Geeks! MicroSoft geek Definition T-Shirt (L)
Merriam-Webster definition of geek.

To support this theory just search for the word "Geek" on Bing or Google. You will see no negative results at among top 10. Microsoft company store is full with gear – cups, T-shirts, hats, toys with the trademark "geek" on them.

I take no offense in being called a geek. At times I have felt almost proud that a classmate, teammate or a colleague has seen enough passion in me for making things better in technology and I have demonstrated the depth of knowledge to be called a geek, and qualify for the membership of Elite Society of Geeks.  

How would the ladies of the Elite Society of Geeks should be identifying ourselves? By ladies/girls(*) I mean besides the obvious anatomical differences from men, species of humans that including but not limited to the list, may: display fondness of shopping, wear makeup daily, possess extensive knowledge of the designer brands, willingly choose walk on high heel shoes for extended period of time and intermittently become overly emotional about stuff.

Lately I needed to provide a brief bio - and I thought of being slightly funny to take the pressure off and identify myself as a "geeky girl". However on the second thought I realized that it is more related to a Halloween costume of a girl wearing a short skirts and oversized glasses than a computer programmer, and that it does not assume about one's technical overachiever status or membership in the unregistered society of Geeks. But then what was the alternative to put in the bio?  

Next I thought about the a little wordplay and expression "girly geek". Well, maybe I didn't come up with it myself - but it represented exactly what I meant! It is a person with strong intellectual skills and high level of knowledge of the field who also satisfies the definition of a girl(*) from above.

Therefore, I hereby declared myself a proud "girly geek". Join the club ladies!

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