Out-Geeked by a Lady

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Michelle McCrary and her Jedi Tots
My sons and I attended the premiere of Star Wars: Episode II in home-made costumes. I'm sure that Michael, who will be fourteen in less than a month, will really be happy that I put this picture on here.

A few days ago, during a rather Star Trek-filled conversation between him and myself, one of my husband’s friends looked around in confusion, then said to my husband, “I am about to be out-geeked by a lady.”

What he doesn’t know is that I, and so many ladies like myself, may “out-geek” him in a lot of ways, and not just genres that involve green-skinned ladies or red shirts of death.

I assured him that I do that to men quite frequently, and that is okay to be afraid and confused by it. One day, he will learn to accept that girls can “geek out” just as much as boys, and if he is really lucky, his children will benefit from having a mother that out-geeks her own children, in a loving way, of course. I can attest that my own sons already show a partiality to girls who are gamers instead of socialites.

Michelle McCrary as Princess Leia
Me, as Princess Leia, for Halloween 2010. Not the slave costume.

I remember the first time something similar happened to me. I was a budding geekling at the tender age of fifteen years. I spent a lot of time with my church’s youth group, maybe in part because there were boys involved. If I remember correctly, I didn’t even like any of the boys, but where there are teenage boys, teenage girls will follow. And follow we did. During one outing, a few of the guys were discussing a fun time they had a few days prior; someone had set up a giant screen in the church parking lot and played the original Star Wars film. This was way back when we all knew, without knowing any different, that Han shot first. I heard the guys talking about it and walked right up and asked, “Hey! Why didn’t I know about this? When was that?” One of the guys, one that I had always thought was particularly nice and even treated his mother with respect, almost shocked the tight-roll out of my acid-washed jeans when he turned to me and answered back, “What do you know about Star Wars? You’re a girl.”

My face turned red. I was speechless; there was nothing left for me to do but turn around and walk away. I was always taught that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all. Well, that is what I learned from watching Disney’s Bambi, anyway.

Looking back on that moment now, I should have called him a scruffy-looking nerf herder before storming off, with the “Imperial Death March” playing in my imagination, to set the scene. What I do realize now is that he may have done me a favor. I decided that day that I would learn as much as I could about the things that I love, so that if ever confronted with such a challenge again, I would be ready, lightsabers blazing.

Ladies, has this ever happened to you?

Han McCrary and Princess Leia McCrary
A long time ago, in a marriage far, far away...an overgrown teenage boy's dream came true.

Have you ever heard geeks of the male persuasion discussing the finer points of a topic you know and love so well, then proceeded to interject your highly logical and knowledgeable thoughts on the matter, only to be given the cold shoulder because the guy geeks think you would look better in a Leia slave-outfit than trying to act like you actually know something about the beloved Lucasfilm franchise? There are the exceptions to this, we know it to be true, or we wouldn’t have our beloved GeekDads. Geeks of the opposite sex do find each other and fall in love, producing wonderful little geeklings to carry on our traditions and action figure collections.

I feel like the guy geeks who make these comments and observations are just misguided; if they really knew how much we love and respect the very things that they love and respect, how could they not think that we geek girls are just the bees knees? Without giving away too much personal information about myself, one of the main things that my husband listed that he loved the most about me once, was that I know so much about Star Wars.

To the geek dads and guys who see us geek girls and geek moms for all of our sci-fi, fantasy, super hero-loving ways and love us all the more for it, thank you for letting us be who we are. To the geek guys who haven’t figured us out yet, it’s time to realize that the times, they are a’changing! Besides guys, who would you rather spend the rest of your life with: A girl who, when talking about the handsome Capt. Jack, is referring to Johnny Depp’s character in Pirates of the Caribbean; or a girl who can explain the correlation between Capt. Jack and Doctor Who, knows your favorite super hero and will teach your children why it’s important to always have a towel handy? You tell me. Just you tell me.

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6 thoughts on “Out-Geeked by a Lady

  1. A little over thirteen years ago, the woman who is now my wife out-geeked me. She knew more about Marvel comics than I did, she played RPGs that I hadn’t, and she had parents that used to attend conventions. But I didn’t look at it as “out-geeked”… I thought, “Yes, a woman that shares my interests!”

    We whooped and cheered when we saw the very first trailer to the Spider-Man movie (the one that was pulled post 9/11 as it featured the Two Towers). I couldn’t stop smiling as we watched one Marvel movie after another; she’d often say, “That’s not how it is in the comic books.”

    And then there’s my my sister: she loves to tease me how it’s my fault she got into gaming, but I always say she went forward with the zeal of the converted and got in much deeper than I ever have.

  2. I can’t say I’ve ever out-geeked any geeky guys, but I can certainly hold my own. Thankfully, they all seem to take it in stride.

    My husband confessed to me, after several years of marriage, that he wouldn’t have married anyone who didn’t love Star Wars. Then again, I think I hooked him soon after we met, when he learned that I’d seen Weird Al in concert at age 12.

    The way to a geek’s heart… 🙂

  3. I cannot believe that guy…he was an idiot. As someone who has been a geek most of my life, I have found it hard to find geek ladies. Just my luck I guess. But I have met plenty of already married women who I love talking about books, comics, video games, tv shows…or whatever other geeky interests we may have in common. Of course, you know this Michelle, and you have out geeked me a few times. Personally for me being out geeked by a girl is just a sign of hope that I will be able to find my own Geek Girl to make a Geek Mom and we will raise our own brood of little geeklings. 😛

  4. To me, finding a lady that was as comfortable with geekishness was rare, let alone one that tolerated it. My wife and I geek out over anime regularly – it’s a great thing.
    Our 4 year old daughter is pursuing the goal of geekiness and science at light-speed.

    Those guys that look down at girls for knowing their Star Wars trivia can date those girls that think men are immature for playing video games or MTG.

  5. My husband would never have even asked me out had I not impressed him with a rant on the subject of Batman one night while we were both participating in a Shadowrun RPG.

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