Nerd Girls =/ Nerd Girls

“Nerd Girls” is currently casting “smart, sexy, and tech savvy” ladies for what promises to be a very-subtle pilot. Interested? If you’re willing to embody a vision of both “pink heels” and “pocket protectors,” here are the awkward details.

Around the age of sixteen, I had an adult woman sneak a peek into my room which, at the time, was covered from head to toe with comic book posters, print outs, and toys mainly comprised of action figures. The woman made an off-hand comment to my mother out of my earshot about how I should be more girly. I was hurt when this bit was repeated to me because she really didn’t know me.

“The Nerd Girls may not look like your stereotypical pocket-protector-loving misfits-their adviser, Karen Panetta, has a thing for pink heels-but they’re part of a growing breed of young women who are claiming the nerd label for themselves. In doing so, they’re challenging the notion of what a geek should look like, either by intentionally sexing up their tech personas, or by simply finding no disconnect between their geeky pursuits and more traditionally girly interests such as fashion, makeup and high heels.” Newsweek – 7/08

Me at age 13

Since about the age of thirteen, I was really afraid to be a girly. I was still in the beginning of puberty and was terrified that someone would notice me and a splash of lip gloss would only highlight my existence and worse, call out the fact that I thought I had the right to try to be pretty. I never really let myself be swept up in make up until later and had no idea about clothes until later. And even today, they take on a theatricality when I want to feel pretty. It’s not enough to be me, I need Urban Decay armor on my eyes to feel that I can bat them for attention and an ebullient sequined top with a shimmy factor that acts as a neon sign that it’s okay to sparkle.

It’s not that I never wanted to be girly, I just never thought I could get away with it on the merit of my chromosomes alone.

The idea of this show has me conflicted. On the one hand, bravo to the girls who slay the social stigma of what a confident, smart, and beautiful young woman can look like.

But there’s another hand.

Don’t miss your chance to be the smartest Snooki around!

This hand tells the less interesting story to cash in for instant popularity and interest, which is very television, but not so much nerd. I may have theatricality, but that’s what I want and I do it for me. Just as I did when I was a teenager with my walls. I’m more confident for discovering my own source of girliness. While seeing fellow nerds look at a formula and wanting to test it is understandable – it’s our nature to be inquisitive – I just hope this show allows for the fact that sexy nerd girls are not an easy equation for mindless television.

Go to Jezebel for more information about this casting call.

Posted on June 8, 2010 at 03:15 by Neva Reese · Permalink
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