Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and other Misfits Are Taking Over the World by Leslie Simon
Published by It Books on October 4, 2012
Genres: Feminism, Romance, Girl Power
Pages: 208 : Paperback
Source: Bought on Amazon.com
What do Amy Poehler, Bjork, Felicia Day, Martha Stewart, Miranda July, and Zooey Deschanel have in common? They’re just a few of the amazing women proving that “geek” is no longer a four-letter word.
In recent years, male geeks have taken the world by storm. But what about their female counterparts? After all, fangirls are just like fanboys—they put on their Imperial Stormtrooper Lycra pants one leg at a time.
Geek Girls Unite is a call to arms for every girl who has ever obsessed over music, comics, film, comedy, books, crafts, fashion, or anything else under the Death Star. Music geek girl Leslie Simon offers an overview of the geek elite by covering groundbreaking women, hall-of-famers, ultimate love matches, and potential frenemies, along with her top picks for playlists, books, movies, and websites. This smart and hilarious tour through girl geekdom is a must-have for any woman who has ever wondered where her sassy rebel sisters have been hiding.
I absolutely adored this book! I had read reviews that it wasn’t a formal or extremely academic view of feminism or girl power, but I actually loved that it wasn’t like that! It was just an enjoyable read and something I could go through fairly quickly. I loved how the different sections were broken down into a humorous collage of different aspects of different girl geeks. As a Gender and Women’s Studies major this really spoke to me on a personal level because I was able to learn more about self-empowerment in girls and how they should own up to their geek girl status.
Being a geek is cool now! We don’t hide in the background anymore and this really enunciated that ideal. I really liked how the author also gave a sort of personal account at the end of her own geek status which made me connect with the book on an even more personal level. I also really liked all the illustrations in the book which gave it a quirkier and more hilarious side to all the text. And the quotes from real life girls too were so kick ass and awesome! I wish there were more books like this out there!
This is something you definitely should pick up for a quick and dirty read, especially if you are a geek like me and love stuff about girl empowerment. Pass it on to your fellow sisters and friends as well because they’ll appreciate it too!