Women's Health

MOST LIKELY TO NERD OUT

There’s a “nerd” revolution happening, and the definition is a million miles from the stereotype. Women are claiming the term—including our yearbook of A-listers and staffers—and giving it a positive slant. The old version, of course, was a booksmart, socially awkward goody-goody with a math or science bent—the female fictional versions being Hermione Granger, Lisa Simpson, and ’s Amy Farrah Fowler. And there are plenty of purists who still swear by this—picture the devoted Trekkies and hardcore gamers who relish their alpha nerd status and police the noobs. But on a looser scale, nerding out has come to mean delving embarrassingly deep into your passion—even if it’s the nichest of niches. “I probably know more about ecologically innovative fabric made from mushrooms than someone should,” says Marijana Sprajc, 44. As for crafter Jenny Ryan, 43, “I get worked up about types of glues and their appropriate usage.” Stamp collector Rachel Ridout, 31, recently dragged her mother to the Postmuseum in Stockholm. “It was just us and.”

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