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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.

Topics: Women Pushing Boundaries, Film, Music, Art & Artists, Breezy, Celebrities, Funny, and Feminism

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780062099020
List price: $10.99
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I read the first few chapters and gave up. It is pretty cute, but I think it will be dated quickly.more
I wanted to like this, I truly did, but I found it quite disappointing. It takes a once-over-lightly approach, glossing over complexity for the sake of soundbites. It tends to lump women in together and assumes they're all going to like the same things by virtue of sharing the same (broad) interest, while at the same time being very exclusionist and mocking a lot of things. I also found myself exasperated by its continual assumption that its audience is A) all heterosexual, and B) looking for a man, and while it celebrated a few notable women in the various areas of interest, it didn't feel very much about geek girl *culture(s)* at all. On the positive side: it is moderately funny, and it can't be faulted on its enthusiasm. I think it's probably a good bet for beginners to the various fields/women who have recently discovered their geekiness.more

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I read the first few chapters and gave up. It is pretty cute, but I think it will be dated quickly.more
I wanted to like this, I truly did, but I found it quite disappointing. It takes a once-over-lightly approach, glossing over complexity for the sake of soundbites. It tends to lump women in together and assumes they're all going to like the same things by virtue of sharing the same (broad) interest, while at the same time being very exclusionist and mocking a lot of things. I also found myself exasperated by its continual assumption that its audience is A) all heterosexual, and B) looking for a man, and while it celebrated a few notable women in the various areas of interest, it didn't feel very much about geek girl *culture(s)* at all. On the positive side: it is moderately funny, and it can't be faulted on its enthusiasm. I think it's probably a good bet for beginners to the various fields/women who have recently discovered their geekiness.more
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