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Gender Bender! What Boys Think of Girl Geeks

Remember when I polled you guys on whether you were interested in tech jobs or not? We had a nice little discussion in the comments that day and it was made abundantly clear then: we're legitimately geeky girls! It's reinforced to me every day as I look at the site and I don't need a study to back it up.

Anyway, Gizmodo ran a poll yesterday asking their male readers if they've noticed more girls playing with their (the guys') gadgets, based on that same study I highlighted in my TiVo dominator poll that said women were more likely to use DVRs.

To see what the boys think,

The results and comments are a mixed bag — some argue that girls aren't merely geeky if they're just utilizing technology and they must also know how to write code or build computers to qualify (and I know some of you girls do), some are wondering where these ladies are so they can pick them up (ummm. . . we're here and we enjoy champagne), and the few girls commenting on the Giz post are unimpressed that a "girl geeks on the rise" story is even newsworthy.

I read the post and just sighed, "Boys." A) We're over here, B) there are different levels of geekdom, right? Some of us can build a PC or a website, and some of us can program the TiVo like you wouldn't believe. And, C) we're over here! What do you think of the boys' take on us?


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colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
SkinnyMarie, you know it's Phantom Hourglass. Second time through!
Wow I qualify as a complete geek! LoL! And my boyfriend did feel REALLY lucky he found a girl geek since here in Malta there are soooo FEW of us!
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 9 years
EvilDorkGirl i'm actually going to Illinois Tech next year, so I'll be in chicago!
JenBrett JenBrett 9 years
Let's file this article away w/ the one about women over 35 have a better chance of being killed by a terrorist than finding a man. The journalist in me wants to know, was the article written by a man or a woman?
lorus1 lorus1 9 years
To me geeky means in alignment with current communication and entertainment, not just writing code. That's just silly. Geeky has the term 'nerd' as its grandparent and that's been around since before the coding Gizmodo some visitors talked about. Coders, web designers, TiVo users, imaginative series enthusiasts, cell phone experts, and talented gamers (etc., ie:geeky) who are ALSO emotionally grounded and self appreciating: ARE SEXY. Rawr! Let me e-mail my work boss to let her know I won't be in tomorrow, so you and I can replay some Gilmore Girls before we defeat that game's boss. But not until noon, I'm in no hurry to skimp out on cuddle time. For me grounded enrichment with waves of electronica is the way to turn geekiness into heaven.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 9 years
Like I said in my post about women in tech jobs, there's a serious shortage of us. I'm an SQA Engineer by trade, so I'm a geek by anybody's definition. I know some geeky gals, but I know far more geeky boys. We're a commodity, which is why I suspect I've never, ever had a difficult time finding a boyfriend. And if there's so many of us, where are the girl geeks in Chicago? Because I haven't met any here yet. I'd like to make friends with some. :)
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
geek is sexy!
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 9 years
well i'm going to a tech school for college, and the male/female ratio is 80 to 20 at my specific school. many tech schools are somewhere the same, or a little less drastic, but female TECH geeks are not as abundant as males. there is a literary geekiness i guess and history geeks; but there is a lack of female tech geeks. out of the 30 or so girls in my graduating class, maybe 5 or 6 of us want to pursue techie careers; and im the ONLY girl to ever take computer science [intro freshman year, AP this year] at my school. i could build ghetto websites when i was in the 3rd and 4th grade; self taught and graduated to more sophisticated design. i tend to take science electives like AP physics and AP computer science. i want to major in architectural engineering. i feel i'm geeky and i'm lucky enough to snag an even geekier man, but sometimes at school i feel like my male peers dont take me as seriously as i want because i also like to party and have a good time, and was top 5 nominees for homecoming queen and what not.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I always joke about how my whole office is 'geeky' - only one of the attorneys used to work in computers and write code. And one other guy plays loads of Warcraft (totally geeky)... I can build websites, and I can work my tivo, and I have mac loving crazy tendencies, know too much about star wars and star trek and consider myself a total geek. I mean, come on, I was in the BAND! I wear glasses! Ultimatlely, I think of my office as geeky b/c we are people that CARE about these things that we do. We care about grammar and nuances of rules and enjoy correcting and fixing and knowing the ins out outs of everything we do. Be it code writing, star wars obsession, Warcraft, tivoing, or actual lawyering. Geeks care. Obsessively.
scullylam scullylam 9 years
i agree with you all. geeky girls are not limited to just tech and computers. it goes even farther like lindira says. star wars, anime, etc. ^_^
macgirl macgirl 9 years
colormesticky- at the time I was 7 months pregnant and I think I could have still scored ;-)
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
colormesticky, You playing phantom hourglass? I LOVED that game!
Lindira Lindira 9 years
I definitely agree that a geeky girl shouldn't be restricted to definitions like "those that write code and fix computers". Many geeky guys I know don't do that either. I couldn't fix a computer, but I don't think anyone would contest that I'm a big geek. Ask me anything about Star Trek, Final Fantasy, Firefly, Doctor Who, or anime - get ready for hours of fun geeky discussion.
mewilliamson mewilliamson 9 years
computer geek is only one of the many. someone even put many of them in poster form
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
Articles like this come out every two years or so... nothing new either way.
gooniette gooniette 9 years
I feel like a geek just knowing what my fiance is talking about when he starts going off on DRM and the RIAA, and SDK and the i-Phone. And open source and how Ubuntu is not hackable... I'm sure a lot of people think that's gibberish.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
lol macgirl, I bet those 200 guys were falling over themselves at the 10 of you!
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Bah. Geeky isn't necessarily computers. Only a computer guy would say that. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go find the Hulk trailer and lookup a Zelda walkthrough. Why oh why can't I find that last wisdom gem?
macgirl macgirl 9 years
It wouldn't be news if there were a ton of us out there. There just isn't though. When I went to my Apple Camp training in October I was one of 10 women out of about 200 men. 200! Out of the 10 of us probably only 4 of us were technicians the others were sales people.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
And that one guy who said the only geeky girls he knows are mac girls, maybe he should go to more places then the local cafe or mac store.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
Glam I agree. I think that everyone's geekiness is different and special. So I think it depends on the boy who is trying to figure out what they think of geeky girls. I hope they think of us at equals. And I can't believe that those girls were unimpressed. I that they are feeling the same thing that people feel when you favorite local indie band makes it big and now everyone likes them.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I don't think you need to write code and build computers to be considered geeky.
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