Being a geek girl rocks, but at the same time sucks. There are way too many assumptions and conversations take too long because I have to start by explaining and or proving myself. Otherwise, people are condescending.
“Aw, there’s something wrong with your PC? Is it plugged in?”
Please do not address me like a grandma on AOL. I’ve clean installed Windows, set up home networks and servers. Wha chu kno ’bout that?
“How cute, you like the Palm Pre. Not sure if it comes in pink.”
“You should install this browser called Firefox and rid IE, you know.”
Uh, I switched to Firefox in 2003. Been using WebKit’s nightly build for quite some time now, thank you very much.
…on and on, the rude comments continue.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind AS much but people freak out when I can VPN, know how to get into terminal, troubleshoot CSS (if need be), use Google’s unofficial shell, know that cloud computing isn’t a computer thrown away by tossing into the sky, and hold my own in OpenSource, enterprise convos. I even have Dave Winer’s OPML editor installed and running a beta tool.
And yes, I am aware I wrote a paragraph justifying myself.
Anyway, as if that’s not enough to deal with, it sucks even more being a SINGLE geek girl. Why? Well:
- I’d rather be online than at some bar getting pawed = less ‘normal’ meetings. Craigslist and match.com are awful if you’re a female. It is a chore filtering ‘normal’ geek guys. Actually, I’d rather be online – period, which makes everyone think I am an agoraphobic oddball.
- 90% of the population doesn’t get me.
- The normal single male population thinks I am weird and I am not down with explaining my um, quirks? For a lack of a better term.
- Guy geeks are awesome but there’s just something… missing. Call it a sprinkle ‘o ghetto but I need someone that knows what’s up. I don’t want to crime fight for you – like I did with two of my hard-core geek exs. If I’m not crime fighting for them, we argue over stupid things like: next big gadget purchases. Who gets which hole (surge protectors, you pervs). Why OpenID is useless (or not). And the worst – home tech support. I have gotten into many fights since I know as much as or if not more and when I fix problems, apparently it crushes egos when a GIRL knows more. Oh, god. I am getting the shakes from flashbacks.
Add Japanese to the mix and it’s OVER. I get all sorts of inappropriate anime, sushi, konichiwa, and Daniel-san comments.
I am depressing myself writing this.
Woe is me.
See, Drew and Andrew? Being a single guy geek is CAKEWALK. At least you guys have another outlet: gamers. And girl gamers are HOT.
Woe is flippin’ me. ;)
BTW I got lazy and quit linking half way through – will link some other time. (ya right)