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She's Such a Geek: Women Write About Science, Technology, and Other Nerdy Stuff Paperback – November 13, 2006
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This jubilant if uneven anthology of 24 essays spotlights women who write comic books for a living, get caught up in their favorite role-playing games and win "sexiest geek alive" contests by sporting a corset made out of circuit boards. Though editors Newitz (Pretend We're Dead) and Anders (Choir Boy) celebrate women's technical accomplishments and nerdy hobbies, several contributors also discuss their encounters with sexist discrimination. Programmer Kory Wells remembers the professor who complimented her skills by saying she was "really, really good, for a girl," while Mara Poulsen recalls programming videogames for a company whose female characters were ridiculously underdressed. Ranging from engineers and biophysicists to a high school student, the irrepressible contributors write with varying levels of eloquence, but their passions run equally high, whether they're portraying a Harry Potter character in an online community or gaining early acceptance at MIT. (Jan.)
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I guess I was hoping for more writing which proved the technical know-how of women and less writing implying that nmy gender is interested in babies, which I already knew.
I plan to take this book with me when I go to the Grace Hopper Women in Computing conference and use it as a conversation starter as I reread it between sessions.
It's good feminist reading though, not accusatory or angry towards men, which I can't stand. Although it's true they've by no means made it particularly easy for female geeks to get ahead in the world, let alone females of any other type. It's just these women's experiences in their respective fields. I give the book 4 stars out of 5 simply because I still do wish there was a little more talk on science and stuff, and because the front and back cover of the book made it seem more tech-oriented than anything. But I'm not dissappointed, I still really enjoyed the read. And the knowledge that some of the brightest minds in physics, astronomy, and chemical engineering are thinking pretty damn close to the way I do.
After reading parts of this book, though, I'm updating that: I would send 10-30 copies of this book (depending on department size) to every science department, every math department, every computer department, every business department, every women's studies department, and every library on every campus mentioned in this book...and as many more campuses as I can think of.
I'd ask professors to set them out in the coffee room where the department's books are stored saying, "Borrow one!" and let the bright yellow cover entice students and faculty alike.
Women and men, boys and girls alike should read these stories. What perfect descriptions they are of what life is like for the young geek whose sex is "female" and what perfect descriptions they are of what that does and can mean later in life.
I suppose I'd also send 10 copies to major campuses' and companies' IT departments and to big research companies.
This book is the perfect book--so captivating--for men to walk a mile in women's shoes (especially geeky men to walk a mile in geeky women's shoes) and the perfect book for girls to walk a mile in older women's shoes and take the precautions necessary to stay a geek for life--rather than be a dropout--if they think they're going to want to.
I would also send a chopped-up version to every middle school in the country, if I really had a lot of money.
(I wouldn't bowlderize it of all stories that mention how various female geeks handled their developing sexuality and lust given their social circumstances of being a member of the "sex class" (female) at the same time as they were a member of the "asexual class" (geek). Those are CRITICAL for middle schoolers to read so they know how to be virgins until marriage if they want to or sex-having-but-never-coerced-or-raped people if they want to--essentially, so they know how to understand what THEY want, despite what social messages tell them! Nevertheless, some chapters are more "high school" or "college," depending on the sexual maturity and interest of the kid.)
Boy, could my high school years have been splendid if I'd had a little time to mull on the ideas presented in this book since middle school.