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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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About the Author

Annalee Newitz is a contributing editor at Wired magazine and former culture editor for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. A freelance writer in San Francisco, she has written for The Believer, salon.com, Popular Science, and other publications. She is a coeditor of White Trash: Race and Class in America and Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life.

Charlie Anders is the author of Choir Boy and The Lazy Crossdresser. Her writing has appeared in Salon, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Charlie cofounded other magazine with Annalee Newitz and organizes the award-winning reading series Writers with Drinks.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (November 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580051901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580051903
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I were rich, I'd thought my only book project would be to send a certain book or two to every legislator and department head in my country (the United States).

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.
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By Katia on January 20, 2007
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The book offers anecdotes from a variety of "geek" women, giving very good insight into what it means to be both a geek and a girl. This is a fantastic read for any woman in science. Most of the essays were funny/inspiring, though a few were less so ("The Hacker's Guide..." was one-dimensional, "I am Wonk..." seemed forced and didn't have much to do with the geek experience).
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Edited by syndicated technology columnist Annalee Newitz and award-winning author Charles Anders, She's Such a Geek!: Women Write About Science, Technology & Other Nerdy Stuff is an anthology of writings by stereotype-defying women who love science, computers, gadgets, genomics, video games, Dungeons & Dragons, and other "nerdy" pastimes. From geekdom in a lab or on the job to a computer scientist member of a video game creation team questioning the purpose perhaps even the morality of topless-girl-on-bikes game (called "BMX XXX") she was working on, to a biologist's view of the dating world, She's Such a Geek! is a one-of-a-kind tour of techno-savvy career culture and popular culture from the oft-overlooked feminine perspective. "During my first year of graduate school, three female classmates who frequented the clubs of Boston hit a serious snag in their search for boyfriends. Time after time, guys approached them - only to walk away the minute the women mentioned their occupation. So my friends started lying. They claimed to be flight attendants, yoga instructors, or kindergarten teachers. And the dating pool magically widened." Highly recommended.
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I had heard about this book through a Nerd Girl news website that I visit often and it sounded good. A book written by female geeks about their experiences as female geeks--Right up my alley. Though for some reason I was surprised that the book talks almost as much about love, sex and the hardships of being a female geek as it does about "science, technology and other stuff". I'm assuming the love, sex and feminism is the "other stuff".
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.
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By J. M. on November 16, 2008
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I'm a female college student studying technology, and these stories were so enlightening, and a lot of times funny, with each short story discussing issues I've encountered on my internships. It was a very good read!
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