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Speak Your Mind: Unleash Your Geek

Last Friday was Geek Pride Day, a holiday that celebrates geek culture on the anniversary of the premier of Star Wars: A New Hope. Make no mistake, there is a lot to criticize about geek culture. But for those of us who consider themselves at least part-time geeks (moi), it’s nice to have a day that recognizes all the contributions geek culture has made. 

We here at Teen Skepchick are a pretty geeky bunch. I, for one, don’t think the term is the affront it once was. In fact, there is plenty of evidence that says traditionally geeky attributes are seen as positive traits. But I can see how some people might be insulted by the term.

Do you consider “geek” to be a pejorative term? If you identify as a geek, what role does your skepticism play in that identity? Does being a skeptic and a geek go hand-in-hand, or can you be one without the other?

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Mindy is an attorney and Managing Editor of Teen Skepchick. She hates the law and loves stars. You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+.


  1. May 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm —

    I don’t usually call myself a geek, per se, because I missed out on a lot of the general ‘characteristics’ in terms of video games (I’ve never played one) and pop culture.

  2. May 31, 2012 at 9:31 am —

    1. I love this picture because I love dogs in costumes that make them look bipedal and like Star Wars characters.

    2. I identify as part-time geek…and being a pedantic skeptic who knows all the details about homeopathy and acupuncture can come off as geeky, I guess. I definitely think you can be one without the other, however.

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