It’s late May, and there’s all sorts of pride in the air. Geek pride, that is — as Geek Tyrant and about 200 people on my Twitter feed noted, May 25 was “officially” Geek Pride Day. It was named as such because it is “towel day” in honor of Douglas Adams’ wonderful Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy novels, Terry Pratchet’s “Glorious 25th Day of May” from his Discworld series, and, of course, the anniversary of the launch of the first Star Wars film in 1977. Thus, May 25 is the day nerds of all stripes celebrate by embracing all thinks geeky.
Adorned with the greatest Star Wars photo outside of a Princess Leia bikini photo shoot (admit it, you’re a little jealous of Chewie — see below), the GT article also boasts an excellent “Geek Pride Manifesto” complete with requisite responsibilities.
Well, since there’s another pride season nearly upon us, I thought I’d amend the rules specifically for us, the lesbian, bi, queer ladies of the geek world.
The Lesbian Geek Bill of Rights
1. The right to complain about the over-sexualization of women in comic books and videogames, while still enjoying the hotness of said characters.
2. The right to wear any item of clothing a 1980s’ teenage boy would have thought was “awesome.”
3. The right to write Xena/Buffy fanfiction and cosplay at conventions, despite the fact that both shows have been RIP for years.
4. The right to worship Summer Glau, Felicia Day and Tina Fey, and know the details of every project, past present and future, that they are involved in.
5. The right to use the phrase “I’m going to do a computer search” ironically, if said in a slightly-too-high voice, a la Max from The L Word.
6. The right to peruse, and laugh at, the w4w “missed connections” on Craigslist at 3 a.m.
7. The right to secretly wish that the hot young thing with the Justin Bieber haircut that kept giving you the eye on the subway would seek you out in the “w4w” section of Craigslist.
8. The right to heartily enjoy the shows on Adult Swim, even if they are excessively juvenile and male-oriented, because they make you giggle.
9. The right to engage in fangirl wars with owners of competing operating systems.
10. The right to drag your girlfriend to any movie featuring zombies, spaceships, swords and sorcery or British comedy.
That’s really just the start, ladies — I could use a few more “rights” in the comments section. Go forth and be proud!