I’m sure I’m not the only woman with geekish leanings to approach Girls’ Night Out evenings, or other similar female-only gatherings, with some trepidation. These are not normally places where you feel confident flying your geek flag high.
You know, the politely masked expressions of pity – or blank stares – you receive if you mention the epic greatsword that dropped last night, or rant about the Spider-Man movie reboot. Alternatively, there are those painful minutes you sit silent, unable to contribute while your friends gush about “girlie” things: their new concealer, their kids, the cupcake icing course they’re taking.
This isn’t to say that there aren’t geek and gamer girls out there who share these interests (I like to believe we’re a pretty well-rounded lot), but some of us do feel self-conscious about our less conventionally “feminine” passions. Like Superman keeping his costume hidden beneath Clark Kent’s suit, we suppress our fangirl tendencies at these social gatherings.
And yet… what do we really have to be embarrassed about? Everyone is a bit of a freak. As the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey reveals. Time and time again these days in pop culture, what once teetered on the fringe leaps centre stage into the mainstream spotlight: Superheroes. Wizards. Vampires and other horror beasties. And now BDSM erotic literature.
The point is that nobody should feel sheepish about what they love – because they’re not alone in their “weirdness.”
P.S. Yes, stylistically, E.L. James really does write that atrociously. Forget everything else – what’s up with that redundant double “my” in the first sentence?
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