This week is Speak Out With Your Geek Out. And yes, I do intend to let my geek flag fly.
But today is for the other side of it. The sad truth is that geek hierarchy is just like the jock hierarchy we hated in high school. The only difference is in the metrics. Geeks will proudly talk about how they banded together because they were treated as The Other by that jock hierarchy. And I understand that, well and truly I do. But this is the problem I have:
When I get made into a sideshow freak or a teachable moment within geekdom, I’m actually being turned into The Other by people who cry that they have been treated that exact same way. It not just makes me resentful and angry, it makes me despair for ever finding a home in geekdom.
Speak Out With Your Geek Out is all about being proud to be a geek. Of raising your geeky voices in solidarity. All to the good, say I. But when I find myself in the awkward position of being treated as the biggest sideshow freak in the sideshow freak tent, it just leaves me bitter, sad and tired.
Be a geek. Go ye forth and Geek Out. Fill your hearts and your souls with Geeky Glee. But for the love of Ghod’s lil’ green apples, don’t turn it into some sort of hierarchy. That’s not overcoming stereotypes. That’s just making those stereotypes acceptable because geeks are the one perpetuating them.