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The Spectacular Now and the Problem with Geek Girls on Film

Geeks are guys. Or so many geeks would have you believe. A girl at a comics convention dressed as Batgirl isn’t really a geek, according to one popular line of thinking; she’s just a fake geek girl, “poaching attention” (in the words of outraged geek Joe Peacock) by pretending she knows the names of all the Doctor’s companions in chronological order or by quoting great swathes of Harry Potter. Geeks, the logic seems to go, are awkward social outcasts; pretty girls are not. Therefore, the two can’t go together, and it’s only natural, for example, to tell someone condescendingly at a con that she knows a lot about the Legion of Superheroes for a girl.
But The Spectacular Now includes that thing that some folks are loathe to credit —a real, honest-to-goodness pretty geek girl. Aimee Finicky (Shailene Woodley) playing the female lead, knows her geometry and is in French club and is generally smart the way geeks are smart. She’s also socially awkward the way geeks are awkward—she doesn’t drink, has never had a boyfriend, giggles painfully whenever she talks, and performs bizarre conversational segues at family dinners. And if those clues aren’t enough, she’s into manga. Case closed.
Read more. [Image: 21 Laps Entertainment]

theatlantic:

The Spectacular Now and the Problem with Geek Girls on Film

Geeks are guys. Or so many geeks would have you believe. A girl at a comics convention dressed as Batgirl isn’t really a geek, according to one popular line of thinking; she’s just a fake geek girl, “poaching attention” (in the words of outraged geek Joe Peacock) by pretending she knows the names of all the Doctor’s companions in chronological order or by quoting great swathes of Harry Potter. Geeks, the logic seems to go, are awkward social outcasts; pretty girls are not. Therefore, the two can’t go together, and it’s only natural, for example, to tell someone condescendingly at a con that she knows a lot about the Legion of Superheroes for a girl.

But The Spectacular Now includes that thing that some folks are loathe to credit —a real, honest-to-goodness pretty geek girl. Aimee Finicky (Shailene Woodley) playing the female lead, knows her geometry and is in French club and is generally smart the way geeks are smart. She’s also socially awkward the way geeks are awkward—she doesn’t drink, has never had a boyfriend, giggles painfully whenever she talks, and performs bizarre conversational segues at family dinners. And if those clues aren’t enough, she’s into manga. Case closed.

Read more. [Image: 21 Laps Entertainment]

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Skylight Books: WHAT THE WHAT THE WHAAT!?!?


skylightbooks:

so i got a phone call today from a representative of Amazon! apparently, he was given the task of reaching out to independent bookstores in order to ‘build’ a ‘relationship’ with the indies in order to ‘partner’ with us in a program to sell Kindles in our store…yea, really. so, in my most…

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queer book club: queer books for school libraries - rebloggable!


queerbookclub:

what books would you recommend for a school library? i’m trying to get some ideas. - siriusblackwhatthefrack

Since you didn’t specify what kind of school, I’ll just use this opportunity to name a lot of books for different grade/age levels!

Elementary School (under 10)
10,000 Dresses

And for Elementary School, I’d add ROLAND HUMPHREY IS WEARING A WHAT? by Eileen Kiernan-Johnson.   

http://www.amazon.com/Roland-Humphrey-Wearing-Eileen-Kiernan-Johnson/dp/0615666558/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369870182&sr=8-1&keywords=roland+humphrey

Brews, Books, Etc.: How a bookseller looks at Goodreads


jjchristie:

This was sent out this morning from Gibson’s Bookstore, an excellent independent bookstore in Concord, NH. It’s the kind of well-stated, well-reasoned missive that is typical of the shop.
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Courtney Milan's tumblr: Steubenville's Jane Doe asked people to do something...


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I’ve never asked anyone to reblog anything before, and I probably won’t again. But I am now - because this matters.

The Steubenville rape victim, when offered money for her legal expenses or counselling, asked that people donated to a shelter for abused women and…