She's Such a Geek: Women Write About Science, Technology, and Other Nerdy Stuff

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She’s Such a Geek is a groundbreaking anthology that celebrates women who have flourished in the male-dominated realms of technical and cultural arcana.
Editors Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders bring together a diverse range of critical and personal essays about the meaning of female nerdhood by women who are in love with genomics, obsessed with blogging, learned about sex from Dungeons and Dragons, and aren't afraid to match wits with men or computers. More than anything, ...

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Overview

She’s Such a Geek is a groundbreaking anthology that celebrates women who have flourished in the male-dominated realms of technical and cultural arcana.
Editors Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders bring together a diverse range of critical and personal essays about the meaning of female nerdhood by women who are in love with genomics, obsessed with blogging, learned about sex from Dungeons and Dragons, and aren't afraid to match wits with men or computers. More than anything, She's Such a Geek is a celebration and call to arms: it's a hopeful book which looks forward to a day when women will invent molecular motors, design the next ultra-tiny supercomputer, and run the government.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This jubilant if uneven anthology of 24 essays spotlights women who write comic books for a living, get caught up in their favorite role-playing games and win "sexiest geek alive" contests by sporting a corset made out of circuit boards. Though editors Newitz (Pretend We're Dead) and Anders (Choir Boy) celebrate women's technical accomplishments and nerdy hobbies, several contributors also discuss their encounters with sexist discrimination. Programmer Kory Wells remembers the professor who complimented her skills by saying she was "really, really good, for a girl," while Mara Poulsen recalls programming videogames for a company whose female characters were ridiculously underdressed. Ranging from engineers and biophysicists to a high school student, the irrepressible contributors write with varying levels of eloquence, but their passions run equally high, whether they're portraying a Harry Potter character in an online community or gaining early acceptance at MIT. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Through personal narratives, this volume edited by Newitz (contributing editor, Wired) and Anders (Choir Boy) fights the isolation of women in the traditionally male-dominated fields and activities of science and technology. The essays embrace the "female geek" and her place in society, creating a community for individuals often regarded as doubly external to the common social structure: external by virtue of their heavy interest in science or technology and doubly external as females with these interests. Geekis redefined to allow for beauty, sexiness, and community. The authors—among them scientists/technologists Ellen Spertus, Roopa Ramamoorthi, and Corie Ralston—hail from a wide variety of fields, including astronomy, biology, computer science, comic-book authorship, gaming, and the online sex toy industry. The essays describe paths into these fields; explore intersections between scientific and technological realms and the arts, humanities, or social sciences; and confront stereotypes—both those imposed on the authors and those the authors recognize in themselves. The authors share an empowering vision of their community through diverse narratives demonstrating the variety of experiences related to being female in this male-dominated sector of society. Recommended for academic and public libraries.
—Barbarly Korper McConnell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580051903
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 1,129,341
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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