Watching this week’s episode of ” The Big Bang Theory,” I was reminded that it takes all kinds of people to make a well-rounded society. Think about it for a minute. If there weren’t so-called normal people, how would we recognize
our fellow geeks? Or would EVERYONE be a geek?
No, I want those other people, the mundanes, the normals. Not just because they make us stand out, but because they make us examine who and what we are. They make geekdom a choice. I can choose to get my geek on, but only because I have something to compare it to.
Let’s go back to the example of “Big Bang Theory.” Penny is the character who actually makes that show work. Face it, would we watch the show if it was only Raj, Sheldon, Leonard, and Wolowitz sitting around making geek-talk? Not forever, though I have to admit the tabletop battle with ketchup-bottle orcs and superheroes had me in hysterics – mostly because I’ve had those conversations. But the real comedy comes from them bumping up against the mundane world – frequently in the person of Penny – and proudly flying their geek flag, even in the face of adversity and scorn. They are geeks, they know it, and they don’t apologize.
In many ways this is the same battle we women “of a certain age” waged for
decades. We faced discrimination and scorn, we were paid less because
men “needed” higher wages, we were marginalized in the workplace; to
paraphrase Rodney Dangerfield, we couldn’t get no respect. Yet some of us
learned to hold our heads high, to make ourselves seen and heard, and to stop apologizing.
I still bump up against the “normal” crowd, and I am glad they are there, but
I hope I have learned to live the way Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, and Wolowitz do: true to my inner geek, proudly standing my ground and proclaiming “I’m a Geek Girl, world! Deal with it!”
How about you?