She's Such a Geek

Women Write About Science, Technology, and Other Nerdy Stuff

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.

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December 2006
256 pages
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ISBN: 9781580051903

She's Such a Geek

Women Write About Science, Technology, and Other Nerdy Stuff

By Annalee Newitz & Charlie Anders (editors)

$16.00 USD, Trade Paper Original, December 2006

Geeks may be outcasts in mainstream society, mocked for their lack of social graces, but they’re still taking over the world. The geeks we hear about are men like Bill Gates, a notorious computer geek who runs one of the world’s largest corporations and George Lucas who has created some of the most successful science fiction movies and videogames of the past 30 years. But where are the stories about the triumphant female geeks whose software has invaded desktop computers across the globe and whose inventions will change the future? She’s Such a Geek is a groundbreaking anthology that celebrates these 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. Some contributors like scientists/technologists Ellen Spertus, Roopa Ramamoorthi, and Corie Ralston work in traditionally male-dominated professions. Cyberlaw professor Wendy Seltzer describes how her involvement with law and politics started with a love for building computers. Others consider themselves cultural nerds: Devin Grayson writes comic books, while other contributors read science fiction and play in professional videogame competitions. The collection also features essays by high school girls, as well as nerdy mothers who are balancing childrearing with their careers.

Celebratory, polemical, wistful, angry, and just plain dorky, the women of She’s Such a Geek explain what it means to be passionately engaged with technical or obscure topics that are supposed to be “for boys only,” while busting stereotypes of what it means to be a geek and what it means to be female. 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.

About Annalee Newitz & Charlie Anders (editors)

Annalee Newitz is a nationally known technology and science writer. She is a contributing editor at Wired magazine and also writes for New York magazine, Popular Science, Salon.com, New Scientist, The Believer, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Her syndicated column Techsploitation deals with all things geeky and runs in newspapers throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2002, she won a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship that allowed her to spend a year at MIT researching biotech and computer networking. She is the author of Pretend We’re Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture and the editor of two anthologies, The Bad Subjects Anthology and White Trash: Race and Class in America . She is also the co-founder of two indie magazines: other and Bad Subjects. Annalee has discussed her work on CNN, NPR, CBS, the Discovery Channel, BBC and the CBC, as well as in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. She holds a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from the University of California Berkeley.

Charlie Anders is the author of the transgender coming-of-age novel Choir Boy, which Richard Labonte’s “Book Marks” column named one of the top 10 fiction titles of 2005 and The Lazy Crossdresser, a feminist-style manifesto for transgender women struggling with body image and gender stereotypes. Her writing has appeared in Salon.com, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, ZYZZYVA, Tikkun, Fresh Yarn, Pindeldyboz.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, Publisher’s Weekly, Punk Planet, the New York Press, Kitchen Sink, Watchword, and many other magazines and newspapers. She’s also written for many anthologies, including Paraspheres: New Wave Fabulist Fiction and Pills, Chills, Thrills and Heartache. Charlie co-founded other magazine with Annalee Newitz and organizes the award-winning reading series Writers With Drinks. She also created the acclaimed satirical website God Hates Figs.