Geek Pride Day

Posted: May 25, 2012 in Braak
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Is THIS a geek? No, it is Rick Moranis in Ghostbusters.

This is a thing on the internet that people are talking about, and I admit that I kind of don’t really understand it, so I am appealing to you — NERDS — for help.  What the shit is Geek Pride?

Like, people act like it’s a thing like, “I am proud to be a Geek.”  What does that even mean?

First of all, what does it mean that you are a Geek in the first place?  That you like Star Trek?  That’s cool, Star Trek is rad, but it’s not exactly a thing to be proud of, is it?  Not like climbing a mountain.  You should be proud if you climbed a mountain, climbing a mountain is hard (I assume; I have not climbed a mountain, nor will I, because after you get to the top of the mountain you have to go back to the bottom of a mountain, and if I wanted to be at the bottom of a mountain I could easily accomplish this by staying on the ground).

Congratulations, mountaineers!  Take pride in your accomplishments!

But it is not very hard to like Star Trek, or Star Wars, or Doctor Who.  All of those things are actually designed to be liked.  If you think about it, it’s a lot easier to like Star Wars than it is NOT to like Star Wars, since Star Wars is engineered specifically to be appealing.  So, I mean, would you take pride in the fact that you like ice cream?  Of course ice cream is delicious, but thinking ice cream is delicious is not an accomplishment.

Is it about high school?  Something to do with being picked on in high school?  First of all, getting picked on in high school is ALSO not an accomplishment.  Any bonehead can get picked on in high school.  I got picked on in high school, because I had long hair, and could read.  (My school was…not so great.)  But it’s not like I was ever ashamed of those qualities when I was a kid — you know, gay pride I can understand, because there was (and is) a huge cultural pressure for gay people to behave like straight people, and pretend they are NOT gay, and to inculcate into gay people this sense that somehow they should be ashamed of their sexuality and so they have a pride day in order to reclaim their identities.

But I don’t remember being ashamed that I could read in high school, and pretending that I couldn’t in order to fit in, and repressing my identity and suchlike stuff.  I just assumed all those guys that picked on me were a bunch of dummies, and then I didn’t hang out with them.  Then I grew up, and realized I didn’t give a shit what they thought about anything, because I am a grown-up.

So, help me out here, geeks.  What are you taking pride in, exactly?  And why?


  1. Jeff Holland says:

    Yeah, I don’t know what to do with this. For one thing, if you “self-identify” as a geek, but don’t realize that doesn’t mean anything more than “I’m a person who really, really likes certain things,” like there’s some kind of lifestyle that goes along with that beyond “buying things you like” or “talking with people about things you find interesting”…I think you might not be a geek.

    I think you might be socially maladjusted. In which case I’m not sure a “pride day” is the best idea.

    And similarly, if you’re one of those geeks who thinks part of the lifestyle is excluding or degrading people who aren’t “geeky” enough, then guess what? You’re just an asshole! Of which the world also has plenty.

    On the other hand, if Geek Pride Day WAS a real thing, with parades? Can you imagine how elaborate the floats could get?

    Fortunately, everyone seemed to stop talking about it around noon, so I think it’s safe to say we don’t have to give a shit one way or the other.

  2. braak says:

    I have to admit that I think a Geek Pride Day in which everyone just made elaborate Star Wars and Doctor Who floats and marched around the city would, in fact, be a pretty rad way to spend an afternoon.

  3. Jim says:

    I’m not proud of being a geek. I’m unbearably ashamed.

    So is my mother.

  4. braak says:

    My mom made ME a fifteen-foot-long Doctor Who scarf.

  5. Jefferson Robbins says:

    You win at moms.

  6. a second raptor in the bushes says:

    Arent Cons basically geek pride days? What would be the difference between the DragonCon parade featuring the 501st legion and a geek pride parade?

  7. braak says:

    A good question! Except that the DragonCon parade happens in Atlanta, and a Geek Pride Parade could, theoretically, take place anywhere.

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