“Geek”, “Nerd”, “Dork”, “Loser”.   I’m pretty sure many if not all of us (pop-culture) have been labeled with any or all of one of these ever-loving titles at some point.  And to most some are not synonymous with others.  Before I go any further I just want to elaborate on why it’s the “Pop-Culture” terms as opposed to strictly comics.  Initially I wanted to dub this for comic-fans, but realized that it isn’t just comic fans.  These titles are often given to fans of Manga, Trading Card Games (Magic, WoW, etc.), Table Top Games (Warhammer 40K, D&D, etc.), and more.  The point being that we are all in the same labeled group of geeks, nerds, dorks, and losers.

So why is this?  Why are we ridiculed with these names because of things we love or are passionate about?  Why is playing Magic the Gathering any different from playing Spades or Poker?  If you want to get technical all Magic does is take a standard deck of cards and bring a new version of gameplay to the table.  Comics and Graphic Novels are no different than the latest copy of a John Grisham best-seller.  They both have compelling characters, fantastic authors, and worlds all their own.  But don’t try to tell me that the woman reading Birds of Prey doesn’t get certain looks that she wouldn’t have if she picked up an Anne Rice murder –mystery.

Again, for some reason society has some prejudice about what interests a “normal” person should have.  Apparently our hobbies are not in that list.  I understand that some of us have very understanding people in our lives that are perfectly ok with our hobbies and don’t think any differently about who we are as people.  So why the hell are we judged?  Who decided that because of our interests we can be labeled as “dorks”?  Who?  Was it someone interested in politics?  Or was it someone into sports or the stock markets?  I just want to know when it became acceptable to put a nametag on those who follow something a little out of the ordinary, as if there was a clear-cut definition for ordinary.

I’ve just recently become very active with Twitter (Don’t ask why, but it has connected me with some awesome people with similar interests) and have noticed the plethora of fans all over the globe.  Not to mention the women who take their passions so seriously that they relentlessly argue with DC about them not having enough female-writers or artists (I’m not saying you’re wrong, just noting your passion).  But I’ve also noticed some of us have fully embraced the “geek” title and wear it as a badge of honor.  That, too, is fine, but it just seems to me that the more we embrace the title the easier it is to throw around.  Someone tell me why must we be chastised???  I know the words are a little theatrical, but as a whole, don’t we share the taste for the theatrical (Anybody recognize the line from Batman Begins?  Gold Star for you).

What if we started nit-picking all of the so-called “normal” hobbies?  What if we turned the tables on those who don’t assume they’re “dorks”?  It is the most mature of ideas, but we shouldn’t just allow our interests to be looked at as immature or irrelevant.  Let’s pretend those titles weren’t pressed on us…do you think that would change anybody’s beliefs as to how our hobbies were perceived?  If comics were no longer for “losers” would readership go up?  If cosplaying was more in-style would more people do it?  Or are we doomed to live on as geeks, nerds, dorks, and losers?

Dare I say we start a revolution?  Nay, a revolution never seems to pan out.  I say we simply respond to those who don’t appreciate our favorite pastimes with questions as to why.  Why are we the outcasts?  Our diversions are like any other are they not?  Manga takes us out of our lives for a while doesn’t it?  World of Warcraft connects families and friends while having a little fun (I know, some of you hate the grind, but there is some 14 million subscribers who would disagree).  All I’m saying, is maybe we try to break free from the tyranny that is…whoa, just went a little Stewie for a second.  Anyway, let’s just try to change the way we are seen and do it without burning down a local Wal-Mart.

That whole “history geek” debacle that came out of Miss USA’s mouth started a whole gaggle of people’s opinions on what a “geek” is.  And I’m sorry, but whatever you assume a geek to be might not be entirely correct to someone else.  I’m proud to be a member of this group, the group that wears our hobbies proudly on our sleeves, but why can’t we just be fans?  I’m not saying we should be embarrassed or ashamed, just don’t understand why we must assume the role of “geek” for the things we love.

Bottom line, if you’ve found this blog, you’re probably a fan of the same things I am.  We’re fans just like with anything else.  I’m a fan of baseball and football as well but let’s face it, not many people refer to themselves as sports geeks.  A fan also has a passion for something, much like some say a geek does.  So why can’t we be happy with being fans?

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  1. renxkyoko says:

    I can relate…. I’m a manga/anime fan… I play video games… but I also read John Grisham , can discuss politics ( I was a volunteer in one political campaign ). On my first blog posts, I was careful not to mention that I read mangas and play video games, but I have started to come out slowly and carefully, checking out the responses for any negative reactions. Good thing they have all been positive. I really don’t mind being called a geek. In fact, I officially declared I was one just recently.

    • raptureistoday says:

      And I’ve been noticing that geek is being embraced by many, still…no matter how “we” look at it, there are those that look down on the word and everything involved with it.

      • renxkyoko says:

        People embrace something that is basically negative to lessen the sting that comes with it. But you’re right, some people still look down on the word. They think I’m an airhead, or someone with less or no intellect at all, even if can solve problems in differential equations and discuss health care reform in detail. Eh. I don’t care.

      • raptureistoday says:

        I’ll give you bonus points for the differential equations, whatever the hell those are, but I’m glad you see what I see.

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