If you’re a Second Generation Geek, like yours truly, you’ll probably find this look at where geek girls come from interesting. Essentially, most 70s- and 80s-era geek girls were introduced to geeky things by older men, usually family members (and, very notably, not peers, i.e. same-age boys). For me, it was my dad (who owned a lot of SFF books and would sit and watch Doctor Who and play computer games with me when I was little), then later the dude who used to run the big Sailor Moon fan forum Back In The Day (who introduced me to computer security, specifically).1
On the other hand, I suspect if the same how-did-you-get-into-geekery question was given to third- and fourth-generation geeks girls the answers would be very different, both in the sense of “a woman/girl introduced me” and “I dunno it was just there“. Which is a good thing too, I think.
- Which isn’t to say I had no female geeky influences. I did, though notably these were always peers: one girl who had a SFF-obsessed mother, plus another girl who’d been introduced to TCGs by a third friend who, in turn, had been taught by her brothers. ↩