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What Is A Geek Girl?

On October 19, downtown Seattle will be invaded by geek girls. That’s when the 3rd annual GeekGirlCon kicks off at the Washington State Convention Center. Maybe you’re wondering, what exactly is a geek girl? And why does she need her own convention?

Amy Peloff has the answers. She’s assistant director of the University of Washington’s comparative history of ideas program. She teaches classes in gender, sexuality and women’s studies. She told Marcie Sillman that defining geek girls is a bit like defining pornography. You may not be able to pin down the specifics, but you know it when you see it.