Who are you?
- By Bryan Dean
Hello, super_redhead here!
As I’m sure you know, I review Star Wars: The Clone Wars here on Knights Archive. What some others won’t know though, is that I’m a young, female geek. And that I couldn’t prouder of being one.
I’m the Sci-Fi geek in the class. The one who listens to the teacher, however unpopular that may be. But I’m also the one who really can’t see a difference in Girls and Boys when it comes to their opportunities in the future and what they can and can’t handle, like Star Wars. It’s a common stereotype that all girls like make-up and gossip, and have no time in their busy shopping schedule to like a good Sci-Fi film.
Well, that stereotype is wrong for some.
I don’t ever wear any cosmetics and I try to steer out of clothes shopping. But I love the Star Wars saga, as well a other Sci-Fi films, plus books, and the rest of it. And I’m not afraid to show it.
In primary school I had a great group of friends. Of geeks like me. Most of them were boys. We talked Star Wars and Lego and Pokemon and computers. But then we got a bit older, and I suppose we just sort of drifted apart. Now I can’t help but think that maybe it was because of my gender. But I didn’t take it heart, and now I have a great group of friends who share other common interests with me.
I’ve always been a bit bullied. Especially going into high school, but more about my hair colour than anything else. I guess that, over time, with the help of those around me, I learned to ignore them and to move on. And they learned I was mature enough to do so, and left me alone. Because of this I’m not scared of being different from the crowd and judged for it, rather, I’ve found ways to express my interests. I feel I’ve really come out of my shell and decided to do what I love best. And that’s geeking around. I read. I study. I go onto computers. And I watch Star Wars. And I let people know about it. My back pack jingles with Star Wars plushies, I wore a transformers shirt to a school mufti day and I talk to my science teacher about science. It’s just who I am, and I encourage all girls and women to do the same.
Stop being worried about what others think, but rather what you think about something. And if you like it or not. And if you’re going to show others that that is what you like.
Because, as a great man once said, If you spend all your life trying to become what everyone expects you to become, then you’d be the most boring person on the planet. So how is it? Are you going to be what people expect you to be, or are you going to show your interests, and become original, and show people who you are?
I’m a female Star Wars fan.
Who are you?
Comments from original posting…
Such a great post. You should definitely be proud of yourself even at such a young age. Many people spend their whole lives not having the confidence to be themselves and be comfortable with who that person is. In this post, you have displayed wisdom beyond your years and you should be commended for it.
That was great Red. I’m sure you will inspire others to be proud to be themselves as well.
Keep expressing and embracing who you are. Individuality is a precious facet of life. I was the girl who played with Turtles instead of Barbies, and had her nose stuck in a book the rest of the time. In high school I read Logan’s Run and Star Wars tales, enter my love of sci-fi. Maus introduced me to comics, and I spilled ketchup on a copy of Watchmen which I failed to interest anyone else in reading. I was usually a teacher’s best friend because I love learning. Except most math. I liked the Star Wars movies and was sympathetic when the only kid in high school with Star Wars shirts got picked on; I envied his shirts. Running a comic book store at eighteen let me read all I want and learn how to better connect with all different types of people. Males and females seemed equally comfortable there; there were slightly more male clientele (I think apparel gave them the edge). Thankfully this is a declining trend. I never thought I would see Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise. When I go to conventions and look around now, I see more females wearing what they love and it is comforting. I make more friends nowadays by complimenting shirts – male and female – some of which I am proud to own. 2012 is a good year to be a Star Wars fan, especially with new cartoons and games and so much more! Cheers to coming out of the shell. Turtle power!
Thank you turtle. Some of your youner years reminds me of myself! Thank you for sharing your story, too. It inspires me to continue.
That was wonderful Red
I’m proud of you, being just you.
I think in the future you would be able to be a great figure in society that people would love to look up to. That is, if you want to, say, further educate yourself in the future into being whatever you wish to be, I’d say you can do almost everything if you keep that passion and spirit up. Being yourself is truly what we were meant to be like.
Red hair, really is a unique and beautiful color.
Stay true to yourself as you have always been, your spirit is one to be congratulated on.