Recently I was in my local Michael’s doing some shopping. While waiting in line I overheard a women speaking to the cashier about her restaurant. Without getting too specific, her establishment is in the nerd realm. When she was done speaking with the cashier I casually when over to her and introduced myself. I told her about Nerd Out and how I thought it would be something she maybe interested in. One would think her response would be positive, or at least be a kind ‘no thank you’. Instead I received ‘you don’t look nerdy enough to have a nerd company,’ with a look of distaste. When did it become a rule that I have to look a certain way to be a nerd?!? Being a nerd is about inclusion, not exclusion.
It should be noted that I was wearing my TARDIS cardigan from Her Universe at the time. I think that suffices just fine as nerdy attire. However, my wardrobe should not dictate whether or not I can be a nerd. I shouldn’t have to prove I am a nerd with or without nerdy wardrobe. Anyone and everyone should be allowed to be a nerd no matter who they are or what they look like.
What’s worse is that we have one woman entrepreneur putting down another. With the current state of affairs on getting fair wages and other female issues, this should not be happening. What does one gain from putting down another? Did it make this woman feel better about herself? Her business? Did she feel like I was competing? What is her definition and standard of ‘nerdy enough’? I guess we’ll never know, we can only speculate.
Needless to say I don’t think I’ll be visiting this woman’s establishment anytime soon.Your Friend, Elle