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10/04/2011 01:13 pm ET Updated Dec 04, 2011

7 Signs Geek Girls Are Taking Over The World

When I was younger, all I wanted to do was fit in. I desperately wanted to be cool just like all my friends. I wanted to look good in French cuffed jeans, enjoy listening to New Kids On the Block, and play field hockey without tripping over the ball. Unfortunately, there was an invisible fence around my world that would only let me wander out so far before it jerked me back to reality. I was a horrible faker and couldn’t pretend to be someone I wasn’t. So who was I? I wasn’t a fashionista or boy band fanatic or killer athlete. I was a girl who snuck downstairs to watch “Just Say Julie” on MTV, played “Jeopardy” with my stuffed animals, and acted out my own cooking show every time I had to do the dishes. I was a total geek.

It’s taken me a long time to say those words out loud but now that I have the courage to do so, hearing them fills me with a real sense of pride. Geek girls are at the top of our game right now and being an outcast is totally in. Here’s how I know:

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Leslie Simon is the author of Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, And Other Misfits Are Taking Over The World.

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