Meme Watch: ‘Idiot Nerd Girl’ (AKA ‘Fake Geek Girl’) Is Taking The Meme Back

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11.14.12 38 Comments

In light of the Cosplay Appreciation Day kerfuffle we covered this morning, now seems like a good time to revisit the “Idiot Nerd Girl” meme. It started last year as a way to insult women who refer to themselves as nerds but aren’t nerdy enough or nerdy in the right way or whatever, a reflection of a pervasive stereotype in geek culture which ticks me off. Why would it matter if someone wants to identify as a nerd, and why am I not surprised there isn’t a similarly-popular image macro accusing men of exaggerating their nerd cred?

Then something awesome happened. Dark Horse Comics editor Rachel Edidin staged a “cheerful coup” to overrun the Quickmeme page for the Idiot Nerd Girl with image macros written from the perspective of a Genuinely Nerdy Girl who’s tired of being automatically labelled a poser just for being female. Now a majority of the newest pictures at Quickmeme are of this type, and I f–king love it.

Our 25 favorite examples of the reappropriated Idiot Nerd Girl meme are collected here. All pictures via Rachel Edidin, The Mary Sue, and Quickmeme.

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When not writing for Uproxx, Caleb likes to volunteer at the legless cat shelter and photoshop the Babadook into all of his family photos. He once resolved the question “To be or not to be?” through the clever use of General Semantics. Your mom thinks you could be more like him if you only applied yourself.

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