The Doubleclicks are an awesome musical duo made up of sisters Angela and Aubrey Webber. Their music is folky, witty, sometimes geeky, and all around fun. One of my favorites is Oh, Mr. Darcy. [Side note: What is it about Mr. Darcy that makes me swoon? He’s totally jerky in most of Pride and Prejudice. Well, I guess his love for Lizzie Bennet makes up for it in the end.]
I felt a couple of different things after watching it. First I felt happy that they made the video. It’s got such a great message. I particularly liked the sign that a mom held up which read “Don’t tell my daughters that Legos, Robots, and Superheroes are for boys.” YES!
Both my four-year-old and three-year-old absolutely LOVE playing with Legos. Putting them away so my husband and I don’t step on them, not so much. If there’s an empty cardboard box lying around, you better believe that my oldest will put it on and pretend to be a robot. She even does a pretty good robot voice. And the Ninja Turtles? They know all the lyrics to the theme song and have watched almost every single episode of the reboot at least twice.
Even though this video made me happy, I also felt a little upset. I was upset at the fact that there are STILL people who think that a girl can’t really be into geeky things JUST BECAUSE SHE’S A GIRL. Seriously? *sigh* C’mon people. Grow the heck up. We’re all in this together. How many of us have been teased, ridiculed, or bullied just for loving the things we love? Why do we feel the need to attack each other? And solely based on the fact that we’ve got different bits?
The areas of nerd-dom are quite vast and varied. There is no geek who will like or be knowledgeable about every single thing within it. And those who are calling into question other people’s level of fanaticism or labeling someone as a “Fake Geek”, please stop.
There are a lot of people in this world who thrive on being unkind. They will try their darnedest to make you doubt yourself. To make you feel like you don’t belong. But you know what? You do belong.
Photo credit: Jessie Kirk for The Doubleclicks (Photos used with permission)
A version of this post first appeared on My Shiny Life.