Hi, my name is Kate, and I am Girl Who Loves Sports. I love hockey and baseball, and will happily watch football, basketball, and soccer. I am also a Geek Grrl: bring on the comic books, cartoons, fantasy and sci-fi novels, even the occasional video game.
I don’t want a cookie for this. And I don’t want your gleeful surprise at finding a “chick who digs dude stuff,” like you just found a unicorn in Manhattan. I’m going to let you in on a secret: you haven’t.
My life is full of women who are into things that are traditionally considered male interests – from sports to comics to sleeping with beautiful women. Every day, I encounter another woman who can do fifteen minutes on The Hulk and his history, or can offer a breakdown of Yankees pitching throughout the past fifty years; who can create a website from the ground-up; or who can outplay you in World of Warcraft.
We’re not freaks, we’re not weirdos, and we’re not mythological beasts; we’re real women with diverse interests. And our interest and understanding is not diminished by the fact that we often appreciate the physical forms of the male athletes and characters.
So the next time you meet a girl who games or watches baseball or reads comics, don’t get all excited and ask her how she could possibly have gotten into it; find out what games you have in common, whether she’s in favor of the DH rule, or how she felt about the time that Captain America and Iron Man were on opposite sides.
Treat her like a grown-up human, and not an animal at the zoo.