If you love comics, science fiction, gaming, coding, robotics or anything else that may be defined as “geeky” then you may know what it is to be a victim of “geek elitism”. The term refers to the ongoing chatter that has become inherent in geek culture, where women are ostracized and bullied for not being nerdy enough to play in the geekdom. Should gender matter when it comes to being a geek? Absolutely not, but in spite of that, female geeks are still vastly underrated and underappreciated.
In response to this ongoing conversation, Angela and Aubrey Webber of The Doubleclicks, a folksy, musical sister duo hailing from Portland, Oregon, released “Nothing to Prove” a song and video made by and about amazing geek girls around the world.
The music video, which features portraits of geeky women holding up signs reflecting the irreverent attitude and bullying they face daily for just doing what they love, was conceptualized with screenwriter Josh A. Cagan.
The group collected submissions for the project on their last nationwide tour and online through their website. They received between 150-250 geek girl videos, including some from prominent geeks: Kelly Sue Deconnick, Amy Berg, John Scalzi, Adam Savage, Paul & Storm, Wil Wheaton, Marian Call & more.
Due to the overwhelming support and response of the video and song, Angela and Aubrey have started geekgirlvideo.tumblr.com, where they continue to post videos and photos with the hashtag #NothingToProve, and welcome anyone to submit their photo and story.
Angela and Aubrey Webber founded The Doubleckicks in 2011 and have amassed an enviable following by singing about Dungeons & Dragons, dinosaurs, and most recently Mars Curiosity. You can usually find them touring the country, playing in comic shops, game stores or in their fans’ living rooms. The duo has performed at wOOtstock (where geeks and music merge), and have also entertained audiences at pop culture, gaming and sci-fi conventions.
lead photo by Jessie Kirk