There’s this group of two girls and a guy, all around my age, maybe a little younger. They’re talking about nerdy things, and they’re all laughing. They clearly all get along.
But the guy is SUPER nerdy. And anyone who looks at him will know it. He’s loudly joking about Batman, singing, and he is completely unapologetic about his enthusiasm.
But the girls are almost the opposite. They’re taking part in the conversation. They’re laughing at everything he is. But they’re much quieter. And you wouldn’t know by looking at them that they’d be at all similar to him.
So looking at them, I started thinking about the differences in gender, and how the girls have had to adapt in order to seem “normal” or “cool.” Or at least not nerds. While he doesn’t apologize for anything, they’re infinitely more subdued. And these girls have probably felt pressure to dress a certain way, and not be so loud about their nerdiness.
Or maybe I’m projecting my own shit.