Women embrace 'geekdom' as gender roles shift

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A group of Lafayette-area women are geeks and proud of it.

The Journal & Courier reports 28-year-old Aurora Cruz last month started Ladies Geeking Out, a group that encourages women to get their geek on. She says she wanted to start a group where women who have the same interests could get together and not worry about being judged.

Purdue University associate English professor Samantha Blackmon says in the past women didn't profess their love of video or board games because of negative stereotypes. But she says in the past decade more women have been attending comic book or video game conferences.

Christina Blanch, a doctoral student at Ball State University, says more women are letting their geek show as it becomes more acceptable.

Information from: Journal and Courier 

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