Esquire talks about geeks The geek thing has changed in the last few years. I started working in IT in the late 90's, and I remember very clearly when a hot girl at a geek function was anyone who didn't have a moustache. I remember when the girls coming to gaming days were universally shaped like one of those punching bags you can't knock down and had massive social issues. I remember when reading comics was so uncool that admitting it would kill your chances of getting a girl home, and I remember when knowing the rules of Dungeons and Dragons assured your virginity into your thirties. I also remember when telling someone that you worked in IT was the ideal way to kill a conversation and when your career as an IT person was the ultimate dinner party killer. Then there was a shift, when people realized that they needed geeks. And everyone who knew anything about a computer got respect, if not a party invite. The guy who cleared your browsing history or got rid of viruses was a king on the dorm floor. Still a virgin - but much revered none the less. Every asshole who knew how to use a search engine and how to put in an SMTP setting could act like the smartest guy in the room (in a room full of surgeons) and get away with it. Over the last few years, people have learned to shut that shit down and not take shit from the helpdesk monkeys, or the asshole who cleans their laser printer. But something about geeks has become strangely attractive. The only active Dungeon's and Dragons group among my friends includes a topless model who's done national mens magazine covers. The hot girls in HR at my office come up to ask for help with getting drivers working for their gaming rig and I see their proxy traffic going to WOW forums and build strategy guides in between checking out race day and wedding fashion websites. Justin Timberlake, a Music and Drama geek with Dorky Glasses talks about bringing sexy back and there's a section of the audience that doesn't laugh. The barrage of comic book movies and crap with the cast of Juno pack out theatres. Book stores in trendy fashionista neighbourhoods have a 'graphic novels' section at the front of the display cabinets and 'circus arts - juggling' classes in my neighbourhood are packed out with hot girls every weekend. Focus: Geeks? Hot or not. Are you a geek? Are you old enough to remember when being a geek sucked? Has your geekishness become a social asset or are you still a basement dwelling sock-fucker with a canadian girlfriend who's never met your friends? Sock-Fucker Focus: Do you avoid the big room that pizza comes from? Does the DayStar burn you? Do the people in your school/office just need to read more Penny Arcade so that they 'get' you? Alt-Focus: Esquire Article - Discuss Alt-Alt-Focus: Ladies that need help with their MMO characters, support requests here.