Geek girl T-shirts

The two women from HR wore Google Women's Tees. From the website: "We originally designed this shirt for our efforts in recruiting women engineers." Seeing the shirt on them made me think about my geekwear, and why I found the Google Women's Tee a bit strange.

I like wearing tech shirts. They're a great way to identify myself to other people. They makes it easier for geeks to talk to me. They provide instant conversation starters for people in the know.

I'm still not used to the Venus symbol, though, and that's probably because I think of the symbol in different contexts. It feels too serious for me. I guess I'm also more used to the "girl" aspect of my identity than I am to the "woman" aspect. That's why I self-identify as "geek girl".

Maybe it's a socialization thing. I'm more used to subtle gender signs, like the "geekette" in my signature. I like wearing baby tees with the same logos as the regular shirts. The logo connects me to other geeks, but the slightly more flattering cut makes a small difference.

Ah. That's probably it. I want my geekwear to connect me with other geeks, which is why I'd go for something generic like "emacs" over something like "geek. girl. goddess." I'd wear "emacs girl" if I want to point out that yes, I can _too_ be a girl _and_ be into Emacs, but I prefer focusing on what I have in common with other geeks.

This doesn't mean the T-shirts are bad, though. It just means I'd be more comfortable in a plain black Google women's T-shirt than in a Google Women's Tee.

It's pretty much a moot point, anyway, as they only had white long-sleeved men's style shirts earlier, and they ran out before I could get one. The swag would've been nice, but it wasn't essential. I learned enough from the conversations and the talk itself to make the time worthwhile. <laugh> I can understand why they probably wouldn't bring women's tees to a mixed talk. Still, I'm endlessly appreciative of conferences and tech sessions that actually have baby tees, like the totally cool open source conference I spoke at in Cebu and the blogging summit I attended in Manila right before I left. I left the blogging shirt at home, but I love my open source baby tee to pieces.

Ah, the trouble with being a geek girl in a guy's world... Swag rarely fits.