Geek Girls and Unicorns: They Exist!
There are a lot of girls to look up to on the Internet. Well. There are a lot of girls – and women – or ladies – whatever you want to call us – to look up to whether you’re online or offline. Some of my favorite geek girl role models are right online though, so that’s why I started this out saying there are a lot of girls to look up to on the Internet.
I won’t be terribly surprised if you haven’t heard of these ladies though. They’re kind of a cult hit. And you should know, the girls of Team Unicorn are more than kind of awesome.
Team Unicorn makes spoof and comedy videos of the sci-fi persuasion. They have great music, awesome costumes, famous collaborators and wicked senses of humor.
Fan of classic movies and aliens? Check out Alien Beach Crashers with Zachary Levi and Pete Wentz.
Fan of zombies? Check out A Very Zombie Holiday.
Next time the online dating scene just gets to be too much, and you need a laugh, watch superHarmony, which I think is my favorite.
If you just want to see what Team Unicorn is all about, check out their first project: G33K & G4M3R Girls. It’s a love letter to all things geek.
I started following Team Unicorn on twitter over a year ago. Co-founded by Clare Grant, Michele Boyd, Milynn Sarley, and Rileah Vanderbilt, the ladies of Team Unicorn embrace their femininity right alongside their hardcore love of video games and fan-favorite genres like science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and show by example that one can be super girly and super geeky all at the same time.
The thing I love most about Team Unicorn, is the positivity they portray on the Internet. They look like they have a lot of fun doing the projects they do, making the videos they make, and participating in all aspects of entertainment culture. They go to conventions; they cosplay with a level of detail that makes my jaw drop, and everyone I’ve met in the geeky community who has met them says they are beyond sweet and nice to all their fans.
Alongside the fun of their projects and general awesomeness of all four ladies who are part of Team Unicorn, is the very real message that girls can be any thing they want to be. Pinned to the top of their website is the message “Because, like unicorns, geek girls were not supposed to exist” and the idea is one I think a lot of us forget. While the Internet has become a place where you can find all kinds of people and make all kinds of friends, there’s still a lot of judgement and a lot of attitude that reeks of “go find your own playground” when it comes to fan communities. Whenever I need a reminder that I can fall in fan with whatever I like, I find myself heading for a Team Unicorn project to raise my spirits.
Next time you’re on the look out for some entertainment that will make you let out a squeal-filled laugh at references to pop culture you maybe thought you forgot about, you should give Team Unicorn a chance.