I have no problem identifying with being a geekette (as is obvious with my domain name). However, I do have a problem with one of the more recent geekette shirts to hit the public (this one courtesy of Telerik):

Most geekettes I know dress like a typical geek.  We like our hoodies and geek tees just as much as the guy geeks.  Places like ErrorWear ThinkGeek, and SnorgTees cater to geek wear for women very well.

Sure, some of us have our girly moments of dressing up in dresses or shirts and skirts.  However, most of us tend to try to blend in with the crowd.  We don’t like being singled out by our gender and like being able to compete with other devs without the gender factor being brought up.

Not all of us are hourglass figures, as depicted in this new Telerik design.  Not all of us like to show off our *ahem* assets *ahem* as depicted in this design.

A friend’s husband called this design “slutty”, and I can see where he got that from.  I am not a fan of this design, and I would not encourage others to wear it.

This makes me miss their older geekette shirts:

Geekettes from Ann Arbor GiveCamp 2008

Please, tools makers, keep making tools but don’t be tools who create geekette shirts without really thinking them through.

One thought on “Problem with Telerik’s recent geekette shirt…

  1. The 1950’s cartoon series “Rocky and Bullwinkle” had a Russian spy named Natasha. The cartoon above looks identical. It’s a compliment, since she was the smarter of the 2 spies.

  2. Mea culpa, mea culpa! I have to step in here to give my sincerest apologies. I am the Community Program Manager at Telerik who personally packed your swag box. As my colleague may have informed you, we had two designs this being the 2008 version and the kitten being 2009+. Recently we ordered a large sum of Geekette’s from the vendor and the design was the wrong one. We are doing a reprint, but we didn’t want them to go to waste, so we handed them out. This was poor judgement on my part. We have used these in the past quite a bit as some have specfically for them by request – (more because it reminds them of old cartoon characters from their childhood; completely nostalgic and innocent – not made to be offensive). Nevertheless, it was not meant to insult anyone and we do prefer the kitten version, which we’d love to send you some to replace these! We love to support the community and would never want to taint your experience with Telerik. I want to take full credit personally for this mistake instead of having Telerik suffer from it! Feel free to contact me via email of @teleriker on twitter. Hope you can forgive my error.

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