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Are Geeks Starting a New Body Image Trend?

6/22/2016 Laura Watkins 2 Comments


I have the absolute WORST time finding swimwear that I like. It's so hard to find something cute and not too revealing, so finding something geeky is usually out of the question.

I mean, why is it that people assume that cosplay or geek fashion equals slutty?? Sex really does sell, especially in Hollywood, but what about normal people? What about those of us who aren't celebrities, who just want to enjoy our fandoms and be ourselves?

The fact is that, with few exceptions, designers and vendors have catered to a small demographic—making women's clothes for the few who feel they need to dress like strippers to boost their self-esteem (and the boys who drool over them).

It took me a long time to understand why my mom didn't like comic books or even some of the comic-based cartoons I loved, like the 90's X-men. Even as a kid, I was drawn to into the comic book world with its enthralling plots and characters. It took becoming a mom to fully understand that she didn't have anything against comic books themselves, but, rather, their graphic portrayals of women.



What do these skin-tight clothes and over-sized chests (heck, even the men in comics are ridiculously muscle-bound and unrealistically proportioned!) tell our kids about their body image or how they should view others? Do we have to look overly sexual to appear strong and confident?

DC SuperHero Girls
That's why the new trend I'm seeing has me so excited. Between the new DC SuperHero Girls (pictured above) and Star Trek TNG swim suits from ThinkGeek, we're seeing new content and fashion that I can share with my kids. They even have matching dresses!

Check them out:





This long sleeved Swim Shirt, based on Deanna Troi's lavendar jumpsuit from season 2 and 3, is not only adorable but excellent protection from the sun! I don't know about you, but my shoulders and back always get burned when I spend a long day poolside.


They also have a bunch of other cute and modest Star Trek clothes:












I was totally gonna leave it there, but I made the mistake of going back to look at more of their Star Trek gear and found these! Oh my goodness I'm in love. I SOOOO NEED these:




This one makes me squuueeee!!! Star Trek Bat'leth Letter Opener


Kirk - To boldly go where no man has gone before
Kirk & Gorn - I shall be merciful and quick - Gorn
Redshirt - Join Starfleet they said. It'd be fun they said
Spock - Live long and prosper









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