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Nerd Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Lauren Murrow | July 11, 2013 | Lifestyle Story City Life

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Gathering 20 strangers at LOL Cafe for the inaugural meeting of the Bay Area Nerd Girls (BANG) was stressful, says founder Karina Baylocq, but not for the obvious reasons. Comic-Con tickets had gone on sale that day, and “girls were frantically trying to buy tickets on their iPhones.” Baylocq, a 22-year-old interactive media student at the San Francisco Art Institute, launched the online community two years ago as a place for “nerdy girls to meet like-minded lady friends.”

Members gather at least once a month to bask in their shared obsession with sci-fi, anime, comics, board games, computer science, and Japanese cosplay. San Francisco being a sort of Renaissance Florence of nerddom, it should come as no surprise that BANG has exploded since its inception. It now counts as members more than 550 women, most aged 22 to 30, from programmers in hoodies to community organizers in sundresses. “Most of us do wear glasses, though,” says Baylocq.

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Originally published in the July 2013 issue of San Francisco.

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