Anti-Bullying Starts in First Grade

November 15-19 is Anti-Bullying Week at the schools.  Like so many others, I have been reading with dismay about the recent victims of bullying, and I ache inside for the pain these young people have experienced.

I have often thought of bullying as a problem that faces children older than mine, but a recent conversation with my first grader has given me pause.  Maybe it starts right here, right now with our little ones.

At summer's end, K and I went to Target to pick out her backpack, lunchbox and water bottle for the new school year.  After great deliberation, she chose a Star Wars water bottle to match her Star Wars backpack.

K loves Star Wars, and she was very excited about her new items.  For the first few months of school, she proudly filled her water bottle herself and helped me pack her lunch each morning.

But a week ago, as we were packing her lunch, K said, "My Star Wars water bottle is too small.  It doesn't hold enough water.  Can I take a different one?"  She searched through the cupboard until she found a pink water bottle and said, "I'll bring this."

I was perplexed.  "K, that water bottle is no bigger than your Star Wars one.  I think it is actually smaller."

"It's fine, I'll just take it," she insisted.

I kept pushing the issue, because it didn't make sense to me.  Suddenly, K burst into tears.

She wailed, "The first grade boys are teasing me at lunch because I have a Star Wars water bottle.  They say it's only for boys.  Every day they make fun of me for drinking out of it.  I want them to stop, so I'll just bring a pink water bottle."

I hugged her hard and felt my heart sink.  Such a tender young age, and already she is embarrassed about the water bottle that brought her so much excitement and joy a few months ago.

Is this how it starts?  Do kids find someone who does something differently and start to beat it out of her, first with words and sneers?  Must my daughter conform to be accepted?

The confusing part for me is that I know these first grade boys.  I can't simply see them as random mean boys bullying my baby.  They are good kids individually, and K often plays happily with them.

But when you put the boys together in a pack, maybe they start to feel vulnerable and insecure, which causes them to do unkind things, such as tease my daughter for carrying a Star Wars water bottle.

Maybe they do it to get laughs out of each other.  Maybe they do it because if they are busy teasing K, nobody will tease one of them.  Maybe they do it because they want her attention and have limited social skills at this age.

"K, it is okay to be different.  Not all girls need to drink out of pink water bottles," I told her.

"I don't want to be too different," K lamented.  "I'm already different.  Nobody else in my class wears glasses or a patch, and nobody else was adopted.  Now I'm even more different, because of my Star Wars water bottle."

K cannot control the fact that she is different due to adoption or poor eyesight.  But she can control what accessories she carries to school, and she is trying to exercise that control.  She has learned that there are degrees of being different, and she wants to minimize how different she is.

Being different is a complicated topic.  We say that we celebrate diversity, and we preach tolerance.  But at the same time, we as adults are often fearful of those who are different.   I see people tease each other for being gay or poor or overweight.  I see grown-ups bullying others for holding different religious and political beliefs.

I see people publicly lauding diversity and privately attacking those who are different.

It trickles down to kids teasing each other for the types of toys they prefer.  So it starts now, with a couple first graders and a water bottle.  Right here, right now, we as a community need to recognize the slippery slope of bullying those who are different.  We need to show our support for each other's choices, as long as they do no harm.

I talked to K about all my musings.  Talking about it is the best defense.  I have urged her to bring the Star Wars water bottle if that is what she really wants to do, even if it makes her different.   Today, she felt brave enough to bring it.  I hope that she is able to eat her lunch without feeling nervous.

I would love to be able to show K that she is not alone, that other females appreciate Star Wars.  If there are any female Star Wars fans reading this, please feel free to show your support for K.  I will let her read your messages or comments, and I think she will be surprised by what I suspect is a vast number of female fans.

And if you have a little boy out there who wants to carry a pink water bottle, tell him about K and reassure him that if she can carry a "boy" water bottle, he can carry a "girl" water bottle.  Let's help all our kids grow into confident adults who can appreciate being different.

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Wow!  K is overjoyed by the comments coming in!!!  My sweet first grade daughter has been sitting with me at the computer, reading aloud all the wonderful, supportive notes from readers, and her face is shining.  Each night after dinner, we are going to sit together, and she is going to read several comments to me and her daddy.  We are going to print the comments out and make a book for her to read whenever she feels the need.  Today she wore a Star Wars shirt to school and said to me, "Tell the people about it!!!!"  This is really restoring her self confidence.  She did a jaunty little pirouette in her Star Wars shirt before school.

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  • Hi, Katie! I'm a woman and I like Star Wars! I remember seeing The Return of the Jedi with my family, playing with the action figures, and reading books based on the stories. It's a good story, and boys don't get to tell you what stuff you're allowed to like.

    You listen to your heart. If your heart says, "I like this!" but some other kid says "that's for boys," you know they're not correct, because you're a girl and whatever you like is fine!

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    Thanks, Andrea. I read this to Katie! She had a big smile!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Yay!

    I think Katie just went viral... :)

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    I know!!! And you were her first supporter here, so thank you!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I'm not a girl but I do have alot of star wars books and an R2-D2 Puzzle I would like to send to you. I've been wanting to give them away to someone but I couldn't think of any one who liked Star Wars, then I heard about you through Felicia Day, one of my favorite actors. So if it is okay I would like to give you these books.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi, Katie! I'm so glad to hear you are letting those boys keep you away from enjoying Star Wars. I am a 24 year old woman and Star Wars is not the only thing I like that is supposed to be "only for boys". I like all type of action movies, video games that are "for boys" and I've even beat boys in sports and games so just be happy with whatever you want. It doesn't really matter what they say because most of the time, like your mom said, it's done in an effort to deflect attention. Do what makes you happy not what makes them happy :D

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    I am a Star Wars fan and I know many other girls who are also fans. I grew up watching the movies with my parents and big brother. Do not be afraid to be yourself, you bring value to this world!
    May the force be with you sweetie,
    M

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi, Katie! I'm 32 years old and have loved Star Wars since I was a little girl. I used to love pretending the scene from A New Hope when they were stuck in the trash compactor. I was always Luke. :) I proudly wore a Star Wars shirt when my husband and I went to see Episode 1 in the theaters. Now I have two little boys (both are adopted!) who love Star Wars and are teaching me all about the Clone Wars. I know my boys would just love to know there's an awesome little girl out there who is adopted like them and that loves Star Wars like they do! :) I think you're awesome, too!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Miss Katie,

    What a wonderful girl you are! Nowadays, I just do not understand what makes kids do these types of actions. Bullying is not okay and definitely should not be left alone. I am 17 years old and I am proud to say that I am one hardcore star wars geek! Mr. Lucas (creator of Star Wars) did not create it just for boys, he made it for the general audience! I know the whole trilogy by heart, have read the books and even play all of the video games. I have always had a knack for star wars, batman, power rangers - everything a boy would love haha. Even now I cannot get enough of it!

    What these bullies did to you was not necessary. When I was a child, I was also bullied. The bullying was really severe when I was in kindergarten and 1st grade. I felt so alone because my parents were divorced. My dad was working all the time so I did not have someone to turn to. You are a beautiful girl and very lucky to have so many people to support you!

    When I look back at it, I laugh it off because those kids who used to bully me, are now the kids who get into alot of trouble and have no friends. Also not to mention, I somehow grew really tall so now I am twice their size :) You are who you are and a couple of kids should not make you feel uncomfortable with yourself.

    Just keep your head up, stay positive and enjoy life! Those kids who bully you, will never be the great person you are. Bully-free and Star Wars for life!

    - Kim

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hello Katie,

    I am a woman that is a Star Wars fan too. My parents first took me to see it in 1977 and from then on, my walls were covered with Star Wars posters and I collected all of the action figures(which I still have and show off proudly). Star Wars isn't just for boys, it's for everyone. Princess Leia and Padme are wonderful role models for girls to grow up strong and fight for what they believe in. So, if you want to carry a Star Wars back pack and water bottle, then do it. Be proud of it. Those boys will look back and realize how cool you are for having these things. You are a beautiful young lady that knows what she likes. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't like something.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,

    I know how you feel. Not only was I different when I was younger, but I also have a boys name! The boys at school would tease me all the time for it, and I would cry and wish I could change my name to Brittany or Jessica, something like the other girls had. But as I got older, I realized that I really liked being different, and now I love my name! I'm happy that I have a boys name, and I'm proud of who it has made me. Never be afraid of what you like or who you are!

    - Stevi

    P.S. I like Star Wars too!!! I make Chewbacca noises with my dog all the time!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Star Wars Rocks and don't let anyone tell you differently. When I was in 3rd grade, I wore glasses, dinosaur sneakers, and was reading bigger books than I could carry and people said i was weird. I also had a Star Trek lunch box that I rocked everyday. Now, one of the boys that said I was just a nerd, happens to be my boyfriend, 20 years after he thought I wasn't cool.

    Nerds rule this world. I am so unbelievably excited that you are able to recognize the amazing epic that is Star Wars and think those boys are just jealous and probably need to out grow their cooties.

    Trust us, you are pretty cool in our eyes.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Man, I wish I'd had a whole bunch of random people telling me how awesome I am when I was younger. If I could go back and change one thing about my life, it would be the lack of self-confidence from a young age. Here's what I wish someone had told me sooner (so I didn't have to learn it later!), to not just Katie, but anyone who happens to read this: you are awesome. Even if you don't see it now, someday you will have amazing people around you who not only accept you, but get you. So, don't dare try to be anything other than what you want to be, your future friends will be missing out!

    As for where self-confidence comes from, if you believe you're awesome, you are awesome. If you don't completely believe it, but tell yourself that it's true, it eventually becomes true. If someone tells you that you're not cool for any reason, it may not be because you intimidate them, but it's only as true as you allow it to be. The only thing you can really do about those doubts you have about yourself is ignore them--actively decide not to pay attention--because some of them will never leave regardless of how much people tell you they love you. Self-doubt is the most resilient psychological force I've encountered.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    Let me tell you, I'm a 44 year old girl (I'm still a kid at heart)and I LOVE Star Wars. I used to wear the t-shirt all the time. I had the lunch box, the backpack and the pajamas. Sometimes boys can be mean about things like that, but I really think it's because they wish they had the Star Was thermos too. Don't ever change who you are to fit in with other people. You will fit in with a lot more friends being just the way you are. You definitely have the Force with YOU Katie. Keep smiling that beautiful smile of yours. Oh, and you are not different for wearing glasses and being adopted... you are SPECIAL and UNIQUE. Did I mention that I was Darth Vadar for halloween one year. Ha,ha,ha,ha... I loved scaring the boys!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie! I have LOVED Star Wars since the first movie in the 1970's (and yes, I did see the first run in the theaters!). I cried twice the first time I saw Empire Strikes Back (first for freezing Han Solo & second for Luke losing his hand). I, too, wore Star Wars t-shirts to middle school and I even built a model of the Millennium Falcon like boys built model cars, with real modelers glue! My prize possession was a Luke Skywalker jacket purchased by mail order from the official Star Wars club! I still have some of that stuff and of course I have the movies.

    PLEASE do not let anyone tell you you're not supposed to have those things. Now, a couple of those things are collector's items (so who's laughing in the end!)! While it is terribly hard for you while you're in school (and the pressure to conform will continue through high school), remember that once you get out into the real world as an adult, all of this will go away. The only thing that won't change is you - you will always have to be yourself, so don't let anyone EVER pressure you to be someone you're not. Trust me, that's good advice to take through life!

    Btw, I am a Star Wars purist. The last three movies were good, but the first three are still the GREATEST!! I had a HUGE crush on Luke Skywalker when I was a kid and now as an adult, I have a MONSTER crush on Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Goes to show, once Star Wars is in your blood, you never get rid of it!! :-D

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!
    I'm a girl in my 30s, and I love Star Wars. It's one of the things I remember most fondly about my childhood, because it was something I did with my dad. (We also watched Star Trek, Dune, and all kinds of other science fiction shows!)

    When I was in my teens, I started going to conventions and meeting other people - other girls, too - that loved Star Wars as much as me. And I learned that there's a huge, vibrant, happy group of powerful, funny, smart, cute, brave girls who love science fiction in all forms.

    These days, all my friends - guys and girls - love Star Wars (and Star Trek, Firefly, Tron, and other stuff). Including my niece, a little girl who was adopted from China. She has a Star Wars backpack, too - and she uses it every day in school. :-)

    Remember what Yoda said - Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. Don't be afraid, and don't be angry, at the boys who're teasing you. They're just having their own issues with the dark side.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie,

    In 1977 I was seven years old and that summer Star Wars played in the theaters. A few months later for Halloween I was Darth Vader. My mom made my costume, I was and continue to be very proud of that costume. We bought the mask, but my mom made me a jump-suit and a cape. I still have the mask.

    When Empire Strikes Back came out I got the lunch box/thermos that had Darth Vader, Luke and a lot of Storm Troopers.

    I am now forty years old, I have degree in visual arts, I have worked in schools and museums as well as computers. I work both men and women. In my office I have that lunch box sitting proudly on my bookshelf, battered and very used, but there. I also have a Darth Vader glass from my childhood and couple Star Wars Pez on my desk. I'm sure I get a few strange looks from time to tine, but mostly I get comments from people, men and women, about how cool it is that I still have some of these things from my childhood, they all remember them. Many of people comment that they wanted those items when they were young and never got them or have long ago lost theirs.

    Sometimes people are afraid to be themselves and find it easier to follow than lead. Don't be afraid to be yourself and lead. Don't let anyone tell you "that is a boy thing" if you like it is a "Katie thing".

    Keep doing what makes you happy Katie.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie, you have gone viral beyond description!

    I've been sitting here trying to figure out what to write, and to pass on great words of wisdom to you so that you may gather strength from them and essentially just kick butt in being yourself, but its kinda hard to do so when thousands of other people have probably done it better :)

    So instead I'll just tell you my story, and how I managed to defeat the evil bullies in my school when I was your age (maybe a little older actually...).
    I grew up loving Star Wars and back in the early 90s they would show the movies on TV ALL THE TIME which was great for me seeing how I didn't own a copy of the movies.
    One Christmas my dad got me the Original Trilogy on VHS (ask your parents to explain what that is if don't know lol) and must have watched those movies a million times over, to the point where I knew them completely by heart. I was in Star Wars Heaven!!
    I also had the action figures, little model kits, stickers and books like you wouldn't believe!!! I even had a C-3PO piggy bank! I was a Star Wars Fan!!
    Well I go back to school and my fellow students just couldn't understand what was so amazing about a galaxy far far away, and they would bother me about it to the point of tears. I didn't want to go back to school, I didn't even want to watch the movies any more...I felt ashamed, I felt weird...I felt like I was just wrong. My mom tried to help, telling me not to listen to them and to just be myself. To remember that Princess Leia wouldn't take any of the bullying and neither would Darth Vader, but I still felt...bad.
    The one day my class had a field trip to see an Orchestra play some fancy classical music, and the final piece for the concert was supposed to be something by Beethoven I think.
    Now not only am I Star Wars fan, but I'm a Cellist too and I LOVE classical music and seeing orchestras play, but I was in such a bad mood because of everything that I wasn't even enjoying myself on the field trip.
    But when it came to that final piece, that piece that was supposed to a Beethoven piece...You could probably imagine my surprise when the Conductor announced that there was a change in the program and because everyone in the Orchestra was such a fan (and the movies were coming out again in theaters) they were going to play the theme to STAR WARS!!!!!!!!!!!
    Everyone in my class could not believe it, and I was in shock.
    I'm getting goose bumps now thinking about it!
    Those few minutes watching the Orchestra that famous tune just lifted my heart and my spirit that no matter what happened in the coming days or the rest of my life I knew that I was not alone and that there were other star wars fans out there just like me!

    And just like you, we are all here. Give you support and love and telling you that no matter where you are and what you're feeling there is always someone out there who has your back. And the Star Wars community has your back.

    So go to school with your lunch box and backpack and whatever else you may like and be proud of who you are and know that we are all behind you :)

    May the Force be with you...always

    ~Gabriela from Miami

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I've always loved Star Wars! I got teased a lot. I was and still am really weird, but now I know it and I embrace it and people actually like to be around me now that I'm more confident. I think you are beautiful just by looking at your picture, kiddo! Just FYI, the kids who teased me in school are all losers now. some are in jail, some have many rotten kids and rotten husbands. NONE of them are as happy as me. I am a VERY successful car salesperson now and am very popular because I'm a girl who loves cars. Be different, be confident, and know you'll always be God's princess! Not everyone has the strength to be different! Keep it up!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    Let me tell you, I'm a 44 year old girl (I'm still a kid at heart)and I LOVE Star Wars. I used to wear the t-shirt all the time. I had the lunch box, the backpack and the pajamas. Sometimes boys can be mean about things like that, but I really think it's because they wish they had the Star Was thermos too. Don't ever change who you are to fit in with other people. You will fit in with a lot more friends being just the way you are. You definitely have the Force with YOU Katie. Keep smiling that beautiful smile of yours. Oh, and you are not different for wearing glasses and being adopted... you are SPECIAL and UNIQUE. Did I mention that I was Darth Vadar for halloween one year. Ha,ha,ha,ha... I loved scaring the boys!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I think it's awesome that you have a Star Wars water bottle, Katie!

    When I was a little girl, I had Star Wars Underoos. Underoos were sort of like a matching pair of underwear and an undershirt. I had a set that looked like Wonder Woman's costume. Then I had a set with R2D2 and C3PO. The Star Wars set was my favorite! I also like Star Trek. Sometimes, kids made fun of me for that. But there were more kids who thought it was great that I could draw the Starship Enterprise and knew how to do the Vulcan salute.

    I like a lot of things some people might think aren't for girls. I really love science, computers, and math. Some people say girls aren't good at those things. Marie Curie was a great scientist, and Ada Lovelace was a great mathematician... and they were both girls! And I wear glasses. I tried to wear contacts for a while, but they weren't comfortable and everybody said I just don't look right to them without my glasses. The glasses are part of me. :)

    You are a beautiful girl, Katie. :) Exactly the way you are, inside and out.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie! I'm also a Katie. I'm 23 years old, and I also wear glasses and I also love Star Wars. I even once went as Princess Leia for Halloween! When I was your age, I had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lunch box and water bottle. The Ninja Turtles were also supposed to be for boys, and some of the boys made fun of me for it too. It upset me, but every time they did it, I just looked at my water bottle and thought about how happy it made me. Eventually they got tired of teasing me and as I've grown up, I've found there are a lot of girls that like things supposedly "meant for boys," and that a lot of boys appreciate being friends with girls who like some of the same things they do. My boyfriend, Aaron, also like Star Wars and it was one of the things that helped us to become close friends when we first met in high school. Boys can be really mean, but you just have to keep on smiling and tell them that Star Wars is not just for boys and that you like your water bottle. We Katies know that Star Wars is totally for girls too, and one day those boys will realize just how wrong they are.

    Fear not! The Force is strong with you. ;)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie -- I'm a girl who likes Star Wars and my daughter who is also a first grader loves Star Wars too. She wore a Darth Vader costume for Halloween this year. She's been teased for it too, but we tell her that it's okay to like whatever you want. It doesn't make you less of a girl to like something that boys typically like; it just makes you a girl who is smart enough to know what you like and strong enough to let the world know it. Keep on rockin' your Star Wars gear! :)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Message from my 10 year old daughter:
    Hi. I like Star Wars too. I think it's fine for anybody to like Star Wars. I even have a Star Wars t-shirt.

    My message: Kids who make fun of you have the problem, not you. Maybe they are embarrassed about something they like. Maybe they have a mean mom and dad. Maybe no ever told them that they were special. You are special. You are a beautiful little girl with cute glasses and an awesome Star Wars bottle. I'm 35 years old, and my water bottle is covered in pictures of the Muppets. Some grown-ups might think that is silly, but I think they are funny, and the bottle makes me happy. I was bullied A LOT in school. Kids made fun of my clothes, my bag, and my name (to name a few things). There was nothing wrong with me, but I didn't realize that until I was in college. I don't want you to wait until you are eighteen to know that. Parents know the most about their kids, so listen to them! When your parents tell you that you are special and wonderful the way you are, believe them. They know more than some sad bully at school. And the adopted part? That just means that you know for sure that your parents dreamed of you before you were born. They planned for you and wanted you and adore you, so much that they worked extra hard to bring you home.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hey there Katie!

    I'm Mike, and while I'm not a girl by any means, I think it's cool you're into Star Wars. As you can tell by all the comments before mine, there are plenty of girls that love Star Wars. I, too, love the movie series, among other things. And, while I was picked on for liking that stuff when I was smaller, I still like it to this day and even sometimes wear it on my sleeve (Literally, even! I own a few geeky T-shirts that I proudly wear!). Eventually, as I grew up, I realized I couldn't let people tell me what to like and what not to like.

    So while I don't have a Star Wars story to tell, I'll leave you with this: I'm glad you were able to be a brave girl and brought that water bottle to school and I'm sure your mom is incredibly proud of you for doing so!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hey Katie!

    I'm a guy but I wanted to let you know that some of the coolest girls I know love Star Wars! And don't be afraid of being different, because it's the differences that make us who we are. It's what makes our stories so unique. Even though you're still young, I'd say you have a pretty cool story so far!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    Let me tell you, I'm a 44 year old girl (I'm still a kid at heart)and I LOVE Star Wars. I used to wear the t-shirt all the time. I had the lunch box, the backpack and the pajamas. Sometimes boys can be mean about things like that, but I really think it's because they wish they had the Star Was thermos too. Don't ever change who you are to fit in with other people. You will fit in with a lot more friends being just the way you are. You definitely have the Force with YOU Katie. Keep smiling that beautiful smile of yours. Oh, and you are not different for wearing glasses and being adopted... you are SPECIAL and UNIQUE. Did I mention that I was Darth Vadar for halloween one year. Ha,ha,ha,ha... I loved scaring the boys!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,

    It's ok to be different! Not only was I "weird" when I was little, but I have a boys name! They would tease me all the time about it, and I would cry. I told my mom I wished my name was Jessica or Brittany, something like the other girls had. But as I got older, I realized that I liked being different. Don't let anyone else tell you what you can and can't like! Just be yourself!

    -Stevi

    P.S. I like Star Wars too! I make Chewbacca noises with my dog all the time!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie,

    I am also a Star Wars fan and I know many other girls that are also fans. I grew up watching the movies with my parents and big brother. Don't be afraid to be yourself, you bring value to this world!

    ~M

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,

    I am a boy, but I was touched by your story. Everyone has feelings and shame on those boys for hurting yours!

    I bet if those boys asked George Lucas he would say "Star Wars is for everybody!"

    Actually, there are so many girl Star Wars fans that the voice of Ahsoka on the Clone Wars, Ashley Eckstein, created an entire line of Star Wars Clothing just for girls! It is called "Her Universe"
    Here is a link: http://heruniverse.com
    I am going to send your story to them!

    I hope you know you are a brave and cool young lady and many Star Wars fans, boys and girls, kids and adults think so too!

    May the Force Be With You,

    John
    johnston,Iowa

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Star Wars was one of my fave movie series growing up! I was also a huge fan of Indiana Jones and Alien.

    I just found these the other day and even though I'm long grown up I still wanted these Light Saber Chop Sticks: http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/japanfan/c50f/

    I was bullied as a kid and it was really hard to stand up to it, I eventually did after tolerating it for far too long and it was such a weight off my shoulders. It really does get better... May the force be with you! :D

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    what makes you different is what makes you special. Never forget that. I am lucky enough to have four beautiful daughters who are all unique in their own special way, but one shines a little brighter than the others and there is only one reason for that. She has learnt to be herself and never appologise for who she is. She rides skateboards and catches butterflys and dyes her hair red and laughs loud. She wears stockings with little silvery skulls on them she reads manga. She is the most happy person I know because she is herself at all times and never tries to change herself for others. Remember to be you and you will shine the brightest, just like my daughter.

    Jess from Australia

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi, Katie! I'm a 32 year old who has liked Star Wars since I was a little girl. I loved pretending the scene from A New Hope where they were stuck in the trash compactor. I was always Luke. :) I proudly wore a Star Wars shirt when my husband and I saw Episode 1 in the theater. Now I have two little boys (both are adopted!) who love Star Wars. They are teaching me about the Clone Wars. I think they would think it's so cool that there's a little girl out there who is adopted like they are and especially who loves Star Wars like they do! I think you're pretty awesome, too!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    I am a girl, and I grew up loving Star Wars. The very first time I saw it on TV, I knew it was just the best thing in the entire world, and I wanted everything Star Wars I could possibly find.

    Unfortunately, I discovered Star Wars when it was very unpopular, so there weren't many Star Wars toys or lunch boxes to be had. I would have been so happy to have a Star Wars back pack, and a Star Wars water bottle!

    Some of the boys were mean to me too, because I liked stuff that they considered to be "boy" things. I liked Batman and Transformers and GI Joe too. And I liked My Little Pony (Morning Glory is still my favorite), too, so I couldn't just pretend I was one of the guys.

    It got harder in high school, when the boys were even meaner to me because I liked a bunch of "boy" things, but I didn't always like them in the same exact way the boys did. Sometimes I pretended like I did like Star Wars and Batman and Transformers and Doctor Who, but I wasn't very happy. And sometimes I pretended that I liked them in exactly the same way the boys did, but I wasn't happy doing that, either. It took me a long time to figure out that I was happiest enjoying the things I liked, and enjoying them just the way I enjoyed them! So like what you want, and don't be afraid to show it!

    And those people who were mean to me? I don't see them any more. I fond someone who likes me just the way I am, and he likes Star Wars and Batman and Doctor Who too. It's the best thing in the world to be married to someone who likes the same stuff that you do, because we always have someone to talk to about your favorite things! We keep all of our lightsabers and Star Wars weapons in a box in the dining room, and all of our Star Wars action figures are in a big Darth Vader case in the kitchen.

    Also, when I got older, I started meeting girls from around the country, and right in my area, that liked the same things that I did, and they liked the same things about them! We all became good friends, and we get together a couple times of year at science fiction conventions so that we can talk about Star Wars and Batman and Doctor Who together. We're getting together next weekend to talk about nerdy things in Chicago, too! If your mom will bring you, you're welcome to visit Chicago Tardis (it's a Doctor Who convention, but we all like Star Wars too!), and see all the girls there, dressed up in costumes of our favorite characters, talking on stage about our favorite things, and hanging out together, having fun. If you can't make it, keep looking online, there will be tons of pictures posted, and you can see that there are a lot of nerdy girls out there! Until then, do a Google Image Search (with mom's help, of course!) for "Dragon*Con." It's a convention that happens every year, and people dress up as their favorite characters. See if you can count just how many girls and women are dressed up as Star Wars characters...it's a lot!

    One of them, my friend Tara, likes a lot of things, like Star Wars and Star Trek. She even made a Star Trek doll for a friend, and went dressed as a Star Trek character for Halloween! She even edited a book called "Chicks Dig Time Lords," which is just about us girls, and how much we love Doctor Who. I even have a comic that I wrote, in the book! She decided to write the book because there were so many people who thought that Doctor Who was just for boys. She wanted to let them know that Doctor Who was for everybody, including girls, just like Star Wars is for everybody, including girls!

    I got to meet a lot of really neat people, including my husband, because I was a girl who liked stuff like Star Wars. I found friends who were girls that all liked the same things I did, and all of those people who were mean to me aren't even a blip on my radar. I know it's not easy to be bullied and picked on. And I know that it's never right for people to do it, but I also know that you are pretty cool and awesome, from what your mom has been saying on here, and you will get through this!

    May the Force Be With You!

    --Tammy

    PS, my favorite character is Aayla Secura, which one is yours? If you and your mom ever want to talk with me or my friends, let me know!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie, do not get discouraged by people who think you should be something else or like other things. They do you rule you. Be happy with those who will support you. Stand strong to yourself there are others with you.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,

    Star Wars is LOADED with strong female characters. Princess Leia, Padme Amidala, Aayla Secura, Mon Mothma and everyone's favorite Padawan, Ahsoka Tano.

    These are just a small fraction of the Female characters in the Star Wars Universe that without them, it would be NOTHING! You're fandom is not only wanted, it's needed! Without girls you, Star Wars can't survive. Being an Artist who essentially makes his living drawing Star Wars characters, I can tell you when I make appearances at Conventions, my most requested characters to draw are Princess Leia, Padme, Aayla Secura and MOST of all, Ahsoka!

    Don't let those boys get you down! Be strong and let the Force be with you... always.

    Tom Hodges
    Artist: Clone Wars Web Comic, starwars.com

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie! You rock! And Geek girls rule! Sweetie, you love Star Wars and you keep loving Star Wars as long as you want. Don't let a bunch of silly boys take that away from you. They can't if you don't let them. You like what you like, and that's what makes you Katie. Nobody else can be you, and that's pretty special. :)

    I'm a 41 year-old woman and you know what? I not only like science fiction, I write it. Sometimes they even publish it and put it in bookstores. :) When I was your age, I wanted to be an astronaut. I couldn't go into space myself, so I wrote about flying in space instead. One of the first stories I wrote was about a girl who was a Jedi in training. No lie. Back when Return of the Jedi came out, you know who took me to see it? My mom. Not my stepdad, but my mom. Just the two of us, no boys allowed.

    Star Wars is part of what makes you an awesome little girl, Katie. So are those wicked cool glasses! I've had glasses for as long as I can remember, too. Being different is a really good thing. If we were all the same, wouldn't it be boring? Who'd want that? I know I wouldn't. You keep rocking that Star Wars shirt to school, and when those silly boys tell you Star Wars is just for boys? You know for a fact that it's for girls, too. You remember that you're a great, awesomely cool geek girl. And you're not alone. Look at how many of us are here if you need proof of that. Geek girls may fight over Star Wars versus Star Trek, but if there's one thing we pretty much all come together on? It's supporting another geek girl when she needs it. :)

    Katie, you are seriously awesome. Never forget that. I'll bet Princess Leia would be very proud of you. The Force will be with you, always. :)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    As a mom this broke my heart but as a Star Wars love it made me mad. I too have a little girl that likes Star Wars although she likes the dark side. Just to make you smile is a picture of my little girl on Halloween as Darth Vader.
    [IMG]http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa60/racheljantilla/darth.jpg[/IMG]

  • In reply to RachelA:

    goosh sorry wrong link >.< http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa60/racheljantilla/darth.jpg

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Katie,
    I'm a college student and I am in the school of mechanical engineering at Purdue University. Talk about a boy field!! The great thing though is you have to know you are not the only one. I'm in a sorority of a 100 girl engineers and have tons more that are friends not in my sorority! They are all girls that love to do a man's job in engineering. Nothing says you can't like boy things and be a girl as well. I dress up and do my make up, but I also love cars and motorcycles and can sometimes explain better how an engine works than a lot of boys. Trust me you are not alone and you are surely not the first or last girl who likes "boys'" toys.
    Be strong and let them know that you are a girl who likes star wars!!!
    -From a fellow Katie :)
    PS We have an awesome name.

  • In reply to RachelA:

    wrong link sorry here you go.
    http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa60/racheljantilla/darth.jpg

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hi, Katie! I am twenty years old and I love Star Wars! Do what makes you happy - the happiest girls are the prettiest girls!

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hey Katie! My name's Paige, and I'm a freshman girl in college who loves Star Wars! My favorite thing to do is watch it with my little brother- he has autism, and while he's high functioning kids sometimes are really unkind to him. Do you watch the Clone Wars? Me and my friends (all girls!) get together and watch it every Friday, maybe you'll be watching at the same time. Remember that any kid who would tease you for liking Star Wars would make a terrible Jedi- they don't have your strength and your lightsaber skills. More than anything, don't feel like the only girl who likes sci-fi-- there are enough female Star Wars fans that they have their own store! Mary Shelley was the lady who helped define science fiction as we know it today by writing Frankenstein, and who knows? Maybe you'll be the next great mind to shape the genre!

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Awww... Katie... I bet I was in first grade when I saw Star Wars for the first time. And who says a girl can't love that movie? Haven't they seen Princess Leia? She's a girl and she's an awesome one!

    And I'm going to tell you something...try to remember it if you can... there's nothing wrong with being a little bit different. Because we're all a little bit different, know that?

    Different is what makes each of us special. And sometimes, that difference is what makes some people even more special. You're probably going to be one of those people, because you're already cool enough to love something as awesome as Star Wars.

    I don't know if anybody who has mentioned this, but there's an entire website dedicated to Star Wars stuff just for girls-do a google for Her Universe. If it wasn't OKAY for girls, they wouldn't make stuff just for us. ;)

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hi Katie!

    Let me tell you, I'm a 44 year old girl (I'm still a kid at heart)and I LOVE Star Wars. I used to wear the t-shirt all the time. I had the lunch box, the backpack and the pajamas. Sometimes boys can be mean about things like that, but I really think it's because they wish they had the Star Was thermos too. Don't ever change who you are to fit in with other people. You will fit in with a lot more friends being just the way you are. You definitely have the Force with YOU Katie. Keep smiling that beautiful smile of yours. Oh, and you are not different for wearing glasses and being adopted... you are SPECIAL and UNIQUE. Did I mention that I was Darth Vadar for halloween one year. Ha,ha,ha,ha... I loved scaring the boys!

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Persevere you must. The best confidence builder is experience. Never forget, the force is within you.

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hi Katie,

    I'm a boy but I wanted to let you know it's great that you're a Star Wars fan. You're young and already have great taste in movies!

    Those boys that are making fun of you must be forgetting about all the cool girls in Star Wars. Leia, Queen Amidala, and a few female Jedi would probably have a few things to say to those boys. Plus they could kick their behinds too!

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Katie, this is for you

    A sweet surprise

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Katie,

    You look so much like me at your age! I wish I had been half as brave as you. When the other girls were buying unicorn and tiger folders, I always secretly wanted the ones with Star Wars and Star Trek on them. I was a victim of both family and social pressure to be as pink and perfect as possible. You're so very lucky to have a mommy who supports your passion. It wasn't until I was a 4th grader (I know! old!) that I started being brave enough to go and get the 'geeky' lunchboxes, and never looked back. Today, I have two bumper stickers on my car. "My other ride is a Constitution Class Star Ship" and "Sure, it looks slow, but it can make the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs."

    Remember, hun, it is the geek who shall inherit the earth. Actually, scratch that, we already own it. For we, and no other, are gifted with a unique awesome at birth that others envy.

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hey Katie,

    I'm 26 year old girl and I LOVE Star Wars and I just married a boy and he loves Star Wars too! I am very proud to be a geeky girl who loves all sorts of things, like movies, games, animals and outer space. The reason I like Star Wars so much is because Padme and Leia are strong, beautiful and amazing women, who are great role models! My husband has 27 star wars shirts and I have a few too! Here's a picture of me in my favorite Star Wars shirt http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4574079&l=72b004d81d&id=505613807 The picture was taken at a comic book convention and I am standing besides a life-sized Lego C-3PO!! And you know what? I got to meet the girl that does the voice for Ahsoka from the Clone Wars cartoon and she started a cool clothing line for girls just like us! Its called Her Universe http://heruniverseshop.com/
    Wear your Star Wars tee shirt and drink out of that cool water bottle proudly because you have so many girls of all ages supporting you!

    <3 Anne

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Oh by the way...I have my own trading card...have marched in the Disney Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekends parades for 4 years in a row, have been in the newspaper, on tv, in magazines for charity work,and many other things all because of my involvement with Star Wars...

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Sweet girl, you keep rocking the Star Wars swag!

    I told my little boys about you. They are 9 and 6. They said, "I would totally want to eat lunch with her! Girls don't have to be pink monsters. Tell her that, Mom. And that I like her glasses (9 yr old)." He wears glasses, too. :)

    I know you've had a million awesome women tell you this already but you are an amazing, awesome individual. There isn't another like you anywhere. And this is a FANTASTIC thing! How dull and boring would the world be if we were all alike? If every chick on the planet was decked out in pink from head to toe and every boy was wearing all blue...crazy, huh?!

    :virtual fist bump:

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hey Katie! Don't worry, you're not the only girl Star Wars fan. When I was your age, I had way more Star Wars toys than Barbie dolls and my sister and I watched those movies every chance we got. I'm 24 years old now and I still love Star Wars.

    Don't let those silly little boys bother you for having awesome taste in movies! They just don't know how to handle a cool little girl who likes the same stuff they do...And don't let them tell you it's "just for boys." It's for everybody who likes Luke Skywalker and Yoda and everything else about Star Wars.
    My sister and I want to know - Do you like Luke or Han more? We have a disagreement over who is better, maybe you can help us solve the problem. :)

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Dear Katie,
    My name is Katie, too! We even spell it the same way! I am a HUGE Star Wars fan! I have been since I was about your age. I went through some of the very same things you're going through now. It got to the point where I was PROUD to be a girl and a Star Wars fan! When we would play a game where we would say an unusual fact about ourselves, mine would always be that my favorite movies ever are Star Wars. It is stil, to this day, my favorite movie series ever. Don't ever be ashamed of what you love, and don't let the people around you control what you love. Wishing you well, and keep loving Star Wars! I know I sure do!

    Love,
    Katie

    P.S. I wish I had a cool Star Wars backpack, lunch box, and water bottle. Keep it up! ;)

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a girl who loves Doctor Who AND I'm a Computer Programmer! I usually work with ALL boys and they sometimes like to make fun of me for liking Doctor Who so much! My daddy introduced me to Doctor Who when I was two and showed me how to use a computer, so I don't care what they think and neither should you! I think it's awesome when a girl likes non-girly things and isn't afraid to show it!

    Erin

    P.S. I married a Star Wars/Star Trek geek. We like to watch Star Wars together.

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hi Katie!

    My fianc

  • In reply to RachelA:

    ups! the link didn't showed up. Try this: go to www. flickr. com / kurakensama / 4689419665/ (without spaces) I think you'll like it :)

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hi Katie! I am a 26 year old girl who also wears glasses (since 1st grade) and Star Wars fan (since 4th grade). My dad showed me A New Hope and I immediately wanted to see more - he said he had to wait for 3 years to see Empire Strikes Back, so I could at least wait a week until we could rent the next movie. That Halloween I dressed up as Princess Leia. My mom did my just like her! It was so fun. When I got to high school and got my first car, I put the key on a chain with Boba Fett (my favorite character) on it. Some people didn't think that was all that cool - but I didn't think THEY were all that cool! Then, when I got to college, I even found someone who wanted to dress up as Han Solo and go with me to a costume party while I dressed up like Princess Leia. We went as Leia and Han on Hoth (I live in a cold city, but not as cold as Hoth!) and had a great time - one of my all-time favorite Halloweens ever! Katie, I think you sound like a pretty cool girl and who knows what she likes. Keep it up - it might be hard today, or tomorrow, but one day, you'll realize you're one of the lucky ones for being who YOU want to be.

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hi Katie,

    Your story made it all the way up to Canada! I'm 23, female, and I have loved Star Wars ever since I was your age (my favourite characters are R2D2 and Jar Jar Binks). I even still have my action figures and video games! Those bullies need to learn that this is the 21st century and there's no such thing as "only for boys" anymore. And if they don't believe you, just show them these comments and how many other girls love Star Wars too!

    Wishing you all the best,

    Alison
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hi Katie! I am a 32 year old woman and I have always loved Star Wars. Not only do I love Star Wars, but when I was a little younger than you (about 5 or 6), I dressed as Darth Vader for Halloween. It is still my favorite picture costume ever! The boys at your school just don't know it yet. Some day they will really think it's cool when a girl loves supposedly "boy" things. Keep your head up and show off your Star Wars pride, friend! My husband would also like to add that girls who like Star Wars (and science and math and sports and the outdoors and any other kind of "boys only" subjects) are the COOLEST girls in the world!

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Katie, you sound like a remarkable young girl. Don't give up what you like just to make others happy. I, for one, love Star Wars where my brother does not. One Christmas, he was even given a nice box set of the movies, and he didn't even want it. Luckily, I inherited it, but I never got any cool SW toys because I was a girl. Ironically, in school I was teased for being too girly, liking Barbie dolls long after the other girls got bored with them. Instead of hiding my interests, though, I specifically had my mom buy me Barbie valentines and gave them to my classmates to show that I know what I like, and I wasn't about to let their opinions change that. Stay strong, and don't be afraid to do whatever makes you happy.
    Carrie, thanks for posting this article. People should be made aware of social growth, and how it affects us as adults.

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hi Katie!
    There are so many amazing comments here that pretty much cover it all, but I have to throw in one more. When I was your age I also wore glasses (still do), wore an eye patch (no longer have to) and most importantly, LOVED Star Wars (definitely still do) along with a bunch of things that were not "girl" things to like. It may not seem likely now, but as you get older you will meet so many people who think you are the coolest for liking what you really like instead of just going along with what everyone else seems to be doing.

    This year one of my friends threw a Star Wars costume party for his 30th birthday. It was pretty great to see so many people I know proudly showing off their fandom!
    This is 29 year old me dressed as an ewok, having a blast:
    http://flic.kr/p/8CEoKm

    You sound like a wonderful girl that is going to grow up to be an amazing woman!

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hi Katie,

    My mom raised me on Star Wars and Star Trek. It's developed a huge love of all things "geeky," which USED to be mostly for boys. Not any more! I went to see the first Transformers movie in the theater, as well as the midnight showing of Star Wars Episode III with my husband. Both times it was my idea! I went to school for a computer networking degree. A lot of times, I was the only girl in my class!

    You can do & like ANYTHING you want! Wear your Star Wars shirt with pride!

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hi, Katie! I just finished graduate school and I'm hoping to be a teacher in an elementary school really soon. Let me tell you something. If you were in my class and those kids made fun of you, they would be in big trouble. I've loved Star Wars since I was your age, and I think it's wonderful that you do too! One of the best parts about being a child is that you have such a great imagination. People with great imaginations go on to do amazing things. All children should be able to enjoy the things they like, and should never be made fun of for liking them. I can tell you're going to be very happy in your life, and I know that some of those kids (the ones who are smart enough) will regret saying that to you. Remember, don't let ANYONE tell you what you should like and what you shouldn't like! You rock!

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hi Katie. I'm also a girl, and I grew up with Star Wars. Always remember that what counts is what YOU want. Those boys are silly, and are probably just jealous of your awesome Star Wars gear. You're a beautiful girl because you are different. You don't have to be just like everyone else. It's our differences that make us special. Keep your chin up and know that you are awesome!

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Katie,

    Star Wars is NOT just for boys!!! It's for EVERYONE! My daughter (also named Katie) loves Star Wars. Hang in there and bring your Star Wars lunch box and water bottle with pride!

    May the Force be with you!!!!

    Bridget
    Grapevine, Texas

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Sweetie, be thankful you like Star Wars. Right now it may not seem like this, but when you get older, the coolest and most interesting boys will think you are AWESOME for liking Star Wars. When you are older, you'll see. The boys that like Star Wars LOVE it when girls know a lot about Star Wars and other cool movies. I happen to LOVE Star Wars, and so does my husband. So does my 7 year old niece, now that I think about it. She has good taste, and so do you!

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hi Katie!

    Keep your head up! I'm a 23 year old New Yorker who loves Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, dinosaurs, and various creepy crawlies. When it comes down to it, you have to do what makes you happy. I was made fun of liking dinosaurs when I was little and it hurt my feelings. I ran from it at first, but with help from my friends and family, I realized that I had nothing to be ashamed of. Staying true to yourself can be hard, but you'll be better for it. You're an inspiration. Good luck!

  • In reply to RachelA:

    Hi Katie! I just wanted to let you know that I know exactly how you were feeling. When I was a little girl, my favorite show was a show called He-Man and I got teased all the time by the boys. They said the same, thing - that it was for boys only.

    Well, that's simply not true. Girls can like anything boys can like and boys can like the same things as girls sometimes, too.

    I'm all grown up now and I have a daughter . Her name is Maggie and she's in the first grade too. Do you know who she says she's going to marry when she grows up? Darth Vader. She LOVES Star Wars and so do I. She also loves Pokemon & Super Mario Brothers.

    Be proud of yourself no matter what. A lot of people think you're super cool. Have a great Thanksgiving and a great Christmas!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi, I'm Kayla and I've like Star Wars since third grade. =) I also dealt with a little bit of isolation because of it, but mostly from my female peers. Don't worry, the boys will learn to love it. Now I'm in High School, and I'm known as the one who loves Star Wars. We're even thinking about doing a Star Wars themed Court Warming, and everyone is asking my advice! It gets better. ;)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi there, Katie! My name's Abby. :)

    I read about your story and couldn't help but feel like you and I are very alike (I even have blue glasses, just like you!). I grew up with a much older brother and my dad around - while my friends were playing with Barbies and makeup, my brother was teaching me how to play basketball and video games, and my dad was going for bike rides with me, teaching me to fish and collect rocks and look at bugs, and showing me all sorts of fun shows and movies and music. It was such a fun summer! But by the time I got back to school, I found out that no one else liked all the things I liked! I was made fun of, and worse, I felt alone. But I never let other people tell me what to do, or what to like. I'm eighteen now, and all of my best friends are boys and I couldn't be happier! I know it seems hard, now...but anyone who doesn't accept you for who you are and what you like isn't anyone you want to be around, anyone. You're just too cool for them, I promise.

    Have a good school year, Katie!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie - Tonight my 2nd grader daughter and I just watched disc 2 of season 2 of The Clone Wars. My daughter became a big Star Wars fan this summer, just like I did when I was 7 and the first movie came out (which you may know as Episode 4). Like you, my daughter was teased for wearing an R2-D2 shirt to school because girls aren't supposed to like Star Wars. But she found the courage to wear it again and some 4th grade boys told her "hey, cool shirt!" in the hallway one day. A couple of weeks ago she & I bought a Star Wars shirt in the boys' section of a store and I asked her if she'd be embarrassed to wear a boy's shirt and she said no! She has a Clone Wars towel that goes with her to her swimming lessons each week. And best of all, all the kids on the block have lightsabers now, especially the girls and they have fun with them all the time. Girls can like Star Wars too!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,
    I am a woman, and I have loved Star Wars, and Star Trek, and science, and space, and math, and all sorts of "boy" things since I was your age. I have a college degree in a science called physics, and I now teach science to kids your age, partly because I loved Star Wars and wanted to go to outer space when I was a kid. Please don't listen to other people, just listen to your own heart.
    Hugs,
    Laurie

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi there I just want to let katie know that I have been there and know exactly how she is feeling. I'am 22 now but all through out school I was teased for my glasses, my weight, my height and my absolute LOVE for Star Wars. I know being diffrent is scary and the people that make you feel the worst about it our the ones who are most scared of it. When I remember going to school and having the same classmates from the second grade through the fifth grade you really get to know those people and want to be liked. I wasnt, no matter how hard I tried, by a hand full of those class mates. There was however the rest who I loved and they loved me too. Those are the people that really matter, the ones who make you smile. I still have my fifth grade year book and my faviorte message is from a girl name Maryanne who wrote "whenever I have a Star Wars question I'll always come to you." My book shelves are filled with Star Wars books and toys. My Moms room is decorated with a Yoda poster and always remember that Princess Leia was a rebal leader and no one is stronger, braver or more beautiful then her, except maybe you.
    Also adoption is the ultimate form of love, you were chosen just like my grandparents chose my mother and my uncle. Sometimes it may seem hard but learning these things now is a great blessing. Some people never learn that being yourself is absolutly awesome that they try to be others and only end up getting hurt. Remeber love yourself, love your family, love your friends and others will love you for being so brave.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I'm so happy to see all these messages. I subbed to the thread when I posted, so I just keep getting little rays of sunshine in my inbox every time somebody posts something. I hope other "different" kids can take some sunshine from all these posts for Katie too!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie, I'm a man, but I wanted to chime in here anyway. When I was your age, my Mom showed me Star Wars and it changed my world. I know many, many girls who love the saga just as much as anybody else, including my Mom. Geek girls rule the world and, when you get older, you're going to find a whole worldwide network of people who will love you for your love of your hobbies. Heck, looking at these comments, you already found us!

    May the Force be with you, Katie. Always!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie! I am a girl to, and I never really got to watch Star Wars, but I really liked Star Trek. I got made fun of for that by some boys. It made me sad at first, I did not understand why they were acting like that. Then someone told me that it was OK to be different sometimes. I am glad that I found out it was OK to be different. Just always be yourself, wear what makes you happy. Take the water bottle that makes you happy, and someday, someone else will see you and see that you like the things that make them happy to, and you will become good friends. Don't hide who you are and who you like to try to make someone else stop making fun of you, it will just make you unhappy with yourself. Best of luck to you sweetie! Just because of you and the story that your mom posted, I am going to be sure to watch Star Wars now.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie, you rock! I'm a girl and I love Star Wars too. I have a Boba Fett hoodie, and I wear it all the time. Don't be afraid to be who you are, because who you are is awesome!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie! I know you have a bazillion comments but I had to add mine. I was 9 years old when Star Wars first came out. I was watching TV with my mom and the commercial for it came on. I remember my mom looking at me and saying "I think I want to go see that movie. Want to come?" I was shocked. I thought Star Wars was for boys and I was really surprised that my mom wanted to see it. But she promised to buy me popcorn so I went. That movie was the greatest thing I'd ever seen. I went home and right away started bugging my dad to take me to see it again. And he did! He took me the very next day and it was just as great the second time.

    That was about 35 years ago and now all these years later we still have Star Wars movies and TV shows. Why? Because people, boys AND girls, men AND women, love them. You are totally not the only one!

    It can be hard to be different from most other people. Sometimes it's really hard and you have to choose between what makes you happy and what other people think about you. But I believe that if YOU think it's normal for a girl to like Star Wars, and if you let your friends know that you think it's normal, eventually they'll start to think so too. It's really special to have something like Star Wars that makes you so happy and you should enjoy it any way you want!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie - I'm a 26 year old woman and I have loved science fiction ever since I can remember.. since my mom, also a woman (obviously) loves it too. When I first saw Star Wars, (The prequels weren't out yet when I was your age) my sister and my best friend (also a girl) were totally obsessed with it, and would go around pretending we were characters from the show (at first I wanted to be Princess Leia, but sometimes I wanted to be Han Solo, because he was also really cool.) When I was younger than that, I used to wear overalls all the time because I wanted to be like my dad, who built houses. I was the only girl at "insect camp" at the zoo, where we learned about different kind of bugs... I loved bugs and lizards, and generally hated everything pink, because my little sister loved it. (I got over that, and am wearing a pink dress today.) I also liked chemistry sets, legos, electronics, and computers. I'm lucky to have a ten year old brother who likes all the same things I do, and sometimes we play video games together, he thinks it's really cool that his sister likes the same things he likes. In short: I was a nerdy girl, and a girl who liked "boy" things, and I grew up perfectly ok. Those people who are mean to you - they're insecure and jealous because you know who you are and you are cool. So keep rocking your Star Wars water bottle, please.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi, Katie. I'm a girl and not only do I like Star Wars, I also like sports. When it comes to hockey, I know more about that sport than most guys do. It's OK for you to like anything you want to like, doesn't matter if you're a girl or a boy, young or old. I know it's hard, but try not to let anyone take away something from you that you enjoy.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,
    I'm sure by now you know that you are not alone. When I read your story I teared up a bit. Why? Because it's my story too. Although I'm much older, I was once in first grade too. I loved a lot of the things boys liked. He-Man, GI Joe, Transformers, Thundercats, and especially Star Wars. I tried to get my hands on almost anything involving outer space that I could. Not only did I get made fun of for that, but I wore glasses. When I was in first grade, I had to have surgery on each of my eyes. I had to wear patches over each of them as they healed. Afterwards I wore glasses. I was also the only kid I knew who was adopted. I knew my parents loved me but I still knew that it made me different. It was hard. If I wasn't teased for one thing it was another. But you know what? I made it through. And I still love all of those fun geeky things that people made fun of me for especially Star Wars! Now I get to go hang out with other people who like it too and meet some of the actors who played characters in Star Wars like Chewbacca, Darth Maul, and C-3PO! I don't get teased for my glasses, in fact some people think they are very cool and wear fake ones because they're jealous! Being adopted can be cool too! In fact, one of the things I liked about Luke in the original Star Wars movies was that he was adopted too! He didn't know who his birth mom and dad were but he still had two people who loved him and cared for him very much.
    Don't let other people's opinions frighten you away from what you love. I promise that you will find others that are like you. There's nothing wrong with liking "boy" things. In fact, I've met some of my best friends because they liked "boy" things too! We still love them! All of us are different or weird in many ways but that's why we like eachother so much. If we were all the same we'd be boring. Hopefully this helps.

    All my best wishes to you,
    Amanda T.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,

    I started watching Star Wars when I was about three and haven't stopped since. I don't even remember the first time I watched it. I have a couple of t-shirts and most of the books. And yes, a lot of people thought I was different as a kid. But I found there were people like me and I'm still good friends with them.

    Now I'm 31, in the military and I've been to Iraq twice. But I still like Star Wars. In fact, my last time over there, a bunch of my friends even had a Star Wars marathon during off-duty time and watched all six movies (spread over several days).

    So I hope you take a stand for girls everywhere to show that we don't have to only like certain things. Best of luck to you in school.

    Sarah

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hey Katie! I met all three of my best female friends at a Star Wars party, and made tons of others too. I never understood why people said that things were "for girls" or "for boys"; we're girls, and we like Star Wars, so it's for boys just as much as it is for girls.

    I bet those boys love Star Wars too, and they're just jealous of your awesome water bottle--I had a Darth Vader water bottle when I was about your age, and it was the coolest thing ever. I also really like your glasses! Are they dark blue? They're really pretty!

    May the Force be with you.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Oh, and I think it's awesome that you wore a Star Wars shirt to school! I bet the boys are just jealous of your Star Wars stuff.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie-
    I want you to know you have a pretty spectacular mom. It's pretty obvious that she loves you VERY much. Katie, I am not the biggest Star Wars fan, but I LOVE Star Trek. I also love scary movies, and sitting under a tree to read a good book. Your story made me sad, because I am not only a female fan of "nerdy" stuff, but a mom as well. Most moms would agree with me when I say no parent wants their child to feel sad or bullied in any way. I think you're very brave, and I think you should carry that Star Wars bottle whenever and where ever you like.

    I think that the support you're getting from your mom and others will make you feel stronger...when you're older, you'll think about this and smile, because you showed dignity and grace. Keep your chin up kiddo, and remember, the best thing you can do when you're feeling picked on or stressed out by the way other people treat you is talk to your mom. Trust that your mom will listen...that's what moms do. May The Force Be With You, young Katie, and I hope your days are better.

    PS...over 600 comments, Ms. Katie...I think that means you're pretty awesome!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    Star Wars is wonderful and being a girl who enjoys Star Wars is even more wonderful.

    I am 46 years old, I was almost 12 when Star Wars was released in 1977 and I've loved it ever since.
    Today, I am one of a growing group of women artists who have turned a love for Star Wars (and other neat "boy" stuff, including comics, action/adventure movies) into a career. This past summer I was invited to be an artist at Star Wars Celebration V (in Orlando, Florida) and got to pick one of my favorite characters to draw for a poster for the convention...Boba Fett.
    I am also one of a small group of woman sketch card artists who LOVE to draw Star Wars and other wonderful things! Here is a list of some of my very talented GIRL artist friends who LOVE Star Wars and other "boy" things. Most of these ladies, like me, are official Star Wars artists!:

    Jan Duursema (she invented the characters of Aayla Secura - Twi-lek and Quinlan Vos!)
    Cat Staggs
    Katie Cook
    Nicole Falk
    Denise Vasquez
    Leah Mangue (me!)
    Allison Sohn
    Amy Pronovost
    Ingrid Hardy
    Soni Alcorn-Hender
    Connie Bumbar Permsampieri
    Cynthia Narcisi
    Darla Eckland
    Jessica Hickman
    Irma Suriani Ahmed
    Karen Krajenbrink
    Laura Inglis
    Renae DeLiz
    Carolyn Edwards
    Jen Mercer
    Sarah Wilkinson and many more!

    Katie, you are awesome just the way you are. You go on enjoying Star Wars...thousands and thousands of girls/women do and that's just the way we (and the boys around us) like it!

    Glad to have you aboard, Katie! :D

    Leah Mangue

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie the Awesome!

    I was thinking just this morning about when I was going to school and the kids were teasing me about the things that I did that they didn't understand. I couldn't figure out why I was so different then the other kids, and I wanted to be the same. I liked The Ninja Turtles, and playing baseball, and hockey. Now that I'm grown up, I wish someone had told me that being different was WAY MORE FUN then being the same, and that I would always be the most happy when I was being myself. I know your parents are doing a GREAT job of telling you this, and that all of these amazing ladies are telling you the same thing. I want to tell you too, Katie, that you already have a BIG headstart on all thos other kids, because you are learning to be yourself, and we all think you are SO COOL! Star Wars is an AWESOME movie, and you keep being proud to be Katie! Much Love from all of us!
    <3 Rachel

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I'm proud of you, Katie, and thankful for the both of you for bringing this story to share with us. 3000 likes and 700 comments and I'm already passing it along to friends I know will find it inspiring as well. Here's to happiness and joy where we can find it, and I hope you never lose who you are.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie
    I'm a girl and I love "Star Wars", too! I even dressed up as Princess Leia for a school costume party, once. Don't let anyone make you feel bad because of what you love! <3

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie- I am a 38 year old woman who loves science fiction. I know all the Star Wars movies by heart and have several of the novels. Yoda is my favorite character, but I also like Obi-Wan Kenobi, I even like to talk like Jar-Jar Binks sometimes :-) I am also a huge Star Trek fan, it's one of the things my husband and I watch together a lot.
    When I was your age I really liked to play with "boy" games and toys like trucks and baseball and Transformers rather than with dolls or dress up. I was the only kid in my class who wore glasses (with bifocals!) and I thought I didn't know any other kids who were adopted, or who had medical problems (I was born with a birth defect and had to go to doctors a LOT). I've never liked the color pink and I still have my Star Wars and Star Trek toys. Does this make me different? You bet! Does it make me weird? Maybe, but in a good way, 'cause I can understand other people who are "different" and be their friend, and my real friends wouldn't have me any other way than who I am!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie! My name is Nancy, I'm 19 years old and I live in Australia. I love Star Wars! I remember first watching the movies when I was little and now I watch them again whenever they are on the television. I like other science fiction shows, especially Doctor Who, it's my absolute favourite TV show ever! All my girl-friends love Star Wars and Doctor Who as well.
    Some of us got teased in school and that was a really difficult time, but we all stayed true to ourselves and didn't let other people tell us what we should like or dislike. Now we're all almost grown up and we're unique and individual and much more interesting people than we would have been if we'd listened to the bullies and tried to change what we liked.
    Be proud of your differences and celebrate them! They make you a more interesting person. You are amazing - don't ever forget that!
    Best wishes and good luck for the future, Love Nancy

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie,

    I'm really proud of you for wearing your Star Wars shirt to school even after the boys made fun of you. It takes a lot of courage to stand up for what you believe in and you did it! Be true to who you are, because you are beautiful and amazing, and you have a wonderful smile! Also, you are a Star Wars fan, which means that YOU ROCK!

    When I was in 1st grade, I wore glasses and I was in foster care, so I understand what it's like to be different from the other kids at school. I also liked a lot of things that the other girls at my school didn't like. I played with bugs, and watched cool sci-fi movies and read comic books. Even now, as an adult, I still do those things and I love them. I'm different from most of my friends but they like me for who I am because I am a good friend. You are such a cool girl, I bet there are lots of people who like you just the way you are and who think you're awesome just because you are you.

    Keep smiling and may the Force be with you!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie! Tomorrow our school is wearing pink (even the boys) to show that we stand up to bullying. We're showing our support for a boy at another school that got bullied just because he was wearing a pink shirt. I always told my two girls that NO ONE EVER has the right to make you feel bad about yourself. I'm so glad to hear that your mom is helping you stay strong. You like what you like, and that is WAY OK! I bet there are lots of kids in your school who are glad that you are brave enough to be "different." It might help someone else be brave too. I'm proud of you! And Star Wars is not just for boys! My girls loved it growing up too! Who are Princess Leia and Queen Amedala anyway? GIRLS!!! Hello! And they kicked butt! Silly boys. :o)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,

    I have two daughters. Becca is 7, and Kate is 5. They both love Star Wars.

    Here's my favorite Dr Seuss quote which I think is especially appropriate:

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I think the three original Star Wars movies are brilliant. After all, who is one of the most important characters? It's Princess Leia, who is no wilting flower. Princess Leia is smart and tough and not afraid to stand up for herself. Take a leaf out of her book, Katie. Princess Leia is proud to be herself. You should be too!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    Star Wars is wonderful and being a girl who enjoys Star Wars is even more wonderful.

    I am 46 years old, I was almost 12 when Star Wars was released in 1977 and I've loved it ever since.
    Today, I am one of a growing group of women artists who have turned a love for Star Wars (and other neat "boy" stuff, including comics, action/adventure movies) into a career. This past summer I was invited to be an artist at Star Wars Celebration V (in Orlando, Florida) and got to pick one of my favorite characters to draw for a poster for the convention...Boba Fett.
    I am also one of a small group of woman sketch card artists who LOVE to draw Star Wars and other wonderful things! Here is a list of some of my very talented GIRL artist friends who LOVE Star Wars and other "boy" things. Most of these ladies, like me, are official Star Wars artists!:

    Jan Duursema (she invented the characters of Aayla Secura - Twi-lek and Quinlan Vos!)
    Cat Staggs
    Katie Cook
    Nicole Falk
    Denise Vasquez
    Leah Mangue (me!)
    Allison Sohn
    Amy Pronovost
    Ingrid Hardy
    Soni Alcorn-Hender
    Connie Bumbar Permsampieri
    Cynthia Narcisi
    Darla Eckland
    Jessica Hickman
    Irma Suriani Ahmed
    Karen Krajenbrink
    Laura Inglis
    Renae DeLiz
    Carolyn Edwards
    Jen Mercer
    Sarah Wilkinson and many more!

    Katie, you are awesome just the way you are. You go on enjoying Star Wars...thousands and thousands of girls/women do and that's just the way we (and the boys around us) like it!

    Glad to have you aboard, Katie! :D

    Leah Mangue

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie, This grown woman loves Star Wars. In fact, my boyfriend says it's one of the things that attracted him to me. He had never dated anyone who loved Star Wars as much as he does. Science fiction stories are wonderful ways to explore, and no one type of story is ever reserved for boys or for girls. Boys can like romance stories; girls can like science fiction. I'll tell you another secret--I played with Legos more than I played with dolls, too. :-)

    May the Force be with you, Katie.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie -
    I LOVE Star Wars, and Star Trek, and pretty much anything science fiction. I love them so much, that I joined the Air Force, studied Physics in college, went to the International SPACE University for Grad School, and am now working to establish a planetarium in the same town I went to college at, so I can teach kids just like you about all the AWESOME, COOL stuff in the Universe. Oh, & I'm a girl.

    I don't remember seeing Star Wars for the first time: I was about 2 1/2 when A New Hope first came out, but my Dad took me to see it. In college, all my friends & I not only dressed up to go see the re-releases, we decorated the theater. My husband & I still dress up whenever we go to any science fiction movie at the theater, and we're in our thirties. In grad school, I went to see Episode 1 three times - twice in French! And I've seen it in German, too! And I chose what cereal to buy because it had a Star Wars toy in it! My favorite Christmas present ever was a 3D puzzle of the Millenium Falcon.

    My best friend has two daughters who also love Star Wars. The 8 year old has done the Jedi Academy training in DisneyLand, where she got to fight Darth Vader, and this year she was a Jedi Padawan for Halloween. She got me hooked on Lego Star Wars.

    I wanted glasses when I was your age, but I didn't get them until I was in 6th grade. In college, I got contacts, but not so I would look "normal": I wanted to be a Klingon & thought my glasses interfered with the look. When I was in 5th grade, none of my girl friends were in my class, so I played Transformers with the boys. One time, I even got a long-term babysitting job BECAUSE I like science fiction. Those kids still remember me, and were excited to see me when I came to their school as a substitute teacher.

    As for being adopted, Princess Leia was adopted, so you are in excellent company!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie! I just wanted to tell you to never deny your love of Star wars for ANYONE! I love Star Wars! I wears t-shirts, pins, patches, I have dolls and even a C3-PO necklace! And I was a Jedi for Halloween once! Nothing wrong with girls who like Star Wars! I mean, come on! How cool is Princess Leia!?!? And I promise you, when you're older, those boys will think it's COOL that you love Star Wars! TRUST me. :-) Stay strong and good luck! The force is with you...always. ;-)
    --Jen!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    You are a beautiful girl and I have no doubt you will grow up to be a beautiful and kind woman.

    I love your glasses! I wish there were such pretty/cool glasses when I was your age. They really suit you too. Enjoy all you can see with them!

    As for Star Wars, I was a fan when I was a kid (I used to collect figurines and I used to collect Barbies) and I'm still a fan now (although, I don't know where my collections went). Girls and women love Star Wars too. Chances are the boys are making fun of you because they are jealous they don't have such cool accessories. It reflects more on the them than you.

    Throughout life people are going to make fun of you because of what you don't or do have. The up side is that you are going to meet a lot of people who don't care and like you just the way you are.

    You are the best person to decide what you like and don't like. Follow your heart. Today you may want Star Wars, tomorrow you might want pink, purple, or black. Either way, the choice is yours.

    Best wishes,
    Maureen

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Young Padawan!

    I'm a 23 year old women who loves Star Wars too! My husband also loves Star Wars and so do both of our child (who just so happen to be girls). Our oldest who is 4 loves Boba Fett (just like her daddy); our yougest who is 1 year old loves Ewoks (just like mommy) and even dress up as one for Halloween this year :).

    I was alot like you when I was a little girl and believe me there's nothing wrong with being a little different because I sure was. Just because you like something that some would consider "boyish" doesn't mean you can't like it too. I know what people say can hurt but as long as you keep your head up and try to not let it botther you everything will be ok. I wish you the best young padawan Katie and I think the force is strong with you. Your certainly not alone in your love of Star Wars with all the support your finding here and My girls and I are right there with you :)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Oops, double posted! (feel free to edit the excess!) :D
    L

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear young Jedi Katie,

    Poo to all those who don't let you be yourself. May the Force be with you.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie...I am a nurse who runs around everywhere with my Star Wars water bottle. Some adults find it cute, some find it stupid & say I should act my age. I just tell them "I am a Star Wars geek & proud of it!"
    My daughter Tia went as Yoda for Halloween when she was 6, 7 & 8 years old. When she was 8 the boys said she could not go as Yoda...all Tia said was "well I am....for the 3rd time. And I look way better as Yoda than you ever would!"
    So my dear....please don't give up on something you really like.
    Oh...and by the way, my daughters best friend Andrew...well he really likes the color pink! Can you imagine what type of stuff the other kids are saying to him??? But he doesn't care. He still wears pink shirts, has a pink lunch bag & has a pink wall in his room & has pink pillows on his bed. So you see...you are not alone out there! Just be yourself and be proud of it!!!!
    *Hugs to you Katie from Colorado Springs*

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie, I've been a Star Wars fan since I the very first movie on opening night. I was only 8 and I thought it was magical.
    If you think about it, the very first Star Wars is kind of like a fairy tale in a different setting. The brave young man (who turns out to be a Jedi Knight) is taught by a wise old man, how to use the power within himself to go on an adventure to save a beautiful princess. Along the way, he finds some friends to help him and together, they defeat the evil forces and all get a special reward from the princess. Sounds like a few other fairy tales I've hear. How about you?

    It's ok to like what ever you want, even if it could be a "boy" thing. It's the people who do their own thing, like what they want to like, that are always the most succesful and the most happy in thier lives.

    My little girl is 8 and loves karate. She was bullied at her school when she first started her training, because all the other girls were doing dance classes. But, she didn't like dance classes, so she stuck with what she liked to do best and she is much happier because of it... and she's pretty good too! :)

    I heard a saying recently that I thought you might be able to think of when it gets hard

    "Overcome the idea that we must be regular

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    You know, i started liking star wars since i was little, i didn't know much about it, but i didn't get into star wars, a lot more, until i was 15... and now that i think about it, i reeeally WISH i had started at your age. :)

    Your story reminded me of the times i was teased in high school, starting in 10th grade (i'm 21 now) for the same thing, and let me tell you that the bad part of it, for me, was that it was mostly by people i considered good friends... i too was ashamed of liking star wars, taking my watches or folders, notebooks etc; to school, at first, but i let go of the shame, and learned to love it more (because, after all, Star Wars IS awesome! :] ).
    When i started to "show" how much of a fan i was, i did feel comfortable but it took me a while to get used to it, and i eventually managed to get over my fear of showing i was a fan... the funny thing is that by the end of high school, everyone (my classmates, friends) knew i loved it, and at times in class if the teacher ever mentioned something about star wars,(which were actually a couple of times.. hehe) everyone would turn their heads to me,the room would be silent with only the teacher talking... which made me feel uneasy at first, as well, but then i would find it funny.... so, i would raise my hand and answer the question, all while showing that i was a proud fan.......

    so, you see, don't be ashamed of your pride, Star Wars Fans are THE BEST! just know that you have TONS of people, your fellow star wars fans, that you can call friends... because after all we all have something big in common... :D

    So, everyday when you wake up, remember how awesome you are. Don't let the comments from people,your fellow classmates, or anyone-for that matter- bring you down, because after all, what they tell you doesn't really matter....all you can do is think of how much they are missing out on the coolest saga ever, and the great people one can meet because of it..

    and you know what? i'm no longer friends with the people that teased me the most, those people i thought were my close friends...... BUT thankfully, BECAUSE of Star Wars, i met, and now have even more friends that are also fans, who are very dear to me, and awesome!

    MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU, ALWAYS KATIE!!! You are very strong in the force! :D <3 P.S. Start saving up for your first convention (if you haven't been to one yet).... you're REALLY going to LOVE it! :D

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi, Katie! I'm a girl and I've loved Star Wars since I was your age, too. I also love Star Trek, and Star Gate, and star everything else! When I was little, I got picked on a lot for being very, very tall and for liking books but not cartoons. As I got older, I found friends who liked the same things I did and the teasing stopped. There's nothing wrong with liking awesome things, and nothing wrong with being awesome yourself. You stick to your blasters and don't let anyone tell you that you need to be like everyone else. You keep being you and rocking on.

    May the Force be with you, Katie!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    I have always loved Star Wars. In fact, I am a laser engineer, so I design and build lasers for a living. In college I studied physics so I could learn how to make a laser like the ones you see in Star Wars. The ones I make aren't quite as futuristic as the ones in Star Wars, but they are pretty cool. My favorite piece of clothing is a Princess Leia t-shirt that has a giant picture of Princess Leia shooting a ray gun. The movies are really good, and you have excellent taste.

    May the force be with you.

    Warm Regards,
    Olivia Koski
    Brooklyn, New York

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    You are beautiful, precious, and strong. We are all here supporting you! You are so brave to go forth and do what you feel is right for you. Bless you for your courage. As you set this example, other kids will see how amazing you are and they too will feel empowered to do what makes them happy!

    I'm including my post to you from Blogger here as well. Here it is:

    "Miss Katie,

    You are a Sister Jedi, and we stand with you in spirit everywhere you go.

    The Force is with you, and we are, too. Your Light is stronger than the Dark Side. Walk with your pretty head held high, continue to enjoy and embrace Star Wars, and know you are a female Jedi Master.

    We honor you."

    There. I'm so happy you have such a loving Mom to support you in all of this. How truly blessed and fortunate your family is to have one another. Hang tough, Katie-girl. You are a Jedi!

    Wishing you and your family blessings of all the wondrous good in the Universe,

    Kcat

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie! I wish we lived closer! My daughter June is in first grade and she too loves Star Wars! Both her dad and I grew up with Star Wars and love it! So, June loves it too! She will be the first to tell you that Star Wars can be for girls too, just look at Leia and Amidala/Padme! Don't let those boys get you down! Star Wars is for everyone! And you can get the best of both worlds! We found a pink Star Wars shirt which she proudly shoed off to Lord Vader at Disneyland! You are awesome!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a 27 year old girl, and I love Star Wars! And video games, Lord of the Rings, and sports. I know how you feel because growing up, I got teased a lot, too. It's hard sometimes, but you will meet plenty of people who like you just the way you are. Just look at all these great comments- there are lots of girls that love Star Wars! And eventually, the boys will think it's pretty cool that you like Star Wars, too. In fact, part of the reason my husband fell for me was that I had a Lord of the Rings poster and a Playstation2 when we met.

    So hold your head up, keep sporting your Star Wars gear, and may the force be with you.

    Andrea

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie,

    I just wanted to say that I think you are a very brave girl.

    I remember seeing Star Wars for the first time when I was Five (Which was a long time ago) and ever since then I have been a huge fan.

    When I was younger I never really liked to play with things like Barbie dolls and other things that were considered girl toys. I would play with cars and dump trucks and all sorts of other stuff because I thought it was fun. (I was never really into all the cool things)

    Now I have R2D2 Christmas lights that I hang in my room even when it's not Christmas and I collect all sorts of other R2D2s.

    Just remember that there are all sorts of strong and Brave women in Star Wars. They can Princesses and Jedi or they can be Queen of an entire planet.

    Don't let some mean kids make you feel bad. If you want to carry a Star Wars water bottle they you go right ahead and do it!!

    Lynne
    A fellow Star Wars Fan in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie-
    Be whoever you want to be. At the end of the day, what everyone else thinks of you isn't important. The only thing that matters is how you feel about yourself! And you are not alone! I am a girl and I like a lot of movies that are traditionally "just for guys". But when you are an adult, people will think that's cool =)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I'm so sorry that you're already having to go thru this, kiddo. I hope that you'll remember that often times, when people tease or bully you, it's because they are jealous of something about you. Whether it's your excitement about Star Wars, your great family, or how much joy you get out of life, some people feel the need to tear down things that they wish they had for themselves. So, maybe it can help you feel sorry for the people that try and make you feel bad about how special you are.

    I'm adopted too and I love Star Wars. You're not alone. There are a lot of us "cool girls" out there!

    Stay strong,
    Nicole

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,
    I think it's AWESOME you like Star Wars, but you know what, it doesn't matter what I think, because it's what YOU like that matters. I am woman who really likes Star Wars, and Star Trek (the OLD one) and all kinds of SciFi. I always have -- and I like Batman and Spiderman too. My little girl wears glasses and she LOVES Star Wars and studying planets and anything to do with maths and she says that makes her pretty different too. She also told me that "everybody is a little different" and we think that's good because it would be boring if we all were the same.
    Oh, hang on to that water bottle, it might be a collector's item one day! And Katie, I think your mom is awesome for telling the story.
    Emma

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie (and Katie's mom),

    My name is Dan and I am a man. I am writing because I have loved Star Wars since I was a little boy. I grew up watching and re-watching the original trilogy and those are three of my all-time favorite movies. It is always a delight to get the chance to meet another Star Wars fan.

    Katie, I wanted you to know that in my lifetime, I have met dozens and dozens and dozens of people who also love Star Wars. And you know what? Many of them are girls! In fact, I would consider my female friends who are Star Wars fans to be amongst the cool people I know! Like yourself, they know that Star Wars is AWESOME!!!

    You are not alone in loving Star Wars, as I'm sure you can tell from the tremendous response you have gotten this evening! I just wanted to say that if Star Wars gives you joy, then don't let anyone make you ashamed of liking it! You keep watching Star Wars and be proud to carry your water bottle to school! If anyone gives you grief about it, just remember one thing: they are probably jealous that they don't have a cool Star Wars water bottle of their own!

    You ladies take care, and while I know it sounds cliched, I just have to say it: May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    My name is Molly and I am 19 year old girl who happens to be an enormous star wars fan. I am actually quite jealous of your water bottle, it's probably the coolest thing ever. Just recently I got my picture taken with Boba Fett and Darth Vader on the steps of the Franklin Institute and I was so excited. I have a lot of friends who are Star Wars fans, both boys and girls. As for those boys bothering you, I promise they'll go away eventually, and even if they don't you'll be okay. Star Wars is a great series and you should never be ashamed of your fandom. Stay strong and may the force be with you.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Oh, by the way, here is a good site for kids about bullying.

    http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I'm so sorry that you're already having to go thru this, kiddo. I hope that you'll remember that often times, when people tease or bully you, it's because they are jealous of something about you. Whether it's your excitement about Star Wars, your great family, or how much joy you get out of life, some people feel the need to tear down things that they wish they had for themselves. So, maybe it can help you feel sorry for the people that try and make you feel bad about how special you are.

    I'm adopted too and I love Star Wars. You're not alone. There are a lot of us "cool girls" out there!

    Stay strong,
    Nicole

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie! My name's Bethany. :) I'm a 25-year-old girl who absolutely LOVES Star Wars, and so does my sister! I first became a Star Wars fan when I was 12 years old, just a little older than you, and I've been loving it ever since. In fact, I like it so much that I read Star Wars books and watch the Clone Wars TV show every week. So don't listen to those boys when they tell you girls can't like Star Wars, because that's just not true! Drink proudly out of that Star Wars water bottle--I bet those boys are just jealous because they wish they were cool enough to have one! ;)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    I was just like you in first grade. I had glasses, in fact I had just gotten my first pair, and I loved Star Wars. Still do in fact! It's a wonderful world with lots of interesting characters. I also am adopted with lots of people who love me :).

    I love other kinds of science fiction and I have made some wonderful friends because of it. One is an archaeologist like Indiana Jones, a few others are college professors and one is a law student. I played with Ninja Turtles and I played soccer and football with the boys at recess when I was your age. Eventually those boys will see how special a girl who kind of understands them really is. Until then, remember you are a beautiful unique person and they would be lucky if you were their friend.

    Be yourself always!

    JB

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    You've gotten overwhelming responses and I suspect that neither you nor Katie still need my input, but I need to raise my hand in solidarity with all the other lady Jedi out there.

    I have a Boba Fett action figure, one of the first editions, that I still keep with me when I move. I even used to play the Star Wars role playing game, which was super geeky of me. But there is nothing wrong with that. Just got to be yourself, because everyone else is already taken. And if you like Star Wars, that's great. There are a ton of other ladies out there who do as well.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    I am a 21 year-old girl who likes Star Wars too! I've always been into things that are considered "just for boys." This does not stop me from liking them, and it should not stop you either. Do not change what you like for anyone! Be true to yourself. There will always be people who disagree with your likes; however, there will also be people who share them with you! I think it is awesome that you have lots of Star Wars items. ^_^

    May the force be with you,
    -V

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    GO KATIE GO! :-) You have a great name, and great taste in movies. From Kaiti, who looooves Star Wars!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie~ :)
    My name's Maggie, and I, like sooooo many other poeple, girls and boys, that have commented, LOVE Star Wars. My dorm room is plastered with posters of Yoda and Vader and Obi-Wan, and I even have a poster with more characters than I can count on it! My best friend, who I consider to be my unofficially adopted sister, got me interested in Star Wars when I was in high school. We even bought robes and costumes at Goodwill and choreographed lightsaber fights like in the movies, and we did it in our yards for people to see! (I *really* don't recommend this, though, we got pretty bumped and bruised!)

    I've been bullied pretty much all of my school years. In grade school, my parents were artists and we lived in a farming town, so I was an oddball. In high school, I was shy, so a group of boys used to make fun of me. Once I realized I didn't actually care what they thought because I had enough amazing friends without them, I was able to just laugh. Please Katie, if anything I hope you always get to laugh.

    I've always loved science, probably because of my dad, and right now I'm in college studying Physics, Astronomy, and Math. The cool thing is, a *lot* of the Astronomy majors here are girls. And we LOVE Star Wars! I've dressed one of my best friends up as both Queen Amidala and Princess Leia for Halloween, and people think it's AWESOME!

    I know people say this all the time, and I heard it so much when I was younger it didn't matter to me. But I want to say from experience: It does get better. Embrace who you are. If you walk with your head up and a smile, bullies won't have anything to tease you about, because no matter what, you can still smile.

    I don't know if you're still reading these after so many, but if you are, hopefully you know by now that you're absolutely not alone. And even if you're different from some of the people around you, you're part of a much larger group of people that love you for expressing yourself, love you for loving Star Wars, and love you for sharing this story. Best wishes!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie - How lucky you are to have such a great mom. I love that she took the time to blog about your experience so that we can all learn from it.

    I'm the mother of a 15-month old daughter, Aurelia. And I hope she's as brave as you are when she gets to be your age.

    I'm sure others have said more wonderful, more inspiring things than I, but I wanted to add one thing. It gets better. That doesn't mean that kids won't still hurt your feelings - they will sometimes. But it gets better, and boys will care about you, and be friends with you, and appreciate that you like Star Wars! Or they won't care a whit about Star Wars, but they'll like you for you. It gets better, I promise.

    And mom? My husband has been a collector of Star Wars stuff for ages, and we'd love to ship your sweet girl some toys, if there's a PO Box to send it to (this is not a creepy attempt to find out your personal info). I'd be happy to send something to the folks at Chicago Now to deliver to you. Just let me know.

    xoxo to Katie,

    Mama Mumpower

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I just wanted to make sure that Katie saw she got love straight from the OFFICIAL STAR WARS BLOG!!!!

    http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/index.php/2010/11/18/young-girl-bullied-for-liking-star-wars/

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie, I'm a girl and I grew up LOVING Star Wars! I'm talking, quoting, fun fact spewing, book reading, action figure playing, lightsaber dueling, Halloween dressing up LOVED Star Wars.
    I know what it's like to feel different with glasses, braces and frizzy hair and it isn't easy. Some days all these great and genuine things people and your parents are telling you just may not feel like enough but I am here to tell you that it gets better. Seriously! I'm in college now and kids are working hard to try to be MORE different than every other person around them (and they all look a little silly, honestly - but it's great to see).

    Don't worry about things being "girl things" or "boy things" - worry about them being "Katie Things". If you like it, honey, it's yours! If it's just not you - don't worry about it :) It's okay to not like the things your classmates like, as long as you respect their right to like it. I'm sorry they haven't learned that lesson yet, some of them might not ever but the really really cool thing is that you know it now.

    Just be you! And by reading all of these comments, I can tell that everyone else thinks YOU are pretty cool.

    Good luck and may the force be with you ;)

    Kacie, a Jedi-wannabe Buckeye :)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I'm so sorry that you're already having to go thru this, kiddo. I hope that you'll remember that often times, when people tease or bully you, it's because they are jealous of something about you. Whether it's your excitement about Star Wars, your great family, or how much joy you get out of life, some people feel the need to tear down things that they wish they had for themselves. So, maybe it can help you feel sorry for the people that try and make you feel bad about how special you are.

    I'm adopted too and I love Star Wars. You're not alone. There are a lot of us "cool girls" out there!

    Stay strong,
    Nicole

    ps: check out my profile pic. It's me and my fiance dressed as Princess Leia and young Obi Wan Kenobi!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Little Miss Katie,

    I've just recently gained a love for Star Wars. I am a twenty year old girl and I am one of the geekiest people I know and yet I have a lovely boyfriend of two years who is just as different as me. I wouldn't change the way he is or the way I am. My geekiness is what helped me catch him. Give it a few years and you will see what I mean.

    The important people who care will never make fun of you (out of elementary school because right now, it means they like you ;])for liking something different and, in fact, will celebrate you for it.

    In High School I dressed up as all the Holidays my senior year TWICE. The first time I did it, people looked at me weird and said things behind my back but eventually they learned that it was just who I was. At that point they excitedly asked what would be the next day. It is OK to be different and I take joy in the fact I am not the same as everyone else.

    People can be fickle and I am sure those boys will decide to rejoice, one day, that you are a geek; a Star Wars geek at that.

    All of us who have posted (and those who haven't) love you and hope you show those boys that you can like what you want when you want and how you want. I am happy you are not a cookie cutter person, there are too many of those and we need to fill the world with uniqueness and imagination otherwise it will become boring and old.

    The force is strong with you. Keep it strong. Head up!

    MR. (yup, my initials spell mr.)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie:

    I am 22 years old and I love Star Wars just like you! I know it sucks to be teased or called names when other kids think you're different or weird. But you know what? Deep down inside, they are all scared that they are going to be teased by someone that thinks that THEY are strange. So you should be brave and be proud of the way you are so that you can show everyone else that it is ok to be yourself. And I know that it is hard to imagine the future, but at some point there will be other people who won't tease you because you are 'weird', but will love you because of it and want to be your friend instead. I promise. It happened to me.

    So hang in there, Katie. It will get better, even on days where it seem like it never will.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,

    I don't know if you carry a purse yet, but this is mine:

    http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/1914/20101118233439359.jpg

    If you can't see it for some reason, it's an Empire Strikes Back lunchbox, and I carry all my girly belongings in it. (Picture was taken with my special edition R2D2 phone) :]

    Don't let those boys or anyone else get you down! Star Wars is awesome, and you're awesome for sticking up for yourself and liking whatever you want to like.
    Being original is a fantastic and rare thing. Flaunt it, girl!

    To mom, thank you for supporting your daughter and encouraging her to not falter under peer pressure. I was fortunate enough to have a mom like you growing up, and I owe it all to her for allowing me to become a resilient and independent woman. Cheers to great and loving mothers!

    Hope this helped, Katie. Just remember, when you're the most original person in the group, YOU determine what's cool.
    Oh, and may the Force be with you.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    When I was in first grade, I liked to play with the boys because they did more interesting things and weren't afraid of bugs and worms. I liked bugs and worms and toy cars and Legos. I also liked being a girl and wearing dresses. I thought in my head that it was okay to wear dresses and like boy things too but no one ever told me it was okay to do both so I kept it a secret.

    Then one day when I was a bit older, my mother took me and my brothers to see a brand new movie called Star Wars (this was a long time ago, when the movie first came out). I loved it!!! I especially liked Princess Leia because she was a girl and a princess and also she was really smart and was good at getting out of trouble and I think she might have been tougher than Luke and Han Solo. That was the first time I ever knew that girls could be girls and do boy stuff too.

    I think Princess Leia would be proud of you for making up your own mind about what girls can and can not do. I think it's wonderful you chose a Star Wars backpack and water bottle.

    Oh I know about being different too. I'm not adopted but I did have to start wearing glasses in 5th grade. I hated them. And then one day someone said that I was lucky because I could take them off and magically the world would be blurry and then put them on and the world would be sharp again. Kids without glasses don't get to do that. I especially liked looking at strings of colored lights without my glasses because they'd blur in a really pretty way and best of all no one else could see it like that because I was the only kid I knew that had glasses. Sometimes people say that you are different when they really mean you have something special. Being able to make the lights blurry was special.

    You sound like someone who has many many things that are special only to you. As you know, it's sometimes hard to be the different one. But lots of people actually admire people who are willing to be different and I bet they admire you. I hope so! I do!

    And oh yes, Star Wars is still my favorite movie of all time. May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie

    When I was your age I had glasses and an eye patch and I liked Transformers which was a cartoon that the boys liked. Sometimes they did make fun of me, and it did hurt my feelings, but the more they did it, the more I pretended that I didn't care. Soon, they got bored by it. I didn't let them have them have the satisfaction of controlling how I felt about things or even about myself. If you like something or feel strongly about something, don't change that for anyone. That's what makes you special and who you are. :)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hello, Katie!

    I'm a 22 year old woman who also loves Star Wars and other science fiction and fantasy! My favorite subject is math (I am actually going to college to study it) and I too wear big glasses and fun t-shirts with pride. (My favorite is my Mobile Suit Gundam t-shirt!) So you are definitely not alone in the "girls who like Star Wars" department! And in case you like science and math, you are definitely not alone there, either. (My academic advisor and main teacher is actually a woman, and one of the best I've ever met!)

    I am so proud of you for going out there with confidence with your Star Wars swag! You are indeed a very cool girl, and it's great to see other girls who also love the things I love with pride and flair. I admit I am kind of jealous of your Star Wars water bottle! Maybe I'll pick one up for myself sometime. :D

    And yes, as others have been saying, it does get better. I actually met my fiance at a science-fiction/fantasy/gaming club in college! I've made some great friends, both boys and girls, through our shared love for Star Wars and other things.

    So keep on trucking, Katie, and may the force be with you as you grow as a woman and as a fan!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hello, my name is Clara and I think what you and your daughter has done is wonderful. Proud To Be Me Day is a great idea. If you could email me the details about it that would be great. My school would like to do Proud To Be Me Day. My email is: millerclara1@gmail.com. Thanks you. :)

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    Katie,

    I commanded those boys to bully you. Join forces with me and we will rule the playground.

    I am your father!

    Sithfully,
    Anakin

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Uh oh!

  • In reply to LordVader:

    hey, katie! my name is heather and i'm a girl who not only loves star wars but had to wear an eye patch and glasses for years when i was just about your age! i completely and totally feel your pain, especially about how mean people can be. i was made fun of for the exact same things those boys are making fun of you now - and although i'm not adopted, i want to adopt someone who is as brave and strong as you are. people made fun of me when i was your age for exactly the same things. i'm almost 24 now, and i still love star wars - and from wearing the eye patch, i have much better eyesight!

    stay strong and keep your head up. you are a beautiful and unique individual, and you are bigger than the people who bully you. plus, i promise you'll still love star wars when you get older - although you might not love your eyepatches! i'll wear one of my star wars shirts tomorrow in honor of you!

    may the force be with you!

    heather h.

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Hi, Katie,

    I don't know if you and your mom are still reading these comments, but I felt compelled to write after being directed here by Her Universe's tweet and reading your story. I first fell in love with Star Wars when I was six years old and the first movie came out. I was always the only girl who loved it, and my friends sometimes teased me about it (sometimes still do), but I didn't care. I knew what a wonderful world the Star Wars universe is, and that was all that mattered. I have since made sure that my 10 year-old son is a fan, too. We love sharing action figures and looking for new Lego sets to build. I'm a teacher now, and I always have a few students (boys AND girls) who think it's cool that I love Star Wars so much. (I even have a Darth Vader laser pointer that I use in class.) I hope you never stop being proud of being a Star Wars fan, because they are always the nicest, coolest, smartest people around. :)

    When I told my son about you, he said that those boys were "messed up and not right at all" because Star Wars is for everyone of all ages, boys and girls alike, and that anyone would be crazy NOT to like Star Wars. He also said to tell you that the only thing that is for "boys only" is the men's room. :) He knows a thing or two about being bullied and teased. He gets called weird all the time for the things he likes. He used to get teased about being a big SpongeBob fan. And he doesn't like the kids at school to know that he likes Hannah Montana because he's afraid of getting teased. I tell him that what makes him different is what makes him special and cool. I also tell him that it's the ones who get called weird who end up running the world. :) Be proud of who you are and what you like. You're clearly an awesome girl with great taste. And keep talking to your mom about the things that bother you. That always helps. And because it can never be said enough, may the force be with you!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Oops - wouldn't be a good teacher if I didn't give credit where credit is due. The tweet where I learned about you came from @nerdist (a very cool guy who likes girls who like Star Wars). Since then, I have seen several other tweets and retweets going around about you! :) The Star Wars Universe and the Twitterverse are on your side.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    For Katie:

    Dear Katie,

    I wish I had a Star Wars water bottle when I was your age! You're lucky you've got one. I am 26 years old and I still wear my Star Wars t-shirt sometimes and I'm sure I will be wearing it when I'm 60! You are also lucky because you know what you love and what makes you happy. Don't let anyone take that away from you. = )

    Bipana

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie I'm a guy in my 30's, so I'm an old fogey. I now use a wheelchair to get around but when i was your age I could walk. But I walked with my knees bent and feet turned inward. I walked "funny" as they used to say. And when I was your age I was made fun of for that. But I learned something very important when I was being made fun of. First that the kids making fun of me were just acting out from their own lack of confidence. So do yourself a favor and forgive them and be kind to them. Secondly I knew then, as I know now, that I was a good person. That I tried to be a good person and thus there was nothing wrong with me. In fact, I learned that if we weren't all different to some degree we'd be bored to death!

    And don't forget that what they see on the outside of you and comment on doesn't matter because they don't know the inside you like your family and friends do and will. Remember that when Luke first met Yoda he laughs at the thought that this creature before him was a great warrior. And Yoda told him not to judge him by his size. Be Yoda. The bullies don't know what a great warrior you can be. :)

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hey there Katie! I'm Gail and I'm 23 years old. The first movie I remember watching was Star Trek: The Voyage Home when I was just a toddler, and I first watched Star Wars when I was your age. My favorite scenes where the ones with the most aliens, and when I grew up I very much wanted to be just like Han Solo and Princess Leia.

    I never went to public school, but was homeschooled until I went to college. However, I got teased by kids in my church and my homeschool group for liking things like Star Wars and Star Trek (and pirates. I loved Pirates and these were the days when pirates weren't cool. Which shows how dumb people can be who decide what is "cool" to like because pirates are always cool). Or I was teased for being white skined, or having freckles, or silliest of all having one finger that is ever so slightly crooked that most people don't even notice. It wasn't fun. I won't lie, but it is tough to be yourself. But you know what? It is completely worth it.

    There is a whole great, big world waiting for anyone brave enough. If you can be yourself now with confidence you'll be amazed at what happens. For instance I've taken to wearing a bowler hat, and instead of getting teased for wearing a very different hat out, people come up to me and tell me how much they like it. Sometimes they even buy a hat like mine after seeing it. Instead of conforming to what people think is cool be yourself and people will see whatever you chose to do is cool. Regardless if you chose to have a Star Wars bottle or a pink bottle.

    Also there is so much just waiting for you discover it. I still love star Wars (as I type I'm looking at a Han Solo action figure that I bought when I was seven), but there are so many things like Star Wars out there. When you are old enough you can look forward to things like Lord of the Rings, Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy, Doctor Who, Princess Bride, and any movie by Jim Henson. But Star Wars will always rock and so will you.

    Live long and prosper and may the force be with you,

    Gail

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie,
    I have a Katie in first grade too. Her favorite game and movie are Star Wars, she wears glasses and has a eye patch too to help her right eye get stronger. You are very loved and are going to do wonderful things with your life. Remember that who you are is much more important then who your friends think you should be. Listen to your mom cause she loves you more than anyone else in the world and be confident that you are a wonderful little girl created for a wonderful purpose.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie,
    I'm a girl, and I like a lot of "boy" things. Tell the smelly boys that their "lack of faith" disturbs you:)
    I'm a diesel mechanic, which is not a normal "girl" job. I like it because repairing things is like working on a puzzle. Lots and lots of boys make fun of me, but I like to do this.
    I like computers, and math and science and Tonka Trucks! When my kids were your age, I bought them the old fashioned metal Tonka Trucks, and I have 2 girls and a boy who played with them all the time.
    Do what you like, and like what you like, and don't let anyone tell you different.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hey, Katie
    Another Katie here!
    I'm writing from Bulgaria, it's 4 AM here, but I wanted to say:
    I am maybe the hugest SW fangirl here, plus I've always been the most different anywhere I go. Very shortsighted, a bit tomboyish, a bit plump...they made fun of me when I was your age, but somehow I started just being proud of what I am. I was good at languages and art, so I continued doing this, i s

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Sweet Katie! I just want to tell you that you are a very beautiful little girl. I'm a woman and love Star Wars and other "Boy" movies. I think those boys are just jealous and probably want that water bottle for themselves. Ignore them and remember that you are above them and their teasing and keep in mind that you are loved and appreciated by your family and real friends. You Rock!! :)

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie;

    I am 24 years old (nearly 25), and I have loved Star Wars and boy stuff since I was a kid. I too, was made fun of for being a 'nerd'. When the girls were off playing with Barbies and having sleep overs, I was reading comic books and trading my brother his GI Joe for my Barbies (because playing with him was SO much cooler than playing house).

    I was also bullied about the fact that my mother died when I was young, and that my step-mother had to be taken care of by home-makers because of s bad car accident she had.

    All the time, I was made fun of for being different. It hurt. I remember crying most nights after school because of things the kids would do and say to me.

    But you know what? All that bullying, I learned to feel bad for them. You see, they had to live by standards of what they thought they had to be. They couldn't jump out of their shells and live by their dreams.

    I still live by my dreams today. And now? All those boys that thought I was a loser for liking boy stuff? They now think I'm the coolest girl they know.

    Besides, everyone knows the coolest Jedi Knights were girls anyways :)

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie!

    I, too, am a fan of Star Wars and so is my 11 year old daughter, Chloe. She is in the sixth grade. Her ipod touch cover is a Star Wars cover with Darth Vader on it! She also loves all sorts of other "boy" stuff, like video games. Her backpack looks like a big Nintendo controller. Just wanted to let you know that you are not alone! :)

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    I began to be happy especially because I'm so different and awesome. Smile, be above the things and do what you're good at-you'll see very soon:)

    kisses from farrrrrrrrrrrrrr Europe! :*

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie, I'm just a boy but I've grown up a lot. I've been picked on for being adopted, being girly, wearing glasses, being heavier than other kids, and for being smarter than other kids.

    But all those kids who bullied me have not amounted to much and I'm living a pretty great life. I'm doing what I want, making good money, and being happy.

    You sound like a terrific person for liking what you like and for being so brave. I think maybe you're braver than I was at your age. In fact, I think you're so brave, you're giving me inspiration to be even braver. Thank you, Katie.

    The world needs more people like you and we're all glad you're just who you are.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Dear Katie:

    I have never met you but you sound like a very interesting, fun, and smart girl. I am a girl and I have always been a little different. When I was a teenager my dad asked me why I could not just be like everyone else. My response was that I am not like everyone else and I do not want to be - I am me. And, Katie, you are you. Enjoy it, you are special.

    I am a big Star Wars fan. I use Star Wars quotes in the college classes I teach and my students enjoy it. I have also been told by guys that they think it is cool that I am a Star Wars fan. I have an 11 year old niece and she was Princess Leia for Halloween this year and I am buying her the complete Star Wars dictionary for Christmas. So, you are not the only girl who loves Star Wars. You are not alone - you are one of many very cool, very smart, and very unique people!

    Enjoy and be proud of the things that you like. You are not weird, different, or wrong - you are you and that is the best thing you can be. Star Wars is for everyone (boys and girls) to enjoy.

    May the force be with you.
    WJAC

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie! You don't realize how cool you are! Every girl I know wishes they could know more about Star Wars - that is THE ULTIMATE in cool, and for you to be so young and you already know about it!!! Most of my friends found about it from their boyfriends later in life, then had to go back re-watch it to even be able to carry on a conversation with the cool kids. You're so far ahead! And you're viral! You're the coolest chick ever and you're just starting out!!!

    I have found, as I was growing up and being a girl who liked Star Wars & computers that the kids who tease you in grade school, ask you on a date in high school ....and then ask you for a job after college. Carry your Star Wars bottle with pride my lady! This is just the beginning!

    The Force will be with you, always.

    - Melodie 29yo
    Fellow-female-star-wars fan and business owner Hollywood, CA

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    I've been a Star Wars fan my entire life. When I was in grade school, I had Star Wars folders and pens, but I was the only girl who liked Star Wars and the boys thought I was weird. Now, I'm 22 years old and many of my friends, both boys and girls, like Star Wars. Don't let someone else ruin what makes you happy.

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    When a boy makes fun of you for liking Star Wars, look at him and say, "Aren't you a little short to be a Stormtrooper?"

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi, Katie! I'm a boy (okay, a grown-up man), but I'm a huge Star Wars fan -- and my girlfriend is an even bigger Star Wars fan, and has been her whole life! She even bought real Light Sabers so we could go in costume as Jedi Knights. We know for sure that Star Wars is not just for boys, and we feel kinda sorry for those kids who teased you -- they're the ones who are missing out.

    There are science fiction convention in Chicago a few times a year -- CapriCon in February, Duckon in June, WindyCon in November (just missed that one) -- where there are a whole bunch of other people of all ages who love Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Japanese animation, books, art, comics, all kindsa stuff. You and your mom might want to drop in on one of those, because you'd meet a whole bunch of smart and friendly folks who like the same kinds of things you like!

    May The Force Be With You!

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie,
    I am 31 years old and I am typing this while wearing my glasses and hanging out with my Chewbacca action figure. Which was a gift to me on my 16th birthday from a boy who was a friend of mine! I must say, though, that while I don't have a Star Wars water bottle, that sounds pretty cool - I think I'm jealous! :) How's that for kind of cool - you've made a grown up jealous of you!

    You should never be ashamed of liking things that people may think are different because it's just part of you being uniquely YOU! Go on and rock that Star Wars stuff like the awesome girl that you are because you have a whole army of support right here, led by your awesome mom. Maybe those boys are just jealous of what a great water bottle you have!

    You keep just being you...because you are a pretty great young lady!

    P.S. Between you and me, I think people who wear glasses look smarter. ;)

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Katie,

    When I was in first grade, computers were not as much of a part of our daily lives as the are now. There are calculators out there that can do more than my first computer did!

    The graphics were barely recognizable as pictures. They were more like putting LEGOs together in a pattern than true pictures! Some of my favorite games only had words! No pictures at all.

    But that didn't change the fact that I loved those games, and played them no matter what people said.

    And I still do so today, though almost 30 years later they sure look a lot prettier! I've made many friends through reaching out and finding people who enjoy the same games I do, as well as other non-game-related interests. I met my husband because we liked the same series of nerdy books! He has two beautiful daughters, both who love Star Wars. My elder stepdaughter has had both Spiderman and MarioKart lunchboxes, and loved them.

    Sometimes, people get possessive of things they see as important to them, and they try to make them exclusive in some way. They say things like "You can't be here, you don't have enough money" or "You look different than me, you don't belong here" or "You can't like that thing, it's for people like US and not like YOU." All of these people are wrong, of course, but it's up to those of us being excluded to show them why they're wrong, just by being ourselves and not letting their small-minded feelings change how we behave.

    The things you like are a reflection of who you are, and no one is allowed to change that about you.

    All else fails, just use your Jedi mind powers and tell those boys "This is not the water bottle you're looking for."

    Good luck Katie!

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie!
    I'm a girl, I'm adopted, I wear glasses, and I love Star Wars, too. My cousin and I saw the movie many times at the theater when it came out, and I collected Star Wars glasses, Star Wars folders, Star Wars shirts, Star Wars books, Star Wars pencils--you name it, I had it. I still like science fiction and fantasy enough to write about it for a website, and I have plenty of friends, boys and girls, who like it too. If you like something, you like it, and it doesn't have anything to do with whether you're a boy or a girl. Stand up for what you like, Katie, and you'll find that you're not alone.

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Katie,
    I have loved Star Wars my entire life. Don't be ashamed. I'm a 27 year old woman who is trying to slowly build a lifesized R2-D2. If you want to see something cool, check out this. http://www.r2kt.com/ Its a story about another girl named Katie who wanted a pink R2-D2, and the people who build the droids made it for her. Good luck with the bullying. And just remember one day those boys will be begging you to date them.

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie - I am also a grown women Star Wars fan. I loved Star Wars from the first time I saw it and it was the first time I saw a strong brave heroine. Princess Leia was smart and brave and I thought she was amazing. Sounds like you are just like Princess Leia smart and brave so you are my heroine too. You truly sound like an amazing kid and your mom sounds pretty awesome too. Good luck and may the force be with you.

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    I'm sure as the parent of a young girl, this is the last thing you wanna hear, but!
    The same boys teasing her for liking star wars will be the ones lining up to take her to prom in a few years.

    So you better look out.

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Dear Katie,
    I am a woman who loves Star Wars! When I was 5 I wanted to be Princess Leia SO much! I begged my mother to put my teeny wisps of hair into those signature buns. She somehow managed to coax my hair into two itty bitty buns and I felt like I *was* Princess Leia. That support and encouragement was fantastic. And it sounds like your mom is an amazing woman, Kaite!

    I love science fiction and computer games! In fact, I play an online Star Wars game and a friend of mine from that game showed me your story. He knew I would want to support a little "Geek Girl" in training! And when I say Geek Girl, I say it with pride! I am a Geek Girl and I love it! There are lots of us out there, Katie! For some reason there are those out there who still think girls should only wear pink and play with Barbies. Now, I had many Barbies when growing up and I still love pink, but there is room for Star Wars in there too! You know what we need, Katie? Pink Star Wars shirts!! Ooo with sparkles! We can like pink if want and still like Star Wars! I hope that seeing so many other women who like things that are thought to be reserved for boys gives you strength!

    Take care! Be strong! And remember, Kaite....May the Force be with you!

    - Anhinalee

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie - I am also a grown women Star Wars fan. I loved Star Wars from the first time I saw it and it was the first time I saw a strong brave heroine. Princess Leia was smart and brave and I thought she was amazing. Sounds like you are just like Princess Leia smart and brave so you are my heroine too. You truly sound like an amazing kid and your mom sounds pretty awesome too. Good luck and may the force be with you.

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Dear Katie-
    I am a girl and I love Starwars. The first movie I remember seeing at the Theatre was Return of the Jedi. Han Solo was my first crush. I married a man who loves Starwars even more than I do. Infact, he dresses up like Boba Fet just for fun. Sometimes I dress as Princess Leia and we attend charity fundraisers together. We had a Starwars cake topper on our wedding cake! There were plenty of people who laughed at that. But I didn't care because it was my wedding and I like Starwars!

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie - I am also a grown women Star Wars fan. I loved Star Wars from the first time I saw it and it was the first time I saw a strong brave heroine. Princess Leia was smart and brave and I thought she was amazing. Sounds like you are just like Princess Leia smart and brave so you are my heroine too. You truly sound like an amazing kid and your mom sounds pretty awesome too. Good luck and may the force be with you.

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    My 9-year-old niece dressed up as Wolverine for Halloween. She loves X-Men, and some kids (and her own sister sometimes) tease her about liking a "boy" thing. But she had one of the best costumes at school! I was so proud of her for choosing to wear the costume she really wanted rather than being afraid of what the other kids would think of her.

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hey Katie, kids just don't know what's good! :) Someday you're going to meet people who like all sorts of things that might seem different. That's what makes the world a fun place; having different interests and then meeting other people who like the same things. It's such an awesome feeling! It's easy to go along with the crowd and like what's "popular" but where's the individuality in that? Don't change what you like or who you are for anyone. Just be you and be proud of it. You're unique but you're not weird! Those kids will learn to respect you if you just stick to your guns and be a confident girl. You're beautiful and one day soon you're going to seem very cool in certain circles just for liking the things you do. But don't wait for other people to confirm your coolness, own it right now! You're the only Katie in the world with your exact personality and your interests, and you are awesome just the way you are.

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi, Katie! First, I want to tell you what good taste you have. Star Wars is awesome! I'm a grownup now, and I still own a lightsaber! (The blue one, like Luke's.) One of the earliest things I remember was my parents taking me to a drive-in movie theater to see "The Empire Strikes Back." I was younger then than you are now.

    It's hard to be brave enough to be different, but I promise, in the end you'll be happier. It's a lot of work to try to pretend to be someone you're not, and you end up being too tired from pretending to have any fun! Other kids can be horrible, and sometimes they'll pick on you no matter what you do. If you looked exactly like them, didn't have glasses or a patch and had a pink water bottle every day, some people would still find something to pick on you for, because the problem is with them, not with you. So you might as well be brave and strong and do the things you like! (And here's a little secret, because I got picked on, too: if you act like you don't care what they think, eventually you really won't, and they'll get bored and stop.)

    One other important thing you should always remember: there aren't things that are 'just for boys' or 'just for girls'. You can like, do, and be ANYTHING if you want to, and if the boys say you can't, it's just because they're worried you'll be better at it. If they give you a hard time, think about what Princess Leia would have to say about what they think girls can do!

    Good luck, Katie, and may the Force be with you!

    Kit

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie! I am a girl and I have liked Star Wars since I saw it in the theater for the first time! (yeah I'm that old!) All my friends who are girls and all my sisters love Star Wars. Star Wars is very cool.

    Those boys don't know what they are talking about. Lots of girls like Star Wars!

    My husband is adopted, and my son had eye troubles and had to wear a patch for a while so you're not all that different. Just remember that everyone has differences and hard times in their lives and you have yours now, but others will have theirs later. You will be a stronger woman for overcoming your differences now and be able to handle the challenges you face in the future much better for having had them.

    Sending lots of love and good wishes to you!

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie:

    My fiance showed me this page because he knew I would want to comment. I am a girl and a huge star wars fan! In grade school I had a star wars lunch box, and dressed up as Princess Leia for Halloween. A few years ago in college I dressed up as Princess Leia again. My fiance said one of his favorite things about me is that we have so many things in common, including star wars. Many of those things that we have in common are "boy" things! As a matter of fact, the reason I met him is probably again because of star wars. I loved star wars so much that I wanted to build robots like R2D2 - part of the reason I went into electrical engineering (even as an adult this is a "boy" field). If I hadn't gone to school to become an engineer I wouldn't have met him! Be yourself, take that star wars waterbottle to school, and may the force be with you!

    Lexi

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie! I am yet *another* grown woman who loves Star Wars. My Dad took one of my brothers and I to see the first (fourth) movie in the theater back in 1978, I think it was. It was AWESOME. My favorite character is Boba Fett - I think his helmet is cool! I have a daughter who is only a little older than you - she's in third grade - and she likes a lot of things that maybe most girls her age don't (Pokemon and Star Wars!!) but it's OK because they make her happy. Your mom sounds awesome - I'm glad she wrote about your story, even though it makes me a little sad that you'd get teased for anything! Hang in there and I hope these messages help you to know it's ok to be different!!

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi, Katie! I'm Jamie, and I'm a geek girl myself. But I think you'd probably rather hear about my little girl, Kiara. My daughter is 5 years old and sounds a lot like you. She LOVES Star Wars and CARS and dinosaurs. She started school a few months ago and someone told her that Star Wars was for boys, too. But, it's really for everyone. That's the cool thing about movies and clothes and the world: it's for everybody. :) I know being different can sometimes be a pain, but really, it's better to be yourself, not who other people think you should be. Other people are wrong. :)

    *hugs* Hope you have a great day, Katie!

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie:

    My fiance showed me this page because he knew I would want to comment. I am a girl and a huge star wars fan! In grade school I had a star wars lunch box, and dressed up as Princess Leia for Halloween. A few years ago in college I dressed up as Princess Leia again. My fiance said one of his favorite things about me is that we have so many things in common, including star wars. Many of those things that we have in common are "boy" things! As a matter of fact, the reason I met him is probably again because of star wars. I loved star wars so much that I wanted to build robots like R2D2 - part of the reason I went into electrical engineering (even as an adult this is a "boy" field). If I hadn't gone to school to become an engineer I wouldn't have met him! Be yourself, take that star wars waterbottle to school, and may the force be with you!

    Lexi

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie - I am also a grown women Star Wars fan. I loved Star Wars from the first time I saw it and it was the first time I saw a strong brave heroine. Princess Leia was smart and brave and I thought she was amazing. Sounds like you are just like Princess Leia smart and brave so you are my heroine too. You truly sound like an amazing kid and your mom sounds pretty awesome too. Good luck and may the force be with you.

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Dear Katie,

    It is only the very coolest of girls who can really enjoy Star Wars the way that you do, and only the silliest and most childish of boys who can't appreciate that. All the girls I care about most in the entire world *LOVE* Star Wars, and any one of them is a thousand times cooler than me any day of the week. In ten years, these boys will be singing a very different tune if they have any sense at all. You, young lady, are VERY very awesome indeed. Good luck in the first grade!

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Dear Katie,

    I actually have no real memory of the first time I saw Star Wars, but I was told I was very young, sat in a man's lap, and was fascinated with the film until I fell asleep. As a young girl, I remember having Star Wars bubble baths and a "Return of the Jedi" poster on my closet door.

    Growing up, I also remember that I tended to stand out for being different. Whether it was because I wore glasses, wanted a dump truck, played with the boys, or had experiences my other classmates did not, I began to feel like an outsider. For several years in grade school, I more or less shut down. As I got older, for one reason or another, I was bullied. I know it's miserable. But for all the teasing and bullying as a young girl, I don't regret one minute of staying true to myself.

    A professional now in my early 30s, I'm still an aficionado of Star Wars and love my collection of Star Wars items - though I wish I still had that poster. Now, I can impress many boys with my love and knowledge of Star Wars. And just maybe you'll be lucky enough to have some those boys buy you cool Star Wars gifts. ;)

    As you're unfortunately learning at too early an age, life can have its rough spots. Which is all the more reason to have those things - like you Star Wars water bottle - that make you happy. Be proud of who you are - you are beautiful and smart and you are a fellow Star Wars geek, which makes you just about the coolest person in the galaxy!

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a 21 year old female Star Wars fan, and I have to tell you that being a girl who likes Star Wars is awesome!! There will always be people who don't understand and who are mean sometimes. When you come across those unhappy folks, you just have to remember that it doesn't matter what they say, what matters is that you have the courage to be who you are. And don't ever feel like you are alone! There are so many of us geek girls out there! I've loved Star Wars since I was eight years old, and I still carry signs of my fandom around with me. Just yesterday I had my Rebel Alliance necklace on, and I always have Yoda with me on my keychain. I'm currently a student at Harvard where there are quite a few Star Wars fans like you and me, and just the other day I was stopped by a table of boys to discuss Episodes 1-3. I think eventually they realize it's ok for girls to like the same things. =P So trust me, it gets better!! Stay strong in the Force, Katie!!

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Katie - you are awesome!! Me and my best friend (both girls) went to see Star Wars when it first came out... we went to see it 8 times together! And then we bought the soundtrack and listened to it repeatedly, while proudly wearing our Star Wars t-shirts everywhere we went. I wore mine until it actually fell apart at the seams!

    I love science fiction, horror movies, cars and video games! And I've definitely been teased about all those things at one time or another... but nowadays guys love me - because I like all those things! And I'm still considered a girly-girl by pretty much everyone who knows me.

    So do what makes you feel comfortable, but love the things you love and don't be afraid to be different - it's what makes you special!

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Dear Katie,
    I'm writing to you because, when I was your age, our situations were very similar. I was a victim of bullying. I wasn't adopted, but I grew up the only child of a single mother, and I liked (and still like) Star Wars and video games. I also have Atention Defacite Disorder, which at the time wasn't as understood or accepted as it is now.

    I used to get picked on all the time. I got picked on for not having a dad, for likeing "boy things"(there's no such thing), for being a girl. I kept my ADD secret as long as I could because I didn't want another thing that made me different, but someone eventually noticed that I was going to the office at the same time every day to take a pill, and rumors started spreading. Kids started to call me stupid.

    But then it got better. First, a speeker came to my school. He was a wealthy and succesful local business owner, and he had ADD like me. That stopped some of the bullying. Next, my mother enrolled me in girlscouts, where I made lot's of friends and discovered that I'm not the only girl that liked star wars and video games. She also enrolled me in self defense classes where I learned, both how to defend myself, and more importantly, where I learned that whatever else I am, I'm ME, and no one has the right to try and make me be something different.

    So keep taking that star wars Bottle to school. Be proud, and when the boys start being mean, tell them they're just jelous and they must not know much about star wars. You also have my permission to tell them that a girl star wars fan from michigan says that You're a very awsome little girl.

    *Hug* May the force be with you...Always.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Also, to Katie's Mom. I have some Star Wars books from when I was very young. It's not the full set (some of the books got lost in the move) but i've been hanging on to them in the hopes of passing them on to a young person who I know will appreciate them. They aren't long, each one is less than 100 pages and there are some illustrations. If you're interested you can e-mail me at Megguqt(at)yahoo(dot)com and we can talk about getting them to you somehow.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie! I am a woman who has loved Star Wars since forever. I also am a professional artist and I draw Star Wars comic books for Dark Horse Comics! So don't let anyone ever make you think that Star Wars is just for boys--I know a LOT of girls and women who love Star Wars. If you have ever seen Jedi Master Aayla Secura who appeared in Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith or the Clone Wars Cartoon, then you have seen my work. I designed and helped to create Aayla for the comic book where she first appeared (as well as her Master Quinlan Vos who just appeared in the Clone Wars Cartoon.) Being able to create these characters for Star Wars is one of the coolest and most fun things I have ever done in my career. If I'd listened to the bullies and let them dictate how I should try to fit in, I never would have become the person who is uniquely me. So, like what you like and don't ever be afraid to be who you are. Star Wars is for everyone and brave Jedi Knights can be girls or boys. May the Force be with you--always!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hey Katie! I'm sure you've been hearing this a lot, but there is nothing wrong with being different -- in fact, it is the diversities in the world that make it interesting and fun! AND, there is NOTHING wrong with loving Star Wars! My best friend and I used to hang out at recess and any spare chances we had to have lightsaber battles and reenact the best scenes from the movies... There was this time when we had a project to make a pneumatic city (take a bunch of heavy-duty plastic, cut it into a shape, leave a vent for a fan to blow air into the shape), and I made the Millennium Falcon and dressed like Princess Leia!

    Don't let other kids get you down. I would be willing to bet they are jealous of your Star Wars gear and wish they could wear/use it with as much joy and pride as you do! Believe me, I love all the things that some folks think girls shouldn't (Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, video games, etc.), and I found out that guys are actually intimidated and just don't know how to respond to a girl who likes all the awesome things they do!

    Don't ever give up the things you love just because somebody else told you to. Good luck, Katie! You are AWESOME!!! May the force be with you!!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hello Padawan-

    I want you to know that I started my Star Wars love right around your age. I loved it then and love it now.

    I also want to share with you what I tell my daughter and my nieces (who are about your age)...never let anyone make you feel bad about what you love. All of your favorites make you (all) the most amazing, wonderful, and unique kiddies. As a Mom and Aunt I am thrilled and thankful that my girls all have different interests from science and sports to dolls and dresses. It makes life fun.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Katie, sweetie, I have been a Star Wars fan ever since I was your age, and I still am (I have many Star Wars things; t-shirts, figurines, computer games, a beanie-baby Yoda that I have dangling from my rear view mirror in my car :D, and yes... even a backpack). I was bullied for liking Star Wars too, so you are not alone. I was often called a boy and worse. It hurt me for a while until I realized that my feelings were more important than the bully's opinions. My interests, though different, were MY interests, not theirs, and it was none of their business what I liked and didn't like.

    Maybe, they felt threatened because I liked Star Wars. Maybe they felt threatened because I always got better grades than they did and they needed something to bring me down to their level of discomfort (one can only guess the mind of a bully). But in the end, your interests are what make you special, different from everyone else, unique. It is our uniqueness that sets you apart from the masses. Allowing them to dictate what you are allowed, and not allowed, to like will only hurt you more. Carry that Star Wars bottle and backpack with pride, girl. Be happy with yourself, because that is what is most important. If you ever doubt yourself remember all the wonderful people here who back you up. We're behind you all the way.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    I had to wear a patch...a PINK one...I wished it was a Star Wars one though :) Don't worry what those boys say b/c you're going to grow up to be a LOVELY, GORGEOUS & INTELLIGENT girl who is going to have lots of friends (and when you're old enough) have LOTS of boys chasing you! You ARE Princess Leia so don't worry about it! This bullying is not nice, but I am SURE it will pass! You have LOTS of people on your side :) Take care Katie!!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi there!
    I was a Star Wars fan in first grade too, and I was a tomboy. Trust me, Katie, I know how hard it is to be different. But I can tell you that my love of "Star Wars" has brought me far more joy in my life than sadness. Being passionate about something can change your life and it changed mine. Now, over twenty years later, I have a great circle of friends who not only are passionate about some of the same things I am, but embrace me for being so passionate about something. Kids who pick on you are really just afraid. It's hard to guess what they're afraid of, but trust me, by carrying that water bottle you are showing courage and that will mean more to you the older you get. Courage and passion are to be celebrated and I for one, celebrate you Katie! May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie!

    Like you, I am a girl who loves Star Wars. My brother and I loved Star Wars so much that, when we were your age, we broke our video tape of the last movie by watching it too many times. This was a very sad thing back in the days before the internet and DVDs, where we couldn't just easily locate another copy! We had to wait several years before we could see Return of the Jedi again.

    I loved Star Wars so much that I started playing dress-ups as Princess Leia instead of just other princesses, like the ones from Disney movies. Then, when I was in middle school and high school, I made a bunch of friends who also liked Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings, and a lot of other awesome movies. They liked to dress up for those movies - and we got made fun of a lot for dressing up for them, but we had fun doing it.

    Now I've turned that into my job! I studied theatre and costume design in college, and now I get to make costumes not just for people who dress up like their favorite characters and show everyone what things they love, and for plays too!

    Don't give up on Star Wars just because some of the boys you know are silly. I bet a lot of them are just jealous because your Star Wars water bottle is cool, and maybe their moms don't let them bring theirs to school with them. And if that's the case, that's pretty sad. I bet you can teach them to be more confident in themselves and not pick on others by showing everyone you know that it's not just okay, but WONDERFUL to be yourself!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie,
    I'm a 21-year-old girl and I love Star Wars (and Star Trek, too!). I was picked on when I was younger for being a nerd because I was different. In college I finally realized that everything I was picked on for was everything that I loved about myself. You should feel great about who you are now, even if silly boys are teasing you about it. (Some of them might even wish that they had a water bottle that's as cool as yours!)

    Don't try to hide who you are, no matter what anyone says. Sometimes that's really hard, but you can do it! :)

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know I'm a girl that likes Star Wars too! My name is Kirsten and I'm from the Netherlands. It's not just girls from the US that love Star Wars, there are girls like you all over the world!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie!

    Like you, I am a girl who loves Star Wars. My brother and I loved Star Wars so much that, when we were your age, we broke our video tape of the last movie by watching it too many times. This was a very sad thing back in the days before the internet and DVDs, where we couldn't just easily locate another copy! We had to wait several years before we could see Return of the Jedi again.

    I loved Star Wars so much that I started playing dress-ups as Princess Leia instead of just other princesses, like the ones from Disney movies. Then, when I was in middle school and high school, I made a bunch of friends who also liked Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings, and a lot of other awesome movies. They liked to dress up for those movies - and we got made fun of a lot for dressing up for them, but we had fun doing it.

    Now I've turned that into my job! I studied theatre and costume design in college, and now I get to make costumes not just for people who dress up like their favorite characters and show everyone what things they love, and for plays too!

    Don't give up on Star Wars just because some of the boys you know are silly. I bet a lot of them are just jealous because your Star Wars water bottle is cool, and maybe their moms don't let them bring theirs to school with them. And if that's the case, that's pretty sad. I bet you can teach them to be more confident in themselves and not pick on others by showing everyone you know that it's not just okay, but WONDERFUL to be yourself!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie!

    It's ok to be different - I was when I was a kid, and I still am now. It's what makes me special!

    Also when I was little, I used to have an Ewok house playset. It was my favorite toy! I also watched Sonic the Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and other "boy shows". The boys may laugh at you now, but when you're all grown up they'll think you're SO cool! :)

    ~Lianne (Hudson NH)

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie -
    I loved Star Wars, and I have loved it since I was a girl. I am now a spacecraft ground systems engineer. Star Wars and a love of all things outer space is not just for boys - and neither are math, physics, and science. You are great, Star Wars is great - so you obviously belong together. And if you someday decide to get a job working with real outer space stuff, that would be great too! Love you, keep on being your fabulous self!!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie! I'm a girl and I've ALWAYS loved Star Wars! I saw the first one in the theater when I was about 12 and I've seen it DOZENS of times since then as well as all the sequels. You keep being yourself and be proud of the things you like. There will always be mean boys and girls, but you should stand up for yourself and show the world you are a wonderful, unique person who is confident and proud.

    May the force be with you!!!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie - I am a girl and I have loved Star Wars since before I can even remember. When I was a kid I was literally obsessed with all the films and had so much Star Wars stuff... shirts, posters pretty much anything Star Wars that I could find. I loved the movies so much that it ultimately got me interested in making movies, which lead me to a career working in video production.

    I want to tell you that if it's something you love, whether it's Star Wars or whatever else, you go ahead and love it. Those same boys that pick on you now will one day recognize you for the super cool girl that you are!

    May the Force be with you - always!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie!

    I was 9 years old when STAR WARS came out, and my dad took me to see it. It changed my life -- I discovered fandom, I started going to conventions, I made so many incredible friends... and now I write SF and fantasy to make other people feel the same way I did when I first saw that movie. And there are so many of us who have similar stories, as you're reading.

    Star Wars isn't "for boys." It's for people with joy and imagination and courage and dreams. In other words, it's for YOU.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie!

    A friend of mine linked this story to me on Facebook. After I read it, I felt I just couldn't do anything else until I left you a comment because I think we have some things in common. First off, a little about me:

    My name is Ryan. I'm 29 years old, and I live in Toronto, Canada where I work as a System Administrator (someone who works with computers and keeps websites like this one working). When I was little, kids teased me too...they teased me because I was fat, they teased me because I had glasses, they teased me because I stuttered, they teased me because, like you, I was a geek. I was different; and they didn't like that. While everyone else, all the other boys, played sports...I was inside tinkering with the school computers and playing around making things in the school electronics lab. They laughed at me, they called me nerd, geek...and much worse names that I won't repeat here.

    The name-calling and bullying didn't stop unfortunately, it kept going all the way until I was in high school. Do you know what stopped it though? I met others like me. Other kids who were as obsessed with computers as me, other kids who loved Star Wars like you and I do, and who loved video games and comic books and cartoons and Star Trek and...most importantly, didn't care that I had glasses and braces and was fat. They didn't care what I looked like on the outside, because they could see past physical appearances and see me for who I really was. In fact, a lot of them looked up to me, because I knew more about computers than they did. And that right there taught me something that I'd like you to know: geeks like us...we're AWESOME.

    Why are we awesome? We're awesome because we look at the world differently, we see what and how things COULD be, not just what they are...and Katie, you'll come to realize just how valuable that is as you grow up. We have a different perspective on the world by comparison to many other people...and that's what helps us become successful. Know who else besides us likes Star Wars, Katie? Bill Gates. The richest man in the world, the reason your computer is able to do what it does, and one of the biggest geeks out there. Know who else likes Star Wars? Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web...without him, I wouldn't be writing this to you right now, and you wouldn't be reading it. And...most importantly...y'know who else LOVES Star Wars? My girlfriend, Sabrina. She's sitting beside me right now, watching me write this to you...and she's got a huge grin on her face because she thinks it's AWESOME that you're a Star Wars fan too. Star Wars is something special to both Sabrina and I, and in fact, it's a big part of how we met.

    So the next time someone laughs at you for liking Star Wars, don't let it get to you...just remember that you're in good company. Geeks like us, we gotta stick together. Don't ever stop doing what you love, don't ever stop being yourself...not for anything or anyone. I didn't, and now, I get PAID to do what I love.

    May The Force Be With You, Katie.

    --Ryan

    PS: Geek Girls are AWESOME!
    PPS: I mentioned being a sysadmin...you wanna know something cool? I name all the servers (servers are computers that run websites like this one) at work after Star Wars characters. I think though...the next server I put into operation, I'm going to name that one Katie. :)

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Katie, don't ever change a thing about yourself because you think people expect you too or because you think you won't fit in if you don't. I guarantee that there are other girls AND boys your age that love star wars too and would like that you share interests. Don't let anyone bully you or tell you that you can't like or do something because you're a girl. No matter what, may the force be with you, Katie.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie, I am a grown woman who is a Star Wars fan. I was about your age when I first saw Star Wars at the movie theater with my dad, it was one of our things we did together. We also played video games together and played with Legos. I was always into science and math and wanted to be either a doctor or an engineer, I have an engineering degree. I studied Computer Science and Electrical Engineering with a minor in Statistics. After I graduated I went on to study Video Games in Education. We girls who are different are special, we are stronger. It isn't always easy to be different, but believe me it does get easier and somewhere down the line you will be comfortable with exactly who you are and those others will still continue to do what society wants them to do. You are on the path to true happiness, keep up the good work and carry your Star Wars water bottle proudly.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie!

    Can you post a picture of your R2D2 water bottle? I've never seen one before. It sounds so cool!

    I'd love to get one too!

    There are many children in poor countries around the world who have never seen Star Wars. They don't know how cool R2D2 is. Many of them don't even have access to good, clean water like we do.

    You're a very lucky girl to have an R2 D2 water bottle.

    May the Force be with you Katie!

    Michael

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie,
    I'm almost 41. I love Star Wars, Star Trek and other spacey stuff. Now, I'm the webmaster for a NASA mission which I think is pretty cool. I don't think I would be doing what I love if I hadn't had that interest in Star Wars (and space) as a kid, being a little different and having great parents. So it sounds to me that you have a pretty good start for your future.

    Elizabeth
    epoxi.umd.edu

    PS I still occasionally, umm, stay home from work when a new Star Wars book comes out! And I am working on my Christmas wishlist and it has Star Wars stuff on it!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Katie, I have loved comic books and Star Wars, video games and super heroes and other things almost my entire life (I was 9 when Star Wars came out in the theater so I bet you think that's a very long life). My daughter is in 4th grade and loves all the "boy" thing I love plus she loves Indiana Jones, dinosaurs and Bakugan.

    We have both been victims of bullies that hated the fact that we were different. My daughter had a Batman backpack in second grade and the boys in her class made her come home from school crying on more than one occasion.

    But we can't let those small minded poopie heads take away our joy in the things we love!

    One thing I've learned over the course of my life is that no matter how different we feel there are many other people in the world who are just the same as we are. They're just not in our immediate vicinity but they are going through just the same problems we are going through.

    Stay strong, Katie! We'll all stay strong together!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Katie, don't ever change a thing about yourself because you think people expect you too or because you think you won't fit in if you don't. I guarantee that there are other girls AND boys your age that love star wars too and would like that you share interests. Don't let anyone bully you or tell you that you can't like or do something because you're a girl. No matter what, may the force be with you, Katie.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    I'm a female star wars fan too :) don't let them think it's not okay for you to have a star wars water bottle! I play video games and I did karate for 12 years (from age 8-20) and other kids used to say that girls shouldn't do karate either. Being different is good though, it makes you stronger :) I'm 27 now and I'm so glad that I did those different things, I've had so much more fun being who I am than who other people think I should be :)

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie, my name is Angela. Your mom's story brought tears to my eyes. I have a five year old daughter who started dealing with bullies when she was three. Kids would call her fat and ugly and it just breaks a mother's heart. My daughter is beautiful just like you. And she is the nicest little girl in the world. It got to the point that I had to tell her that she doesn't need to buy friends. She would give anyone the last of whatever she has. You are going to okay if you continue to be yourself. Also, I'm sure that you know how fortunate and lucky you are to have your mom. There are so many kids in the world who don't have parents and it's pretty obvious how much your mother loves you. Stay strong. I tell my daughter to ignore the mean kids, but I know that's easier said than done. People who make fun of others are not happy with themselves. Just remember that, okay? LOL

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hello Katie!
    First of all, I must say; I love you name. I have a friend named Katie who is a woman who is very strong and independent, but sometimes she gets picked on for the way she looks and the things she likes. But she has learned not to care, because a someone very wise once said: Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
    You remind me of my favorite poem by Dr. Suess-- Oh The Places you'll go.

    Congratulations!
    Today is your day.
    You

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    AWESOME!!

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hi, Katie!

    I hope you're still wearing your Star Wars tee-shirt with pride! You can be a strong girl like Leia: she didn't care about what anybody said! She did what she knew was right and she was different, too.

    Star Wars is a great movie and there are lots of girls and boys who love it as much as you do. There is no such thing as a movie that is just for boys or just for girls. There are girls who like Star Wars and action figures and there are boys who like Disney princesses and pink bottles. And the world is so much more fun because of that!

    May the force be with you.

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    I'm not sure if you're still reading after over 1000 comments, but if you are I'm giving you a big e-hug and telling you to love whatever you love and not worry about the others.

    My mom wouldn't let me watch Star Wars as a kid, and when I finally did watch it I fell in love with it! I also love video games, so when a few friends wanted me to play an online Star Wars game I did! A lot of other friends teased me about it (and still do), but you know what? I met my future husband on that game! Out of all the people all over the world, I met him and he only lived an hour away. We now have 3 kids (my daughter is in Kindergarten), and are pretty happy.

    Since my daughter is the oldest, there's been times when my little boys will want to paint their nails or even dress as a princess!

    My the force be with you sweet Katie!

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    My fiancee, niece, and my soon to be sister-in-law all love Star Wars. My niece's favorite character is R2-D2. My fiancee uses her Boba Fett lunchbox as a purse and she is thinking about making herself a costume that looks like Boba Fett.

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hey Katie! Your story reminds me a lot of myself. I got my glasses in kindergarten, had to patch my eye every day at PE, I was adopted by my dad, and I LOVE star-wars (and tons of other non-girly thing) I was teased for my glasses, my eye patch, and for preferring climbing trees to pretty dolls.

    Dad even let me skip school to see the star-wars movies when they came out in theaters! (and the Lord of the Rinds movies too) I've found that if you're happy with who you are then no one else matters. And some day (A LONG TIME AWAY for you) you'll even find a handsome prince who loves you even more because you like all the Nerdy boy things he likes too!

    As I've grown up I've learned that you don't have to give up the things you love some days you'll find me in a Starwars shirt and others in a frilly pink dress! That's the power of being a girl we don't have to choose we can be both frilly and cute one day and Starwars and fun the next!

    Stay strong youngling! I can tell the force is strong with you! ;)

    ~LuLu

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    When I was young, I often felt 'weird' among my peers because not only did I read all the time, I often read fantasy novels, and I preferred to draw dragons instead of flowers. However, I never gave up my love of 'geeky' things, and as a 31 year old woman I like to watch Star Wars, I play World of Warcraft, I buy comic books, and other such so-called 'boy' things (which certainly aren't).

    Katie, never forget the Force IS with you, and continue to fly your geek flag high and proud. Star Wars is for everyone, and don't let those boys tell you any differently!

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hi Katie!

    Anyone that tells you Star Wars is just for boys doesn't know what they're talking about. When I wanted to order a ForceFX Lightsaber, my wife suggested I order one for her as well so we could have lightsaber battles (we're both 29 years old). As well, we both dressed up as Jedi for Halloween, and everyone thought her costume & lightsaber were just as cool as mine.

    Don't let anyone tell you Star Wars (or anything else) is just for boys or girls. Be true to yourself, and you'll come out on top in the end! :D I was teased growing up for liking Star Trek (no one else in my school did), and I know it can be tough sometimes, but it is so important to be yourself regardless of what other people think.

  • In reply to MattMiddleton:

    Almost forgot! We dressed up for my wife's nieces last night when they landed at the airport, because one of them was dressed up as Darth Vader for Halloween, and they loved it!

  • In reply to MattMiddleton:

    Katie,

    Not being a girl I can not comment on bullying from a girl's view, but I would like to direct you to a website that you might find interesting.

    I few years ago a little girl, of the same name, also loved Star Wars too. http://r2kt.com/

  • In reply to MattMiddleton:

    Hi Katie! I just want to let you know that I am adopted too - and I have worn glasses since I was 8 years old. I have an older brother but no sisters. I played with a lot of boy's toys when I was your age, although my brother was nice and would sometimes bring his GI Joe to play with my Barbie. Just be yourself - if you want to have Star Wars things, then do it. I bet there are other girls in your school just like you. When they see what you're doing it might help them too. (And don't be too sure that you are the only adopted kid. I work with 3 other people - I'm adopted and two of them have adopted kids as well.)

  • In reply to MattMiddleton:

    Hi Katie,

    I have a little girl named Katie too! She has long blonde hair,and is in first grade, and guess what, she loves star wars too! She is a bit of a girly girl, so she has a pink lightsaber. She has lightsaber battles (usually wearing a dress) with her brother and the neighbor boys. Too bad you don't live closer. She would love another Katie to help her chase the boys! She is at school right now, but if she were here, she would say "You Rock!"

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Dear Katie,

    I was about your age when Star Wars first came out and I LOVED it! I still love it as an adult, so when I had a daughter I taught her all about it. She has Star Wars Lego sets and books and action figures, and she even wears Star Wars shirts to school...and she's in 8th grade! She made a landspeeder car for the Awana Grand Prix one year and won first place for design.

    Her love for Star Wars has turned into a love for science fiction in general, and she now watches several versions of Star Trek, Stargate Atlantis, and Doctor Who. She has Who t-shirts, action figures, and books, and again won first place with a TARDIS car in the Grand Prix. This year for Halloween she wore a Stargate Atlantis costume.

    One of her middle school teachers started a rocket club this year, and there are 2 other girls in the club in addition to my daughter. They meet every week and build rockets to launch in the spring. How cool is that??

    Be proud of who you are, Katie. Enjoy your interests! There are other girls who like sci fi (and ninjas and pirates), and you will find them eventually. Tonight when you watch Clone Wars, know that my daughter will be watching, too. :)

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hi, Katie!

    I hope you're still wearing your Star Wars tee-shirt with pride! You can be a strong girl like Leia: she didn't care about what anybody said! She did what she knew was right and she was different, too.

    Star Wars is a great movie and there are lots of girls and boys who love it as much as you do. There is no such thing as a movie that is just for boys or just for girls. There are girls who like Star Wars and action figures and there are boys who like Disney princesses and pink bottles. And the world is so much more fun because of that!

    May the force be with you.

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hi Katie,

    You sound like a pretty cool girl to me. Be proud of who you are, always. I'm sorry you had to experience how silly other kids can be, but there's a thousand reasons why they are acting so mean and none of it has to do with you. When I was little the only things moms and dads would buy their daughters was girlie stuff in pink -- my least favorite color, ugh. I wish I could have had cool Star Wars stuff!

    You know, boys bothered me a lot too. I realize now that most of the time they did it because the either liked me and were too shy to just play with me or, most often, because they thought it was funny to see me get so mad that they just kept doing it. Learn from me and don't let them get to you. Once it gets boring to pick on you, they'll stop. It will take time, but just ignore them and never let them hurt you. It sounds like you have a great mom looking out for you and not every kid (adopted or not) has that.

    So, just be you.

    Good luck lovely Katie!

    Betty

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Dear Katie-
    I wear glasses, and wear Star Wars shirts, and drink out of a Star Wars water bottle. Occasionally, my daughters and I have lightsaber battles in the backyard. You are one awesome, unique and wonderful little girl. Keep it up honey, have fun, live your life, and ignore the boys. They're stupid anyway
    Love,
    A Grownup Geek.

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hey, Katie, sometimes boys get teased, too. I did. Too tall, curly hair, easily upset... or because I liked something the other kids thought was stupid.

    And I wore glasses. And I got good grades.

    And yeah, I dig Star Wars, too. And Star Trek. And Babylon 5 (for when you're a bit older). And, even now, as an adult, I'll watch cartoons. I love Phineas & Ferb: they do all the stuff I dreamed about when I was a kid. (I'm an engineer: I design and build tools used by robot submarines to fix broken stuff underwater. I started building stuff when I was a kid.)

    Here's a little secret: we win! Stay true to you. Even as you grow and learn and as who you are changes and grows with you, stay true to you. You do that -- and it's hard sometimes, when your friends or the people you admire do things that you know are wrong -- and you win.

    Some of the kids who used to pick on me? At our 20-year reunion, they told me they really admired me. (They just had a really weird way of showing it when we were all 6 or 7 or 10 years old!)

    So keep your head up, keep a smile on your face (it keeps the teasers wondering what you're up to ;) ), and use that Star Wars stuff. There's nothing written anywhere that says "girls can't like Star Wars". It's there for anyone who wants to like it. Just be you, and be the best you that you can. I'm 100% sure that's REALLY GOOD!

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hey Katie!

    I'm 27 and I've loved Star Wars ever since I was 3 or 4. I also love video games and comic books and other things that some people don't think girls should like. But that doesn't matter - because I know what I like, and clearly you do too! You should be proud of the things you're interested in and passionate about! It's not always easy to face people who tell you to be the same as everyone else, but I know you can do it.

    And you know what, I was teased when I was younger because I wore glasses (still do!) and I liked school and I liked things that girls "weren't supposed to" and it wasn't always easy. But now, I make comics for a living because it's what I love. One day, you're going to grow up and you'll be proud of yourself for not giving in and being like everyone else.

    PS. To Katie's mom - you're doing a great thing!

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hi Katie,
    First of all, those glasses are great (I need some blue ones for Christmas) I've been wearing glasses since I was 6 and I'd have loved a pair like yours. I've also been a massive Sci-Fi fan since I was little. I loved Star Trek and Star Wars, and comics and computer games and everything else that's great in the world.

    Stick with it all, I did, I teach Computer Games Design at a University in the UK now, and I love it. I get to talk about comics, computer games and sci-fi all the time - it's fantastic, and I wouldn't been here if I'd have lost sight of who I was.

    So you've inspired me to buy some cool blue glasses and go play Star Wars when I get home. Don't worry about the boys, or the girls, or what they say - none of them are brave enough to go with what they want in the first place.

    Hmmm, maybe it's time for a new lunch box, I saw a cool Clone Wars one the other day - it would match my stationary set I brought to go 'back to school' with...

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Dear Katie,

    First of all, you are such a cool little girl! I love your glasses, where did you get them? I am pretty blind myself, good thing my mom took good care of me as a kid, because now I can just wear contacts and nobody even notices. Sometimes I wear glasses just to look cool!

    Second, I am SUPER jealous of your Star Wars stuff, I have some myself but not a lunch box! Now I want one. :)

    You know, I got picked on at your age by kids who didn't even know what cool was. All those same kids came around later thinking how unique and interesting I was in high school. And a few of the boys who picked on me even tried to date me! Boys are silly for sure.

    Anyway, I LOVE STAR WARS! One day I met a very special man who loved that I love Star Wars... because girls who like Star Wars are special! He tells me that all the time. Well, soon he and I are going to get married and merge all our Star Wars action figures on a shelf in our house! I have Yoda, R2D2, and Chewbacca, and he has a few storm troopers and the death star so far. In fact, in our house it is cool to love Star Wars, so you and mom would be totally welcome to stop by anytime!

    One more thing... You know who I met last year? Peter Mayhew, the guy who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars movies! He was huge!! 7 feet tall at least! If that's not cool Katie, I don't know what is! I was so excited I almost cried, hahaha.

    Don't ever change, you are on the right path to being a genuinely awesome adult. Just like your mom! I wish I had a mom like yours! Just be who you are and like what you like, Katie. Nobody can take that from you, you can only give it away if you choose. Choose not to! Don't give them the best of you when they don't deserve it.

    May the force with you! Keep rocking that lunch box or I will!! ;)

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hi Katie. Star Wars was the first movie I ever saw in a theater. I was four years old and was there with my older brothers and grandfather. I dressed up as Princess Leia for Halloween that year, though I really wanted to be Luke. But I had two older brothers, so they got first dibs on Vader and Luke. It was ok though.

    I still love Star Wars. I also love all kinds of other stuff that people think is nerdy. I am a librarian. I love technology. I also love musicals - shows like Wicked, and Spamalot and Fiddler on the Roof too. It doesn't matter what anyone else tells me I should like because I am a woman. What matters is what I like. If you want to drink out of a Star Wars water bottle, please do it. And if next year you want a pink water bottle, or a blue one, or one with a Transformer on it, that's all ok too. You are growing up and so much of growing up is learning who you are - and I'll tell you a secret. It's part of BEING a grown up too. I find new things almost every day that I love, and things that I used to think were the best things ever that I no longer love.

    I try very hard not to care what other people think or say about me because of what I like. It's hard sometimes, but it is so worth it.

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Dear Katie,

    I am a 38-year-old woman, and I have liked Star Wars since the very first Star Wars movie came out when I was five. I used to play Star Wars with my sister and my friend Mark who shared daycare with us. When I was older I would play with my friend Kathy and her Star Wars toys. Now that I am older I have lots of friends, both men and women, who like Star Wars and other movies, TV shows, and books about spaceships and monsters and good fighting evil. I'm really glad that you are feeling better about showing off your love for Star Wars at school, and I hope you can find friends interested in sharing your love for Star Wars. It might be hard to find friends who like those things now, but it gets easier to find those friends when you are older.

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hi, Katie! I'm a girl who loves Star Wars. I think it's totally awesome that you have a Star Wars backpack and lunchbox and water bottle.

    I got made fun of by boys when I was much younger, because I was different. It hurt, and I used to cry because of it.

    Now that I am older, I think it is silly, really, the things people make fun of other people for - I once got teased because my earlobes are not attached to my head!

    My advice to you is to keep on loving the things that you do, especially Star Wars, because it is AWESOME. There will always be people who love you for who you really are and for the things that you love.

    Also? The Internet is pretty neat because it can help you find people who like the same things you do. You might be one of the few girls at your school who likes Star Wars, but as you can see, there are LOTS of girls who like Star Wars on the Internet!

    Hang in there. You are the coolest first grader I know!

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hi Katie! I'm a girl who has always loved Star Wars. In fact, when I was little, I was very jealous of my neighbor (a boy) who had a very cool x-wing fighter model. I begged my parents for one, but got a dancing doll instead. I sure wish I'd have gotten that x-wing fighter! I now have 3 daughters of my own, and they all love Star Wars. We play with light sabers in our basement and see who can do the best imitation of Darth Vader. Rock on Star Wars girl!

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hang in there girl. Jedis sometimes have problems too, but the Force is always with us. Yoda is proud of you for standing up to those boys.

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hello sweetheart I love starwars all of my female friends love it to.We grew up with it we would pretend we were princess lea and use sweetrolls as her hair. If you love something don't let them take that away from you us girls that love scifi need to stick together. I also wear glasses about your age when I had to get them.I know it's hard right now I got picked on because of them to when I was growing up.Remember you ar this beautiful girl thats smart and brave and you can like whatever you want and continue to be brave and outspoken and don't let them take that way from you.It does get better.I now have a large group of friends that love it as much as I do I'm 38 now but I know what your going through.

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hi Katie! I'm a woman and I've loved Star Wars ever since I was a young girl like you. I know sometimes it's hard to be different but being different is what makes people special! It sounds like you are a very brave and special little girl and your water bottle sounds very cool! If I had one like it, I would take it to work with me.

    I also love your glasses! I wear glasses, too, and I wore them when I was a little kid. I used to not like them when I was little, but I love them now.

    May the force be with you!

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hello,
    I'm a guy, but my wife loves star wars. One year for Christmas I searched and got her all of the original Star wars soundtrack records. This year she is getting more star wars stuff just doesn't know it yet. We even named our little girl after Star wars. Eisliegh after Moss Eisley the star port lol. Star wars isn't a gender based story, its a epic story for all.
    Jonathan

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    Hi Katie! I am so proud of you for wearing your Star Wars shirt to school and doing the things that make YOU feel good. My youngest daughter (who is 5, and also adopted) wanted Toy Story panties this year, but they don't make them for girls. (Can you believe it?) So she got the boys underwear, just because that was what she wanted and she wasn't going to let other people decide what she could or couldn't wear.

    I know LOTS and LOTS of girls and women who love Stat Wars, including me. Hang tough, sweetie!

  • In reply to PoptartKitten:

    hi katie!

    when i was your age i loved star wars. i had star wars figures and wished that i could have a wookiee for a best friend. i was also one of the smart kids. i didn't get to have reading class with the rest of the kids in my grade, i had to go to a fourth grade class. even then, i sat alone at a table at the back of the room because i was ahead of everyone. kids teased me, but i didn't let it bother me. i wasn't going to let them make me feel bad for liking the things i liked or feel bad for just being who i was. no one should ever feel bad for being who they are.

    i tell my kids the same things i am saying to you now. i want them to be proud and not be afraid to be who they are. don't ever stop loving the things you do just because people try to make you feel bad. don't give them the satisfaction. keep your chin up, kiddo. you're not alone.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie - I am also a grown women Star Wars fan. I loved Star Wars from the first time I saw it and it was the first time I saw a strong brave heroine. Princess Leia was smart and brave and I thought she was amazing. Sounds like you are just like Princess Leia smart and brave so you are my heroine too. You truly sound like an amazing kid and your mom sounds pretty awesome too. Good luck and may the force be with you.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie!I registered just to leave a comment for you. I am young man who just turned 30. I work for a bank,go to the gym on a regular basis and Im getting ready to join the military. Do you know what i like to do in my spare time? I like to read comics and collect toys. At my desk at work I have my little action figures of transformers, gi joe and teenage mutant ninja turtles. Some people poke fun and ask me why I have this stuff at my desk. My reply, "because it makes me happy". Do what makes you happy (with your parents permission of course lol) Its ok for girls to like Star Wars so keep using your Star Wars water bottle. A little secret, I also like to listen to Justin Bieber but thats between us shhh dont tell anybody.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Katie,
    I'm more of a nerd-girl, than a geek-girl, but I do like to get my geek on sometimes. I'm a big fan of Firefly and Buffy, and I can't get enough of Harry Potter. :) Don't let anyone tell you that it's not okay to like something because you're a girl. OR that you HAVE to like something else because you're a girl. What's important is knowing what you like and standing up for it. No one else will ever be as awesome as you are, period. You have an awesome mom, and now you have a few million awesome internet friends. Be strong, Katie, and keeping loving Star Wars, no matter what anyone else says.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Dear Katie,
    first of all, I think you are absolutely cool for loving Star Wars. I fell in love with Star Wars when I was an about eight-year-old girl, I'm almost thirty now and I'm still a huge fan. I didn't have a Star Wars water bottle then (though I would have loved to have one :)), but I did have a Star Wars pencil case and I decorated all of my school things with Star Wars pictures I had cut out somewhere. And that was just one of the reasons I got bullied. I considered getting rid of whatever I could that made me different too - including my displays of love for Star Wars. However, that's probably just as cruel as the bullying. Never feel bad about being different, never feel bad about being who you are, because that's the most beautiful thing. Whatever gives you happiness, keep doing that, no matter what anyone says. I hope you'll keep on enjoying your Star Wars love and be proud of it. The boys at school who tell you it's only for boys don't know anything. You are not alone. As you can see, there are many, many female Star Wars fans out there. And we Star Wars girls are awesome.;)

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie! Never be ashamed of the things you love! I've loved Star Wars since I was a little girl, and I got made fun of, too. I know a lot of girls who got bullied, but as adults we're all much happier as "geeks", and strong, and successful. I know it's hard not to care what other people think, but you need to be happy with who you are and not worry about what other people want you to be. The people who really love you and care about you in your life will love you no matter what, and they'll probably love Star Wars, too.
    ~Sue (New York, NY)

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hello Katie! I like Star Wars too, and have ever since I was your age (the first job I remember wanting to have was 'Han Solo', never mind that I was a girl). Star Wars is awesome, and you should never be ashamed of liking what you like, whether it be 'for girls' or 'for boys'. Keep rocking your Star Wars love and don't worry, there are plenty of people who think you are awesome for loving Star Wars and being a girl.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie and Mom!
    I am definitely a girl. Though I prefer grrl, because girls can be tough and mean and fun and sweet and silly. Girls can be whatever they want to be. I have a 6 year old step daughter and we both love Star Wars. In fact, one of her favorite songs is a silly song about Star Wars by Weird Al Yankovic. I think we would both be really happy to see your Star Wars water bottle! It is very cool for anyone to do what they want and not just follow everyone else! Don't worry about what those boys say, because they are probably secretly just jealous that they don't have that water bottle! And one day, those boys will think it is very cool that you like Star Wars too!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie - I'm a 31-year-old woman, who was teased a lot growing up. Having skipped second grade, I was teased relentlessly about being a "nerd" because of my grades. I also wore glasses at a young age, and loved things like Star Wars, video games, reading, and puzzles (plus, I was awful at sports).

    I can tell you, like lots of other commenters before me, that it gets better. I grew up and stayed true to who I was and what I liked - and I found lots of other "nerds" who have remained my lifelong friends and have always accepted me as I am. I even married one, and we now have a 4-year-old daughter named Grace - her favorite thing is Star Wars (she loves the Clone Wars!)

    You are lucky to have a supportive mother and family who love you for who you are, and don't ever want to see you change for someone else. Stay true to yourself and keep your head up!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hello Katie,
    I am not a particularly big fan of the Star Wars movies, but I enjoyed watching them, and having a little brother (who's not so little anymore, he's 18 already) that is a huge fan of Star Wars (he has so many Star Wars stuff in his room, it's quite a mess), I also enjoyed playing Star Wars games with him or by myself (like, when you're older, you should definitely look for Knights of The Old Republic, this role playing game on computer is really nice ^^).
    I felt really touched and saddened at hearing that you are bullied for being different. I wish to tell you, that the fact that you are different, is what makes you unique and priceless. Like Katy Perry I believe everyone is a firework on its own (check out the song lyrics, they are nice :)
    I may not be a fan of Star Wars or having been adopted, but I am a girl and I have worn glasses almost as long as I can remember, and I know how it can be sometimes hard to be different.
    I wish to send you some human warmth and kindness (with some snow, because it's almost Christmas time !) from far far away, Finland where I am right now.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie! I found this link on twitter, star wars caught my eye because I've always LOVED star wars, ever since I was a little girl! My family bought my 2 brothers & I lots of the figurines & ships, we used to set up all of our star wars stuff in the kitchen & play for hours. I laugh every time I remember this one time I got upset: I wanted to be Han Solo, & my older brother told me I HAD to be Princess Leia. "I ALWAYS have to be Princess Leia." It didn't occur to me that I couldn't be Han Solo, I just knew he was the cool one with the awesome ship.
    I'm sorry that you've had to deal with being made fun of at school. It's not easy to face people who have said or done hurtful things, but I am telling you... the greatest gift you can give yourself... is permission to be yourself. Don't change who you are because of what someone else said. So many people go through life without really being comfortable with who they are. I went through school not caring what other kids thought of me, I just decided to focus on having as much fun as possible while getting good grades. It worked! Just try & remember that when someone makes fun of you or tries to hurt your feelings, realize that THEY are the ones who are hurting inside, and don't let them make you feel bad. Stay strong, stay focused on who you are & what you like. Don't change. Have fun!!! These are the years that you will look back on & treasure all of the memories. I pray that God sends you friends to help support you just as you are. Much love from Alaska, Your friend Carmen Hatfield

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie! I'm a 30 year old woman, and I grew up, along with my mom and two brothers, loving Star Wars! I even had a cardboard cut out of Luke Skywalker, and a Star Wars lunch box. My friends and I played Star Wars Trivia Pursuit. I agree with other commenters, I liked the series because it made me happy. But also because it has many important life lessons. In fact, we watched Star Wars in class in high school! Why? Because as Joseph Campbell, the famous writer on mythology described, Star Wars is the perfect example of a hero's journey. A hero's journey is something we all have to go through in life where we are called to challenge ourselves, and at first we don't want to or doubt ourselves (like Luke did!), but then we try and though it is hard and we might fail a couple of times, we don't give up. We know we can do great things. That is the hero's journey for all of us - all of us have to take the journey to love and be ourselves. Though we may doubt, though sometimes it is hard, to be and love ourselves is to be a hero. You are on your own hero's journey, just like Luke Skywalker!

    May the force be with you, it is already inside yourself!

    Court

    http://www.webenglishteacher.com/hero.html
    Check out this link, it is school lessons about Star Wars and the hero's journey and mythology.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Dear Katie,

    I'm a boy, and I've liked Star Wars for as long as I can remember. And do you know why that is? Because Star Wars rocks, and people who like Star Wars also rock.

    More importantly, it's important to be who you want to be, not who you think other people want you to be. If you spend all your time trying to be someone you're not, you'll start getting sadder and sadder as you get older, wondering what your life would have been like if you had only tried to be the person you wanted to be in the first place. And it will be No Fun At All.

    So take your Star Wars water bottle to school. Wear your Star Wars shirt. Play with Star Wars toys if you have them (my favorites are TIE fighters). Don't be ashamed of your glasses (I wear glasses too), having a patch, or being adopted. Be who you want to be, and be proud of who you are. It makes life a nicer thing to live, and it attracts the sort of people who are proud of who they are too.

    -- Kit

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Katie,
    I am a 29 year old mom with 3 small children who will be your age very soon, 2 of which are girls. I am so thankful that you and your mom were brave enough to share your story! It will be so helpful to me when my kids are older and having to deal with these types of things.
    I know that there have been SO many people reaching out and sharing their support with you. I just wanted to add my voice to that mix.
    I am a HUGE fan of science fiction, including Star Wars. My favorite show when I was in high school was The X-Files (it's a pretty geeky science fiction show about aliens.) My peers and friends used to give me a hard time for liking that and not liking all of the "girly" shows that they liked. It was hard sometimes. But I decided that I wanted to be who I was and like what I liked, no matter what. And, as I've gotten older, I have found out that there are A LOT of girls and women out there who like science fiction, just like me!
    Don't ever be afraid to be who you are! You are so brave and so beautiful and you have a very cool mom for doing all of this to help you! You're a very cool kid in my book!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie!

    I don't know if I can say a lot that these other awesome girls and women haven't already said! First off, you sound like a great kid. Your pictures are awesome! You are a gorgeous little girl, you remind me of my little sister Carley[who lives on a farm and runs around in the mud like boys do]. The way your mom talked about you in this article, you can tell she loves you a lot. Trust me when I say that means so much, and it will always be special for you. I love my mom so much, i'm so glad that I have her.
    Anyways, i'm 23. I remember when I fell in love with Star Wars. I had just turned 4, and my brother got the box set for his birthday. We sat around and watched all three of the originals[because that's all there were back then! And I loved it!] and he didn't seem to interested in it. But I was fascinated with them. There was so much going on! I even loved the two ewok movies they came out with - I can't find them now, which does make me a little sad. As I got older and got into school, I was teased about liking Star Wars too. I was told it was a 'boy thing', along with comic books and video games and legos, all of which I LOVED, and still do - until one very awesome boy came up to me one day and started talking to me about the movies. We became best friends over them, and we'd play every day at recess[sometimes we would play Indiana Jones, which was my second favorite series!]. The other boys started teasing my friend Pat for playing with a girl all the time, but he didn't care. He would just ignore them, which is more than most boys that age will do! This made me very happy.
    When I got into middle school, I met my best friend Meg who was also a giant Star Wars and Indiana Jones fan. We would watch either Return of the Jedi[my favorite] or Empire Strikes Back[her favorite]. To this day we are still the best of friends, and we bonded over something as great as those movies. Now that i'm older, a lot of my guy friends think it's so cool that I know so much about those movies, and video games, and comic books. In fact, those things are the reasons we became friends!
    I think one of the hardest things I had to adjust to was just a couple of years ago. I never needed glasses when I was younger, but when I turned 17 I had to get a pair. They made me feel very self-conscious at first, because I was not used to wearing them, but all my friends and family made me feel much better about it by telling me how they made me look smart and cute. But I think your glasses look cuter than mine!
    Anyways, I hope that all of these wonderful women have made you feel better. We're all proud Star Wars fans - I'm proud to even call myself a Geek AND a Nerd!
    If you keep your head held high and be proud of the things you know and love, you will grow to be an amazing, beautiful, strong woman.
    To quote all these awesome women, and the guys that commented and are amazing for the way they think, and my favorite movies of all time,
    'May the Force be with you.'

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Katie. I'm 48 years old and have been bullied most of my life because I don't copy what others are doing, I do what I need to do. Most people copy each other in order to "fit in" and when they see someone doing their own thing, they wish they were doing their own thing too. Those boys aren't really bullying you because you like Star Wars and drink from a Star Wars bottle. Those boys will bully anyone they think won't stand up to them. They're insecure and are trying to prove that they're just as good as you are, or better. I've had to stand up to adult bullies who are just like those boys. They back off when they see your strength.

    You're a leader because you do what you need to do, and don't follow the crowd. Katie, carry that water bottle proudly and know that it's a symbol of your freedom and leadership. When those boys start bullying you, take a drink from your bottle and smile.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie! I'm a grown-up girl, and I like Star Wars too. My mom took me to see The Empire Strikes Back when I was 3, and I've liked those movies ever since. I used to wish for LEGO Star Wars sets when I was your age. I'm sorry that you're getting bullied, and that the boys you go to school with don't understand how cool it is that you like Star Wars. It took me a long time, but when I finally got to college, I found people who appreciated me for who I was and who liked the same things I did. It's been 15 years since then, and those people are still my friends. The people who bullied me when I was little? I haven't seen or thought of them in ages. Just try to hang in there -- and you can always come home from school and watch Star Wars if you need to feel happy again. Take care, kiddo!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie! I hadn't seen Star Wars at your age, but the re-releases came out when I was a year older, in grade 2. I loved them! I had short hair, so I even dressed up as Luke for Halloween! I would have loved your Star Wars water bottle; be proud of it!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Katie, I have a little girl who is crazy about superheros. She went as Robin from Teen Titans for Halloween, and has watched Star Wars with her dad. She's gone through similar teasing (the boys tell her that she can't play superheroes with them because she's a girl, and has since won them over). She refuses to give up on what she loves. You're not alone. Please know that even if your classmates give you a hard time, little girls like you and my daughter make the grown-ups smile with pride. You're true to yourself, and please don't stop because someone wants to make you feel badly. The other kids are just jealous that they can't dream as big as you can.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hello...my name is Jo-Ann...I loooooooove Star Wars...I drive my hubby crazy because I watch it every time it is on t.v..which lately has been often...It is the best show ever made! I think i have seeen each movie at least 100 times..and will watch them a 100 more! Do not be shy to love the things u love..you dont want to be like everyone else..that is boring...your uniqueness is what makes u special from others..never lose your passion for the things that make you happy, carry that water bottle with pride and know you are nto alone..you are part of a worldwide group of people who loooove Star Wars and that make you one heck of a girl with great taste in movies! Hugs and Love to you! xoxo

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Dear Katie,
    I remember watching the original trilogy on VHS when I was about your age (ask your mom what a VHS is, you might be too young to know *lol*) and I fell in love with it. Personally, Return of the Jedi was my favorite part of the trilogy. Boy made fun of me too, and yes I did cry and I felt bad, but eventually I realized that I shouldn't let them make me feel bad.
    I didn't. I kept being myself, and I like the person I became today because I refused to change. It'll be ok, those boys are just probably jealous because you know a lot more about Star Wars than they do. Keep your chin it, and it will all be ok.
    Good luck to you in school and don't forget who you are.
    A beautiful, awesome, amazing young lady is who you are.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hey Katie-

    I'm 46 years old and saw the first Star Wars movie when I was just 13. It was awesome then and it's awesome now. My daughters are 22 and 20 and BIG Star Wars fans. They both love Star Wars and Star Trek and other science fiction movies and TV shows and it is so totally cool that you do, too. I love Star Wars so much that my phone makes R2D2 sounds when I get an email or tweet. How cool is that?

    As my daughters would tell you, it is it fact completely awesome to be a Star Wars fan and a nerd. DFTBA! (Don't Forget to be Awesome!)

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie,

    I'm a 25-year-old woman and when I was in elementary school, some of the kids picked on me...not because I had geeky things but because we were too poor to buy the geeky things I wanted, so I had very old things. It sucked.

    But when I got older, in middle school & high school & then in and after college, I found that even though I don't fit in with everybody I can find really awesome people to be friends with. Some of them are boys and some are girls who are just as geeky as the boys we're friends with. And there are a LOT of us girls who love Star Wars. There's even a store just for women who love Star Wars, it's called Her Universe, because there are so many women who love it that we had to create our own store. So you're not alone, and you're not silly for liking it, you're one of thousands and thousands and thousands of us who think Star Wars and science fiction and other geeky things are cool. :)

    Ruth

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm sure you feel better by now considering all the love you've been getting, but I figured I'd throw in my two cents. I'm a girl, and I got teased when I was your age for liking Star Wars, sports, video games and other "boy" things. I'm 23 now, and I still love those things. As a matter of fact, boys my age tend to think it's awesome that I like those things. You're a girl. Be proud of it. Own it. We girls are pretty fantastic, and we can like whatever we want.

    And Star Wars being a boy thing? Come on. One of the most powerful characters in the movie is Princess Leia. Who kills Jabba the Hutt?

    You're amazing, Katie. Keep on liking Star Wars and being yourself. You're already way ahead most kids your age. You're an inspiration to us all :)

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie! I'm another grownup female Star Wars fans. It's great that you've gotten so many comments, so that when those boys say Star Wars is a "boy thing" you can tell them for sure that it's not!

    As for the glasses, I was so excited to get glasses when I was 8, because I thought that finally I looked as smart on the outside as I felt on the inside! (I was not a very humble child.) And just this week I talked to a college student who was wearing glasses with no lenses in them. She didn't need them to see, but wanted to wear glasses anyway because they're fashionable!

    And here's a weird thing: pink has only been considered a "girl color" since about 1940. Before that, pink was the traditional color for boys and blue was the color for girls. So there's no reason anybody has to stick to those color rules, because they don't really mean anything and they could always change back again!

    Good luck, Katie! Lots of people (women and girls, but also men and boys) are supporting you from afar.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi Katie!
    Not only am I female and I like Star Wars, but I also have a little girl who loves Star Wars. Her absolute favorite character from Star Wars is Darth Vader and last year she even dressed up like him for Halloween! She even wanted a Darth Vader lunchbox for school (we couldn't find one though). I bet she would think your waterbottle is cool.
    Don't let those silly boys get you down, they may not know just how awesome girls who like Star Wars are. Youkeep on being yourself and don't let those mean boys change who you are.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Katie, I'm a grown Star Wars lovin' woman living in New York City. I have Star Wars sheets and Star Wars tennis shoes, and that is just the start of my collection. Those bullying bozos are just jealous and have nothing better to do. Use your Jedi mind trick on them and tell them to STEP ASIDE, there's a new sheriff in town, YOU!

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Hi, Katie. I'm Julie. When I was a little girl, I was different too. Now that I'm grown up, I've figured something out - we're all different. Those of us with courage are different every day, and do things that bring us joy and happiness. Some kids are scared and afraid and pretend to be the same because it makes them feel safe - but they aren't safe, and they don't get to do things that make them happy, either. So you go on with your Star Wars water bottle, and anything else you love, and know deep inside that you're happy, and honest, and doing what you love.

    That's what "real life" and being a grownup is all about, you know - figuring out what makes you happy and finding ways to do that. When those other kids are wandering around in high school trying to 'find themselves' and figure out who they really are, you will already know. Because you're brave and true to yourself. You're doing a great job. Keep up the good work.

    I've always loved Star Wars too. :) And so does my little girl.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    Katie,

    I'm a woman, a scientist, and a Star Trek fan. Like your mom said, it is absolutely OK for you to be different. When my daughter was little, I used to tell her to dance like no one was watching. Just be yourself. She is now a strong, independent junior in high school, who alternates between her Harry Potter lunchbox and her Batman lunchbox.

  • In reply to Megguqt:

    My fiancee, niece, and my soon to be sister-in-law all love Star Wars. My niece's favorite character is R2-D2. My fiancee uses her Boba Fett lunchbox as a purse and she is thinking about making herself a costume that looks like Boba Fett.

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Dear Katie, I grew up just outside of Chicago, and when I was 5 years old, the eye doctor said I needed to wear a patch to correct my vision. I was afraid to even leave the house with that patch on, so you are much braver than I was. Later, I got glasses, and I didn't really like them either, but I have never been able to see very well. Eventually, I got contact lenses, and people started telling me what beautiful eyes I had, but I still remember being afraid that the boys in my neighborhood would pick on me for wearing an eyepatch, but I made it through that time in my life, and I have to tell you, Star Wars is and will always be one of the coolest movies ever made. I know adults who still love that movie, so you go girl, carry that Star Wars water bottle, be who you are, love what you love, and you will be fine.

    P.S. Sometimes boys are stupid, but they grow up, eventually.

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie -- I, too, am a girl who likes Star Wars. My Dad took me and one of my brother to see the first movie (ep. 4) in the theater when I was a little older than you - I think I was 7 or 8 - and it was AWESOME!!! I like Boba Fett best - he has a cool helmet.
    I have a daughter, too, who likes Star Wars and some other things that the girls her age aren't into so much, but the boys are (Pokemon, Captain Underpants, Diary of a Wimpy kid) and it's OK because it's what SHE likes. Your mom sounds pretty awesome, and I hope that these notes help you know it's totally fine for you to like whatever YOU like! I'm glad your mom shared your story, even though it makes me sad ... hang in there!!

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    My son is in Kindergarten and would probably fall madly in love with a girl who liked Star Wars. He's cool like his mom. :) Keep your chin up Katie. You'll be the winner in the end.

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hey Katie,

    When I was your age -- nearly 50 years ago -- and for a long time after first grade, I was treated badly by schoolmates for lots of reasons. I was fat, I talked too much and I liked comics. Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Aquaman and Challengers of the Unknown to be exact. However, my fellow students quieted down and got very polite when they wanted to read my comics. And I still read them them to this very day, which reminds me...

    A year ago, I introduced my lovely granddaughter Zoe, a first-grader in Dubuque, Iowa, who is your same age, to comics. Since then, I can't find enough Power Pack or Fantastic Four books for her to read. And her little brother has fallen in love with all things Batman, even dressing up as him for Halloween.

    Katie: As long as you're true to yourself, people will know and love you for it. Not everyone... but almost everyone, especially those who really matter.

    Much love and happiness to you and your awesome family... Wayne

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie! Wow. we are so much alike! I'm a girl, adopted, and I grew up LOVING star wars! In fact, I hope when I have a little girl, she loves star wars too! You're a fantastic little girl and you should be proud for being so brave and true to yourself! Those boys will come around soon enough. After all, if Star Wars was meant to be just for boys, why are Luke and Han Solo so cute? So listen what everyone else here says and just be yourself! May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie - I am also a grown women Star Wars fan. I loved Star Wars from the first time I saw it and it was the first time I saw a strong brave heroine. Princess Leia was smart and brave and I thought she was amazing. Sounds like you are just like Princess Leia smart and brave so you are my heroine too. You truly sound like an amazing kid and your mom sounds pretty awesome too. Good luck and may the force be with you.

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie!

    My name is Lillian and I'm a Star Wars fan too! I was teased when I was your age too. No matter what happens, never let those mean boys get to you. You should be able to bring whatever water bottle you want to school. Don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise. Keep your head up, we all support you!

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    I loved Star Wars as a kid (still do) and also had to wear a patch. I was teased a lot too in school the only thing you can really do is not care what those boys say. Know that you are awesome and that eventually it will pass.

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Katie, I was 13 when Star Wars hit the theatres. I saw it NINE times. I loved that movie. I know what it is like to be different too in fact when I turned 40 I wrote a book about it and got it published. Maybe someday you will write a book too and we can get people to stop picking on others because we are different.

    P.S. Everyone is different and that is a good thing!

  • In reply to GidgetAnne:

    Hi Katie - I am also a grown women Star Wars fan. I loved Star Wars from the first time I saw it and it was the first time I saw a strong brave heroine. Princess Leia was smart and brave and I thought she was amazing. Sounds like you are just like Princess Leia smart and brave so you are my heroine too. You truly sound like an amazing kid and your mom sounds pretty awesome too. Good luck and may the force be with you.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi, Katie - I'm a 29-year-old girl, and I love Star Wars. When I was your age, I loved Transformers. I even had tennis shoes with Transformers on them (and, yes, I got teased). I stuck with them, though. Keep being the brave girl you already are, and keep loving the stuff that makes YOU happy! :)

    Oh, and I've been wearing glasses since 4th grade, too. I've grown to love my glasses - they're my signature, and I actually look a little odd without them (to my eyes, at least). Keep rocking your pair! There are so many cool women and girls who wear glasses.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hey Katie!

    I'm a 20 year old guy from Ireland and I just read this article. I just wanted to tell you that I think you're so cool for having a Star Wars bottle and bag. I'm such a big Star Wars fan.

    There's always going to be people who try to upset you because you like things that others don't. But trust me when I say that your individuality is a great quality you have, and it will only get better as each year goes past. In my whole life the most interesting and fun people I've met are the ones who were given a hard time for liking things and being willing to show it off.

    I don't know if I've gotten across what I was trying to.. but I just wish that I had friends like you when I was in 1st grade, as I think you sound really cool. Please don't be embarrassed by your bag or drink holder. :)

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Dear Katie,
    When I was a boy, my sister and I both loved Star Wars like you. She was also like you because she had to wear glasses and a patch. My mom made my brother and I wear one of her patches for a whole day once! She wanted us to know what it felt like so we wouldn't tease her about it- and we didn't!
    I bet those boys weren't thinking about how you felt when they were teasing you. Whatever they were thinking when they said those mean words, it sure seems silly when you look at all the nice words people are writing to you now!
    Now that I'm grown up, my sister has a boy, and a girl your age who plays Star Wars with him! We all watch Clone Wars together.
    I know your mommy and daddy are proud of you for being brave enough to be yourself. Keep it up!
    Wyatt

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie,

    I am a 33 year old different girl who LOVES Star Wars. When I played dress up I did not want to be Princess Leia...I wanted to be Hans Solo! You are 110% perfect just the way you are.

    I also have a 5 year old son who loves to watch Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony...and he has a pink cup by his bed because pink is one of his favorite colors. And his little sister likes to wear her Superman cape while she plays. They are also 110% perfect just they way they are.

    Just keep being you and smiling. =-)

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie!

    I think it's great that you love Star Wars! It's been one of my favorite things almost my entire life. I wanted to be R2D2 for Halloween when I was in first grade and carried a little R2D2 action figure with me to school all that year. When those boys tease you, just think about how awesome all those girl Jedi are!

    I made a friend in first grade that liked Star Wars too and we'd play out stories that we'd make up on the bus on the way home so we wouldn't get bored. So who knows, just by wearing your Star Wars backpack, you might find someone that likes it just as much.

    I hope you keep showing off your love of all thing Star Wars. Remember in the movie, all it took was one farm boy to save the galaxy! You might start a trend, and who knows maybe save a galaxy someday.

    May the Force be with you Katie!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie,

    I'm a 30 year old girl, and I've loved Star Wars since a kid. But not just that, I also love movies such as Indiana Jones, ET, Transformers, and all the classic "guy" things. I even played with hot wheels. And I was proud of it. Still am proud of it. So hold your head up high when showing your appreciation for something you genuinely love.

    And you know what? I've a little boy around your age in first grade. He not only likes Star Wars, hot wheels, and other "boy" things but he also loves things that could be classified as "girly" too. Such as Littlest Pet Shop, and Calico Critters.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi there Katie!
    Just wanted to add my contribution to the chorus here! =) I am SO proud of you for having the courage to be different and to stay true to yourself! That is just awesome! Being different is hard sometimes, but it is so important to always be yourself even when it's not easy. You rock that Star Wars water bottle, girl! :D Keep up the good work and know that you have so much support from people who don't even know! How cool is that?!
    You are such a beautiful girl - keep smiling that lovely smile!
    Oh and by the way... you have an amazing Mom! :)
    ~ Best wishes from a grown up girl who never liked pink either ;-)

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Dear Katie,

    I only know a little about you, but you sound a lot like me! My name is Katie, I wear glasses, and I love Star Wars. I remember watching them on TV with my family, and before that, I listened to parts of a radio adaptation of the old trilogy that my dad had taped years before.

    And I used to get teased at lunchtime too, sometimes. I'm allergic to milk, so sometimes I brought food from home that other kids thought was weird (soy milk? eww, weird!), but I learned to shrug it off, and pretty soon they just accepted that as part of who I was. I bet that your classmates will realize that loving Star Wars is part of who you are -- and if they like it too, then maybe you'll have something fun to talk about! Next time they try to tease, maybe just ask one of them who his favorite character is, and share yours. (Mine's Leia.)

    May the Force be with you,
    Katie

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie, I hear you. I'm a girl who loves Star Wars, too. But let me tell you something: you are cooler than you can possibly imagine. Nobody is in the right to tease you about liking whatever you want to like, least of all Star Wars. I've never seen a label on Star Wars that says only boys can like Star Wars. Star Wars was made for everybody to enjoy, and I've honestly never been friends with a girl who DIDN'T like Star Wars, so you're not alone here. Girls all over the world--no wait, girls all over the UNIVERSE--love Star Wars.

    And you know what? Right now it may seem tough because a few boys teased you, but in a few years, you'll look back on this and a few things will occur to you. I know this because the same thing happened to me. First you will be proud of being unafraid to show your love for something. Then you will remember, Star Wars is really cool...and since you were all equipped with your Star Wars accessories, then you must be pretty cool, too. And you know what? You ARE cool. I'm 22 years old, and whenever I walk by a girl your age sporting some Star Wars gear, my friends and I talk about exactly how great we think it is. I know a few boys with big mouths might have teased you about it, but think about how many people think what you're doing is awesome, because that's a much greater number of people. And I'm not lying about talking about this sort of thing with my friends and universally deciding it's very cool. It is VERY cool, make no mistake about it. Don't be afraid to show it. And you know what? You might become a role model for other girls, because like I said, TONS of girls like Star Wars. I bet you MOST girls like Star Wars. Maybe by being brave like you're being, other girls will probably be braver, too. So a few boys are ridiculous enough to think that only boys can like Star Wars. Big deal. In a few years, they'll probably be embarrassed about teasing you for it (because they'll realize they prefer girls who like Star Wars too). And right now, today, there are all these people on this post, and so many more you might never hear from, who think you're just the cat's pajamas. I mean just think about all the girls I pass and see their things and never say anything to them (and maybe now I will)--I always think they're cool. I'm serious, I wish I was as cool as you are.

    So keep being brave, and keep being awesome. You are not alone, and in fact, people admire you for being courageous enough to be yourself (boys and girls).

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie, it's so cool you want to show your Star Wars love. I have a son in second-grade, and he loves Star Wars and would love to have a girl to play with that loves Star Wars as much as you.

    Keep using your Star Wars water bottle.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie!

    I wanted to tell you that I think it's really cool that you like Star Wars and that you got that cool stuff to take to school with you. I'm a girl and I loved Star Wars, too! I even had the some of the Star Wars people to play with like Luke, Han, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and my favorite was R2D2 because his little silver head turned around. One day, boys will think it's cool that you like Star Wars, too.

    Another thing we have in common is that I also wore glasses in the first grade. It was hard because none of my friends wore glasses and it made me feel bad. Now, even though I have contact lenses, I still wear my glasses sometimes because I like them and I like that they make me different. Boys tell me all the time how much they like my glasses and how smart and pretty they make me look. :)

    You may not think so today, but one day, you'll be glad for the things that make you different. One day, you won't want to be like everyone else and then you'll love the things about you that are special to Katie and no one else.

    much love, happiness and hugs to you,

    Krista

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie - I am a 35 year old girl who loves Star Wars! My 8 year old daughter, Olive, loves Star Wars too. She got a (toy) light saber & pretends that she is Obi-Wan Kenobi.

    She told me "Girls can like boy things & boys can like girl things! Boys can act like girls & girls can act like boys." When I told her about what your mommy wrote, she got upset that the boys would say that to you.

    If you like Star Wars, do not be afraid to show it. I know it doesn't feel good when people say things that hurt your feelings or that are mean. But you have got to be yourself! You are awesome, & you are the only one who can show the world just how awesome you are. Own it!

    I also have a 13 year old daughter who is into things that most girls her age aren't into - not Twilight or the Jonas Brothers, but anime & manga. When people at school tell her that she is weird, she just says "Thank you!" because they have paid her the best compliment ever.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie!

    I have a daughter who's one of a set of 8-year-old quadruplets, and she wears glasses just like you. She's the only girl in the whole family, and she loves Star Wars too. She even dressed up as Padme Amidala for Halloween last year. No one gives her a hard time about it, but maybe that's because her brothers won't let them.

    Don't let those boys get to you. Be who you want to be and know that your mom and dad love you for exactly that. We'll all be proud of you too!

    Take care,

    Matt Forbeck
    Forbeck.com

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie! My name is Katie too and I love Star Wars! I got bullied in school as well. I was considered different in my school because I had curly hair and everyone else had straight hair. Several people teased me, and it was a hard time for me. Now I love my curly hair, and others are jealous. I know it's hard to be different when you're in school, but now that I'm older I love being unique. You will too!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hey Katie - I'm a 30 year old girl and I love star wars and I've got friends who are girls who love Star Wars so much they dress up and play Star Wars with their friends every weekend. Don't let the boys get you down and don't let them tell you that Star Wars is only for boys because its not. There are a lot of girls out there who like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings and Transformers and that's awesome.

    Also I'm a librarian who helps boy AND girls find the Star Wars movies and books in my library every week. Boys and girls of all ages, even some old enough to be your grandparents :)

    Also I have glasses too, ever since I was not much older than you. My eyesight is terrible and I can't see anything with out them, so you're not alone with that either. Grab your Star Wars backpack and your cute glasses and wear them with pride. Its ok to be different, we're all a bit different and we all feel alone because of it sometimes. But that's why the internet can be great, you've got a ton of other girls out there of all age who are here to help you :)

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie, it's great you have a Star Wars water bottle to drink out of at lunch. My son is in 2nd grade and loves Star Wars and he would love to have a girl to play with that loves Star Wars as much as you.

    Keep using it. It is awesome.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie,

    You're an awesome girl! I wasn't brave enough to bring the things I liked to school with me. You're such a brave girl!! Keep it up. I'm 32 years old and I love Star Wars. When I was your age I also liked He-Man and She-Ra. Now, I have a husband, and we have a boy and a girl. The coolest girls like Star Wars. The coolest girls and the coolest boys. Those boys must not be real Star Wars fans if they don't know that girls can like it, too.

    Stick with it!!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie,

    My name is Cyn. I'm a woman who loves Star Wars. I was 11 years old when the first 3 movies came out. I remember being very excited to go see them with my dad. I may not be as big a fan of it as you are but you know what, those boys are wrong. Their parents should be ashamed for how they're behaving. Geek/Nerd Girls RULE! You let those boys know that Star Wars is just as much for girls as it is for boys. It always has been and always will be.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Miss Katie,

    When I was a girl about your age, my mommy and daddy took me to the movies to see Star Wars. That was a long time ago (and a galaxy far, far away)! I loved it then, and I love it now. I have been a geek for a very long time!

    People tease for lots of reasons, and sometimes it's just to make themselves feel better or to be just like everyone else. Really, it is their problem and not yours.

    You are doing the hardest thing ever: being yourself! I am very proud of you for being so brave, and I hope that you will carry whatever water bottle you want, always and always.

    May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie!
    We have so very much in common. Just like you, I'm adopted, I wear glasses, and I'm a BIG Star Wars fan! (Luckily, I stopped needing my patch when I turned 7.) When I was younger, I got picked on by boys and girls for these things and a lot more. I went to space camp and band camp instead of cheerleading or soccer camp, and my mom liked to take me to the science museum instead of the nail salon. Guess what? Now I'm in school to be a DOCTOR! And those boys and girls who picked on me? Well, they're not! But you know what? I'm not going to turn around and pick on them because I'm going to have a really cool job in a few years. I was lucky to find a best friend when I was in kindergarten who liked to be different with me, and even though we had rough times, we're still best friends. If you can find one or more good friends who like you BECAUSE you're different, hold on to them! And even if you haven't found them yet, thank your lucky stars that you have a mom and dad who love you so much.
    The Force IS with you!
    Rosie

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie,

    I was your age when Star Wars first came out, and I've loved it ever since. I've gone as Princess Leia for Halloween more times than I can count. Here's a picture of the first time - http://tinyurl.com/prinleia. She's still one of my heros. She's smart, funny, brave, and resourceful. Maybe the boys who were being mean are just insecure because they know she's a better shot than Luke and Han!

    The greatest gift you can give yourself is to be true to yourself. Your passions and interests can take you to amazing places, and bring wonderful people into your life. Don't let anyone else take away the things you love. That can be hard sometimes. When you get sad or scared, talk to your mom. She sounds pretty awesome. And I think you're awesome too!

    May the force be with you.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie:

    hello! my name is Ruby, and i would like to let you know that carrying a star wars water bottle is probably the coolest thing i've ever heard of a girl your age doing. i have grown up in the southern united states, where people who are different are usually given a much harder time than they would normally receive elsewhere. unfortunately, i have been the victim of teasing for nearly my whole life. i'm not very old (only 20!), so i remember what it was like to be your age and be teased for all the boy things i liked! i loved to play soccer and chase and football with the guys, and all the other girls made fun of me; sometimes the boys did, too. but it is important to know that no matter who makes fun of you, no matter what they say, YOUR opinion of yourself is the ONLY ONE that matters. if you love yourself, that should be good enough for you! if you can't love yourself, then you can't love others. remember that, if you can! i would like to share a favorite quote of mine, by dr. seuss, whose books you might have read in school:

    "be who you are, and say what you feel - because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
    :)
    keep your chin up, and i hope you have a wonderful year at school!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    I have a 3 year old daughter that loves to talk about and pretend to be 'Dark Vador'. I hope that she has someone like you to look up to when she gets in the first grade.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie, I saw Empire Strikes back in the movie theater when I was a first grade girl!!! My dad drove me and my sisters to downtown San Diego (it was a long long way) and they actually had lasers and smoke coming out of an enormous screen during the movie! It was so amazing! I will never forget it. I was so scared, but I watched the whole thing (while peaking through my hands). And then I saw Return of the Jedi with my uncle a few years later. I was just as excited (especially because he bought us one of those giant sized buckets of popcorn with extra butter.)

    You know what I was teased about during lunch at school? Beef Relish. My mom would put the leftover roast beef into the food processor with mayo and relish and pulverize it. Then she'd put it in a container in my lunchbox with fork. All the boys would chant, "She's eating DOG FOOD!" (Beef Relish really does look like canned dog food!) And you know what, I loved beef relish so much, I never cared. I couldn't live without that beef relish. :) So kiss your Star Wars thermos and smile. Love is love!!!!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie, you are wonderful just as you are. My step-daughter, who is now in her second year of law school, was and still is such a Star Wars lover that I think she could recite each Star Wars movie from memory. I liked Star Wars too and I think that helped bring us closer.

    You hang in there, and like what you like.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie - I am a 35 year old girl who loves Star Wars! My 8 year old daughter, Olive, loves Star Wars too. She got a (toy) light saber & pretends to be Obi-Wan Kenobi.

    She told me "Girls can like boy things & boys can like girl things. Boys can act like girls & girls can act like boys." She was upset when I told her what your mommy had written about the boys teasing you.

    I know it doesn't feel good when other people say mean or hurtful things, but it is so very important that you be who you are. You are awesome & you are the only one who can show the world just how awesome you are. Own it!

    I have a 13 year old daughter, Zoe, who is not into the same things that most girls her age are into. Rather than Twilight or the Jonas Brothers, she likes anime & manga & classical music (she plays the cello). When people at her school call her weird, she says "Thank you!" because they have just paid her the best compliment ever. She likes being who she is, even if that makes her "weird" to every one else.

  • In reply to annek:

    Your daughter Zoe is just like I was at 13. More girls need to like anime and manga! (And classical music - flute/piano player!)

    I should also add that you are one awesome mommy!

  • In reply to annek:

    Hi, Katie,

    My name is Lynne, and I first saw Star Wars in 1977, when I was 5 years old. Then, they re-released the original one in 1980 before the Empire Strikes Back came out. I cried a lot during the throne room scene when I saw it the second time. I don't know why, but I did. I loved Star Wars so much that I went with 10 other kids from my third grade class to see Return of the Jedi after school during the week that it came out. When the movies were finally re-released in the 90s, I stood in line at the Uptown Theater in Washington DC, for each opening day. I hosted a Return of Star Wars party when The Phantom Menace came out, and traveled into the city again to see it on opening day. When I got married in 2003, the throne room music from the original Star Wars was our entrance music for our reception. That's right, when I turned 30, I met a fantastic guy who loved Star Wars as much as I did! Together, we have Star Wars on VHS, Laserdisc (which you probably have never heard of), DVD in three different versions, and the radio shows on CD. We have Star Wars figurines, dolls, action figures, pez dispensers, coffee mugs, and let's not forget the very large Millennium Falcon. Oh and we have two versions of Boba Fett's Slave I ship--one vintage and one newer--that I bought on ebay. So what I'm saying, is that not only can Girls Love Star Wars, but I happen to think it's REALLY cool to love Star Wars. Our Kids are going to Love Star Wars--both my little boy AND my little girl. There's no getting around it. It's in their blood. Be cool, Katie. Teach the OTHER girls how cool Star Wars is!

  • In reply to annek:

    Hi Katie!

    Guess what? Girls can love space and Star Wars, too! I'm also a girl who loves both of those things, and I also had to wear glasses about your age. I like crafts, so I learned how to make Origami Star Wars planes: http://bp1.blogger.com/_6BciZmal5fE/R9DcVbBqVWI/AAAAAAAAAc0/Buq0R3ofyhs/s1600-h/Photo+5.jpg

    People used to make fun of me for liking "boy" things and wearing glasses, but I now know that "boy" things aren't just for boys. I'm an engineer now, and I get to work on things like rockets and airplanes. We could use more girls like you who love Star Wars, so don't stop showing the world who you really are! You also don't have to stop liking "girl" things if you like them, too. You can still wear dresses and play with stuffed animals--don't let people tell you what you can and can't do just because you are a lovely lady! Good luck, and best wishes. :)

  • In reply to annek:

    Hi, Katie! My name is Pam, and I'm twenty-two years old. I LOVE Star Wars! When I was little, my whole family used to gather around the TV so that we could watch Episodes Four, Five, and Six together. That included me, my sister, my two brothers, and my mom and dad, and we ALL liked them.

    The nicest guy I know was adopted when he was a baby. He even had a different name when he was born than the one he uses now! How many people do you know that have two sets of names?

    In fact, when my brother Brian was a little younger than you are now, he had to wear a patch, too! He looked just like a pirate.

    Besides which, Princess Leia and Padme are both girls. If Star Wars isn't for girls, why are such cool girls in the movies?

    May the Force be with you, young padawan. :)

  • In reply to annek:

    Katie! I'm a woman and I love, love, love Star Wars. It's the coolest. I've liked it since I was your age and went to the theater to see the original three movies. My favorite character is Yoda. Keep being who you are; be true to yourself. You're awesome, Miss Katie! :)

  • In reply to annek:

    Katie, one day you're going to look around you and discover that you're grown up. If you're lucky, when you look around you'll see a few people that you call your friend that you called your friend fifteen or twenty years ago. Most people aren't. Life is hard. Kids? They are often cruel, mean, hurtful, spiteful little beings. My five year old son would tell you that they suck. He's right - kids often do suck. I'm not sure why, but I know that it'll get better.

    Life your life. Do things that make you happy. You don't have to be friends with everyone, but you should be nice. Carry your water bottle to school if you want, but don't let some boy's nasty comments stop you from something if you really want to do it. Sometimes you'll find that it's not worth your effort to do something, and that's okay too. Make sure, though, that it's YOUR choice, not someone else's.

    Keep talking to your mom - although it doesn't seem like it sometimes, she'll be your best friend one day. Keep your head up, a smile on your face, and know that there's other people out there that enjoy the same things that you do. You'll find them.

  • In reply to annek:

    Hi Katie! My god-daughter's name is Katie too, she's only 4 though. You've gotten so many responses and they make me feel better too! Like a lot of other women who have written to you, I was your age when the first Star Wars movie came out. I loved it so much! We used to play Star Wars at school and in our yards all the time. I always wanted to be Boba Fett (the bounty hunter - a boy), because I thought he was fun to play and I didn't want to be a princess. I used to get teased a lot, and not just because I wanted to be Boba Fett or that I liked to play with cars and would rather climb a tree than play house. My family was very different, the food I ate was different, and I dressed differently too. To make it worse, I didn't act or talk like most of the other kids in my neighborhood either. The funny thing is that I never wanted to actually be any different than I was, I just wished there was some way my food could still taste the way it did when my mom made it, but maybe look like the pb&j my friends were eating. Or that my clothes had the brand names, but were still as colorful and comfortable as the ones my grandmother made for me. I was really lucky that I had parents who cared about me as much as your mom cares about you and they helped me understand that really it was better that I be myself rather than try to be what other people wanted me to be. In the long run I ended up with really amazing people in my life who loved me just how I was. My best friend is the same best friend I've had since I was nine and my favorite part about all my friends is the little ways they are different from me and bring rich experiences to my life. And by the way, now people can't wait to eat the food I make... although I'm still a little fashion challenged, but oh well.

    One of the best things about this world we live in is all those things that make us all so different, and at the same time so human. Celebrate who you are, appreciate others for who they are, and hang onto that beautiful self-confidence, it will serve you well.

  • In reply to annek:

    Hi Katie!

    Guess what? Girls can love space and Star Wars, too! I'm also a girl who loves both of those things, and I also had to wear glasses about your age. I like crafts, so I learned how to make Origami Star Wars planes: http://bp1.blogger.com/_6BciZmal5fE/R9DcVbBqVWI/AAAAAAAAAc0/Buq0R3ofyhs/s1600-h/Photo+5.jpg

    People used to make fun of me for liking "boy" things and wearing glasses, but I now know that "boy" things aren't just for boys. I'm an engineer now, and I get to work on things like rockets and airplanes. We could use more girls like you who love Star Wars, so don't stop showing the world who you really are! You also don't have to stop liking "girl" things if you like them, too. You can still wear dresses and play with stuffed animals--don't let people tell you what you can and can't do just because you are a lovely lady! Good luck, and best wishes. :)

  • In reply to annek:

    Hi, Katie. My name is Heather and I am a 35 year old woman who likes a lot things are supposed to be for boys. I played with my legos for hours and now I'm thrilled I get to play with them with my little boy. I also love math, science, and animals (esp dinosaurs). I even went to school to study bats! Now I teach about these things. I'm also the mom that catches frogs in the backyard and all the boys think that is cool.

    I think these boys are just jealous that you have such a cool water bottle. Just do what you want to do and someday these boys will figure out what they really want to say.... that you are cool and they want to play Star Wars with you!

  • In reply to annek:

    Katie,
    I've always liked "boy" toys, movies, and books. And I also got my glasses when I was in elementary school. I think we're alike in a lot of ways, but you're different from me in one very important way.

    It's easy to go along with the flow and do what everyone else does. It's very hard, and takes a lot of bravery to follow what you like no matter what people say.

    At home I could play with Lego's, watch He-man and Star Wars, and all those other "boy" things. But at school I gave in to what was expected of me by the other kids.

    You are much, much braver than I was. I know your mom and dad are very proud of you, and you should be proud of yourself!

  • In reply to annek:

    Hi Katie! I have loved Star Wars since I was your age, and I always wanted to be Princess Leia. I still love Star Wars. In fact, for my 32nd birthday this year, my husband bought me an AT-AT. Don't ever let anyone discourage you from something you love. For every person that says something negative to you, there are at least two more who think you're cool. You are unique, and that's awesome!

  • In reply to annek:

    Hi Katie! I was younger than you when Star Wars first came out, and I have loved it ever since. The first thing I asked for was my own Darth Vader action figure, and I still have him! I even write Star Wars stories sometimes. My best friend is a girl and she loves Star Wars so much she used to sleep with her toy rancor! My mom likes Star Wars too. My sister likes Star Wars and dressed as Princess Leia for Halloween. In fact, all my girl friends like Star Wars. Because awesome girls like awesome stuff, and Star Wars is awesome. And so are you.

  • In reply to annek:

    Hey Katie! I'm a Star wars fan too! I remember the first time I went to a Star Wars film was when I was in first grade. I was so tired I fell asleep during the movie. I woke up to the sound of Jabba talking and laughed. It's okay to be different. Take it from me, the only red head in the family. sometimes it can be hard but pull through. COURAGE! (;

  • In reply to annek:

    Katie,
    I know exactly what that's like. For me it was my extensive pokemon collection. The boys all made fun of me, to the point where they stole my card binder from my cubbard and threw it in the boys bathroom trash can. It hurt my feelings so bad, and I never told my parents about what happened. But the next day one of the boys came up to me and gave me the binder. He and his mom and cleaned it up after he found it. He said he thought it was really cool that I had such a large collection, and he told me the reason all the guys made fun of me is because they were jealous. their parents wouldn't buy them pokemon cards, and they didn't think it was fair that mine did. Boys are just silly. And now that I'm older, and I fully embrace all the "boy" things I like- I've been collecting hot wheels since I inherited my brother's old collection for another example. I also always have guys wanting to be my friend because they can relate to me through things like star wars, or comic books, or anime. It hurts, a lot. I know. But know that they're just so jealous of how TOTALLY awesome you are!

  • In reply to annek:

    Dear Katie,

    I don't know whether you know this, but the Star Wars universe goes beyond the six movies; there have been dozens of books and comic books written about the events before, during, and after those movies. Some of the best of those books have been written by women. That's right--not only do those women like Star Wars, but they were PAID to make up Star Wars stories! Search Amazon for "Star Wars tie-in books" and you'll find authors named Jude, Kerrie, Christie, and Valerie. Maybe you'll be one of them someday.

    Don't forget that there are women in the Star Wars movies, too! I bet Carrie Fisher and Natalie Portman would be really proud of you for being yourself and not letting the other kids get you down.

    You're very brave to go to school every day knowing that you're different from the other kids. They're all different too, in their own ways, but they may not be as aware of it as you are. I hope that all the support you've been getting helps you to feel good about yourself, and also reminds you to be kind to the other kids when you find out about the things that make them different. Sooner or later, everyone gets that nervous feeling and is scared of being teased or snubbed. If you see someone else being teased, I hope you'll find a safe way to stand up for them and tell the other kids--and their parents, and your teachers--that teasing someone for being different is never okay.

    May the force be with you!

    Cheers,
    Rose
    a female Star Wars fan in New York City

  • In reply to annek:

    Hello Katie!

    I'd like to tell you a story...
    I was homeschooled until fifth grade and it was very difficult for me to fit in after so long of having only fantasy and sci-fi books for company. No matter what I did, I didn't seem to fit in...

    one night in 7th grade, I was laying my clothes out for the next day of school. I put out jeans and a t-shirt, and I said to myself "ugh, I hate these clothes... I hate jeans." and it's true, I do. I prefer long skirts and dresses. And then I asked myself- "Why am I wearing these if I hate them?" The answer was "To fit in..." and I said to myself "But... I'm not fitting in wearing these clothes that I hate.... you know what? I'm going to wear what I want!"

    And the next day, I wore a long purple dress that looked like something straight out of a Disney movie. I got a lot of "What are you WEARING?!" ... but a lot of "oh... I like your dress!" too.

    And from then on, I've never cared what people thought of me. I wear what I like, I read what I like, and the people who matter don't care about it at all- they like me for me, not how I dress or what I do.

    I hope you learn this too- it's a wonderful feeling not to worry about what people think of you.

    Oh, and I like Star Wars too! When I was your age I used to imagine that I was friends with Anakin Skywalker. Before he turned to the Dark Side of course. I proudly call myself a geek, and I have lots of friends who are all girls and geeks. My boyfriend is a huge Star Wars fan too, and we sit together and watch the movies and quote lines back and forth. We made the Death Star out of chocolate together and ate it for dessert one night (complete with green sugar lasers!)

    Basically, never give up on something you love because of what other people say. <3 May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to annek:

    First of all...remind the boys that your parents chose you out of all the children out there and their parents had no choice about them....but not to perpetuate bullying with snippy comebacks, you are loved and that is the first most important thing, by the people who will be with you throughout your life...these children will move on to their own lives somewhere else. Second, as a member of the 501st Legion, the world's largest Star Wars fan club with over 5000 members world wide, you are more than welcomed to carry any Star Wars goodies you like....it's not just for boys anymore and really it never has been. I have been a fan since 1977 when it first hit the screen and I have been a sci-fi fan forever. I read comic books, spy novels, climbed trees, skateboarded, played sports, like cars and done many traditional "boys" things my whole life. I have also been a wife and a mother and done all the girl things too. Your only limitations should be your own imagination. Remind these little boys that many great nations have risen under queens and female leaders, there are women soldiers, astronauts, athletes, and what not and that they need to get their heads on straight and remember....some day...you may be their boss. Rock on Katie. You are awesome and they are intimidated by how awesome you are.

  • In reply to annek:

    Hey, Katie-wanna know a secret? All the silly things that other kids tease you for now, are the same things that will make you a stronger, kinder person as you grow. I was teased for my interests as a kid and now I spend one weekend every year surrounded by people that enjoy the exact same things as me at convention in Atlanta, GA. I've also met some of my best friends because of our shared "nerdy" interests. Plus, all the things that I loved when I was younger and was teased about (Buffy, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars!), are now considered way cool in my adult life. I was a trendsetter :) Keep your head up and know that you are an amazing, unique person!

    And, Carrie, it sounds like you have an awesome kid! Continue to help her embrace all of her interests and she will amaze you!

  • In reply to annek:

    Katie, I LOVE Star Wars! When I was young I watched all three of the first movies cuddled up with my dad on the couch! I LOVED the Ewoks and the Wookiees because they were fuzzy and cute. I also thought that Han Solo was a really neat guy. We even had two cats named Leia and Chewy. My favorite game is my Lego Star Wars game for the Wii and two of my female friends and I went to a Star Wars exhibit in Minneapolis a few years ago and it was so much fun! You know what? I even have postcards with Boba Fett on the refrigerator! They are super cool!

    Those boys are silly! You can tell them all about all the cool ladies all around the world that like Star Wars too!

    P.S. I'm a little jealous of your Star Wars backpack! I would show it off at school with pride!

  • In reply to annek:

    Hi Katie,

    I am a mom and a grandma who loves Star Wars! I am 50-years-old and saw the first Star Wars movie when I was 17-years-old. Guess how much I paid to see it in the movie theatre? Just $1.00! Guess how many times I went to see it with my girlfriends? FIVE TIMES! That's right! All of us girls LOVED Star Wars when we were teenagers.
    I raised my children to love Star Wars too. When my two daughters were little and my son was little, they all had Star Wars toys. I believe that there is no such thing as "girl toys" or "boy toys." That sounds pretty boring to me. I think you should play with whatever you are interested in playing with. That's what I raised my kids to believe in.
    I now have two granddaughters, Desiree, who is 10, and Zoe, who is 7. Zoe especially loves Star Wars, Batman, and Spiderman. I bet you and Zoe would be great friends, Katie.
    Star Wars is awesome and so are you. May the Force be with you!

    Your Star Wars loving grandma friend,

    Lisa

  • In reply to annek:

    Hi Katie,

    I used to be picked on because I'm different, too. I'm small, 5' tall. Even now adults sometimes talk to me as though I'm missing something because I'm small, but I've come to like being different. I can't imagine being anyone but who I am. There are a couple of books that I read to my kids about how it's OK to be different. One is Tacky the Penguin and the other is William's Doll. You might like them, too. And, my username Jedlight which I use everywhere is a contraction of Jedi light, because Jedi are cool!

  • In reply to annek:

    Dearest Katie,

    We have so many things in common! I am now 26, but when I was young, my dad joined our family and adopted me. I wear glasses too and like to collect them in fun colors. Ever since I was a kid, I have loved Star Wars! Sometimes boys teased me about liking, wearing, and doing

  • In reply to annek:

    Hi Katie!
    I am a girl and have loved Star Wars since I was a kid! Now, my kids, a girl and a boy, love Star Wars too. Please don't let children, or anyone you meet in your life, get to you when it comes to what you think of yourself or what you do. You stay strong and hold your head high because you are a beautiful girl and you have a beautiful mom. God made people different just like he made the different colors of the rainbow, and every different snowflake. That is what makes each person unique and special. I'm sorry that you were teased, and I know that it hurt you. It will make you stronger. Unfortunately, there are some children and adults that just don't have beautiful souls, and for some reason it makes them feel good to hurt others. You just forgive and move forward in life knowing that it really isn't 'you', because the perosn being mean is usually hurting on the inside for whatever reason. You are a beautiful girl, and you aren't 'different', you are special and unique in your very own amazing way. Lots of love to you and your family! And may the force be with you.....always!
    ;-D

  • In reply to annek:

    Dear Katie,
    My daughter is also in first grade and loves star wars! She watches the clones wars and Ashoka is her favorite jedi.Like you she has star wars lunch box,toys and clothes.The boys tried to tell her once that she didn't know star wars.She turned around and let them know she knew a lot more than them.Those boys now love to play stars wars with her.Don't let those boys get the best of you. You and your mom need to check out heruniverse.com It is a website for girls, with cool clothes and etc.It was put together by the girl who does the voice of ashoka.Star wars has lots of strong girls.Our love and prayers for you and your mom.May the force be with you little one!

  • In reply to annek:

    Katie,

    I'm a 22 year old female, and I've liked Star Wars since I was around 8. I was 5'10'' by the age of 12, liked boyish things, and was just generally awkward. Kids at school would make fun of me. In high school I had a card board cut out of Anakin Skywalker and a pet frog named "Kenobi". But I found a group of friend that loved me for me! And no one else really mattered! When Star Wars Episode III came out on DVD, my friends and I watched all 6 Star Wars movies in a row. So don't get depressed about what other people think. You are just too cool for them!

  • In reply to annek:

    Katie - I love Star Wars (and now Clone Wars because of my 3 kids). I was the only girl on my brother's little league baseball team and I played sports all through school. But, those things didn't define who I am as a person. And, your water bottle doesn't define you either. We all have unique abilities to discover, develop and share with the world. Standing up for what you believe in, even if it starts just with a water bottle, is a wonderful characteristic and it will serve you well as you get older. We like Star Wars so much because it encourages doing what's right, believing in something and helping others. I will be praying for you!

  • In reply to annek:

    Hi Katie -

    When I was your age, I read a book about astronomy and decided right then and there that I wanted to work in the space program and study planets and be an astronomer and a pilot. Which made me very different from most of the classmates I had at school. I held onto that goal, and worked for NASA for 20 years and am now the director of an observatory (see www.mmto.org), as well as the owner of a plane with my husband. Along the way, Star Wars came out (when I was grown), and I thought it was amazing then and think it is amazing still. Like you, I got teased a lot when I was younger. Keep your strength of character and enjoy all the wonderful things in life, like Star Wars!

  • In reply to annek:

    Hey Katie! I hope you're feeling better now after all the comments you've received. I've loved Star Wars too for a very long time. When the boys try teasing you again, remember that Princess Leia is obviously Not A Boy, and she certainly was different from everybody else!

    It's easier to say than to do, but try and not let those boys make you feel bad. There are lots of us out there who like the same things you like, and we're all girls! Those boys don't know what they're talking about.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a 38 year-old girl and I went and saw the very first Star Wars movie when it came out when I was in Kindergarten, and I have loved Star Wars ever since! As you probably already know from these notes, there are LOTS AND LOTS of girls that really like Star Wars and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.

    Enjoy that Star Wars water bottle and ignore anyone that says that Star Wars isn't for girls. It's for everyone!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie, I'm a woman and I LOVE Star Wars! I've loved it since I was quite young. That's awesome that you love it too. Don't let anyone ever tell you what you can or can't like. Trust me, liking Star Wars makes you a very cool young lady, and while those boys don't realize it now, it will make you even MORE super awesome when you're a teenager or woman.

    Hang in there, honey! You are wonderful!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    I'm a woman and a Star Wars fan. And my 5-year old daughter is a Star Wars fan too. Some days, I let her play with my lightsabers... they're the fancy ones that make noise as you move them. I recently told her that if she focuses really well at her karate class (another thing that's supposed to be for boys), I'll let her use them for her sword practice.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie, when you are older the guys will adore the fact that you like Star Wars. Keep that thermos!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    hola, katie. my name is daniela, but everyone call me "nani". i'm from Venezuela, a country in south america. see how far had your story come? amazing, huh? :) actually I got here because Alyssa Milano (the actress) posted this on twitter, so hey, you

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie! I am 44 years old and I love Star Wars! (Loved it when it first came out...yes dear, I am ancient. Like Yoda, with better moisturizer...) You can love any toys, any characters, any games, any songs - anything!! I have a 4 year old little boy who loves Dora (was one of his first words) - and I tell him every day - you can play Dora anytime you want. You know why? it makes you happy - that is what we grown ups forget sometimes...that we are allowed to be happy and not worry about what other people think. If you make it to New York, you and my son would have a great time. (I bet you are better with a light saber than all of those boys as well...)

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hey Katie,

    I thought it'd be pretty cool if more guys wrote to tell you how awesome it is that you like Star Wars. When I was a little boy I wore glasses, and I liked to play on computers a lot. People used to tease me a lot because of that. Now that I'm grown up my job is to work on computers and everyone wants to know me to help them fix their computers. Don't let those other boys get to you. They're just jealous that you know what you like and and you're not afraid to show it. That's scary to little boys because they aren't always sure what they like. You wear and carry any Star Wars stuff you want PROUDLY! Someday those boys won't be so scared of you, they'll want to be your best friend.

    Stay strong kiddo, and always be yourself!

    --Serp

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie! I'm not a super big fan of Star Wars but I do like watching that "Star Wars: the Clone Wars" cartoon on television, and I'm a grown-up woman, even!

    When I was younger, I loved Star Trek (which usually isn't considered as cool as Star Wars). I used to get teased a lot for liking Star Trek, but I really liked watching the show together with my family so I just ignored what kids at school said about it.

    There are girl heroes and girl Jedi Knights in Stars Wars too, so it's totally NOT just a "boy thing."

    I really admire your bravery! And you're very lucky to have such a supportive mom!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Dear Katie,
    Have the courage to be unique. Being true to yourself might be hard sometimes, but don't deny part of what makes you special just to please others. I have loved Star Wars most of my life. I was also a little girl that liked GI Joe and Indiana Jones. In high school I got made fun of for carrying a purse shaped like a fish, but I didn't stop carrying it because I loved it. In fact, I still have it. Star Wars is cool, and those boys who make fun of you will realize that you're a cool girl for liking it one day, and if they don't, well, then it's their loss. Don't let them bully you into being anything less than you. Now, I happen to like pink, but I'd rather carry the Star Wars bottle if given the choice.

    May the force be with you,
    Liz Ashe

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Dear Katie,

    Greetings from another Star Wars loving Katie (albeit a Kate) in New Jersey. I may cook and knit, but I also like sports, Doctor Who, Star Trek, computers, technology, and a lot of other not typical girl things - and my boyfriend thinks it's really cool. You will find friends that will feel the same way and think you're AWESOME for being who you are and being true to yourself, I promise you that.

    Always be proud of who you are and your interests and talents, even if they are outside of what others tell you are "normal." They make you - you. One of my friends in college said, "Be yourself, no one else is going to be." And he was so right.

    Hold your Star Wars water bottle high every day. Because you rock, and your parents rock.

    With love,

    Kate
    New Jersey, USA

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie!
    I'm 27, a HUGE Star Wars fan, and a girl. I've been playing with Star Wars toys since 1st grade. I also wear glasses and am adopted. I used to be blonde, like you, but now my hair is pink (it's been pink, blue, green, orange, purple, and more).
    I used to get teased in school when I was younger, too, but don't let anyone stop you from doing what you want to do. It's hard to be different sometimes, but most of the time, it's just fun.

    In fact, now that I'm in college, I've found so many other geeky friends. One of my projects in a class is Star Wars related! We're taking Romeo and Juliet and making it all Star Wars. If you don't think that's funny now, you might in a few years.

    Here's a picture, I do costuming too: https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B3N4SbLaEwSmNDA1MDQ3NWMtMWE1MS00YTU0LWEzNmUtNmViMjQ3M2ZhMTc1&hl=en&authkey=COGP2Hw
    That's me, in full Star Wars armor (Boba Fett is my FAVORITE), complete with two lightsabers.

    So, don't let anyone bully you. They're stupid. You should like what you like! It's a tough galaxy, but you can get by.

    *hugs*
    ~Brenna

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi there, Katie. I feel your pain, chickie-poo, but you'll find out some day liking Star Wars is going to make you the coolest chick in the room. My husband and I have been married for 13 years, as of last August, and he and I both love it - so much, the bride and groom on our wedding cake were Princess Leia and Boba Fett action figures! I was picked on for being weird when I was your age. I played Dungeons & Dragons, and people said AWFUL things about it sometimes, and it hurt me. There's a song you can find through google, "Geek & Gamer Girls" song - by Team Unicorn. They're four beautiful girls who LOVE Star Wars, Comic books, video games - all the really FUN stuff that us girls aren't supposed to like. When I hear that song, it almost makes me cry, because it's all about how girls like YOU and ME are the BEST girls in the WORLD.

    HUGS - and stay weird. It's more fun.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie,

    I'm a girl, and guess what, not only am I a big star wars fan, but I also like video games. Not Barbie but the fun ones where you get to run around and do all sorts of things. And guess what, I work on them every day! I even got to work on a really cool star wars game a few years ago. People used to tease me and tell me I couldn't like any of that or be good at it because I'm a girl, but I'm one of the best now and everyone who used to make fun of me tells me they were wrong.

    I wear glasses too you know. I can't see very far without them, and even when people say it's dorky, you know what I tell them? They make me look smarter!

    I'm so happy that there's little girls like you out there who still love Star Wars. It's good to be different from other girls you know, it makes you stand out, and you should be proud of who you are, I know I'm awful proud of you for being able to stand up to those boys and keep enjoying things you love even if they don't want you to.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Darling Katie,

    You hold your head up high and don't let those boys get you down.

    I love Star Wars! I've even got a friend who just got the new R2D2 Droid (that's a really cool cellphone). She'd been waiting to get her new phone 'cause she knew it was coming out.

    She and I are both major geeks! (we love science fiction shows, computers and all kinds of things that some people might consider "boy things").

    But you know what? As cool as her phone is? I bet she'd love to have that rockin' Star Wars water bottle you have.

    You keep being yourself little one. There are all kinds of people who think you're uber-fantastic just the way you are!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie,

    My name is Cyn. I'm a woman who loves Star Wars. I was 11 years old when the first 3 movies came out. I remember being very excited to go see them with my dad. I may not be as big a fan of it as you are but you know what, those boys are wrong. Their parents should be ashamed for how they're behaving. Geek/Nerd Girls RULE! You let those boys know that Star Wars is just as much for girls as it is for boys. It always has been and always will be.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie!!

    I'm 23, a girl, and I like Star Wars too!! There are a lot of things I like that other girls don't like: comic books and superheroes, video games, baseball, and anime. I wear glasses too, and I think it's totally okay to like different things. I wear my Wonder Woman shirt around sometimes and even if people look at me funny, I don't care because it's something I love. Don't feel bad sweetheart, there are a lot of girls just like us!! =]

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a 20 year old girl, and I have a lot of things in common with you. I've had glasses and very very bad eyesight since I was your age. I didn't always fit in with the other kids, because I liked "boy" things, and I was always bigger and taller than the other girls. I liked Sonic the Hedgehog, Transformers, and Pokemon-- what the BOYS liked. My favorite Disney movie was "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"-- no princesses for me! I wanted to go on adventures to the bottom of the ocean. I liked to help my dad build things or work out in the yard with him, or take scrap to the recycling yard-- not girly things! I liked science fiction and fantasy novels and movies instead of romances, I liked scary movies best. I read comic books and liked superheroes better than pop stars or princesses. I used to have lightsaber battles with sticks in the front yard with my friend, until we started playing Dr Who!

    Yes, I got teased a lot. I didn't fit in with the other girls OR with the boys. But don't change yourself for anyone else. Love who you are, do what your heart wants. You may seem alone now, but when you get older, you will find so many people like you! They are out there. It took me a lot of years of trying to hide who I was to learn these things. I still get weird looks from people when I wear a Frankenstein t-shirt or when I buy Star Wars bed sheets at the store or when I buy comic books-- or when I tell people I draw comics! It can be hard to not let them get to you-- and it's okay if they do. Sometimes, people are mean. But the people who treat you like that shouldn't be your friends anyway. Surround yourself with good people and good friends. Be kind and compassionate to the people you care about. Take care of yourself!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie -
    This probably won't mean much to you at the age you are now, but when you are college age, the boys are going to LOVE that you know Star Wars (or any other "boy" movies or characters) - they will thing you are totally cool. It's true.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hello, Katie!

    I'm a girl and I LOVE "Star Wars"! I was 13 years old when the movie first came out in 1977. It was the best movie I ever saw!! When I was in first grade, I loved to watch "Star Trek" and "The Twilight Zone" on television, because they had stories about people and places that don't really exist in the real world.

    I love stories about things that aren't real. Anybody can make up stories about real things, like horses or France. But only very smart people can make up stories about things that don't really exist, like space ships and aliens!! You must be really smart if you like those kinds of stories! :D

    My favorite character is Princess Leia, because she does what she wants and doesn't care what anybody else says! She tells Han and Luke what to do, and they listen to her! I bet she would carry any water bottle she wanted to, even if they teased her a lot about it!

    Who is your favorite character in "Star Wars?" What kind of water bottle do you think they would carry? What would they do if someone teased them about it?

    I know it's very hard to think of something to say when somebody is being mean or teasing you for being different from them. Just remember that there are a whole lot of people in the world!! Just because your friends don't see someone else that likes what you like, it doesn't mean that we aren't out here! There are millions of girls who like "Star Wars". "Star Wars" isn't just for boys. It's for all smart people! And we're very happy that you like "Star Wars" too! I hope you carry your "Star Wars" water bottle everywhere you go!!

    Your friend,
    Lisa G

    P.S. I wear glasses, too. It used to make me sad when people would tease me about it. But if I don't wear my glasses, I bump into things, and that hurt even more than being teased! So now I'm proud to wear my glasses all the time, to show how smart I am -- smart enough not to bump into things! :D

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi, Katie. I'm Jake. I heard about your story, and I had to create an account so I could tell you something. I LOVE Star Wars, and I'm old enough that I saw Star Wars when it was first in the movie theater. I loved Star Wars so much that I had Star Wars WALLPAPER! But you know what? My wife was taken to the movie by her older sisters a bunch of times. One night after we were married, we were watching Star Wars together. She knew ALL the lines! I was SO jealous, and she teased me (in a playful way) that she knew Star Wars better than I did!

    Then I found out that she STILL had a Star Wars PILLOW CASE!!! She laughed so hard when she saw how jealous I was that she sleeps with it EVERY NIGHT! Little things like that make me love her SO MUCH!!!

    You seem like such a sweet little girl, and we wish we had a daughter JUST LIKE YOU!

    May the Force be with you, Katie, ALWAYS!

    Your friend,
    Jake

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Dearest Katie,

    The force is strong with you young padawan and the fact of the matter is that these silly boys are just jealous! I don't know about you, but R2-D2 was always my favorite (...okay maybe C3PO too)

    Katie, you are wonderful, amazing, beautiful and intelligent girl. No one can ever take that away from you. Please don't ever forget that.

    May the force be with you!

    - Ali

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi, Katie. I first saw the original Star Wars when I was 5 years old, and I thought it was amazing. It had such an affect on me that now, years later, I can still remember the theater I sat in to see all three of the original trilogy. I can still remember playing with my action figures and taking my giant Millenium Falcon into the bathtub with me. Now, as a mom, I see my two boys play with lightsabers in the same way that I played with my own lightsaber. I know how much joy Star Wars brings to them, because I know how much joy it brought me.

    I know it hurts when people make fun of you for being different. I had to deal with that from an early age. People teased and bullied me for a number of different reasons. But what helped me get through was realizing that I had friends who liked me as I was, that I had family who loved me as I was. Always remember that people love you for being the wonderful person you are.

    Stay strong...

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie!! My name is Vanessa Cariddi, and I am a professional opera singer, and HUGE STAR WARS fan!! Actually, I really like all different kinds of science fiction. My job consists of getting dressed up in fancy dresses, with beautiful jewelry and lots of fancy makeup, and then when I'm done with work, I go home and watch movies about outer space and aliens!! And even though I know it can be hard to feel different ( know, because I got made fun of a lot for liking science when I was a kid), PLEASE BELIEVE ME when I tell you that one day you are going to really value that about yourself. There are a lot of people in the world who are nice, and normal, and... kind of boring!! And good for them. But you know what? Most of THEM wish that they could spend one day of their lives being interesting and DIFFERENT!! Just like you!! My advice is to stay close to your mom, who obviously loves loves loves you, and to CHOOSE your friends - I bet there are other kids who like Star Wars who think it's cool. And I promise you, someday when you actually **like** boys, they will be SO EXCITED to have a girlfriend who thinks Star Wars is cool. Or so says my wonderful husband :) Keep your chin up - it will get better!!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hey there Katie! I'm a 29 year old girl and I have always been a fan of science fiction and fantasy. I used to watch Star Wars with my dad all the time! I still watch it and love it. And I didn't care when I was little if other kids thought I was weird, because it was what I loved. Today I'm married to a fellow geek who's actually working on a Star Wars game! How cool is that? And by the way... I've never liked pink, hehe. So chin up and let those boys be dumb, because when you're older they will think you're way awesome since they just can't realize it now.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie, believe it or not, I am woman and I love, love, love Star Wars (my mother took me to see it when I was a year old back in 1977). We watch all 6 movies on Christmas as part of our tradition. I was friends with some boys when I was your age, we pretended to be the characters from Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi it was the best time we had :) Lots of hugs to you, sweetie. Don't worry about the water bottle; who knows, when you're older it might be a collectible and the boys will wish they had one.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie,

    I've been a Star Wars fan since I was about 12 years old. I have a huge collection that's even been on display at our local library. In fact, they liked my collection so much, they had me display it twice! I dressed up as Queen Amidala for Halloween in high school, and even at the Colorado renaissance festival. There is absolutely nothing wrong with liking Star Wars. It's awesome! In fact, I think you are pretty awesome for liking it.

    Being true to yourself is very important. Don't let anyone get you down for liking what you like.

    -Ashley

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    I'm a big Star Wars fan! I went as Princess Leia for Halloween last year. Everyone kept telling how awesome I looked. I felt like a celebrity for a day!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hey Katie you rock on with that water bottle! My little girls, ages 5 and 3, carry a Toy Story water bottle.Some boy at the park was all like hey thats a boys water bottle and my girls proceded to tear him up! No way they were not having that! My girls are a little different also. We think of it all as a gift.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie! I'm a 24 year old girl and I've loved Star Wars for as long as I can remember. When I was your age, I used to run around and pretend I was Princess Leia (but I always really wanted to be a Jedi with a lightsaber). And all my life, I've continued to love Star Wars and all sorts of other science fiction and fantasy stories - they've made me happy and taught me lessons and helped make me the person I am. Everyone is different - that's what makes us unique and beautiful. There is never going to be anything wrong with you liking a special movie, or book, or song (or toy, or super cool water bottle). All those things make you, you! And who you are in your heart is always good enough, no matter what.

    May the Force be with you. :) All of us other geeky girls are sending you tons of love.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie,

    I'm a 34 year old girl and I've loved Star Wars for as long as I can remember. I used to play with my friends' Star Wars toys. I wanted a lightsaber when I was a little girl, and I got mad when I got a doll for Christmas instead. Now that I'm grown and have my own kids (a boy and a girl), I've introduced Star Wars to them and they love it, too. They really like to play Lego Star Wars, and they both play with Star Wars action figures (who quite often end up shooting innocent Care Bears!). I own all the movies, and my favorite is the Empire Strikes Back. When I was a little girl, my brothers and I took turns playing Darth Vader, the Emperor, and Luke, and we acted out the fight scene in Return of the Jedi using fly swatters as lightsabers, over and over. It's one of my favorite memories. I liked lots of other "boy" things, too - like GI Joe and He-Man. My He-Man toys used to ride My Little Ponies!

    When I got glasses as a kid, some kids made fun of me. But now people tell me they like my glasses, and I like them, too. I know sometimes it's hard when people are mean because you are different, but it does get better, I promise.

    I think it's awesome when I see *any* kid - boy or girl - who likes Star Wars. I've met a lot of girls of all ages who do. You're not alone. I'm proud of you for being true to yourself. :)

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hey Katie!
    I'm a 19 year old girl and I LOVE Star Wars! In fact, I still sleep with my favorite Ewok stuffed animal even though I'm in college!

    You sound like such an awesome girl, and I wish that when I was in first grade I was friends with someone like you. It seems hard now, I know. And there's lots of people who think that boys are supposed to like Star Wars or Transformers and girls are only supposed to like Barbies or Disney princesses. But they're wrong! Lots of girls love Star Wars so much that they have all the dialogue memorized! And I know plenty of guys who sing along to all the Disney princess songs!

    So don't let those boys tell they you can't love Star Wars! You wear your Star Wars shirt (which I bet looks fabulous on you!) with pride.

    And who says that Star Wars is just for boys anyway? I think Princess Leia and Padme Amidala would disagree, don't you think?

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie!! My name is Vanessa Cariddi, and I am a professional opera singer, and HUGE STAR WARS fan!! Actually, I really like all different kinds of science fiction. My job consists of getting dressed up in fancy dresses, with beautiful jewelry and lots of fancy makeup, and then when I'm done with work, I go home and watch movies about outer space and aliens!! And even though I know it can be hard to feel different ( know, because I got made fun of a lot for liking science when I was a kid), PLEASE BELIEVE ME when I tell you that one day you are going to really value that about yourself. There are a lot of people in the world who are nice, and normal, and... kind of boring!! And good for them. But you know what? Most of THEM wish that they could spend one day of their lives being interesting and DIFFERENT!! Just like you!! My advice is to stay close to your mom, who obviously loves loves loves you, and to CHOOSE your friends - I bet there are other kids who like Star Wars who think it's cool. And I promise you, someday when you actually **like** boys, they will be SO EXCITED to have a girlfriend who thinks Star Wars is cool. Or so says my wonderful husband :) Keep your chin up - it will get better!!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie!!

    I'm 23 and I'm not the biggest Star Wars fan, but I love comics, superheroes, anime, and tons more stuff like it! I also wear glasses sometimes. I think you are just fine the way you are!! It's totally okay to be different. I wear my Wonder Woman shirt to college and people stare at me sometimes but I don't care. It's better to be happy and be yourself!! You are a super girl and there are plenty more of us out there, just like you!

    Take care sweetie! =]

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Dearest Katie,

    The force is strong with you young padawan and the fact of the matter is that these silly boys are just jealous! I don't know about you, but R2-D2 was always my favorite (...okay maybe C3PO too)

    Katie, you are wonderful, amazing, beautiful and intelligent girl. No one can ever take that away from you. Please don't ever forget that.

    May the force be with you!

    - Ali

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie, you are a lucky girl. First because you are just a cool little kid. Stay awesome, be brave. Next, you are lucky because you have this great mom who loves you so much and will defend you so strongly. And finally, you are lucky because now you have all these people you don't know, who know what you are going through, and who want to let you know that you are great! I wish I had someone tell me these great things when I was your age and picked on for being different. Stay awesome, you awesome kid you! And mom, stay awesome too!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Dear Katie: Those boys, I think, might be a little jealous that the force is obviously very strong in you. Please do what you can to help them understand that it takes a lot of work to become strong and that their teasing you is just a weakness (without teasing them, of course). Soon enough, Katie, they'll meet other strong women who like Star Wars just as much as you and I do, and I'll bet that they'll appreciate you showing them how strong we girls can be.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    I am not as big a Star Wars fan as some of my friends, but I have been often accused of playing with the "boys toys".

    In the past couple of years there has been almost a phenomenon of geeky girls showing that they are strong, beautiful, and love the "boys toys" (and in many cases are better then the boys at them). Some even make a career out of being geeky girls.

    Do not fear being different, it may be hard now, but when as you grow up people realize how wonderful different is. Different is beautiful, interesting, fun.

    If they don't believe that little girls can like Star Wars and still be a little girl, just tell them Princess Leia would disagree.

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie! My name is Kati too and I am from California. I LOVE Star Wars! My best friend was a boy growing up and we played Star Wars everyday. I am so jealous that you have a water bottle and shirt-that's AWESOME!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie--

    I'm a Star Wars fan. Wanna know how much? My son's name is Luke. My daughter's name is Leah. It's pronounced LEE-uh, but sometimes in my head I secretly call her Leia.... My son has just started to get into Star Wars. He has some shirts and action figures and he got a light saber for his birthday. Know who likes to play with the light saber? My youngest daughter. She's only 17 months but she knows a good thing when she sees it.

    Life is full of bullies. These boys are probably not going to be the last ones you meet. It's sad, but it's true. There will always be people who don't understand, people who feel they have to mock and make fun of you in order to make themselves feel better. Don't let them get the upper hand. Stand tall and strong and proud. And know that you are NOT ALONE. There are other girls who like Star Wars. Other girls who wear glasses (my sister wore glasses and a patch when she was 4). Other girls who are adopted. And you live in a miraculous age--one in which you have instant access to these other girls! See how many comments you have?? You are never alone. The sisterhood of Star Wars fans is strong. May the force be with you!!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie,

    Reading your story reminded me SO MUCH of an event from my own life. I'm 27 now, but when I was about your age, I was obsessed with Ghostbusters, and I wanted to be one more than anything in the world. When I dressed up as one for Halloween, my classmates made fun of me and told me that I couldn't be a Ghostbuster, because that was "just for boys." I know how you felt when the boys in your class teased you, because I've been there, and I want you to know that those boys have NO IDEA what they're talking about. It took me a lot of years to realize that, and you're so lucky to be able to see, thanks to the wonders of the internet, how many girls are JUST LIKE YOU and share your interests. I didn't have that when I was your age.

    Today, I teach college, and one of my favorite jokes is to tell my students on the first day of class that they should call me "Jedi Master."

    Ghostbusters and Star Wars (and I'm a HUGE Star Wars fan - I even have a Star Wars tattoo) are NOT just for boys. Girls have every right to enjoy them, too, and lots of girls (like you and me) love them! So stand proud, and don't let those boys tell you who to be or what to like. You are wonderful just the way you are. So, from one geeky, Star Wars loving, glasses-wearing girl to another: You are awesome. Don't ever change.

    And by the way, I wrote about that experience of my own that I mentioned and posted it on my own blog not so long ago. If you're interested, you can find it here: http://englishavenger.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/girls-can-be-ghostbusters/

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    I first started loving Star Wars when I went to see the first movie when I was 5 years old in the 1970s. I remember how there seemed to be "boy things" and "girl things" and how these seemed to be the rules you had to follow to keep kids from making fun of you, which hurts a lot. My best friend was a boy and we stopped being best friends once he started telling me I shouldn't do certain things because I was a girl. He was wrong. I grew up and went to college and graduate school and became a wildlife biologist and now I'm married to a man who also loves Star Wars. The boys who say Star Wars is a boy thing are not remembering that without Queen Amidala there would BE no Star Wars story. There would be no Luke and Leia. It was the loss of his MOTHER that made Anniken become twisted into Darth Vader. Princess Leia herself is one of the coolest characters in the story! There's no way the boys get to claim this one for themselves! No Way! Sorry boys, you're just really really wrong.

    You do what you want to do and like what you want to like. Let the boys go on being wrong. You don't have to change their minds. But if you want to, you can tell them there's be no good Star Wars story without all the girls and you are going to like Star Wars all you want no matter what they say.

    jb

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hi Katie,

    I've loved Star Wars ever since I was a little girl. I remember when I was in second grade, I was the new kid in school and I had thick glasses and was such a nerd. Some of the kids didn't want to be my friend because of that, but that's okay; I still had other friends (including some of the boys) who didn't care and who actually liked to talk about Star Wars and other geeky things. My older brother and all of my sisters all loved Star Wars, too, and that's still something we share as a family. I even dressed up as Leia for one Halloween, although Darth Vader was really always my favorite character. And I remember one of my favorite things I ever won as a prize in school was a red pin-on button with a picture of Darth Vader, Luke, and Leia on it. I was so happy because it had my favorite character on it and I wore it proudly.

    When I grew up, I found that there were even more people like me that really loved Star Wars, and a lot of guys that I met were impressed that I knew so much about the movies and the characters. I always have a lot of fun talking to people who share the same interests that I have, so you should never feel like you need to hide your love for Star Wars. There are plenty of people out there who love it just like you do. Just wait until you meet all of them! They're usually awesome.

    Oh, and your glasses are much cooler than mine, by the way. When I saw your picture, I didn't even think "that's a girl with glasses" - I thought "that's a girl with style." :)

    So keep being yourself, Katie, because you sound like a pretty awesome kid. I wish I'd had a Star Wars backpack and Star Wars water bottle when I was in first grade. You should thank your mom for those. She sounds pretty awesome, too.

    -Rachel
    (Proud girl geek)

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hey, Katie! I'm a mom, and I'm also an adopted person. :-) I saw Star Wars in the theater when I was 7 years old, back in 1977. I went with my best friend, my sister, and her best friend -- so 4 girls! I still love Star Wars and so do both my son and daughter. Star Wars is for everybody, and those boys are just wrong!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Sweet Katie,

    I grew up with Star Wars. It was the first movie I was ever taken too (as a baby!) and some of my first memories are tied to The Empire Strikes Back. My love of Star Wars is deep rooted and I still get teased sometimes about loving a "boy" movie so much, but I don't care and let them get me down. It's okay to be different and like what you like. How boring would we all be if we liked the same thing?

    Keep your head up and know a bunch of strangers think you are an awesome girl!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Hey Katie,

    My name is Ashley and I am a HUGE Star Wars fan. It has always been a part of me kinda like the Force is with Luke through out the first trilogy. It is also the film that gave me the strength and passion to become a Editor for film... next time a boy or anyone for that matter teases or brings up the fact that you are a girl and you have a love for Star Wars... simply bring up that a GIRL edited the first movie so its just as much a girl movie as it is a boy... plus Leia was pretty awesome, strong and beautiful just like I am sure you are.

    I have put up with a lot of bulling myself because I am short, I have glasses am a big nerd when it comes to things and I am also a very VERY big Hockey fan... which boys and some girls even just didn't understand how a girl could like a sport that is considered a Boy Sport... but I held my head high and told myself that it was ok to like the things that i like because that is who i am and NO ONE outside of myself can change that.

    Stay strong kid-o and never give up on yourself because you are you, that is truer then true, no one can be quite like you!

  • In reply to Smitheegirl:

    Katie! I'm a woman and I love, love, love Star Wars. It's the coolest. I've liked it since I was your age and went to the theater to see the original three movies. My favorite character is Yoda. Keep being who you are; be true to yourself. You're awesome, Miss Katie! :)

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Katie, I am a girl and a proud Star Wars fan. I attended all three of the prequels in my Jedi robes and own several Star Wars water bottles and lunch bags to take to college with me. I have at least five female friends I can think of right now who are just as crazy about Star Wars as I am and two of them also take their lunch in Star Wars bags every day to work.

    Being different isn't always easy, but being like everyone else isn't always worth it. Just remember that you are special and just right the way you are and if other people can't see that it's their loss.

    I hope you continue to keep carrying your Star Wars bottle to school and know that you're not alone.

    May the Force be with you, Katie!

    <3 Maja

  • In reply to LordVader:

    I'm a woman who loves Star Wars - and my daughter loves Star Wars, too! Her favorite thing to wear is her Chewbacca t-shirt :)

    Stay strong, Katie!

  • In reply to LordVader:

    I'll be 28 in 2 weeks and I LOVE Star Wars! I embrace my inner geek, being different is way more awesome then being just like everybody else. "Normal" or "average" is boring - and besides, no one is really "normal" these days anyways. Being unique is what makes a person special.

    I've been on both ends of the spectrum, I've been bullied and I've been the bully. Embracing who you are and not letting them take away the things you love to love is the best way to stand up to a bully.

    I'm proud of you Katie! Stay brave, hun!

  • In reply to LordVader:

    oh wow - Katie, did you know that actress Alyssa Milano is telling all her friends all over the world about you? Lucky you!

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Dear Katie,

    I'm a girl, and a I love Star Wars too!

    When I was three years old the very first of all the Star Wars movies came out in the movie theaters. It was the first movie I ever saw in a theater. For years and years it was a favorite of mine and my older sister and my older brother.

    When I was 24 years old and my brother and sister and I were all visiting with my parents we stayed up late into the night watching Star Wars together. We laughed and said lines from the movie together.

    When I was 24 years old the second set of Star Wars movies came out and I went to a premier of The Phantom Menace in New York City. I won a prize for answering questions about Star Wars and even got interviewed for the radio. It was so much fun!

    Tonight I was buckling my six year old daughter and 2 and a half year old son into their car seats and my son had his brown coat's hood up and he looked like Obi Wan Kenobi and I said "Help me Obi Wan, you're our only hope." At first my daughter asked me what that was from and I said, "It's from Star Wars, and Star Wars is awesome." My kids giggled and they both said it over an over again on the drive home.

    Star Wars isn't just a great movie, it's been a huge part of my life and something that has helped connect me to other important people in my life. That may not make a lot of sense when you are in the first grade, but someday I know you'll understand what I mean.

    Katie, you are a hero for me. Being brave enough to be who you are and to stand up to bullies by not letting them change you is amazing. Not only do you help yourself, but you help everyone in the world with what you do. By taking that water bottle to school you are showing the bullies that they can't hurt you. But you are also showing other kids who have been in the past or might be bullied in the future that they can stand up for themselves too. That might be even more important. You are a role model and you will change the world.

    Be proud of who you are. I don't know you, but I'm proud of you.

    And from one science fiction girl-fan to another, remember, you can like Star Wars and Star Trek at the same time and don't ever let anyone tell you different!

  • In reply to LordVader:

    I don't know if you saw any of it yet, but your daughter has a bunch of support coming in from celebrities on twitter! Alyssa Milano, to name one. Here are links to two of them. I'm sure there are more from people I'm not following.

    http://twitter.com/#!/allisonscag/status/5429141973245952
    http://twitter.com/#!/Alyssa_Milano/status/5432332207005698

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Katie, YOU ROCK!!! Keep on carrying that Star Wars water bottle, and wearing your Star Wars t shirts! I love love LOVE Star Wars and I am a 45 year old mom...don't let a group of silly boys make you sad, there are a lot of girls out here who love Star Wars and don't you forget it!

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Katie -

    First of all, you are ADORABLE!!

    Second, your differences are what make you special! You are so young right now, and I think you are SO lucky to have all the support that you are receiving here, because of your awesome mom. Now it is your duty to tell all of your friends and anyone else you see getting picked on that what other people think don't matter.

    I wish you all the best!! And remember: Yoda will always be with you.

    -Teresa

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Would they tell Princess Leia that a girl can't handle a blaster? I don't think so! When you're older, the guys will LOVE that you know and love Star Wars. In the meantime, embrace your uniqueness and be true to yourself. I know that's easier said than done when you're young, but remember... the women in Star Wars are the best! Vader had Leia tortured, but she didn't tell him anything. When Hoth was under attack, she only left at the last minute, and Han practically had to drag her away. She went into Jabba's lair to save Han and all along the way she fights with everyone else.

    P.S. Katie's Mom... several years ago there was a Comic-Con exclusive Star Wars action figure called R2-KT, which looked like a pink R2-D2, and which was created as a "Make a Wish" for a little girl named Katie. I have two of them, and I'd love to send one to Katie. Otherwise, there are always people selling them on eBay!

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Hey Katie! I remember when my cousin was your age, she LOVED Star Wars. She had the action figures and the school supplies and everything. Don't let boys or girls push you around, if they can't appreciate you, they're not worth your time. When I was six I told my parents I wanted a Tonka dump truck for my birthday. One of my mom's friends said that it was a boys toy, but my parents got it for me anyway, and you know what? The girls at my party played with the dump truck and the boys ended up playing with my pink doll house! Haha! So don't ever let people tell you what to like, they're just being silly. Much love, Jen from New Jersey.

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Dear Katie,

    I'm sorry to hear about what happened to you at school for something like this.
    I have been a fan of Star Wars since I was younger than you and it is nothing to be teased for.
    I was in to star trek too and dressed up like that for Halloween-- in a 'boys' costume!
    It may be scary to be different at first, but being able to stand out and show the world that
    you are an individual is the bravest and most empowering thing you can do for yourself.
    I'm sure that those other kids just don't know how to be as cool as you and are envious!

    In fact, I wish I had a Star Wars water bottle...
    Keep your chin up little jedi we're all in this together and it only gets better, trust me!
    Take care Katie and know you're never alone in this!

    -Gwendolyn from Los Angeles

  • In reply to LordVader:

    I'm not sure if you've seen it yet, but your daughter has a ton of celebrity support on twitter!! Alyssa Milano, to name one.

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Katie, I'm a 20 year old college student and I love love love Star Wars :) I'm a total nerd & I'm surrounded by friends who are all nerds in their own way, and we love each other for it. Stay strong, be proud that you love something so much and aren't afraid to show it!

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Katie, I dressed up as Darth Vader for Halloween in elementary school and would have replicated his breathing all night if I didn't think I would pass out. As a girl, I was also proud of being a little different and faced a lot of criticism and cruelty because of it. Believe me, though, being yourself is worth it! I was able to handle the bullying and become a happy adult largely because my parents created a warm, loving home where I could be myself. Fortunately it sounds like you have the same kind of home. I know the support will get you through and make you a wonderful, happy adult!

  • In reply to LordVader:

    I wish I had seen Star Wars and had merchandise at Katie's age. She's awesome. Just because these silly boys don't know it yet doesn't mean that she isn't and that she shouldn't know it.

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Hey Katie!! I know a lot of people have already told you how awesome you are, but I had to say it too!

    I have loved Star Wars since I was your age, but they never had really cool water bottles and lunch boxes that I could take to school(we lived in another country and couldn't get them there!). I am very jealous that you have some amazing fannish things to carry around to let people know how much you love it. As an adult I now have a lot of stuff from Star Wars; I really like the Wookies, and have a whole collection of them now! I even have a Wookie water bottle I take with me when I go out!

    And I'll let you in on a secret, I like other non-girlie things too! Stuff like comic books and race cars and video games and action movies! Guess what? I get to make silly faces at people that make fun of me for it, you know why? Because they're too afraid to admit they might like it too, or other things they're not 'supposed' to like.

    I have another secret, I too had glasses and 'odd things' that made me different. My family lived all over the world, so I often took funny food to school to eat; stuff like Swedish pancakes and home made wantons. You should have seen the looks on the boys faces when I told them I'd eaten raw squid or roasted termites!

    But different isn't bad, it's great! Sometimes people make fun of what they don't understand, or don't normally see. You can help them by not letting them get you down and helping them learn, that's right, you're a teacher already! You can teach them that we are all different, and by being different we help others learn about things they might not know about already.

    One of the best things you can do is smile and be yourself, after all you're the only one there is of you! Why would you want to be someone else?

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Katie don't ever let anyone tell you what you should like because you're a girl. I, like you, love Star Wars! I'm guessing the boys that are teasing you never had a cool girl in their life that enjoyed great sci-fi movies like Star Wars. Keep your head up and keep showing that beatiful smile. Just know when you get older boys are going to think it's so cool you like cool movies. Just remember to be who you are and know that you are special because you have great taste in movies. When you get a chance check out this cool Hello Kitty version of a Darth Vader costume. http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/1658/hellokittydarthvader.jpg Proof sci-fi girls are awesome!

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Hi Katie,

    my favorite move of all times, Star Wars Episode IV. I think I was 10 years old the first time I saw it, and I have probably lost count but I think I've seen it 30 times since then. We played Star Wars in the lunch break at school and argued about who got to be Princess Leia. It was so much fun.

    20 years later I'm still very passionate about Star Wars and Princess Leia is still one of the best female heroes for me. A strong woman fighting for what she believes in.

    I wish you many beautiful moments in the world of Sci Fi, Fantasy and anything that makes your world more magical. It's not about being a boy or a girl, it's about imagination, some have it, and some don't. You're lucky!

    Vicky

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Hi Katie!

    I understand how you feel about being different. I have a hard to spell/pronounce name {Marievic}, my mom was the only one in our whole town who spoke a different language, and I liked "boys' toys" & 'Star Wars' too. Right now it may be hard to understand that being "different" can be fun. I mean, look at all these cool women who think you're pretty cool! :D Be true to your heart and keep loving what you love!

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Katie,

    I'm a 28-year old girl who grew up adoring Star Wars! It's still one of my favorite movies. When I was little, all I wanted to be when I grew up was Luke Skywalker. I think you are pretty awesome for having a Star Wars water bottle and those silly boys are probably just jealous that they don't have as cool a bottle as you do!

    Anyway, don't let anyone get you down for being "different". I've been different my whole life. I have been a huge nerd since I was little, I play video games, I love Star Wars and Star Trek, and at the moment I'm wearing an Indiana Jones sweatshirt. :) As much as you might want to be 'normal' now, as you grow up, you'll realize that normal is boring and you'll find that everyone has something about them that is different.

    And PS, I wear glasses too! :)

    Laura

  • In reply to LordVader:

    I remember getting picked on as a child because I had a GI Joe lunchbox and thermos. I was so excited to get it. I really loved the GI Joe cartoon at that age. I got picked on about a lot of things. I was a chubby girl with glasses and as we know, kids can be cruel. At an early age, I really learned not to care what other people thought of me that the most important thing is being happy with myself. Today I'm a well-adjusted, happy woman who has a great life full of people who love me. Learn to be happy with who you are and you'll draw that type of people into your life. By the way, I love sci-fi movies and books. When you get older, you

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Hi Katie! Even though we don't know each other, I wanted to let you know that there's a lot about your story that I could relate to.

    When I moved to the suburbs of Chicago, I was a seven-year-old immigrant from the Philippines. I spoke English well enough, but I had a thick accent and there weren't many Asian children at my school. I didn't know much about American culture and my family didn't have a lot of money, so I wore a lot of hand-me-downs from my older American step-sister. Needless to say, I didn't fit in well, and I had a hard time making friends with the other girls who didn't want to play with me because I'm Asian. I know what you mean about not wanting to be different.

    On a related note, the year I moved to the US was also the same year that Star Wars was shown for the first time on cable. I didn't know anything about Star Wars at that point because it hadn't come to the Philippines yet. A family down the street invited me and my older sister to come over for a slumber party to watch Star Wars on TV. That was the start of my love for Star Wars!

    I am fortunate enough to have 2 older step-brothers who love sci-fi, and growing up, I would often watch the same shows as they did. My love of sci-fi grew as I grew up. Now that I'm an adult, I'm definitely not a typical woman by any means, and I revel in my difference! Things will get better and you'll learn that you're awesome just the way you are.

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Hey Katie, Katie is my name too! I'm in 11th grade in high school and I think it's awesome that you like Star Wars!
    Let me tell you, some people won't like everything you like. But do you know why? They are just not as cool as you! Those boys will stop teasing you, you just have to show them you're proud of your awesome Stars Wars stuff! Their opinions don't matter to you! You should think of what they're saying to you as "blah blah blah".
    And one day, when you're older and start to like boys (even though they're icky now!), they will think you're even cooler because of your interests. (Cause their silly little boy brains get as smart as ours) Girls can like "boy" things too, like I love watching dirtbike races and playing video games sometimes.
    And as far as being different goes, that's the best quality I think a person can have. Sometimes I wear "weird" shirts or crazy socks, but hey, I know no one else is! I know those boys hurt you, but trust me, school gets A LOT easier if you just don't listen to them and just be yourself!
    ~Katie

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Katie, you are so wonderful! I'm a girl, I loved Star Wars when I was your age, and I still do. I always wanted to be Han Solo and fly the Millennium Falcon. Of course, girls weren't allowed to be Han Solo, so I usually ended up being Chewbacca. I hope you get to be whichever character you want. And I hope you keep carrying your Star Wars lunchbox AND your Star Wars water bottle.

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Katie..

    I love Star Wars.. I even went to the Star Wars Convention in Orlando this past August. George Lucas, and a ton of the actors were there! Legos had a HUGE display of all the scenes from the movies. You could sit in a life size Tie Fighter! Everybody was in costume. They even had real droids like R2D2 racing in the main room.. I took my best friend, Heather, and we had SO MUCH FUN!!.. We're going to the next one too, as soon as it's announced!

    When I was in first grade (a very long time ago), I carried a Dukes Of Hazzard lunch box. There were two types of Dukes of Hazzard lunch boxes. One with the Daisy Duke and her white jeep on it and one with Bo and Luke Duke and their really cool orange Charger on it. OF COURSE, I liked the one with the boys car on it better. All the other girls had Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony lunch boxes. Not me. I liked The Dukes!

    Just remember why you love the things you love. They make YOU happy.

    Nobody else gets to decide what makes you happy.

    ~Lacee

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Dear Katie,

    I'm a girl, and I like Star Wars. Princess Leia kicks a lot of butt. (And I like Star Trek, and computers, and I play a lot of video games, too.) The boys are just confused right now. They'll get over it, believe me. Boys in the first grade tend to think that some things "belong" to them, and some things "belong" to girls -- sooner or later they'll figure out that you're not trying to take their Star Wars away, you just think it's cool, too. After that, the smart boys think that girls who like Star Wars are awesome, and want to hang out. Trust me.

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Hey Katie!
    My name is Aleisha and I live in Australia - I'm 26, female (obviously) and have been a geek for as long as I can remember.
    TV(mostly), Video Games, Computer Games, you name it!

    Kids can be so cruel! Throughout primary school I was teased about my weight mostly, But I also remember getting teased when I tried to eat healthier lunches, bringing salads and fruit instead of sandwiches. What do they want? Fat me or healthy me? There's no logic to it and it sucks that everyone's in your business when you're a kid and you can't really do anything about it.

    You sound like such a strong, awesome little girl, and you know what? when you get out of school you're going to be an awesome woman.

    You know that more of the people at conventions (ya know, meeting sci-fi actors and hanging out with famous people) are girls, right? I've been going to conventions since I was 17. I've met most of the stars of my favourite movies and TV shows - ALL SciFi/Fantasy, and you know what? the people who used to tease me at school for being a geek and liking 'that stupid Buffy show' now comment on my photos with famous people on facebook with jealousy and 'oh my god, how did you meet ______! I LOVE HIM IN (insert newer more popular thing here)'

    One day you'll meet an amazing Geek and fall in love (and he will be so much nicer to you than any of those jerks) and you'll live happily ever after :)

    Be strong, little Padawan, You won't even remember those guys' names in a few years, you'll be too busy hangin' out with all the celebrity friends you've just made on twitter ;)

    Leish
    xo

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Hi Katie! My name's Joey and I'm from England, I signed up to this website especially to leave you this message! When reading this article, you know what my first thought was? How cool you are! I think Star Wars is one of the best movies of all time, and for you to be brave enough to show off your differences at such a young age is inspiring. I'm 23 now, and I do my best not to worry about what other people think, but the truth is, there's always going to be someone who doesn't think the same way you do. But really, that's what makes us all so wonderful, isn't it? If everyone was the same, life would be pretty boring.

    I'm in a little band, and I wrote a song called "Heroes"... it's about feeling like you're different. But the moral of the song is that deep down everyone is a hero, and we're all capable of saving each other with our kindness and love. I don't know if this site will let me post a link, but I will try to post it in case you'd like to listen. Today I am dedicating "Heroes" to you, Katie. You're an inspiration :) http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ventura-Project/93037044728?v=app_2405167945&ref=ts

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Hi Katie. I'm a woman who loves Star Wars. Back when I was your age, there was a show called Voltron and the boys used to make fun of me just like they did to you the same reason. Well, guess what? You're cool and so is your Mom. If you want Star Wars stuff, then get Star Wars stuff! Being happy is the important bit - and remind those boys that Leia and Padme kicked bum!

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Heya there, Katie.
    I heard about this story, and decided to start a hashtag, #MayTheForceBeWithKatie . Let me tell you, you have quite a support system on your hands. Us Geeks stand together, even through the interwebs.
    Look up the hashtag on twitter, and stay strong. The force is strong with you, we all can sense it. You're the next jedi master. :D
    -Yotobari

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Hi Katie and Carrie !
    Thank you for sharing you story, and such a right and generous analysis of humain people, I do wish it will help people to learn and change.
    Katie remember you are a wonderful and magical little girl, that we are all different in a thousand of different ways, no matter what.
    What makes you different is what makes you stronger.

    And by the way, star wars rocks, I still what the movies regularly since I first saw them on TV when I was around 10 years old.
    Keep on smiling and listenning to you wise Mum.
    take care both of you and again , thank you :)
    a star wars French fan ( so forgive my grammatical mistakes )

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm also a girl, and I have loved Star Wars since the first time I saw the movies. I'm 20 years old now, but I've been a huge fan of Star Wars since I was about 4 years old and able to pay attention through a whole movie. When I was in elementary school, I had a Star Wars lunch box, Star Wars shoes, and wore Star Wars t-shirts. (I still wear Star Wars shirts now, and use my lunch box!) I'm sure you and your parents have realized how difficult it can be sometimes to find Star Wars stuff made for girls, since for some reason, people just don't understand how many girls out there love Star Wars too!

    It's people like you, and all the others who have sent their comments, that are helping to make everyone realize that Star Wars has many many female fans too! And we shouldn't feel uncomfortable letting the world know how much we like it. I've made so many friends (girls and boys) because of my passion for Star Wars. I've even introduced some of my friends to Star Wars because they had never seen any of the movies before (crazy, right?!).

    Princess Leia and Padme are great role models for us girls. They have shown that they can just as powerful as the guys out there, and look good doing it! :~)

    I'm graduating college this year with a degree in Astrophysics (basically a scientist who studies stars and outer space). Star Wars has influence my whole life, even the career path I chose! But my best friend, Karen, who also loves Star Wars, is going to school to be a math teacher. Star Wars fans come in all shapes and sizes, and we always stick up for each other, no matter what. Hang in there Katie, and don't let those silly boys stop you from showing off your passion for Star Wars. I feel confident in saying that the whole "Star Wars Community" is behind you.

    May the Force be with you,

    Jedi Knight Wannabe, Marie

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Katie, you are the best. I teach sixth graders and I wish they were as cool as you. Some of them don't even like Star Wars! Can you believe it?!

    I love Star Wars! Be proud of the things you like! And come one, Ahsoka and Princess Leia are awesome! Be yourself! Being unique is the absolute best thing you can be. How boring would it be if everyone was the same?

  • In reply to LordVader:

    Hi Katie!

    I have loved Star Wars my whole life, and I have no intention of stopping now! There are so many wonderful things in this world; don't ever let anyone stop you from enjoying them.

    May the Force be with you!

    Keli

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    Hi Katie!

    You are awesome! I didn't get to see Star Wars all the way through until I was an adult, and I completely missed out. It's so great, and I'm sad I didn't know about it when I was your age. I'm jealous of your Star Wars thermos! I also think glasses are adorable. I used to steal my sister's glasses because I wished I could wear them.

    People pick on you because they're jealous or because they're insecure, which sounds like something adults say to make you feel better, but it's true! When I was your age, there was a girl in my class who was always making fun of me and it made me so sad. But you have to get up every morning and go to school and walk in carrying your star wars thermos with pride. There are so many people who love you, Katie. The entire world is supporting you.
    May the force be with you, Katie!

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    My daughter, who is also named Katie, was Padme Amidala for Halloween when she was in first grade a few years ago. She wore her costume proudly, she thinks a Star Wars watter bottle would be cool. She still likes Star Wars, and many other adventure movies and books that are about being true to yourself and good triumphing over bad.

    I have been a Star Wars and science fiction fan since I was five, and you'll find as you grow up, many, many good people you meet will say, "Me, too!"

    We're both proud of you for deciding to keep bringing your water bottle to school, and we support you!

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    I am a girl and I LOVE Star Wars. I was just your age when the VERY FIRST Star Wars movie came out. That year for Christmas Santa Claus brought me a Light Saber, a bunch different character figures AND spaceships. If SANTA thinks it is ok to bring a girl Star Wars toys, then it must be true. Santa knows everything! I have 2 girls and my youngest loves Star Wars, too and she plays Star Wars games with all the kids in our neighborhood....boys and girls! Princess Leia is a girl and she is a big deal in Star Wars!!!!! So don't you listen to those boys! You have just as much right to love anything you want and no one is allowed to spoil that for you! And just a small lesson that I always teach my girls when someone hurts their feelings.....remember what it feels like. One day you will see it happen to someone else or you may want to tease someone. If you remember what it feels like, it will stop you from doing it to others. No one should have to feel like you did! You keep strong, Girlie! I am proud of you....and I am all the way in TEXAS!

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    Geek Girls Rule! Trust me on this one, little sister. I was a total geek kid and I still love Batman and Star Wars and Spiderman and anything remotely SciFi. Some kids will just look for a reason to be mean.

    As a kid, I tried very hard to fit in and the more I tried, the more miserable I became. You be yourself and pay no attention to those kids who are just looking for someone to pick on.

    Being different is a special gift. Enjoy it and treasure it.

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm in college now, and I assume the reason you wear the patch is that you have lazy eye. I had it too when I was a little girl. I always had my older brother and sister draw pictures on it though. It's lame now but it's worth it when you're older. Believe me! :)

    Also, I've been wearing glasses since I was three years old! You should be proud about that, there are people who I know who wear glasses because they look cool.

    I was also into Star Wars and still am. My mom always told me "In life, there will be people who like you, and that's wonderful. There will also be those who will try to bring you down, they just simply have poor taste!" Be strong in what you like, don't ever let anyone else tell you what you should like or not like. It's what make us all special! :D

    With much love,
    Betsy! :3

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    Hey Katie,

    I have always loved ALL science fiction, especially Star Wars. I recently had a chance to meet the writer and forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs. I asked her why she became an anthropologist. Her answer was that she loved frogs and worms when she was a little girl. Dolls-not so much! And now she's very happy and successful. Stick to your guns!! Anyway boys can be yucky sometimes. I know because I have two sons and two grandsons.

    Susan

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    Hi Katie,

    My name is Erin and I am so sorry to hear you are being bullied for being a fan of one of the greatest things ever; STAR WARS! I too was bullied when I was growing up, but I never noticed. I liked to write and draw a lot. I also loved dinosaurs, dragons, Ninja Turtles, legos, and video games, and didn't like anything "for girls"! Whenever a bully would call me "weird" (and it happened a lot!) I would look at them, smile, and thank them. That's right, to me, being "weird" was a compliment and I didn't have the time for kids who didn't want to be my friend.

    Well, it's been a long time since I was a kid, but by staying true to myself (and my "weirdness") I managed to achieve my life-long dream of being a professional artist. I draw for toys, video games, and even children's books (my first book is actually about a boy being bullied because he's adopted, so I know how tough it is for you in that regard as well) And you know what? Even though I'm grown up AND a girl, my apartment is filled with all sorts of STAR WARS toys and posters! I was even Princess Leia for Halloween this year.

    Don't worry about what people think about what YOU like, because you can love whatever you want to love. Be proud! STAR WARS is a classic hero's tale and it's meant for everyone to enjoy. Bullies aren't worth your time, focus on what you love and you'll make great friends who love the same things. You're smart, have a loving family, and great taste in movies! You'll be just fine.

    Stay strong, and may the force be with you always!

    Erin Fusco
    www.erinfusco.com

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    Dear Katie,

    If anything, you should be PROUD of who you are because you love Star Wars! Most people my age are only into the latest fads out there, but my stepfather and I have common ground when it comes to Star Wars because he brought me to the place he saw Star Wars when it came out way before you and I were born in 1977!
    The place is long gone now, but to hear his story about how he and his brothers would watch the cinema screen in amazement is something that I will keep in my memory for a long time.

    Star Wars brought me and my family together, and I'm sure that with a positive outlook, you can make just as many friends.

    Throughout my years in school I felt pressured into liking things my friends did and if I didn't, I would get picked on for it. My parents always taught me that the people picking on me were never doing it to be mean, but because they were jealous of who I was as a person and wished to be like me! Star Wars isn't just FOR BOYS, if it were then we wouldn't have seen Princess Leia, Padme Amidala and the female Jedi who fought against Darth Sidous and Darth Vader to keep the universe in balance.

    Just remember that YOU are unique and whoever says otherwise you just stand up with a smile on your face and just say you are PROUD of who you are, no matter what they say!

    May the force be with you, little padawan!

    Allariana from Louisville, Kentucky

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    Katie,

    I was around your age when the first Star Wars movie came out... known to you as Episode IV. I loved it, and went to see it over and over again. When The Empire Strikes Back came out, I stood on a line with my Dad and my brother for an hour to see it, and we did it again for Return of the Jedi. For my eighth birthday party, I had a cake with an X-wing fighter, and a tiny Death Star made out of sugar.

    A few weeks ago, I watched Star Wars with my daughter, who is also 6. I still get a thrill when the opening music starts up. And my daughter loved it.

    You're very cool. Like what you like. It's the best way to live. xoxoxo

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    Hey Katie! My 6 year old son (also in first grade) loves pink! It's his favorite color and I tell him (and his friends who try to tell him it's a "girl" color) that it doesn't matter what you like or don't like or if you're a boy or a girl. (I'm a girl and my favorite colors are blue and green. And I play football!). Liking different things is what makes you interesting and fun to be around. :)

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    Katie, Amidala wasn't a boy -- and she fought for her people. Leia wasn't a boy - and she was the one who got Obi-Wan and Luke involved in the rebel fight. If it wasn't for 2 great strong WOMEN, the Star Wars universe would still be in the hands of the Empire. You tell those boys that.

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    Hi Katie!
    I understand how you feel about being different. I have a hard to spell/pronounce name (Marievic),my mom was the only one in my town who spoke a different language, and I loved to play with "boys' toys" and I like Star Wars too. It's probably hard right now to be different from the kids at your school; hopefully all these comments will help you understand how fun it is to be different. Plus all these girls like 'Star Wars' too so you're not the only one! Be true to your heart & have fun being different...it's less boring. ;)

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    Hey Katie! I'm a girl and I love Star Wars! I have a ton of cool Star Wars stuff and read a bunch of the books when I was in school. My favorite character is Luke Skywalker even though he is kind of whiny at the beginning :P There are a ton of girls that like star wars, as I'm sure you can see by all the comments! Don't let mean little boys tell you that you shouldn't like this or wear that for ANY reason. You are you and you can like anything you want! Thats what makes you special! May the force be with you!

    PS. I bet you knew I liked star wars from my name, hehe!

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    Hi Katie,

    Girls, boys, women and men around the world like Star Wars.

    When they are older, the boys who think Star Wars is just for them will learn that. Right now, they do not know a lot about the world.

    Don't worry about what they think.

    You know what makes you happy. Keep doing that.

  • In reply to anniekate76:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm 21 years old now and I started liking Star Wars a whole lot when I was about your age. I even dressed up as Princess Leia for Halloween! Lots of kids used to tease me for wearing glasses and liking boy stuff too. It made me really sad that I couldn't like what I like and not have people make fun of me. But it's very important to be brave and stand up for what you like- plus Star Wars isn't just for boys!

    Now that I'm older most boys (and girls) think that it's really cool that I like Star Wars and "boy things." Pretty soon people will realize that being yourself is the coolest way to be!

    You are very brave to stand up for what you like, Katie. A lot of grown-ups can't even do that.

    -Annie

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie - I remember being picked on when I was in 1st grade and it was awful. You are obviously very strong and I am here to tell you it gets better. And I went and saw Star Wars for the first time with a group of girlfriends so there you go - it's for everyone to enjoy because it's a great movie!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie! Girls are found all over the Star Wars spectrum, hon. It's cool to be yourself. I'm 31 and I love lots of things that got me called "geeky" in school. But you know what? It's not a bad thing. In fact, a lot of people are embracing the word "geek" and redefining it. We're kind of proud to be "geeks" -- it just means we're good at things.

    Always be yourself, Katie. You've got a great mom and first grade may have had a rocky start, but you'll stick it out. You're obviously a very strong girl. Stay strong, stay proud of who you are. Be yourself. And there are others out there just like you. ^_^

  • In reply to Quiara:

    Just wanted to add that I'm the sort of geek who likes Star Trek (and a bit of Star Wars, but it wasn't my favourite). I like math and dead languages, I am good at science, but I also love makeup. The thing is: these things are not exclusive and they're not gender-centric. I knit -- and I know boys who do, too! I love action movies -- and so do many other girls! (Seriously: explody movies? They're fun!)

    I wear glasses and have since 5th grade. I took some teasing about it, but now I don't know many people who *don't* wear glasses or contacts. Also, I love my funky frames -- and lots of people compliment them. I don't wear them for the compliments, though; I wear them because *I* like them.

    You're going to turn out wonderfully, young lady. And whether or not you're a lifelong Star Wars fan, you'll always have things that make you unique. Embrace those, hon. Be yourself. It's what attracts others to you.

    My best friend and I have been best friends for more than 15 years now and we became best friends because we were both "different." Smart, redheaded, glasses-wearing, geeky -- different. And we have a great group of friends who are like family who love us for who we are, not what we do or don't like.

    You'll have that, too.

    Much love, Katie. And kudos to your mom.

    Just remember, Katie: don't become a bully to others when they do things you don't understand or like. Remember the way it made you feel and try never to put someone in that position. Sometimes sticking up against a bully can get you bullied, but it's worth it in order not to become like them.

    Take care and know that you are loved by so very many people and that many people you've never met are proud of you and support you in being yourself. <3

  • In reply to Quiara:

    Hi Katie!
    I have loved Star Wars since FOREVER! And the boys will stop teasing you someday, and you'll find some that think it is the most awesome thing ever that you like Star Wars, because they do, too!

    I used to make up stories before I went to bed about Star Wars, I had a Star Wars lunch box & I still have a Star Wars water bottle, just like you! I am a teacher and I take it to school with me sometimes. I also got a chance to hike on the Appalachian Trail one summer, and my trail name was Ewok (I'm short, but less furry than an ewok).
    Movies and stories are for EVERYONE.

  • In reply to Quiara:

    Hi Katie,

    Not only am I a girl and a huge Star Wars fan (I had the largest Return of the Jedi trading card collection on our street in 1984!) but I am the proud Mommy of a first grade girl who loves Star Wars! My little girl loves Star Wars so much, she had an R2D2 birthday cake for her 5th birthday. Her favorite toy is our robot R2D2 and her favorite game on the Wii is Lego Star Wars. She brought the robot to school for show and tell. I'm sorry the boys at your school don't realize how cool it is that a girl loves Star Wars. My best friend (who was a boy) thought it was so cool that I liked Star Wars as much as he did, that he asked me to marry him, and I did! So you do what makes you happy, sweetie, and you'll see that there will be friends who think you are the coolest ever! I told my little girl about you and I think you two would probably be best friends. Hang in there! :)

  • In reply to Quiara:

    I was 7 when Star Wars opened in theatres- can you imagine I was close to your age and Star Wars was band new! I fell in love with Luke and had a lunch box, backpack, stickers, trading cards a bunch of Star Wars stuff! I wish I still had some of that stuff. Star Wars is about good vs. evil, it's about heroes vs. villains. You Katie are a HERO! The bullies are the villains. I'm so sorry they are picking on you. But you know what? Ever one has some villains in their life, bosses, teachers, other kids, just remember when you defeat a villain you only make yourself a better hero! How do you defeat a villain? Walk away, don't listen, and have a tiny part of your heart be sad for them, because villains never win, and their whole heart is full of sadness. Your heart is full of love, joy, and STAR WARS!

  • In reply to Quiara:

    Katie! You are so awesome for loving Star Wars! I remember when I was your age and it felt like others kids picked on me or didn't want to be my friends because of things I liked or because they didn't get my sense of humor. I know it's hard to ignore those boys but they don't know how cool you really are and how many other great girls (and grown up ladies too)also love Star Wars! I know another mommy who has three kids that are 10, 8 and 5 and they all love Star Wars! The girls in Star Wars are brave and strong and did great things and I know you will too! Never be afraid to be who you are and to like what makes you happy.

  • In reply to Quiara:

    Dear Katie,

    I don't know if this will help, but I'm old enough that I was 9 when Star Wars came out. After that, every day at recess, my girl friends and I would all play Star Wars on the playground! We used to argue over who got to "be" which character, and we girls "played" all the roles -- Leia, but also Luke and Han (I got to be Han) and Chewie and the droids! Nobody thought we were strange, because everybody wanted to play Star Wars!

    I had Star Wars action figures as soon as I could get them. I had lightsaber fights with my cousins on the beach, using Wiffle-Ball bats. I grew up to get a lot of gym credits in college doing fencing, and I think that early desire to be a Jedi Knight was a part of that!

    I think it's really cool that you made the choice to get a Star Wars bag and water bottle! You know, despite everything, I think I would have been a little too shy to do that (although when I got a little older, I made my own dragon pictures to put on my notebooks because back then they didn't sell any notebooks with dragons on them).

    Like a lot of other people have said, the boys may be kind of jerky right now, but that's just because they're young and insecure. As you get older, you'll find that there are a lot of boys who will be really happy to meet a girl who shares the same interests they do -- who doesn't look at *them* funny for liking Star Wars! I'm sorry they're giving you a hard time right now, though.

    Sometimes being different just means you have really good taste, and that you're a really strong person. That's something to be proud of.

    So I hope you'll still use that Star Wars water bottle, because you should use what YOU want, not what some boys want. And the next time anyone tries to tell you that Star Wars is for boys, you can tell them that you know LOTS of girls who like it, just like you!

    cheers,
    Holly

  • In reply to Quiara:

    Hi Katie, I've loved Star Wars since I was 2yrs old, when my parents first took me to see it at the theater! Thankfully, I was able to play with my Star Wars toys with the boys and they didn't tease me. But the older I got, I started getting embarrassed about liking Star Wars and Star Trek. But then, I realized, "Who cares what other people think?" I love those shows, so I should enjoy them and not feel embarrassed.
    And then I started writing about my favorite books and shows, and started a website called SciFiChick.com. And guess what I found? There are a LOT of girls that like Star Wars just like we do! And because I was brave enough to talk about my favorite shows and books, I now get more books and movies in the mail than I could ever read or watch.. for free just to talk about on my website! And I've been able to visit some favorite shows as well!
    So be brave, don't be ashamed of things that you love. You never know where your dreams can take you!
    And just so you know, when you get older... Boys are going to LOVE that you like the same things that they do! Especially, Star Wars! :)

  • In reply to Quiara:

    Hi Katie!

    When Star Wars first came out, I was just a little bit older than you are now. I was ten, and my friends and I - a good number of them girls - went to see the movie and loved it. Star Wars is not a boy thing! It's a thing for all kinds of people. And how can anything with a Princess in it be just for boys?

    I hope you enjoy Star Wars - and whatever else you choose - for a long, long time - and that the other kids in school realize that's not different, it's just Katie. And you can like whatever you want.

    Best to you,
    Julie

  • In reply to Quiara:

    hi katie!
    my daughter is 5 and in preK. her first barbie sized doll was not a barbie at all; she bought a star wars queen amidala doll for her dollhouse. queen amidala has tea with tinkerbell all the time. it is awesome!
    also, my big sister who is a high school teacher now STILL has her empire strikes back pillowcase from when she was about your age. she liked to sleep on the yoda side and the next night flip to the chewbacca side the next night so no side was jealous.
    on the other side, my son who is in 2nd grade (who adores star wars as well!!) was teased because he wore a pink polo shirt to school. he looks so nice in that shirt! once he chose to ignore all the comments that people make just to make them self feel better, he wore that pink shirt for picture day! take that, meanies!!
    honey, there is NOTHING wrong with your awesome water bottle!!!
    so much LOVE to you!!
    love josie in North Carolina.

  • In reply to Quiara:

    Hi Katie,

    I'm 34-yrs-old and I have loved Star Wars since I was a little girl. I still have my stuffed R2-D2 from when I was your age! Growing up, I loved a lot of things like Star Wars that were supposed to be "just for boys", and sometimes this made it hard for me to find other girls and friends to play with too. To this day I like lots of things that are geeky, like Star Wars and comic books and science-fiction and video games, and I have made some really good friends that I never would have if I had let the bullies change me.

    Now my little boy is 11 and he got bullied by other kids for liking a show called Doctor Who. He was teased for liking something that the other kids didn't watch, and for not liking things that they did, like Pokeman. It was tough on Cam, but he still wore his t-shirts and carried his lunchbox and action figures. Even now he reads comic books and watches movies that maybe the other kids don't, but I'm so proud of him because he refused to let the other kids get him down. And you know what? Some of his friends now watch tv shows just because he does.

    Please understand that it will get better, and the most important thing is to be yourself and like what you want. Don't let anyone tell you differently.

    Hang in there, and know that there are so many of us girls that like the same things you do. You are a great kid and deserve only the best!

    Lindsay from Cincinnati

  • In reply to Quiara:

    Hi, Katie-

    Just wanted to you to know that I'm proud to be a geek! My daughter and I are also a big Star Wars fan...we have all the movies, and every Star Wars video game for every system (even for ones we don't own! Now, how geeky is THAT?!). My girl has had the same problems with bullies that you have...she's not into frilly dresses, makeup and pop music. She's more comfortable in old jeans, hanging out playing video games and she's really into Japanese anime/culture and science fiction and fantasy art. For the longest time, she got teased for being into "boy stuff"...but she stayed true to herself and kept up with doing the things she enjoys. Know what? All those prissy, pretty-in-pink girls aren't nearly as good in math and science class as she is, and they definitely aren't as artistic as she is. Now they are all coming to her for help with their homework, and they always want her to draw artwork to use to decorate their school lockers and bedrooms. I think being a geek is the BEST thing a girl can be!!! So you rock that water bottle with PRIDE!! Oh and one more thing....where did you get it?? We want one!!!

  • In reply to Quiara:

    Dear Katie, you are an awesome, adorable geek girl! Don't let the bullies tell you otherwise.

    I've always been more of a Star Trek girl than a Star Wars girl, but if I had discovered Star Trek at your age, I would have begged my parents for a Star Trek lunchbox to bring to school.

    And now here I am, 44 years old and working for NASA (though in an administrative position). Geek girls go places, Katie. Just keep being true to yourself and you will too.

    Katie, this song is for all geeks, but is especially great for us geek gals.

  • In reply to Quiara:

    Katie, don't be afraid to be who you are and like whatever you like! I'm 32, and I've loved Star Wars my whole life. And you know what? Once I got a little older, the boys all LOVED that I knew more about Star Wars than they did! There's nothing cooler than someone who knows what she likes and isn't afraid of anyone knowing it.

  • In reply to Quiara:

    Hi, Katie!

    I would LOVE to have a Star Wars water bottle like you! I have been a big Star Wars fan since I was five years old and saw the first movie at a drive-in theatre with my mom and dad. Han Solo has always been my favorite character, but I like Chewbacca, too.

    Guess what -- Star Wars isn't all we have in common! When I was your age, I had to wear a patch and eyeglasses every day. Sometimes the kids at school teased me about my patch, but that was just because they didn't know yet how cool I was. As I got older, I stopped having to wear the patch, but I still have to wear glasses. Maybe some of the kids at my school then and at your school now just don't understand that being different can be a terrific thing! The world would be very boring if everyone was just like everyone else.

    You are a lucky girl to have such a great mom (and such an awesome Star Wars bottle)! I hope that you keep having fun doing the things that YOU like to do and not the things other people think you should do. Stay cool, Katie!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    I'm a girl who loves Star Wars, who has Star Wars memorabilia, action figures, board games, LEGO sets. I feel as though you and I would've been the closest friends, if we'd been in school together. Geek is cool. We get all the best stuff, the smart stuff, that the kids who teased you will never have or understand. You should carry that water bottle with pride, because you are secure in yourself, in what you like and what you want to do, and those bullies are just ignorant and insecure. And probably, let's face it, jealous of your awesome Star Wars bottle! ( I know I want one now!)

    Don't let them get you down. In high-school I was teased because of my sheer love for sci-fi and fantasy, and because I read comic books and played WoW. Now, I'm working in the film industry that sparked that passion in the first place, and the TV show I work on - LEVERAGE - has the coolest tag line for people like us.

    AGE OF THE GEEK, BABY. WE RULE THE WORLD.
    Because we do. Be yourself, never back down or be afraid, and you will shine.

    With love,

    A fellow Geek

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    I just wanted you to know that I too love Star Wars. :) I hope that those boys realize that they are just being jealous that they don't have such a cool water bottle.

    Good Luck!
    Jen

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    I know your mommy could be reading comments to you all week long and you still wouldn't have heard from all the Star Wars-loving girls of the world!

    Please, don't be hurt by people who think you're too "different", or criticize you just for something you love. I know that's going to be difficult at your age; Sometimes it's even hard for grown-ups.

    Remember - "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a girl and I like boy stuff too! My favorite is Batman. He is so cool. But I like star wars and lots of other geeky "boy" stuff. There are lots of us girls that like "boy" things and lots of boys that like "girl" things. I have a boy cousin who is a hairdresser, and I teach math and science. It's too bad the boys at your school didn't understand that people can like whatever they want - boy stuff or girl stuff. I hope you don't stop loving the things you love because someone else is silly enough to mock you for it, because that is their problem, not yours! Have an awesome day and stay cool!

    Ms. Jaime (I even have a boy name, but who cares, right?)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I am a 34 year old female Star Wars Fan! It's ok to like what you like!

    That being said, I was once the Different one...being the daughter of liberal flower children in a small, republican, religious farm town I was the only one doing a lot of things (like voting for Mondale in the Mock Election.) It is hard, But it is SO worth it in the end to be yourself...always!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I'm a guy. I grew up on Star Wars. And while it'd be at best irrelevant and at worst inappropriate to say that I think girls who like Star Wars are "hot" when there's a 1st grader in the discussion, let's word it this way: Liking Star Wars is gonna come in handy in a big way when you hit an age where most of the guys are interested in 1. sports, 2. themselves. The ones who actually want to talk about Star Wars with you will probably treat you pretty well!

    Additionally, I bring up:

    1. Leia.
    2. Mon Mothma.
    3. Amidala.
    4. Ahsoka Tano.

    Those four are, to coin a phrase, kick-ass. Remind the guys of that while they're busy giving each other high-fives for thinking Boba Fett is cool. He got eaten by a hole in the ground.

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Umm yes, inappropriate... however you do bring up a good point that there are some great strong female characters in Star Wars!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hey Katie. I'm a girl and I actually get to go all over the world now because I dress up in geeky costumes like Princess Leia. Boys actually think it's really cool to have girls who like the same things as them.

    And I'm actually jealous of you, I always wanted glasses! When I was your age I dressed like a boy and only played with "boyish" toys (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, Micro Machine cars) and I wouldn't have had it any other way.

    You are so adorable! And remember that being different makes you special. Why would you want to be anyone else when you could be you and be happy doing what you want? Remember that some of the coolest, most creative people like Star Wars. People who make movies, write books, and do all sorts of amazing things. And none of those people let others' opinions get in their way. You are stronger than that!

    Much love!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Katie,
    I'm not a huge Star Wars fan, but I know what it's like to be picked on as a young lady for being more interested in "boy things" than "girl things". For me it was a Star Trek lunchbox in elementary school, people teased me for carrying it and I could not understand why. They liked My Little Pony and carried that lunchbox, so I like Star Trek and I wanted to carry that lunch box. I was tempted to give in the bullies but I never did and I carried that lunch box until it fell apart! I am now 28 years old and love many, many geeky/boy things and let me tell you, I can 100% for sure say that I am much happier than those people who felt it was ok to tease me. Living your life for the things that makes you happy is the key to be a great human being! Hold your head up hig Katie girl and May The Force Be With You!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie!!! Remember that being cool is being yourself! Star Wars and all! I hope you continue to rock your favorite Star Wars accessories with pride and show everyone the "real" you! Sometimes it's not easy (and we've all been there), but staying true to yourself is one of the best ways you can tell the world just how amazing and awesome you really are! Any suggestions on where I could find a super cool Star Wars water bottle like yours!?

    xo
    Barb

    PS...I promise that one day a boy is totally going to dig the fact that you love Star Wars!! <3

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Katie, I'm a girl who loves Star Wars too. That's awful some boys don't think girls like Star Wars, but they're just wrong. Can you imagine what Princess Leia would say to them? She would set them straight in no time. :) You keep watching Star Wars and keep carrying your water bottle. I think you're a wonderful girl with a great imagination!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Katie, I'm a 29 year old girl who has loved Star Wars since I was your age and I think that it's totally awesome that you like Star Wars! It's not just for boys at all. And when you get into high school and college, guess what? Boys will think you're even cooler than lots of other girls BECAUSE you like Star Wars. Seriously. I know because I married one of those college boys who shared my love for Star Wars. And guess what? His little sister was adopted too and she likes Star Wars and she's one of the coolest and most awesome kids I know. So don't let bullies get you down. Just be yourself!!!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Dearest Katie.

    You're an awesome girl for liking Star Wars. In fact... there are millions of girls like you who are much older and love it also. I'm almost 30 years old and I love it among other things that boys usually think as "theirs" like playing video games.
    Boys are silly... I bet they wish they had an awesome water bottle just like you do.

    All the best,

    Magda

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie. Not only do I love Star Wars, but I taught all of my nieces to live it as well, as young as yourself. Don't ever let people put you down for the things you love and enjoy. Stand proud of the things you love.

    I only wish there were more Star Wars movies, and I wish I had the time and money to buy more of the Star Wars books!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie! Be proud that you like Star Wars, and don't let those boys tell you the kind of person you should or should not be. I'm proud to say that my oldest daughter, when she was 9, completed the Jedi Training Academy at Epcot Center in Disneyworld. On top of that, the trainers on the stage told her that she was better than the boys! There are lots of girls just like you who love Star Wars.

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Katie,
    I'm another girl who loves Star Wars. My nephews love that I can have light saber battles with them, and it means a lot to me that I can share something fun with them. Star Wars is for everyone! So keep your head up and keep rocking that cool water bottle! You are awesome! <3

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie! I have a daughter in first grade, too, and she thought it was really wrong of those boys to make fun of your water bottle. When I told her about your situation, she said, "Well, I don't really like Star Wars all that much. But I'll carry a Star Wars water bottle around! I'll do it!" Because she agrees that there shouldn't be "girl" things and "boy" things. So maybe this will be a trend. And I'd be happy to get her that water bottle. When I was a kid I saw the Empire Strikes Back in the movie theater 57 times when it came out - THAT is how cool I think Star Wars is, even though I am a girl!

    Cool stuff is just cool, it doesn't matter if you're a boy or a girl. And the boys DEFINITELY do not get to have Star Wars all to themselves!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie! Please DO NOT listen to those boys that say you can't have Star Wars stuff because you're a girl. I'm a girl too and I like Star Wars! I also like Star Trek, Disney stuff, and pink. You can like whatever you want!

    Please, just ignore those bullies. If you show them that you don't care what they say, they will leave you alone.

    May the force be with you!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie! I'm a 43 year old "girl" and I LOVE STAR WARS!!
    I know it is hard to be different than what people think you should be, but you are being brave by being YOU! Don't ever let what people think influence who you are and what you love. How boring the world would be if everyone liked and did the same things!
    And you know what? I bet some of those kids that are teasing you wish they had an awesome STAR WARS lunch box and water bottle.

    (And BTW, I love your glasses, too! I have some like them and they ROCK!)

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie! I'm a woman with glasses, that has a BLUE water bottle, and loves Star Wars! My husband is also adopted, wears glasses, and love Star Wars. As a girl I always played with "boy toys" with my sisters. And I could run faster than almost all of the boys. Be glad and celebrate all of the things that make you YOU. Different is GOOD. Can you imagine how school would be if everyone was exactly the same person? You'd all be BORED. It's important for people to stand up for their differences and celebrate them as well as their similarities. Stay strong and awesome!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm so proud of you for taking your Star Wars water bottle! I'm a 28 year old and have loved Star Wars my entire life. I know it's hard now but, as you get older, all of the things that make you uniquely Katie are the things people will love about you.

    Don't worry about being different or liking things that boys like! When my husband proposed to me, he said one of his favorite things about me was that I love all kinds of things that girls aren't supposed to (things like Star Wars and video games!). It's those things that feel so different now that people enjoy the most as we get older.

    Star Wars is awesome and you're not the only girl who thinks so!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    I'm a woman, loved star wars since I stood in line to see it the first time it was in theaters, some 33 years ago. :D I have a Star Wars poster in my livingroom, framed and right there where everyone can see it when they walk into my house! My husband and I had the Imperial March playing as our wedding theme.

    My daughter, who is also in first grade, LOVES star wars. Oddly enough, while it made me a little geeky when I was a kid, she is immensely popular. All the boys love her star wars knowledge and her t-shirts.

    Love what you love. Never be ashamed!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie!

    I love Star Wars, and I think it is great that you take Star Wars water bottle to school. It is very hard to be teased; the boys at my school used to tease me because I was the shortest person in my class. But you shouldn't let the bullies make you change who you are or what you like. Star Wars is for boys AND girls, and you can like anything you want. I promise that when you get older you will find friends (girls and boys) who love Star Wars as much as you do, and they will see you for the wonderful girl you are!

    PS: Before too long, there will be other kids in your class who wear glasses. I know this because my brother was the first kid in HIS class with glasses, but he wasn't the only one for very long. Plus, I think glasses are cool!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Katie- I love the Star Wars movies! I am a 33 yr old woman, but I have loved them since I was 6 or 7. Never let anyone tell you you cannot like them because you are a girl. I still love them and always will. They made me who I am today and I wouldn't want it any other way.

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie, I'm a girl and I like Star Wars (and Star Trek and video games, and all sorts of things girls aren't supposed to like). And I hate the color pink. You are one awesome girl, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie! I also used to be a little girl who played with Star Wars toys, and wore glasses since I was four years old. I still have my plush Ewok toy from when Return of the Jedi came out. When I was in middle school and high school I played trading card games and read comics with the boys in school. Being interested in "boy" things will just give you the chance to have more friends. In school girls that were only into "girl" things wouldn't really spend time with boys unless they were dating them. But I had a wider group of friends I could just hang out and have fun with. Now I'm 29 and planning on making Han Solo and Princess Leia costumes for my boyfriend and I next year. If you ever feel down about it just remember how strong and pretty Princess Leia was, and how she was just as important and tough as Luke and Han. Princess Leia was always one of my role models when I was growing up.

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Just sending some support from a fellow Katie, who also wears glasses and loves Star Wars! :)

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Katie, first of all, you are the cutest girl ever!

    When I was little, I was very much into things that other kids would consider not "cool"-- but I didn't quit. Now, I have so many friends who loves Star Wars, and we have so much fun with it!

    I know bullying and getting teased is hard. But those kids are not worth changing for. Stay strong and remember that you will meet important people who will not make fun of you... and they will be your friends.

    I am proud of you for liking Star Wars! This world needs more little girls like you!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie,

    First off I love your glasses. Second Star Wars is very cool. I waited in line all day to see the openings of the original 3 when I was kid along with many friends that were girls. Best of all, though is you have a super cool mom! Always let her know if someone is mean to you so she can help you find the best way to get help.

    You may want to get another Star Wars water bottle to put away for when you are older - it will be super cool to have one when you get to high school and college.

    You may wish to read some of these letters in front of your class at school and let them know that lots of girls like Star Wars. I'll bet some other girls in your class like Star Wars too. If they haven't seen them maybe you could invite a few friends over to watch one of the movies.

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Katie - Star Wars is NOT just for boys! When I was a girl and the Star Wars movie was brand new, I played Princess Leia with my brothers and friends. Good for you for choosing the lunchbox YOU wanted. Be true to who YOU are, sweetie! And if you like Star Wars, never mind what anyone else thinks. Star Wars is cool!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Katie -
    You are one awesome kid, with great taste in movies - Star Wars rocks! I'm 31 years old, and I love Star Wars, too :-) When I was a kid, I was into "boy" stuff - Transformers, He-Man, those kind of things. I got teased for it, too. But I decided not to let those bullies see how much it bothered me. These were the things I liked, and if they weren't happy with it, well tough for them! And, after a while, they realized that their teasing wasn't going to change me, and they stopped. It was hard, and it took time, but it stopped.
    It's so important to be true to who you are, and if that means carrying an AWESOME Star Wars water bottle, then you do it! You show them how brave and smart and cool you are, and in time those boys won't care what water bottle you're carrying.
    The Force is strong with you!!! :-)

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie! You are SO COOL for having a Star Wars water bottle! I wish had that when I was a little girl. Trust me: anyone who says Star Wars isn't for girls is lying to you. MILLIONS of girls love Star Wars all over the world, and you're part of that awesome club! :) Even if a few boys at school don't like it, a bajillion girls and women are right there with ya. <3

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie.
    I too am adopted, and I also wear glasses. My adoptive parents are really great, and nerdy girls with glasses are cute. I really like your little black frames!

    When I was little I enjoyed playing with trucks and playing soccer with the boys during recess. I also had lots of dolls and played princess. There is nothing wrong with liking "boy" things if you're a girl or "girl" things if you're a boy. It doesn't make you any less girly or boyish. I've always liked movies with action and adventure, and Star Wars is really cool. There are plenty of female characters in Star Wars, why shouldn't you like it? If you get into the comics, there are even more.

    I'm 22 and I still have lots of toys decorating my apartment, though now they are GI Joes, Batman figures, and even girly ones like Monster High dolls. My boyfriend is happy to have a girl who likes things like Star Wars and GI Joe. I know you are too young to care about boys like that, but when you get older, you'll realize boys want to hang out with girls who like the same things they do.

    The worst thing you can do is stop doing something you enjoy because other people tease you about it. Just because those people can't find happiness doesn't mean you should have to lose yours. Be strong and hold onto the things that you love. It'll all turn out and you'll be much happier. Best of luck!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    hey katie!
    star wars will ALWAYS be awesome, and if kids are teasing you...they're just naive (that means they don't know much yet) about how great star wars is. it's easy to pretend to not like something you know nothing about, but to be true to yourself and show you like star wars to the whole world is a great thing!

    lots of us like star wars! i have a star wars flash drive for my computer, and a star wars phone. i'm a teacher at a middleschool and i wear star wars t-shirts to work. i even have a star wars tattoo on my foot. so those kids teasing you? they're just too young and too dumb! probably jealous, too. cause i know i'm jealous of your super-cool water bottle!

    both girls and boys love star wars, don't let anyone tell you otherwise! princess leia is one of the COOLEST girls in any movie anywhere!!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie,

    I wanted you to know that when I was in grade one Star Wars was just coming out and I LOVED it! I played with all the action figures (boy word for "dolls") for hours! I think you have really good taste for liking Star Wars. I am jealous you have a Star Wars water bottle. I will have to ask Santa for one for Christmas!

    I have two daughters. My 10 year old wears glasses, hearing aids and is also the only child in her class that is adopted. She went through a stage where she didn't want anyone to know she wore hearing aids. Even got the ear part in the colour of her skin so it wouldn't stand out. I was sad as before she always had swirly colours and sparkles in them... I am happy this year she chose her favourite colour again! Sometimes children bug her about being adopted. She tells them she is lucky because she has two moms and dads that love her very much, as I am sure you do too!

    My other daughter is 8 and this year she got a BOYS snowsuit because all the girl ones were pink or purple and she wanted her favourite colour GREEN! She likes pokemon too and dinky cars.

    All through elementary school my best friend was a boy. We had a great time playing He-man, lego, digging to China in the backyard and lots of other things that were supposed to be "boy" activities. We got teased a lot that we were boyfriend and girlfriend. We didn't care. We were too busy having fun.

    Remember to be true to who you are and don't give up the things you love because of something someone else says. Don't let other people decide your happiness. You sound like a fabulous child and I think you will be a fabulous adult too! Congratulations on being great!

    Have you ever looked at the toys at www.thinkgeek.com ? Very fun stuff!!!

    Keep smiling Katie! We all think you are awesome!

    To Everyone else: Why is it that fast food places still ask "Girl" or "Boy" toy? EVERY time I have to say "And what ARE the toys?" and more than half the time my girls pick the "Boy" toy. MAJOR pet peeve! Let's rally about that next!!!! :)

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Katie, I just want to add my voice to the other amazing women who also grew up loving Star Wars, and Transformers, and so many other things that we were told were "for boys." I'm so sorry that you're being given a hard time. Someday soon, you'll see that you have the best mom in the world, for showing you that you can like whatever you like, and there's no such thing as "just for boys" or "just for girls." It would be just as okay for a boy to use the pink water bottle as it is for you to use the Star Wars one, if that's the one he liked.

    I wish I could gather up all of the great, geeky women I know, so that we could all join for a Star Wars party, because there are definitely enough of us to fill your school's auditorium, at least (and that's just the ones I know personally!)! I also wish I could show you all of the guys I know who think it's really cool when a girl can quote The Empire Strikes Back to him.

    Mind what you have learned, young Jedi. The Force (and the geek girls) will be with you always.

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    It is time that all parents try to avoid forcing gender-role stereotypes on their children. It can be very confusing to them to like something and to be told by their parents that it is not okay. I am very proud of your daughter for having the courage to show that she is not afraid to show that she likes something that other children find "un-girly". I find is surprising that boys are picking on a girl for such things. I always thought that it was just boys who got teased for having "female" interests. I am blessed with a wonderful 8-year-old son who has decided that he wanted to go against all stereotypes and incorporate pink into his everyday life. He has pink everything! He got teased briefly, but once the other kids realized that he didn't care and that boys could wear whatever they wanted, they left him alone and eventually became his friends. It is always okay and wonderful to be different!! Those boys were just jealous because their parents probably wouldn't let them have the cool Star Wars water bottle!! Stay different and everyone LOVES Star Wars, even if some are afraid to admit it!!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Rock on, Katie! Whether you carry a Star Wars bottle or a pink bottle, you're an awesome girl.

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hey Katie! I'm 23 and I love watching Star Wars!! And Batman, and Superman...okay any awesome show really. I have four brothers and a sister. My five year old niece LOVES star wars too! And so does my 13 year old niece! All girls, all different ages. Even my MOM likes star wars, and she's 61 years old! Awesome, right? Remember, it's okay to like whatever you want. Just remember that just because you're a girl doesn't mean you have to like what all girls like. :)

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie! I'm Kate and I'm an 18 year old girl that loves Star Wars, video games, bugs..you name it! It's hard when people make fun of the things you like, especially if you like them a lot. Just know that those little things that you like that other people find weird, are actually pretty cool, and those things make up parts of you! Be proud of who you are, and if you want to love the things that other people may not understand, well go ahead and love them! :)

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a girl and I love Star Wars. So does my mom, which is where I got it from. I grew up watching Episodes 4-6. And reading the books. And I had friends when I was in high school I spent hours debating Star Wars with! Star Wars can even provide us with strong female role models, both even royalty! Next time the boys tease just think about what Princess Leia would do and smile because you know and understand cool things that they don't.

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hey Katie!!!

    Sweetheart, i am so excited you like Star Wars and science fiction! Doesn't mean you can't carry a pink water bottle too, if YOU want to, but don't do it because the kids in your class say mean things.

    When you get older, you will be awesome like you are now. Those kids wont be like they are now, they will WANT a girl who is different as their friend. But you will have all the imagination and hope that Star Wars has given you, and you will be very successful.

    Think of your life like a movie. It's interesting! It's exciting! You're the star. What happens to the star of a movie? Sometimes bad things happen to them, but in the end, they are still number 1!

    I, personally, don't like movies that are boring, obviously because I love Star Wars! (hehe!) And being just another kid at a school.. where's the fun in that?! Be you! You are amazing! They don't make movies about people who try to fit in. They make movies about people who stand out!

    So if those kids pick on you, remember, you have over a hundred friends right here, and we love you just how you are. And your mommy knew we were here, and for her to tell us what's happening, she obviously loves you more than anything in the world!

    I just want you to remember one thing. It's the kids who stand out that make all the good in the world. They grow up to be even more amazing and exciting and interesting than they are when they're younger.

    You're well on your way doll! And if you ever need us, we are here!

    xo
    jessica

  • In reply to JessicaCha:

    I am so excited to see that the word about your story got out on twitter tonight, Katie.

    Believe it or not Katie, you have united over 780 people by the time I am writing this only about 4 hours later! I don't know ANY first grader who can do that, but you!

    How truly amazing you are!

    Oh and by the way, STAR WARS even retweeted your story an hour ago! :)

    Look! http://twitter.com/#!/starwars

    It says "..StarWars is for everyone - including little girls! http://bit.ly/cNT2Pa #MayTheForceBeWithKatie "

    You can do ANYTHING!

    May the Force be with you! Have fun in school. And remember. It's your story! You're the star! xoxo jessica

  • In reply to JessicaCha:

    Hi Katie! I'm a woman and I LOVED Star Wars as a girl! (I still do...) One of my favorite memories is when I was in Kindergarten and my dad came and he took me out of school so we could see Star Wars (A New Hope) in the movie theater. All my friends (boys AND girls) were so jealous!! I got a Millennium Falcon that year for Christmas, complete with all the action figures, and I played with it all the time. So, keep on loving Star Wars!!!

    P.S. My son, who's 4, loves to eat off of his sister's pink plate and he likes to use her pink fork. So, who says pink is a girl's color anyway?
    :0)

  • In reply to JessicaCha:

    Heya Katie, I heard about your story all the way from Australia, and wanted to give you some yoda-like advice to be yourself, it's the only thing you can and ever should be.

    In primary school (Elementary school for you), I was teased and picked on as a girl for liking star wars, I used to read all the books and do projects on it, and I knew a lot of weird facts too! I also went camping, "helped" fix cars with my father, and did other things girls aren't meant to do.

    But you know what, when I went to high school I found a group of girls who loved reading, loved star wars, loved camping, and doing other things I enjoyed, and we are still very good friends, and because I spent a lot of time in the library reading, I'm much smarter than those kids who picked on me.

    Remember that kindness given out will always come back to you, and everyone gets exactly what they deserve in the end.

    May the force be with you, Katie, and blessed be.
    Claire.

  • In reply to JessicaCha:

    Katie,

    You sound like the COOLEST KID EVER!!! I'm a grownup, but I've always been a girl who's loved Star Wars. In fact, I even have a Star Wars room in my house today! I've seen all the movies countless times and I watch the Clone Wars every week. I read Star Wars books and listen to podcasts and I was Princess Leia for Halloween (again!) last year.

    I know it's hard, Katie, and I'm sorry that the other kids are mean. They were mean to me sometimes, too, because I liked Star Wars and Star Trek and no other girls did. (I had to wear glasses too!) But you know what? Those shows inspired me to become an engineer and work at NASA! Today I work in Mission Control for the Space Shuttle! Did you know that Luke's lightsaber from Return of the Jedi flew on the space shuttle Discovery a few years ago? On that same mission, the commander of the space shuttle and the commander of the space station were both women! (STS-120)

    So it may be hard now, but in the end I bet you grow up to be a very special lady who will do some amazing things. Maybe because of your love for Star Wars you'll become a rocket scientist, too, and go to the moon or even Mars. Whatever it is you want to do, NEVER let ANYONE tell you that you can't because you're a girl. Trust me - the Force is strong in you, Katie!!! :)

    (Katie/Carrie, if you're ever in the Houston area I would be honored to give you a tour of Johnson Space Center & Mission Control. :)

    - Holly

  • In reply to JessicaCha:

    Dearest Katie:

    First of all, I am so, so sorry that those boys decided to bully you for being the awesome little youngling you are. It's so hard to be different, I know, because I am, too. But, just because we're different in ways we can't help, doesn't mean we should have to hide the rest of who we are. You are an amazingly brave little girl, and I am so proud of you for staying with your love for Star Wars.

    If it helps any, I'm 22 years old, and a girl. I also wear glasses, and I'm in a wheelchair. I've always been drawn to both boy and girl things, and as a kid played with both Barbie and G.I. Joe. Both then and now, I still wear what could be said to be "boy clothes", since they have to do with things like Star Wars, Batman, Spiderman...

    You're not weird, darling Katie, remember that. You are awesome, is what you are! And, you know what? If those boys or any others try to tell you that Star Wars is only for boys, you tell them to go tell that to Leia, Padme, Asohka, Asajj Ventress, and any other lady characters you may like! (I also like Aayla Secura and Aurra Sing!) Just like there are both guy and girl Jedi and Sith, so too can there be, and ARE THERE, both guy and girl Star Wars fans!

    Take care of yourself, Youngling. The Force is so very strong with you.

  • In reply to JessicaCha:

    Dear Katie,

    First let me say that you have someone who LOVES YOU DEEPLY for wanting to get the internet community to let you know how awesome it is to be a geeky girl and a girl who loves Star Wars. No matter what anyone says about you for whoever you are, you should always remember how important and how awesome it is to have someone like that in your life.

    Second, Boys are silly but then again so are some girls. You on the other hand are neither because you're being who you want to be! If anything in my book that makes you a pretty awesome role model, many little girls should look up to you for being so strong! Many people are threatened by people like that and the only way they know how to react is to try and knock em down. That just means you're so awesome that they don't know what else to do! You can like the color pink and like Star Wars! You can choose whatever you want because you're cool and confident enough to like what you want.

    I'm 23 years old, and I like Stars Wars. I also like Spiderman and Wolverine, and computers. When I was growing up my dad and I used to go to the comic book store, and kids at school used to make fun of me for that. They said I should be playing with barbies instead. It used to hurt my feelings and made me wonder why they didn't like me. But I realized what made me happier than worrying about they said, continuing to read my comic books and watching my cartoons. It's not easy path sometimes, but don't you worry, you're going to be fine as long as you are who you are! Don't be afraid! With someone as wonderful as your Mom there to love you no matter what, you can make it through everything! So hold your head up proud and come join the rank of the awesome Geek girls and Women. We're a big community and we know that anythings possible with our awesomeness!

    Ooooodles of Geek Love sent your way,

    @lly

  • In reply to JessicaCha:

    Dear Katie,

    First let me say that you have someone who LOVES YOU DEEPLY for wanting to get the internet community to let you know how awesome it is to be a geeky girl and a girl who loves Star Wars. No matter what anyone says about you for whoever you are, you should always remember how important and how awesome it is to have someone like that in your life.

    Second, Boys are silly but then again so are some girls. You on the other hand are neither because you're being who you want to be! If anything in my book that makes you a pretty awesome role model, many little girls should look up to you for being so strong! Many people are threatened by people like that and the only way they know how to react is to try and knock em down. That just means you're so awesome that they don't know what else to do! You can like the color pink and like Star Wars! You can choose whatever you want because you're cool and confident enough to like what you want.

    I'm 23 years old, and I like Stars Wars. I also like Spiderman and Wolverine, and computers. When I was growing up my dad and I used to go to the comic book store, and kids at school used to make fun of me for that. They said I should be playing with barbies instead. It used to hurt my feelings and made me wonder why they didn't like me. But I realized what made me happier than worrying about they said, continuing to read my comic books and watching my cartoons. It's not easy path sometimes, but don't you worry, you're going to be fine as long as you are who you are! Don't be afraid! With someone as wonderful as your Mom there to love you no matter what, you can make it through everything! So hold your head up proud and come join the rank of the awesome Geek girls and Women. We're a big community and we know that anythings possible with our awesomeness!

    Ooooodles of Geek Love sent your way,

    @lly

  • In reply to JessicaCha:

    Hi Katie,

    I'm a 26 year old South African woman and I wish I had a Star Wars water bottle! :) In the end Katie, you're beautiful exactly the way you are. Be proud, chin up and forget what those boys say! There is nothing wrong or bad about being different. *hugs*

  • In reply to JessicaCha:

    Hello Katie!

    My name is Akane, and I took a min to create an account and leave you a comment. I'm 20 years old and I'm married to Chewbacca :3
    Love star wars baby, there's nothing wrong with standing out in a crowd, believe me when you are my age you'll be so happy to not be apart of the 'Pink Bottle' club
    -hugs and kisses-
    :]

  • In reply to JessicaCha:

    My dearest Katie,

    I was 3 years old when I first saw the Empire Strikes Back. I still remember walking into the theater 30 years ago! It was so exhilerating to watch the space battles and the light saber fights on the big screen! When I started 1st grade, I too had a Return of the Jedi lunch box. I was the ONLY GIRL with one. I too was bullied, but not by the boys. The girls wouldn't play with me. I think out of all the girls I had one friend, but she would play with me as long as the other girls were occupied. I never let this get me down. The boys were very supportive and defended me! I was very surprised that anyone would since I was so different.

    I stuck with what I liked and didn't care much for what others said. Eventually, the girls saw that I too liked the same things they liked, but that Star Wars was what made me myself! The funny thing is when we got into middle school, the girls started asking ME about Star Wars so they could talk to the boys! So funny how quickly they turned around!

    I have been married for 13 years now to a wonderful man who, yep you guessed it, loves Star Wars as much as I do! I have two beautiful daughters who love Star Wars too. My oldest is 9 years old and was bullied in Kindergarten(sorry, mom, but it starts younger than 1st grade!) because she was different. She's very tall for her age and became overweight because of severe sleep apnea. She was picked on in school by her older cousins for every single difference, including Star Wars. This in turn got the other children of the school to start too. It got so bad that she started telling us she was sick so she wouldn't have to go. It built up until she broke down crying and telling me how ugly she was and that it was stupid to like boy things. I too hugged her tightly and told her that they were jealous that she was more popular than they were and that this was the only way they knew to make her unhappy. She had friends in girl scouts that loved her for her and helped her through this rough time. Unfortunately, everything came back to haunt her in 2nd grade again. This time, she was in a new school and it was a new bully. This time she was prepared. She tried to handle it herself, but when it got to be too much, she told me and we told her teacher. She is now in 3rd grade and has not had any problems. Her friends are stronger than the bully that has now given up. And she's counting down the days to Star Wars in 3D!

    My youngest is 5 years old and just started Kindergarten. She has not had any problems yet, but I'm on the look out for the signs. She too is counting down the days to when she can see Star Wars in 3D with her mommy, daddy, and her big sister!

    You are not alone, sweetie. We have all been there at one point, be it because we like Star Wars or have a little extra weight on our body. The one thing you need to remember is that Star Wars has a BIG FAMILY. We may not all be related, but we all come together when one of our family members needs us. We are here for you. You ARE in this exspansive family that extends around the world! You are a true fan if, no matter what, you accept a fan for who they are. You have proven that you truly are a Jedi and shall make a fine addition to the family.

    I hope these stories have helped you and brought a smile to your beautiful face! Take heart, young one, for I too, still wear Star Wars shirts too work. You have a WONDERFUL day!

    Jen from Baltimore, MD

  • In reply to JessicaCha:

    Katie,

    Don't ever let anyone tell you that something you like isn't "for girls," if you like it, it's for you! Star Wars is for anyone with an imagination! If you ever needed proof that it is just as much for girls as for boys, just look at Princess Leia, Padme, Ahsoka, and all of the other awesome women in that universe! They are all strong women who fight for what they believe in and are proud to be who they are. I can't think of any better type of role model for a young girl to look up to.

    I will always be a little girl at heart, and I will always love Star Wars! I hope you won't let the bullies of the world take something you enjoy away from you!

    Just remember, it's okay to be different. Being just like everyone else is boring anyway.

    Good luck and keep on just being you!

  • In reply to JessicaCha:

    I have to admit that I wasn't much of a Star Wars fan as a young girl. Star Trek: The Next Generation was always my sci-fi of choice then, and still is 9 times out of 10. Regardless of the specific series, girl geeks are EVERYWHERE and we are loud and proud. There's nothing wrong with being a geek.

    There's also nothing wrong with being adopted. I'm adopted too and I always looked at it as meaning that I was special, not different. I've always known that my parents chose me to be in their lives. I could never doubt how much they loved me.

    Stay strong, Katie. Know that there are many, many geek girls out there who support you.

  • In reply to JessicaCha:

    Hi Katie! I'm an old lady of 43 and I LOVE Star Wars!!! I have a life size Yoda I won, and I dress my pug up as Darth Vader! You should be happy that you have such a great mom & you should wear your SW things with pride! Be strong like Padme! Be a leader, you know the boys are just jealous. You should do what you want, don't ever let anyone tell you can't do something. Women can achieve great things, we are the stronger, and we are leaders! I own my own business in a male dominated field, and I don't let anyone tell me what to do or make me feel bad for doing what I do. You can do it too! You go girl!!! Erika

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm 25-years-old and your story reminds me a lot of when I just started kindergarten. I LOVED the Ninja Turtles when I was a kid (Leonardo was my favorite. I thought swords were cool). When I started school, all the kids teased me because of that because girls weren't supposed to like the Ninja Turtles. The girls wouldn't play with me because of it and the boys weren't about to let a girl play with them. I thought that I would have to pretend I didn't like the Ninja Turtles so I could have friends at school. But I learned that was not the way to do things. I didn't back down from the things I liked and people respected me more for it. And I ended up with friends who were a lot more loyal to me than if I would have acted like I didn't like Ninja Turtles.

    I still love the Ninja Turtles. I also love Star Wars (Yoda is my favorite), Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Doctor Who - a lot of these are considered things that boys like. But don't ever let anyone tell you not to love something because the things you love are the things that make your life worthwhile. I love to write stories and these stories I read/watch truly inspire me. I've also had to deal with some hard things in my life and these interests have helped me cope with my troubles. The things I like define me.

    If I had to tell you one thing, it's that you should never let anyone tell you that you "have to" like something. You can decide what you like. If "Star Wars" is something that makes you happy, you hold onto that and run with it.

    And I have to say that you are one of the coolest first-graders ever! Keep drinking out of that water bottle! And may the force be with you! :)

    Best wishes,
    Chrissy from Utah

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    I'm a girl and I like the color pink, unicorns, kittens, babies, college football, hockey, fishing and Star Wars! You are an incredible girl, don't those silly boys bother you, they don't know what they are talking about!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hey Katie! I'm 24 and I've been a Star Wars fans since I was 9 years old! People even used to call me Melissa Skywalker at school! I still dress up as a Jedi every year for Halloween, and I wear Anakin's costume. I think it is sooo cool that you have a Star Wars backpack and water bottle. I have lots of Star Wars stuff and there's even a video about me and my Star Wars collection online! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61D3qAdxX6g

    Sometimes, people are surprised that I like Star Wars and video games because I'm a girl, but I have lots of friends that are girls and boys that like those things too! So don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't do something or like something because you're a girl! And I wore glasses for many years too. I had super cool glasses and I got a lot of compliments on them. You rock! May the force be with you!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hey Katie!

    Don't let those silly boys tell you what you can and can't like. I'm a girl and I LOVE Star Wars! I camped out for Phantom Menace! Just today, I decided to spend my extra money on new Star Wars toys for my desk instead of getting my nails done! My 2 year old daughter's favorite movie is Toy Story 3. She would rather play with Buzz and Woody than her Disney Princess dolls. Don't ever let someone tell you it's not okay to be different. You can like whatever you want, no one can take that from you.

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie,

    In 1977, I was almost 5 years old, and I went to see the first Star Wars movie. I loved Star Wars and requested to see it many times in the cinema. I even went to the Return of the Jedi premiere in my city.

    I didn't collect a lot of the action figures - I was into the comics published by Marvel, and magazines that featured articles on Star Wars. Some people thought I wasn't cool because I liked Star Wars and I was a girl (although back then tons of girls loved it openly - all kids enjoyed it!), but a lot of boys and girls thought it was neat that I knew everything about it.

    For every person that may not like something you do, there is another person who will like it. So why spend time pleasing the people who want you to change for no reason, if you don't get to play with the person who already likes you just the way you are?

    Good luck in school, learn a lot, and have lots of fun! I can tell your mother loves you very much.

    Also, everyone in my family wears glasses. When I was 5, I was sad, because I wanted to wear glasses so I could be like everyone else. In the end, I learned just to be me.

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    From one 'different' girl to another... you do what you like. Those that understand will like you better and those that make fun of you are just jelouse of your bravery and spunk! Star Wars is enjoyed by lots of people all over the world! Go any where and talk about Luke & Chewie and EVERYONE will know what you say. It's an international language!!! Never let others tell you what is 'cool' or 'normal' that is something only you can decide for yourself! My thoughts go to you and to all of the other girls out there who have gone through the same thing!

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie!

    Some of the best memories I have are of watching Star Trek with my dad when I was a little kid.. that was our special time to hang out together. I'll always be a Trekkie but I love Star Wars too. I just wanted to let you know that YOU ROCK! Maybe those silly boys are just jealous that you have a cooler thermos than they do.

    You just keep liking what you like, and carry your Star Wars water bottle proudly! Geek girls forever!

    May the force be with you. :)

    -Rebecca

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Miss katie,
    Never be anything you're not!

    I'm 27 and I loooove starwars! You are a beautiful young lady. You're obviously well on your way to being one of the coolest people ever, you like starwars! Its not easy to be different, but its always more fun!! If it came too asy it wouldn't be worth all the time that it took.
    Be who you are and love what you do. You are the one that has too live with you. These boys are probably only making fun of you because they're jealous of your gear, or they have crushes on your because you're so cool.
    Stay true to yourself. Its going to get harder too. Keep your chin up girl!
    You don't need pink stuff to be happy!!

    Xoxo
    Miss kayla

  • In reply to JeffHolton:

    Hi Katie,
    I am also a Katie, and I love Star Wars. In fact, I am a little bit jealous of your Star Wars water bottle.

    I wanted to take a moment and tell you it's good to be different. Being different means that you are not forgettable, which is really, really cool. It means that people will remember you even when you think they won't, and as you get older the same boys who teased you will be your friends because you can talk to them about Star Wars. You'll find that liking things boys like makes it easier to be friends with them, which is pretty cool!

    I was teased a lot in school, but I kept doing what I liked, and it turned out great in the end. Now, I am a girl who wears glasses, likes Star Wars, science, math, science fiction books and all kinds of things that make me proud to be a nerd/geek.

    You're not alone. Keep taking your Star Wars water bottle to school, and remember there are a lot of other women out there who will look at for you.

    Keep it up, the world needs more people to be different. The different people are some of the most talented, creative people I know!

    xo,
    Katie

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie sometimes it's really hard when our friends are mean to us, but you should know you're not the only girl who loves Star Wars. I've loved Star Wars for a long time and my daughter who is 13 loves Star Wars too. We love when cool girls like you discover Star Wars too. Since Star Wars is great. You keep being who you are Katie. May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Darling Katie!

    I am a mother of a 16 month old boy, who I plan on showing Star Wars in all it's glory when he is old enough to understand what it is.

    I myself, as well as my husband and countless friends, are big fans of Star Wars. I even dress up for Star Wars! And I'm an adult! I like to dress up as a female Sith (yes, I like the evil characters, and even though some might thing it's different that I like the evil characters, I keep on liking them!) Here's a picture of me in my Sith costume, or as some of my friends call me, Lady Vader: http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a57/Nevlonniel/Costumes/IMG_1141.jpg?1290117391

    I am also currently working on a Leia costume and Padme costume, and I have SO many friends, most of them ladies, that dress up in costume for Star Wars events! And I've seen countless of girls your age who go to events where Star Wars is a big thing, and they like Star Wars and even dress up too!

    Don't ever let anyone dissuade you from liking Star Wars! Believe it or not, it's a very cool genre, and there are SO many girls and women out there that like it too! And just think, your mom can help you make a costume from Star Wars, and as you get older, the costumes can get more fantastic!

    The boys that tease you are just jealous that they don't have cool Star Wars things! Just keep taking your Star Wars backpack and water bottle!

    Stay strong and keeping believing! And may the Force always be with you! <3 ~ Anne Marie from California

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Katie,

    Ever since my dad sat me down to watch the Star Wars movies, I have been in LOVE with them. Over the years I have amassed so much Star Wars memorabilia! What I love most are the Star Wars Lego games! So many cool toys, games, books, you name it, have come out of a love of those movies. Don't ever be afraid to be who you are around your schoolmates, individuality is the beginning of greatness! You're not alone, there are probably hundreds of thousands of girls who love Star Wars just as much as you do, and we aren't afraid to let people know it either! Elementary school, middle school, and high school can be rough on a lot of people. Just know that you are not alone! People pick on other kids because they don't understand, or they're venting their own problems. Just remember it has nothing to do with you. Don't be ashamed of the things you love! And as long as you're true to who you are, your life is guaranteed to be amazing! The fun people will gravitate to your awesomeness!

    Stay strong! We're here rooting for you!
    Deanna (College aged Star Wars lover)

    P.S. Thanks for letting us know about this @nerdist!

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Wow!! That costume is fanBAMtastic!!! My daughter and I cosplay all the time and you're the first female Sith we've seen. It's amazing! No one would dare bully you.

  • In reply to fluffbuggle:

    Thank you! I'm glad to see other individuals, especially with their little girls, enjoy the world of cosplay!

    I hope it encourages little Katie to keep on liking Star Wars, and perhaps some day, join the rest of the thousands of ladies that enjoy dressing up for Star Wars as well! =)

  • In reply to fluffbuggle:

    Dear Katie,

    I know what it is like to be teased, I used to be a bit chubby when I was a kid and, like you, I also had to wear glasses and an eye patch. I was often teased because of it but I came out stronger in the end. Remember: just hold your head high and let them talk, they just don't know any better ;)

    As for 'girls cannot like Star Wars', that's so not true.. I am a guy who loves Star Wars, I am married to a wife who loves Star Wars even more than me (and always buys a lot of Star Wars items) and we have a little baby girl who, we hope, will love Star Wars just like you do!

    May the force be with you!

  • In reply to fluffbuggle:

    My little daughter has her own STAR WARS Shirt: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=6602597&l=26ab1fa737&id=576265089

    And take a look at her training to be a Jedi, it's cute and hilarious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CmmqWbABpw&NR=1

  • In reply to fluffbuggle:

    Katie, there is NOTHING, I repeat NOTHING, wrong with a girl liking Star Wars. What is wrong is the boys trying to make fun of you and telling you what you can and can't like.
    Don't let other people tell you what you can and can't be. Enjoy what you want to enjoy. Life is a lot better that way.

    May the force be with you, Katie. Always.
    Tim.

  • In reply to fluffbuggle:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a woman and I love all things nerdy. I started reading comic books when I was in third grade and I always felt like I had to hide it from the other girls in order to be cool. But you know what? Not true! There are so many other awesome women out there that love Star Wars and comic books and video games. I wish I had a Star Wars water bottle! I kind of want to go buy one now so that I can be cool like you! Star Wars is the BEST and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    Don't listen to those boys. Look at all the people that agree with you. Love what you love. Continue to be awesome and maybe some day those boys will catch up to YOU and realize what it takes to be cool.

    <3, Stephanie

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Wow, Carrie, I just wish we lived a little closer together! Out here in the western 'burbs, I have a first-grade girl who not only loves Star Wars, but also wears glasses and a patch! Fortunately, her class includes a few boys who don't care if a girl wants to play Jedi with them, but it would be nice to find another girl who also wanted to play.

    I hope both of our girls find out that their tribe is out there--they might not have any Geek Girls in their classes at the moment, but they will find other girls who like sci-fi and a wide range of other things that don't necessarily involve princesses. I found my Geek Girls eventually, and your Katie and my Megan will too!

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi Katie! Like many of the other ladies who have left comments for you, I'm a girl, and I love Star Wars and make my living doing "boy" things (writing about science, technology, and video games). Never be ashamed of the things you love. Always be yourself. You probably don't know the meaning of this phrase, but I bet you will eventually:

    Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.

    Keep being awesome, Katie!! :)

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    I wore glasses and an eye patch when I was in 1st grade and I loved Star Wars too. I didn't like Barbies or the color pink and I liked to climb trees. All my life I've had friends that were boys and girls. I asked my son (who is also in 1st grade and loves Star Wars) about your story and he was really surprised. I asked him if girls can like Star Wars and he enthusiastically said "Yes!" and I asked him about the water bottle and he said in a matter-of-fact way "I like pink...I like all the colors!" He also said that you don't have to play with Barbies if you don't want to.

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    I am 25, and a female, and I LOVE STAR WARS. As a matter of fact, my love of Star Wars got me the job I'm in today.

    Katie, please don't let these boys get the best of you. Because before you know it, your love of Star Wars may bring you to your best friends (I know my love of Star Wars specifically is a big reason why I am dating my boyfriend), and many other opportunities.

    Keep being you!

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hello, Katie! I'm Anna and like you, I'm a girl and I wear glasses and love Star Wars. I wore glasses and loved Star Wars when I was just about your age, too! Those boys might tell you Star Wars is something only boys love, but they're wrong: you're a girl and you love Star Wars, and I'm a girl and I love Star Wars, and all these other girls here love Star Wars, too. I know that when they pick on you, you must feel awfully alone, but please know that you aren't. You are a very courageous and smart young woman, and if you love Star Wars, then it's okay to show it! :)

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    hey katie! i'm sooo sorry this is happening to you. it's not fun. i was also picked on when i was a little kid (i'm almost 23 now, so i guess u prolly think i'm an old lady lol), but it does get easier. i consider myself pretty quirky and sum people think i'm weird; but i dont care, bc those people don't matter to me.the people r picking on u and giving u a hard time because they r jealous of u, and how unique u r, and how u r not scared to show it. don't change who u r love; there was a singer in the 60's named janis joplin who said "don't compromise urself; ur all u've got," meaning that u shouldn't change who u r just to fit in. when u got a little older, u will realize that hey, it's fun to b quirky and unusual; when i had to do a project 4 a psychology class, we had to ask our friends why they r drawn to us as people, and a lot of my friends said they r drawn to me bc im just so different. people who matter really do like people who r unique. the kids who r giving u a hard time r just jealous that u have the courage to be urself, and they don't. i promise, it will get better. just keep ur head up:)

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Tell Katie that I said all of the cool girls like Star Wars.

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Katie, I'm a 26-year-old girl and I've been a major Star Wars fan for most of my life. I have books, videos, games, and a collection of toys. It's okay to like something that's not "girly." Show your colors and be proud to stand up for yourself!

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hey Katie! I have an older brother who showed me Star Wars when I was about 8, and I loved it right away. I've always been into science fiction and other things that might be considered 'just for boys.' The truth is that you get to like WHATEVER YOU WANT. Don't listen to anyone who tries to tell you any different.

    If it makes any difference, I'm 24 now, I still love Star Wars, and I've made a lot of friends (guys AND girls) based on a shared love of that and other 'geeky' things. It's something to be proud of!

    It's a whole lot easier just to go along with everybody else when you're young (believe me, I know!), but you'll be happier in the end if you embrace who you are and the things you love. And if anybody doesn't like it, then their opinion isn't important anyway. :)

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi Katie! I was four years old when I got to see Return of the Jedi in movie theatres and I became an instant fan -- and I still am, 28+ years later. I love Star Wars, as well as Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Lord of the Rings -- and lots of things that boys might tell you "aren't for girls," but I promise you, whatever YOU like is "for girls"!!

    Just like Princess Leia and Queen Amidala could be senators and lead their nations, girls can do, be, and like, anything we want. I'm a writer and editor; I've taught math and Latin; and I also work with doctors to write scientific documents.

    To make you smile, here's a picture of me wearing my favorite t-shirt, and another of me with a cool Lego Jawa I saw in Paris when I traveled there.

    Star Wars is wonderful, and you are a smart, funny, adorable girl -- no matter what other people say. Always remember that, and may the Force be with you.

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Katie,

    Don't change who you are for boys who are confused about who they are. Maybe this won't make sense to you right now, but, some day, boys will think it is really cool that you like Star Wars. Trust me. :)

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi Katie!
    I'm a woman and I love Star Wars. I'm not ashamed of it, but I can quote most of the first 3 movies. And guess what: you're mom is great! When I was your age and wanted Star Wars action figures, my mom told me that "they weren't girl toys" and I couldn't have them. So I went next door and played with my neighbors toys. When I grew up, I met and married a boy who was dressed up a Jedi for Halloween. He now has 4 Star Wars costumes and marches in parades with groups of other cool people who love Star Wars, and I bring our young son, (who is usually in a Star Wars Onsie) to watch and cheer him on. Don't listen to the little boys who can't find something cool that they really love. Deep down they wish they were as cool as you. (And your mom is pretty cool too!)

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    P.S. I was adopted too!

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Katie -- I'm a 21-year-old girl, and I love Star Wars probably just as much as you do (except I can't say that I have all the accessories you do... Jealous, by the way.) But I do have a poster in my bedroom at college. And you know what? One day, all of those boys who were/are teasing you will have their eyes opened and realize that you're probably the coolest girl they know.

    I know it's super hard to be different. But, really, you liking Star Wars doesn't make you "different," per se... It just makes you really really awesome. Keep using the Force, girlfriend. And someday, you'll notice a lot of girls pretending to like Star Wars; I'll tell you why they'll do it right here, right now.

    Because all guys really want in the world is to hang out with girls who know what the Millenium Falcon is.

    I promise you, it gets better. Boys are kind of silly, anyway. ;)

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Hi Katie! I know it's tough to stick to your guns when you are being picked on at school; I used to get picked on too! But, as you can see from the hundreds of women who have spoken out so far, you are way ahead of your time and you will realize later that it is much cooler to be yourself. As for me, I'm 25, have dinosaurs tattooed on my arm and play drums in a rock band (which is a male dominated field and I'm often not taken seriously until men see me play!) I love Star Wars and recently bought a Star Wars tshirt from the boys section at a store. You know what? I get compliments on it from boys all of the time! And even if I didn't, I love it so I would wear it anyway. There is not right or wrong thing for girls to like, so follow your heart and when you grow older you'll be glad you did.

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Audrey, age 4, loves Star Wars too!
    Katie,
    Star Wars is for all people, no matter who they are or what they look like. Just look at all the amazing and different characters in the series! There's boys, girls, humans, wookies, and an old green guy. The best thing about Star Wars is the variety of characters and the unity it brings for fans throughout the world.
    While there are lots of grown up ladies that love Star Wars there are also lots of little girls too. My daughter is 4 years old. She wears glasses, just like you, and proudly wears her Star Wars shirt to school and her daddy's Stormtrooper helmet on special occasions too.
    You can be a girl, or a boy, or the color green, or tall fuzzball, and Star Wars will still be for you!
    May the Force be with You!

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Katie,
    I was bullied as a young girl for many years because I looked different. Now that which they bullied me for is the one thing people first notice and compliment me on. They even tell me they wish they had it! I'm also a loyal Star Wars fan. I was always encouraged by my mother to be strong, believe in yourself, and never melt into the background. Everyone is different no matter what they say. It takes more courage to be strong than it does to bully. Be stronger than them.

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Hey, Katie! Just wanted to let you know that I'm a 27 year old FEMALE Star Wars. I first saw A New Hope when I was five, and I used to act out parts of the movie with my friends at recess. I was always Luke Skywalker :D and I even dressed up as Luke for Halloween one year.

    My junior year of high school, we had to record a video monologue for a media portfolio in my English class. I chose the Emperor's speech from Return of the Jedi, where he was trying to talk Luke into joining the Dark Side. The ibonek in my username is Kenobi spelled backwards. I own all six films and have watched them countless times, and I proudly display a Yoda pin on my suitcase.

    You're not alone in your love of Star Wars, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with showing off that love. You should be proud to enjoy good quality sci fi movies! Don't let those kids get you down. If you want to carry a Star Wars bottle to school, go for it. :D

    May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Hi Katie,

    I'm not a Star Wars fan myself, but I think understand what you are going through. I've always been interested in air and space travel, and that is not considered very "girly." I was an airplane mechanic, and then a space shuttle technician because that was what *I* wanted to do, even though there are very few women in these jobs. It wasn't easy but I did it, and you can too! Please don't let other kids teasing you keep you from being yourself or doing what you love!

    Jen

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Hi Katie! Guess what? I am another woman who grew up watching Star Wars. I think it's really cool, too! Guess what else? I think you are very cool and a whole lot of people here think so too!

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Hey Katie!

    I was named after a character from a fantasy book series (now movies) called Lord of the Rings. Imagine how geeky that made me growing up.

    All you life there will be people trying to keep you down because of your differences. But our differences are what make us awesome and I have never regretted not giving into the pressure to be like the "cool kids". It can be a little hard at times, but with the internet and all the different ways to find and connect with people who are just like you, it's a bright new world out there. I hope this experience has at least shown you that you are in good, loving company with us geek girls.

    Be proud and happy of the things, people, and places you like - it's what makes life worthwhile - don't let anyone take that away from you!

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Hey Katie,
    I've loved Star Wars ever since the first movie came out. I saw it in the theatre when I was 7. I collected the toys for years and had a Darth Vader cake for my 8th birthday. I love Star Wars so much that I even had a Star Wars wedding 2 years ago. After the wedding, the photos were on lots of websites and people commented and said mean things, but I didn't care because it was the best wedding ever! Here is a link to the photos. I was Mon Mothma and my husband was Admiral Ackbar!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jwinokur/sets/72157605939800686/
    I think your Star Wars water bottle is super-cool and I bet a lot of other kids do too, even if they don't say it. May the force be with you!

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Hi Katie,
    I've loved Star Wars for as long as I can remember. I played with the action figures when I was a little girl, and built my own "droids" out of legos. When I was seven I had to have surgery, and when I woke up the first thing I saw was a Barbie-sized Princess Leia doll next to me--a present from my parents. Best. Gift. Ever.

    I have sons now, and I love watching Star Wars with them. "The Empire Strikes Back" is my favorite, but they like "Return of the Jedi" best. Probably because of the Ewoks.
    Part of the reason I wanted to comment is that my seven-year-old boy told me today that he doesn't want me to buy anything purple for him anymore, because a girl in his class is teasing him (apparently, purple is a "girl thing"). He doesn't want to be different, or to be teased, and it's simpler just to stop wearing purple than to stand up to a friend who's not being nice. I understand feeling that way, but I think it's sad. Purple is too nice a color for only half the people in the world to get to wear it. And Star Wars is way too cool to just be a "boy thing".

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Katie is one smart girl. I'd like to remind all those boys that the Star Wars universe has some of the coolest, smartest, toughest princesses around. I'd rather hang out with Leia or Padme than Jasmine or Ariel any day, and I bet those boys would, too.

    We are all "different." I bet every grownup who has commented on this blog felt different when they were growing up. In fact, I'll bet those boys feel different, too. A lot of the time, when kids pick on other kids, it's because those "mean kids" feel different somehow, and want to cover it up by throwing the attention on someone else.

    But Katie, even though it's hard when people pick on you -- and I got picked on a lot, so I know it is -- the important thing to remember is that you get to like whatever you want. You get pick what makes you happy, and you can share that with people however you want, and nobody can take that away from you. There is not a single thing that any other kid can do to make Star Wars less fun for you. That's yours to keep forever.

    As for being adopted making you different, all being adopten means is that someone loved you so much that they sought you out, of all the other kids in the whole world, to be theirs. If that's different, it's a very good kind of different.

    Keep on being exactly the girl you are, Katie. You're smart & brave and you have great taste in movies. And you have a great mom who is on your side no matter what. You can't lose!

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    I'm a 27 year old woman and I love Star Wars. I've loved it since I can remember. I like a lot of other boy-ish things, too, especially things that are sci-fi and fantasy related.

    I used to get made fun of, because I didn't always dress like a girl. I even still get look snow. A shirt of my husband's (which I get more use out of than he does) is very computer geeky, making a joke about binary (the language of computers), and people always make comments about it.

    It took me a while but I finally learned not to worry about it so much. Katie, be proud of what you like. Be proud that you're a little different. I know it isn't always easy, but those differences are what make you, you! There's nothing better than that.

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Hello Katie,

    I'm a 22-year old female graduate student up in Canada, and I love science fiction. I love watching Star Wars, Star Trek, and a bunch of other TV shows and movies with the same kinds of action, adventure, and special effects. I also love reading science fiction and fantasy; they're my favourite kinds of books!

    I was really sorry to hear that some boys at your school were making fun of your water bottle. A lot of kids, especially when they are around their friends, will make fun of others to try to fit in or make themselves look good. The same sort of thing used to happen to me. I got picked on a lot in school. I was never brave enough to admit to anyone, even my mom and dad, that it happened until much, much later. I wish I had been as brave as you - that must have been really tough.

    It's sometimes hard to be different, but it can be a lot more fun. I hope you realize that you aren't alone, and that there are a lot of girls and women who enjoy Star Wars, and a bunch of other "boy-only" stuff (which is, of course, silly - Star Wars is for everyone). I hope you have a better time at school after this, and remember how many people think you're amazing. Because you are. :)

    Chelsea from Canada

    P.S. - That sounds like an awesome water bottle. And a pretty cool lunch kit, too!

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Katie:

    I am a 33 yr old woman who LOVES Star Wars! I have loved it since I was 3 years old! I even dress up as the characters for charity events...and so do a lot of other girls and women. There are several in my local fan club.

    There is even a website called "Her Universe" that makes products just for female fans.

    Never let anyone change who you are or what you like to fit in. You are important and great just as you are.

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Hi Katie! My name is Jenn Green and I'm 25. I LOVE Star Wars AND Star Trek! In fact, I write stories about Amidala and Anakin, because I love their lives so much. I wish there had been Star Wars lunch boxes when I was your age.

    Don't let people get you down. A lot of people poke fun at me because I like a lot of things that others think I'm too "old" to like, like cartoons and Harry Potter and Twilight. In fact, I have a Kermit the Frog tattoo, and a lot of people think that's really silly, but I'm very proud of it.

    I don't know if you've heard it, but Kermit has a song called "It's Not Easy Being Green." He talks about how it'd be neat to be something else, or someone else, and how others just seem to be cooler than he is, because he's green. But by the end of the song, he realizes, hey, it's fine being who you are - because who you are is really neat, too!

    If you love what you love, other people will see it, and maybe they'll learn to love what you love, too, and accept that you can love it, no matter if you're a boy or a girl or young or old. Just keep a smile on your face, and kindness in your heart, and anything is possible.

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Katie,

    I am a man who has loved Star Wars since I was a boy. I know many women and girls who love Star Wars. There is nothing that is "boys-only," or "girls-only." Girls and boys, women and men, can do anything, and like anything, they want. Don't let the bullies stop you from doing what you love.

    Princess Leia was a woman who didn't give in to bullies. Even Han Solo needed Leia to save his butt a couple of times. So, when you aren't sure what to do, be true to yourself and ask yourself "what would Leia do?"

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Rock on, Katie!

    As a boy in college you might like to know that all of the coolest girls around here love Star Wars! You just keep on being yourself and before you know it all of those bratty boys will be kicking themselves for not making friends with you. I've got an adopted sister a few years older than you and she will tell you that there is nothing wrong with being different! I hope you have the best time growing up and being just the person you want to be, I am sure that you will!

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Dear Katie

    I am 47, yeah that makes me oooold. Star Wars is kewl. And trust me - boys can be really dumb. One day, those boys will be ashamed of how they picked on you. When I grew older, I was very ashamed of how I treated people who were different when I was young. My best friend is a young woman who is just so beautiful and she LOVES Star Wars. So it is quite alright for you to like it too. And how many of those boys have all these people from around the world writing to them?

    I wear glasses too and yours look really cool.

    Ross (from Australia)

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    I'm a 24 year old girl, and I still use my Star Wars lunch box :D It got me a bit of teasing in school, but mostly it made me some great friends!

    (And when you get older, you'll find that guys kinda like girls who are into Star Wars and it's awesome!)

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Katie,

    I am sorry to hear those boys are teasing you about loving Star Wars. They don't know what they're talking about. I know because I'm 39 year old girl, and I have loved Star Wars (and a lot of other Science Fiction) since I was your age. In fact, I had a Star Wars lunch box too! Just so you know, I'm sitting here with my 5 year old nephew and he happens to think it's cool for girls to like Star Wars.

    It's not easy, but it really is best to ignore the meanies in life. I know you'll be just fine.

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Tell Katie to stick it out. As a girl who loves Star Wars and other geeky (re:boy) things, and endured lots of crap and teasing from fellow classmates, she will find people who are like her, and there are even girls who are like her! Tell her that people are small minded individuals more concerned with trying to pretend that their lives aren't boring so they have to tear down people who have worthwhile interests and are strong enough to not care what they say.
    You should check out An Anomaly podcast, it's a podcast all about Girls and Geeky things.

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Katie,

    I love that you are a Star Wars fan. I have always loved the Star Wars films. I love them so much that I can even talk like Yoda (he's my fave). Also, my husband and I watch the movies regularly. He's so happy to be married to a girl who has similar interests. Those movies always entertain us and remind us of our childhood. He's a teacher and I work in the Media Center at an Elementary school. I also have to do lunch duty everyday. What have you taught me, Katie? You have shown me that while I'm in the cafeteria for lunch duty I will have to make sure that no hurtful teasing is going on. I will also be on the lookout for any harmful teasing in the Media Center. I hope you will always love Star Wars like I have all of my life.

    Thank you for helping me realize that I, too, can help with my students at school.

    Take Care (may the force be with you :))
    Lucy

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Hi Katie!
    Star Wars is awesome. I love it, too. I got teased a great deal growing up, especially in grade school. It was tough, but I hung in there. I got good grades and went on to a great college -- and in college... OH WOW! Turns out, Katie, that us "nerds"? We sort of run the coolist parts of the world. I currently work at Microsoft for Xbox 360. I play video games and help make video games for a living!
    If you're ever in the Seattle area and you'd like a tour, or just to learn more about how great it is to be a nerdy girl in the game industry -- please don't hesitate to email me! There are LOTS of us here and we love it.
    Be strong, keep using that amazing Star Wars thermos and keep being awesome.
    Much love,
    ~kathleen sanders
    kasander at Microsoft.com

  • In reply to misskrumms:

    Dear Katie,

    My name is Amy, and I am a 20 year old Star Wars fan. Ever since I was your age, I loved things that are commonly referred to as being "only for boys." I love Star Wars, video games, and nerf guns. I know what it's like when people make you feel sad for being different. I used to get teased a lot, but the teasings stopped as I got older. I used to feel like I was weird for liking "boys" things, but I have made so many friends that have shown me that I'm not weird- I'm unique, and it's something to be proud of. I proudly wear my R2-D2 shirt around my college, and it's actually helped me to meet people who like the same things I do!

    Boys may tease you now for liking Star Wars, but when you get older, boys will love the fact that you like Star Wars! They will love that you have things in common, and more importantly,they will love that you are unique and not afraid to be yourself. Do not let anyone make you feel bad for who you are, because your personality is what makes you special. You are a special girl, Katie-- people who make fun of you are probably just jealous that they aren't as unique as you are!

    I know it can be hard to be happy when people make fun of you, but remember that as you get older, the boys won't tease you as much. And also remember that so many girls around the world love "boys" things, because those things are really for everyone-- you're just one of the special girls who is cool enough to appreciate those things. Be proud of who you are! Everyone who commented on here is so proud of you, and you should be, too.

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hello Katie,
    I'm 37 years old and a mother. I saw my first Star Wars movie when I was about 7 years old and walked around with honey buns held up to my ears so I could look like Princess Leia. When my children were little, 2 sons and 1 daughter, they would pretend they were the characters from the movie, and in my daughter's case, I had to go get those honey buns :) When I was a kid, all the girls wanted to be Leia and the boys were ok with that... after all Leia was good at fighting too. I'm sorry to see times have changed. Just remind those boys that without Leia or Amidala, there wouldn't have been much of a movie plot.

    Be yourself honey, like what you want to like and don't worry about what they say or think. They might be jealous that they don't have cool Star Wars stuff like you do. It doesn't matter what they say... and here's something else for you from this geek, I had 2 younger brothers growing up... we played both cars and Barbies together and when our sister came along, she did too. I hope this helps

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi Katie!
    I'm a 35 year old woman from Mexico City and I've been in love with everything Star Wars since I was 8. I think it' so cool that you have a Star Wars water bottle, I would love to have one at the office! I have an Episode III poster in my room, a Darth Vader hamper and a Chewbacca ringtone in my phone.
    Trust me, you are not alone, there are a bunch of girls and women all over the world who love Star Wars like us. And there is no such thing as "girl things" and "boy things", so don't let anybody tell you otherwise.
    Silly kids might not understand until much later (or even never) but I recommend that you do not pay any attention to them. Being different is cool and interesting.
    It will get better, and bullies eventually go away. However, I have discovered that love for Star Wars is forever, and you are taking your first steps into a larger world.
    Enjoy it all then, and be proud of who you are and what you like!
    May the Force be with you!
    Frida, in Mexico

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi Katie!
    My name's Patricia. I'm in college right now, I wear glasses and I've loved Star Wars since I was your age! When I was a little girl, I loved "girl" and "boy" stuff. I still do. You know what? I have lots of friends, that are girls, that love Star Wars, too.

    In fact, in middle school, a bunch of my friends and I acted a Star Wars song for the talent show. There were 7 girls in our group. I was Obi Wan Kenobi, my friend (also a girl) was Qui-Gon Jinn, the other girls were Queen Amidala and her hand maidens. It was so much fun. The entire school loved it, and the audience gave us huge applause and cheers! I put it up on YouTube recently.

    Growing up, and even today, I wear the clothes I like, I carry the backpack I like, and if someone doesn't like it, that's tough. There is no such thing as "boy" stuff or "girl" stuff, there is only stuff that you like or don't like.

    As you get older, you will make friends that like the same cool stuff that you do. You sound like such a cool little girl! You keep rocking the Star Wars stuff, and whatever other stuff you like. Wear it with pride, Katie. You are an awesome kid, and don't listen to what those meanies at school say. They'll never be as cool as you!

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Katie, I'm a woman, and LOVE Star Wars (and Star Trek, and so on) - and so do my daughters! And did you know - I have a daughter in first grade who has worn glasses since she turned four, and wore a patch for several months on her left eye because of her amblyopia! She's an awesome girl, and I bet you are too! Enjoy your water bottle, and be proud of who you are!

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Dear Katie,

    I'm Dani and in college and I've loved Star Wars my *whole* life. When I was your age, I would play with my big brother and pretend we were Jedi's saving the world. We had lightsabers and everything, it was awesome. Star Wars is not only for boys. Most of my friends that are girls love Star Wars also! (I even have a friend named Leia!)

    Don't be ashamed to be who you are and love what you love, ever.

    I really hope you use your water bottle and bookbag proudly!

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Dear Katie,

    I'm a 19 year old girl in college. All throughout my childhood, I LOOOOVED nerdy or "boy" things like Pokemon or dinosaurs or video games. I still do to this day; those interests are what make me "me". And guess what? Boys go CRAZY over the fact that I can relate to them and hang out. A boyfriend once told me that I am "every [nerdy :P] guy's dream girl". Also, I have worn glasses since your age. It's really not that big of a deal; though I got contacts in high school, people like me in my glasses too. It's just a different "look". My point is, don't you ever stop liking what you want to like, and don't you ever let people make those decisions for you. You are a beautiful and awesome young lady, and you are very special for standing up for what you like and not being afraid to express that. May the Force be with you, Katie! :) And Kudos to Mom, too, for encouraging your daughter's individuality. I know when I become a mom, I will do just the same.

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    I looooooove Star Wars and I'm a total girl. I'm differnt, too. I love being differnt. Different people have the most fun. I know how hard it can be when people make fun of you for who you are or what you like. Just remember, they're not living your life. You are.

    No one is youer than you. You're the best person for the job to be you. So be proud of who you are. Everyone is differnt and that's ok. Things would get pretty boring pretty fast if everyone was the same.

    Never apologize for who you are and never be ashamed of it.

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Tell your little lady that I also have a first grade niece named Katie. She has glasses and a patch too, she doesn't need pink things to be cool either. She is the smartest, coolest, funniest girl I know and I bet that your Katie is the same way.

    All of the coolest girls later in life love star wars.

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Katie,

    I have loved Star Wars for as long as I can remember and was always enthusiastic about sharing my love of it with my friends, but when I was about your age, I got teased a lot about it at school by my classmates and even by a teacher. I let the teasing get to me and no longer felt comfortable sharing the things that I loved with other people.

    It took me years (I am now 28) to be able to embrace loving Star Wars and all things nerdy out in the open again. Once I began to proclaim my Geek Girl Pride, I realized that I'd missed out on a lot of fun with people who I could've been really great friends with because of our shared interests that I was too embarrassed to talk about much.

    Don't let the words of other people get in the way of the things you love. There's no need for you to miss out on the fun experience of being a really cool person. Besides, they're probably just jealous of how great a kid you are anyway. ;)

    May the Force Be With You!

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi Katie! I was 10 years old when I first watched Star Wars, and there was no going back for me. I LOVED it. I used to pretend that I was Luke Skywalker having adventures with my friends. My sister and our friends and I would build forts out of couch cushions and sheets and pretend that they were the Millennium Falcon, or an X-wing, or even a Star Destroyer. I'm 23 now, and I still love Star Wars! Never stop doing the things you enjoy just because other people think it's weird. All that means is that you've made them think about their prejudices. Congratulations, Katie, you're making the world a better, happier place for everyone. May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi Katie! I have two daughters - they are ages 6 and 10 & they both LOVE Star Wars :) My youngest daughter even has a Star Wars backpack that she carries to school everyday, so you're not alone in liking Star Wars - I even like it too :)

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi Katie!
    You are awesome, and have great taste! Never let any boys tell you what girls can and cannot do! I first watched Star Wars in first grade with my dad, and I loved it too! I'm also currently in college, studying to be an engineer, something also seen as "something boys do" (In my class, there is 1 girl for every 10 boys). If you start letting other people's opinions make your decisions, you will miss out on so much fun stuff!
    Star Wars is awesome, and trust me, as you get older, more and more boys will think it's awesome that you think so too.

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Katie,

    I started watching Star Wars when I was about 4 (30 years ago). My sisters were 1 and 7 at the time. We had the x-wing fighters, the different figurines, light sabers, outfits, and many other Star Wars toys. Now that I'm 34, I STILL love Star Wars. I will always love Star Wars, and you should too. Keep up your great work, making it safe for kids to be themselves. Great job, Katie!

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi Katie!
    I'm so sorry to hear about the boys being mean to you about the Star Wars water bottle. That sucks. When I was your age, Star Wars was just coming out in the theaters and I LOVED to run around as Princess Leia.. and I still love doing my hair like her! It's fun to be different, but I understand how scary it can be, especially when it comes to being different because you were adopted. I was adopted twice! And it was scary and hard when I was younger too, but the neat part is, you were chosen to be apart of the family you are in now, and that is something entirely awesome all by itself. So keep being yourself, and love Star Wars, and don't let any silly boy tell you what is right for girls to play with!
    You are awesome!

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Oh, Katie! Star Wars is so awesome and so are you! I am a 37 year old woman, and I have grooved on Star Wars since it very first came out in the 1970's. When I was your age, I wanted R2D2 to be my little brother! :) I was Princess Leia for Halloween when I was little. Even when I was a teenager, I had a stuffed animal Wicket the Ewok on my bed. I still really, really like Star Wars a lot! And, R2D2 is still my favorite!

    I wish I had a Star Wars water bottle to carry to work everyday. You are so lucky you have one to take to school. Please don't let those stinky, mean boys stop you from enjoying something that makes you happy.

    My son is 12 years old. He is a HUGE Star Wars fan. He would NOT make fun of you for having Star Wars things at school. He would think you are a very cool little girl! I wish you lived nearby. We'd invite you and your mom over for a visit.

    My son has trouble with bullies, too. He is different in some ways, too. A few weeks ago, a mean bully stabbed a pencil into his arm, and there was blood! It was horrible!

    If you are in the first grade, I hope you are enjoying learning to read. Did you know there are Star Wars books? :)

    Katie, you are not alone. You are treasured. You are loved. Be true to yourself. Don't let the bullies steal your joy. I know that seems unbearable hard to do, but please, please, please don't let those bratmonsters steal your happiness.

    I'll tell you a very important secret: I was bullied really bad growing up. I never fit in. I got hit and kicked and made fun of. People stole my stuff and tore my clothes. My stomach hurt so bad every morning because I was so scared to go to school. Sometimes, I threw up. But, I got good grades and got a scholarship to college. When I got to university, I found people just like me. They became my tribe. We are still very close friends all these years later. You will find your tribe. You will find people who appreciate you for the wonderful, bright, quirky young woman you are. It just may take a while. OK? Hang in there, sweet Katie. All the women commenting here have your back!

    Katie, the Force is strong with you.

    Love,
    Rigel in Arkansas

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Katie, you're not alone! I've been a Star Wars fan since the very first movie was released in 1977! I got teased a little because I liked Luke Skywalker and other kids thought Darth Vader was the coolest. Now, I really want an R2D2 of my own, actually next month when I get a new cell phone, I'm going to get a text tone that is Artoo beeping! Remember, Star Wars wouldn't be anywhere without the girls. If there was no Shmi we wouldn't have Anakin/Darth Vader. If there was no Padme Amadala we wouldn't have Luke and Leia.

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi Katie,
    First things first, YOU ROCK!
    I am a 34 year old sci-fi fan and I LOVED playing with my brother's Star Wars toys and lego when we were kids even though my mum kept buying me Barbies all the time!

    You're so lucky you got a Star Wars water bottle, I wish I had one when I was in first grade!
    Boys will be boys, that is a fact of life but girls, and especially girls who love science fiction grow up to be super cool and super smart!
    Those boys are probably just jealous that your water bottle is cooler than theirs!

    Stay true to yourself and keep watching the stars!!

    Lisa

    XOXO

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi Katie!!! I too was considered "different" when I was your age, because I *LOVED* Star Wars (and still do!), action comics and things that "the boys" were suppose to like. I was even teased for it, and it hurt!

    But when I got a little bit older, I was able to realize that being "different" is just about the coolest thing ever. I also realized that I wasn't that "different" as I thought I was, because I met plenty more girls my age who liked the same things and weren't afraid to show it. Best part of all? The guys who had teased me, grew up and realized "Hey, this is for boys AND girls!" and that teasing is not a great way to make somebody feel nice. I'm 27 years old now, and I'm GLAD I showed off my Star Wars love with pride! Guess what though? I *STILL* love all things fantasy and sci-fi and have a great group of friends who love it just as much as I do. I got those amazing friends because I wasn't afraid to show off who I really am!

    One of the most important lessons to learn, is don't EVER be afraid to be YOU and show off what you love or who you are. You are LIGHTYEARS ahead of those boys already, because you're learning this and have such a great mom to remind you of it.

    May the force be with you! :)

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Dear Katie, I was (and still am)a H U G E Star Wars girl. Never let them tell you it's weird or not for girls! I know more about Star Wars than any man my age, and any little boy. I've worn all my Star Wars tee-shirts that are supposed to be for men/boys proudly. Never let them tell you you can't because you CAN! YOU ARE AWESOME AND I WISH THERE WERE MORE GIRLS LIKE YOU!! You Make this R2D2 loving girl proud!! Love, kisses, and May the Force Be With You~ Because I sure am!!
    Stevie Marie

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi Katie!

    When I was a little girl, about your age, I was very much excited about Star Wars. I had the action figures and toys to play with and I dressed up at Halloween as Princess Leia. Even now as I'm much older at age 38, I still love a lot of different things that might be considered "boys" stuff, including Star Wars!

    Liking the things you do makes you who you are! And I think you're really cool!

    I hope you are encouraged by all the wonderful messages here and know that there's lots of other girls who love Star Wars too!

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi Katie!!! I too was considered "different" when I was your age, because I *LOVED* Star Wars (and still do!), action comics and things that "the boys" were suppose to like. I was even teased for it, and it hurt!

    But when I got a little bit older, I was able to realize that being "different" is just about the coolest thing ever. I also realized that I wasn't that "different" as I thought I was, because I met plenty more girls my age who liked the same things and weren't afraid to show it. Best part of all? The guys who had teased me, grew up and realized "Hey, this is for boys AND girls!" and that teasing is not a great way to make somebody feel nice. I'm 27 years old now, and I'm GLAD I showed off my Star Wars love with pride! Guess what though? I *STILL* love all things fantasy and sci-fi and have a great group of friends who love it just as much as I do. I got those amazing friends because I wasn't afraid to show off who I really am!

    One of the most important lessons to learn, is don't EVER be afraid to be YOU and show off what you love or who you are. You are LIGHTYEARS ahead of those boys already, because you're learning this and have such a great mom to remind you of it.

    May the force be with you! :)

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi Katie,

    My name is Mina and I'm in first grade too. I like Star Wars alot too. When I was in kindergarten other kids teased me cause I had a Mater from Cars jacket. They said that it was only for boys. When they teased me I felt bad but I didn't care. I still wore the jacket because I don't care what other people think of me. It doesn't matter what they like it matters what you like and your real friends will like you no matter what. So keep using your Star Wars stuff. It is super cool!

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Katie,

    Don't let those boys ruin what you love. The people that can't accept you for who you are don't matter.

    I've loved Star Wars since I was your age (I'm 23 now) and it was a big part of my childhood. I love other "nerdy" things as well and I'm proud of it, because those are things that make me happy.

    Keeping loving the things you love and doing the things you like, even if it's what makes you different, because that's what makes you special. If you keeping being yourself and liking things that make you happy, I promise you you will find people that love the same things you do and love YOU for being different.

    I used to be shy about being a nerd, especially in high school and college. But when I finally started being myself, I met people who loved Star Wars and other "geeky" things too. And then I met a boy who also loved Star Wars and loved me because I knew more about Star Wars then he did!

    When those boys grow up, they'll wish they could meet a girl you. So keep being who you are and don't let people tell you otherwise.

    May The Force be with you.

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi, Katie! Star Wars came out when I was about your age, and I loved everything about it from the first minute of the movie. I've seen all six of the movies many, many times since then. I used to play Star Wars with my cousin Tim (I got to be Princess Leia, of course)...but I loved to play with Barbies and baby dolls, too. Don't let the people who pick on you get you down! There's nothing wrong with being different. Just be yourself--there will always be plenty of people who love you exactly the way you are. (By the way, I think your glasses are really cute!)

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    Hi Katie! I was 10 years old when I first saw Star Wars, and there was no going back for me. I LOVED it. I used to pretend to be Luke Skywalker, having adventures with my friends. My sister and our friends and I would build forts out of couch cushions and pretend that they were the Millennium Falcon, or an X-wing, or a Star Destroyer. I'm 23 now, and I still love Star Wars! Don't let anyone stop you from doing the things you enjoy just because they think it's "weird" - all that means is that you've made them think about their prejudices. You're making the world a better place for everybody, Katie. May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to JungleCat:

    My dear Katie...don't let them harass you! Star Wars is AWESOME.

    Why, I just got married in April, and guess what...I had LIGHTSABERS at my wedding. See? Awesome!!

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

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  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a girl and a Mom who loves Star Wars! Seeing those movies in the theater, are family outings that I will always remember!! AND my 2 daughters (now all grown up - 18 and 21) love Star Wars too!!

    You are very brave to share your story and to continue to be true to yourself!! Your courage might give other girls and boys the confidence to be themselves!!

    Your Mom is right, boys and girls say mean things when they are afraid OR have never been taught to respect others feelings (maybe they are around adults that say hurtful mean things often)
    Unfortunately most of these boys and girls grow up to be adults that are afraid or disrespectful of others' feelings.

    Boys would love to think that Star Wars is a boy thing but what on earth would all the boys in Star Wars do without Queen Amidala, Princess Leia and all the other girls???

    May the Force ALWAYS be with you!!
    Jedi Mom from Massachusetts!!

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a girl and a Mom who loves Star Wars! Seeing those movies in the theater, are family outings that I will always remember!! AND my 2 daughters (now all grown up - 18 and 21) love Star Wars too!!

    You are very brave to share your story and to continue to be true to yourself!! Your courage might give other girls and boys the confidence to be themselves!!

    Your Mom is right, boys and girls say mean things when they are afraid OR have never been taught to respect others feelings (maybe they are around adults that say hurtful mean things often)
    Unfortunately most of these boys and girls grow up to be adults that are afraid or disrespectful of others' feelings.

    Boys would love to think that Star Wars is a boy thing but what on earth would all the boys in Star Wars do without Queen Amidala, Princess Leia and all the other girls???

    May the Force ALWAYS be with you!!
    Jedi Mom from Massachusetts!!

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Katie,

    I'm a 36-year-old girl who loves Star Wars. When I was a kid, I used to play with Star Wars action figures along with Barbies and Transformers. In fact, I still have some of my old Star Wars playsets that my son ended up playing with when he was your age. One of my favorite pictures is of me and my husband with Chewbacca. :)

    Never feel like you have to hide who you are just to fit in. There are far too many adults who still do the same thing. It's the people who are genuine who are the happiest in the long run.

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a girl and a Mom who loves Star Wars! Seeing those movies in the theater, are family outings that I will always remember!! AND my 2 daughters (now all grown up - 18 and 21) love Star Wars too!!

    You are very brave to share your story and to continue to be true to yourself!! Your courage might give other girls and boys the confidence to be themselves!!

    Your Mom is right, boys and girls say mean things when they are afraid OR have never been taught to respect others feelings (maybe they are around adults that say hurtful mean things often)
    Unfortunately most of these boys and girls grow up to be adults that are afraid or disrespectful of others' feelings.

    Boys would love to think that Star Wars is a boy thing but what on earth would all the boys in Star Wars do without Queen Amidala, Princess Leia and all the other girls???

    May the Force ALWAYS be with you!!
    Jedi Mom from Massachusetts!!

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a girl and a Mom who loves Star Wars! Seeing those movies in the theater, are family outings that I will always remember!! AND my 2 daughters (now all grown up - 18 and 21) love Star Wars too!!

    You are very brave to share your story and to continue to be true to yourself!! Your courage might give other girls and boys the confidence to be themselves!!

    Your Mom is right, boys and girls say mean things when they are afraid OR have never been taught to respect others feelings (maybe they are around adults that say hurtful mean things often)
    Unfortunately most of these boys and girls grow up to be adults that are afraid or disrespectful of others' feelings.

    Boys would love to think that Star Wars is a boy thing but what on earth would all the boys in Star Wars do without Queen Amidala, Princess Leia and all the other girls???

    May the Force ALWAYS be with you!!
    Jedi Mom from Massachusetts!!

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a girl and a Mom who loves Star Wars! Seeing those movies in the theater, are family outings that I will always remember!! AND my 2 daughters (now all grown up - 18 and 21) love Star Wars too!!

    You are very brave to share your story and to continue to be true to yourself!! Your courage might give other girls and boys the confidence to be themselves!!

    Your Mom is right, boys and girls say mean things when they are afraid OR have never been taught to respect others feelings (maybe they are around adults that say hurtful mean things often)
    Unfortunately most of these boys and girls grow up to be adults that are afraid or disrespectful of others' feelings.

    Boys would love to think that Star Wars is a boy thing but what on earth would all the boys in Star Wars do without Queen Amidala, Princess Leia and all the other girls???

    May the Force ALWAYS be with you!!
    Jedi Mom from Massachusetts!!

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hi Katie! I'm 18 and a nerd girl too :)

    I think you should carry your Star Wars water bottle no matter what, because I wish I had been as cool as you when I was your age :)

    Just stay strong and be yourself! I'm in college now, and being a nerd isn't a bad thing at all!

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    I'm very late in reading this fantastic yet heartbreaking article, but I wanted to say this...I grew up in the early 80s with two older brothers who LOVED Star Wars. All throughout elementary school, most of my toys were Star Wars action figures. I loved those toys dearly, and kept them all together in a large Darth Vader head/action figure holder. I am now a 35 year old woman, and I still LOVE Star Wars.

    I hope that you are still carrying your Star Wars water bottle to school every, and doing it proudly :)

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hi Katie! I just want to let you know that I am a girl and I LOVE Star Wars. I grew up on the movies and all the toys, and like you, I was teased for liking Star Wars. But I kept on liking it, and when I turned 18, I got a Darth Vader and Padme tattoo on my arm. My room is also filled with Star Wars posters, and I still have my toys. So please don't let the mean boys bother you. You are very cool for liking Star Wars and being different; I hope you always remember that being different is a good thing. Maybe one day you will be flying a ship like the ones in the movies and all those boys will be so jealous! Also, I am very happy that you proudly wore your Star Wars shirt to school. :)

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hey Katie! -
    This blog and the story surrounding it really hit me in a soft spot. I grew up as a tomboy, and as a big fan of Star Wars, which I still am today! Don't let anybody ever tell you who you have to be - only you can decide who you are, and an awesome girl who loves Star Wars from a young age sounds like a mighty great start! Look at the Princess Leias, the Ahsoka Tanos, the Aayla Securas out there - there are many a powerful woman in the Star Wars universe, whether a Jedi warrior or an influential politician. I started watching the Star Wars films when I was five years old - I am now twenty one, attending college, and still squeal like a child on Christmas morning whenever I see a new episode of "The Clone Wars" or hear about a sequel in the "Force Unleashed" franchise of video games. Be very proud of who you are and never change; and of course, may the Force always be with you!

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hey Katie,

    I hope you don't think you're alone anymore! I suppose all these comments should make that obvious, but I still wanted to add my own voice. I'm a girl and I love Star Wars!! I also love action movies, in general, my favorite color is blue, and I wear glasses even though I'm not legally required to wear them...because they make me feel smart and I think they look cool. My frames are similar to yours, except they aren't blue (so I'm jealous!). Keep the faith!!

    Meghan

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Katie hang in there. Bullying happens to us all. Nothing wrong with being a fan been one since my parents when I was your age took me to see Star Wars. Us geeks need to always stick together. Good luck and may the force be with ya.
    -Tordo

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    hi katie!
    I'm a 13 year old girl and I love star wars. So do my sisters (one has a cp30 stress ball). I have been princess leia for the past 3 years on halloween too!I think it is great to like star wars and most of my friends like it too.
    -smileyfacegirl

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    It may be a late comment, but I was just having a geeky Star Wars moment on Twitter today and came across this article.

    I would like to proudly tell Katie that I am an 18-year-old girl that loves Star Wars. I also wear glasses. I'd love to talk Star Wars with you, anytime! I know quite a few facts...

    As you grow older, you'll realize that being a fan of Star Wars is cool and wearing glasses is beautiful. I, myself, am very jealous that you have a Star Wars backpack and could name many people that feel the same.

    Glasses? Pretty soon, you're going to see many other kids in your class wearing them. You'll compare and compliment on each other's frames. You'll see that it's normal. Just take your glasses off and compare your vision to wearing glasses. A pretty great invention, eh?

    You are an adorable, beautiful girl; don't let those boys(or any other girls, for that matter) tell you otherwise. If they ever say anything bad, you just smile and think about all these people that are just like you. Keep your head up!

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Katie, I'm afraid I can't help you with Star Wars, because I'm not really a Star Wars fan (although I did love the three original movies, and I saw the first prequel at midnight the night it came out. Okay, maybe I'm sort of a fan). At your age, my thing was Transformers, and I had a Transformers lunchbox and a Transformers thermos and they were awesome. And I got teased like you. Unfortunately, unlike you, I wasn't strong enough to stand up for myself, and I ended up getting all this My Little Pony stuff instead, even though I never cared about My Little Ponies.

    It's taken me about 20 years to figure out what you're already learning: that the stuff we like is the stuff we like, and that's great. So if I saw the new Star Trek movie twice, and if I want to see Tron again (this time in IMAX 3D, because the regular 3D isn't great), and if I love zombie movies, and if I go to Dragon*Con for the third year in a row, that's great, because it's what I like. And if I gave in to people who teased me for liking things like that, I'd never get to do them. You're kind of my hero.

    When I was a kid, the worst thing you could be called was a geek. Now, I call myself a geek. We geeks have taken it back--if being a geek means getting to like the stuff you like instead of what everyone else is telling you to like, then I'm proud to be one.

    Good luck, and keep doing what you're doing. Maybe you can be an inspiration to other girls in your class, like you are to me.

    (Love the glasses, by the way. I have the exact same pair.)

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hello Katy, I

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Dear Katie, I want to assure you that women and girls can love Star Wars and Star Trek. I did both as a girl and as an adult. When I was little I would go to my Dad's workshop and make replicas of props to carry with costumes I made for both. I carried a Star Trek lunch box and for years carried Star Wars bubblegum cards in my wallet in college. When my daughter was little we would watch Star Wars and Star Trek together. Today my daughter, because of ST and SW, loves science. She graduated HS with honors and had earned for 13 credits for college through her HS courses. She was offered a competative scholarship because of all this. Today at college, she is surrounded by pink sheets, a Star Trek snuggie and the Staw Wars lightsabre she bought with her Christmas money. Don't let the boys get to you, Star Wars is not just "for boys". Be the person you are and stay true to your dreams. Work hard and practice and you will soar.

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hi Katie:
    My name is Carolina and I'm from Colombia. I just got to know your story today and wanted to tell you that I am a girl and I also looove Star Wars. Especially Yoda, he's my favorite. I also wanted to tell you that it's alright to be different, to have your own likes, dislikes and loves. So you should not pay that much attention to what others think or say to you about what they think is right or wrong about yourself, because in the end the only person who knows what is right or wrong for you is you. So next time you put on your patch or your eyeglasses think about all you can see because of them, and how they give you a super sight. And if you feel different because you are adopted, then think about how lucky you are to have found a mom and a dad who love you more than anything and that family is not the group of people you are born into, but the group of people who surround you with joy, company, a home and most of all, love. And that you have a beautiful, save and warm home. So here I send you a big big hug from Colombia, so you know your story has traveled thousands and thousands of miles, and that there are Star Wars loving guurrllss like us all over the world.

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    hello Katie. I'm Andres and I'm from Colombia. I'm a STAR WARS fan too. I just want to say you that you are a pretty girl and I loved your story. i have a small collection of star wars actios figures and try to collect more. My favorite characters are Darth Maul and yoda. In this moment I'm playing "the force unleashed 2" in my PC I love this game. !!!!
    a big greeting from Colombia little padawan.! The force is strong in you.
    Be happy.

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hi Katie. I'm from Brazil, I loved your story, you're a lovely, pretty and smart girl! I don't know much about Star Wars, but when I was your age, I didn't think I had to use and wear girly things only. Blue has always been my favorite color, I used to have lots of blue dresses, and even now that I am a grown-up, the walls of my bedroom are blue and I just love it. So don't care about what boys think, use what makes you happy! Good luck!

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Katie, look at all of the comments you have received! See how many people think you are just fantastic? And so brave to keep bringing your Star Wars bottle to school. My oldest daughter, who is eight, loves Star Wars too, just like her brothers. She even gets into battle with them with the light sabers we have at home. She likes to be Padme, one of those strong women from the Star Wars story.

    So you just keep on liking whatever you want and don't let anyone tell you that you can't. You are so very special and beautiful and may the force be with you! :)

    -A Mom from Canada

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hi Katie...I think you are a beautiful, strong, young lady. My name is Frankie..and I'm a girl!! I too wear glasses. I don't have a patch but I wear a headscarf..and that makes me VERY different than all the people I work with. At first people tried to make fun of me but I liked my scarves so much (I decorate them with flowers and pins)and had so much fun with them that they stopped. I have a 6 year old son who likes lots of girls toys especially zoobles and littlest pet shop. When ever the other boys try to tease him about it he says only the coolest boy can play with girls toys. When the girls tease him about it he asks them why they should get to have all the fun. I can't wait to tell him about you!!! You Rock!!!!

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hi Katie! I'm now 19, but when I was in first grade, I was made fun of for my Power Rangers lunchbox and Star Wars water bottle. I know exactly how you feel, honey. I'm adopted too, and when I was little my mom and dad would always read me books about when the dogs adopted the sheep and Are You My Mother and ALL those books. The boys in my class would always make fun of me for my glasses and eye patch because I was born with left eye strabismus (thats just a fancy name for my left eye looking at my nose instead of straight ahead). I used to always come home and ask my mom why I was being made fun of, and she told me something I still repeat to myself in my head when I get down. She told me, "Hannah, those boys aren't making fun of you. They're jealous of you and your cool life. You have 2 sets of parents who love you very much, and those boys don't realize that you are amazing for who you are, not what you have." Katie, you are an amazing girl whose parents love you very much. You're also loved by thousands of people around the world who read your mom's blog, and you have another fan and friend, me. Don't worry about playing with "boys" toys or "girls" toys, play with the toys you like. Watch the movies you want to watch, eat the foods you want to eat and pack them in the lunchbox YOU want, not what those boys think you should have.

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hi Katie! First of all: I'm a soon to be 22-year old girl, and I love Star Wars- it's a timeless story that appeals to anyone, regardless of age or gender.

    In junior high I got teased quite a bit by my classmates because I liked to read so much- I was a big fan of Harry Potter and Stephen King's Dark Tower series, among other things (still am, as a matter of fact), and spent a lot of my free time drawing pictures inspired by my favourite books and movies. Then I went to university, and suddenly it seemed that all of my classmates had some kind of "geeky" interest- japanese pop music, superhero comics, and animation, just to mention a few. Many of them have heard your story, and more than just a few have a similar one to tell about their first years in school.

    Katie, we think you're brave for standing up for what you like, and thanks to you, many more will be encouraged to do the same. Keep bringing your Star Wars bottle with you to school, and don't let anyone keep you from doing so for as long as you want to.

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hey Katie. I'm a 28 year old man all the way from the UK and just saw on youtube your story. You really rock! The first film I ever saw and really enjoyed was A New Hope and ever since that point I was hooked. It is my favourite film saga of all time.

    Having seen your story, I just want to say that you are awesome! Who cares what other people think! Do you think that they will get the same level of enjoyment from a story as you do from Star Wars? I don't think so. I really hope you are doing ok now and continue to be strong like Leia. Take care and may the force be with you. xxx

  • In reply to LyssaPearl:

    Hi Katie

    I'm a 19 year old university student and my best friend and I watch the Star Wars movies together. Some of my male friends found out.. and guess what!?! They thought it was fantastic!

    Even though I'm called a geek for loving Star Wars and Doctor Who I don't mind, because my best friends love them too.

    I hope one day I'll have a little girl who loves Star Wars.

    May the force be with you.

    Shell xo

  • In reply to shellybell46:

    Dr.Who is so awesome!

  • In reply to shellybell46:

    Katie, in 1968 when I was 9 years old I wanted to go trick or treating as Spock. I got teased, and I did not care. I was so happy to be Spock that I put the costume back in it's box and I still have it to this day! I took my love of Star Trek all the way through school, and on into college. I hope you never feel you have to not be who you are!!

    Live long and prosper.

  • In reply to shellybell46:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm not sure if you are still reading these comments, but this article had me in tears!

    Not because I have many friends - both boys and girls - who like Star Wars (and I have many who don't - the best part about having friends, is everyone enjoying different things, and that exposes you to new ideas, art, music, and movies you might never have known about). Not because my wife and I met with a conversation about BSG (a sci-fi show you might like when you are a little older). Not because I was teased when I was a boy - I came to North America when I was eight, with big red curly hair, big glasses, and a funny South African accent, I suddenly discovered what 'being different' meant!

    I cried because