The Star Wars Girl, Part 2

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  • Carrie, Thanks so much for bring this to our attention! Me and my 'Nerd' friends thanks to the lovely power of social media were able to share the news, so it could spread even further. Katie should sleep better to know that there are sooo many like her!! She's a real 'Force' to be reckoned with!! All the best @TallChickVic

  • In reply to TallChickVic:

    I have made an event for Katie. Everyone, click the link and wear your Star Wars stuff to show your support for Katie on the 10th. Invite your friends! Let's show those bullies just how okay we think it is that she likes Star Wars.

    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113784095353278

    I live in Massachusetts and a local school will be participating in this event as well as a bunch of other people. Is there any place we could send pictures of the event? People who are participating really want to show their support for Katie.

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    I will be participating in this! Goo idea :)

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie!

    I love Star Wars too! I also like video games, rollerblading and all kinds of activities that may seem tomboyish to some. Remember to always do what makes you happy in life!

    Forget those boys and be happy!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie, I'm so glad you love star wars! I'm a nerdgirl too and my shelves are full of Star Wars books, and they have been since I was in the 3rd grade. I'm 29 now. At one point I could probably quote all of the original three movies and my friends and I always played Star Wars as one of our games.

    Be proud of enjoying Star Wars, and don't let other people tell you it's just for boys, because let me tell you, at least half of my Star Wars loving friends are girls.

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Leave a comment...caught my attention from another site...
    I'm glad that all of these comments are giving you more confidence, and I just wanted to let you know that the fact that you like star wars...is awesome!
    It's ok for girls to like boy things (and vice versa) because the world isn't always defined as black and white, girly and boyish. Don't let your other people get in the way of your interests just because of your gender!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Dear Katie,

    First and foremost, I think you are stellar young woman with rockin' taste in both film and eyewear. I can distinctly remember how much it hurt me to be bullied by the kids in my school because I was just a little bit different. I love school and books and learning, but there were days I was afraid to get on the bus and have to listen to the names people called me because of how much I weighed or the clothes I liked to wear. I wish so hard that you and other awesome girls like you would never have to feel that kind of pain which is unfairly caused by shamelessly being yourself.

    Being authentic and genuine is almost never going to be easy, especially when you're a girl. You'll meet people throughout your entire life that will expect you to look and act a certain way. Ignore them, in the long run you'll be stronger and smarter because you learned how to overcome those unjust standards. My family and the friends I have now love me because I am a total nerd and they wouldn't have me any other way.

    Sometimes when I get discouraged or when I don't feel as smart or beautiful as I know I am, I think about something Master Yoda said: "Do or do not. There is no try." It reminds me that I have to hold my head up in front of my critics and accomplish the things that people tell me I can't do. If you DO keep taking that Star Wars bottle to school, chances are someone else will see it, think you are totally cool, and want to be your friend.

    Remember that you are wonderful just the way you are, right in this very moment.
    - Lauren in Missouri

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi, Katie! I'm a grown-up girl and I love Star Wars. You are an amazing person and you are going to be even more amazing when you grow up. Stay strong and remember that there are lots of us out here cheering you on.

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Dear Katie,

    I don't know if you'll ever see this, but I just wanted to let you know that you are easily the coolest little nerdling I've come across in quite some time, and that I'm terribly sorry that those boys in your class were so cruel to you.

    When I was your age, I got teased all the time for liking Batman and reading Calvin and Hobbes comic books during recess. It was really hard, and I felt very lonely for a long time. Just like you, I thought that if I stopped bringing my comic books to school and started doing girly stuff, the teasing would stop, and people would think I was "normal". But it didn't, and I quickly realized why - being teased hurt, but trying to be somebody that I wasn't hurt a billion times more.

    Then something really cool happened - I got invited to another girl's birthday party at a movie theater, where they were showing a copy of Empire Strikes Back. She was a huge Star Wars fan, and even though I wasn't, seeing her and the other girls get so happy and excited about the movie, and more importantly, not caring who saw them was absolutely amazing to me. After the movie, we all ran out of the theater and started talking about our favorite characters and scenes, while pretending we were little Han Solos, Jedi Masters, and Storm Troopers.

    I'm 23 years old now, and I lost touch with those girls a long time ago. But I just wanted to let you know that even though those boys teased you for liking Star Wars, don't you EVER change who you are just to please them, or anyone else for that matter. Liking Star Wars is a part of what makes you who you are, just like liking Batman and reading comics is a part of what makes me who I am.

    But if you ever feel sad or alone, just think about all the wonderful people across the USA and even in other countries that support you and think you're a superstar. We're kinda like the Force - you may not be able see us, but we will ALWAYS be with you.

    Stay strong and awesome, sweetie.

    PS - Your mom is fantastic and loves you truckloads. Tell her a lot and often. :)

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie,
    I'm a 25 year old girl and I've loved Star Wars since I was in 9th grade. My best friend, who was a boy, lent me the original trilogy to watch. I loved it! After that, I bought lots of Star Wars stuff and watched the movies all of the time. Some of my other guy friends thought that I couldn't really like Star Wars because I was a girl. But, eventually, when I knew just as much as them about Star Wars, they stopped teasing me. When that happened, other girl friends started admitting that they really liked Star Wars. I probably have just as many girl friends as guy friends who like Star Wars now! If you haven't been before, you should go to Star Wars Weekends at Disney World sometime. You'll see LOTS of people, both girls and boys, that LOVE Star Wars. Just remember, you're allowed to like whatever you want to like.
    Amanda

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Dear Katie,

    Your are an amazing sweet girl your story is now on my blog, just because you're an angel.
    Peace, Light and Love

    Valentin

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Katie,
    I am a 32 year old Star Wars fanatic. Have been all my life. Don't let anyone tell you who you are or should be.

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hey Katie, I'm a boy and I'm 17 years old. I like Star Wars too, (one of my best friends is a girl who LOVES Star Wars!) but I also like some "girl things", like doing people's makeup and cutting hair, which is ok too! It's great that you're brave enough to have your own interests and you don't just like things that other people tell you you should like. When I was in school, I used to get called a lot of names because my friends were girls who liked to play with makeup too, and I wore a lot of bright colors. I even had purple hair for a while! I just ignored the people who were mean to me, because I would be much more sad pretending to not like the "girl things" that I like. Secretly, I think there are a lot of girls who like boy things, just like you, and a lot of boys who like girl things, like me. They're just scared because they think they "aren't supposed to"... But there's no reason why you shouldn't! Boys and girls aren't that different, after all, everyone is a person. Being a girl doesn't mean being beautiful and graceful, and being a boy doesn't mean being strong and tough. Everyone is different. Keep being proud of who you are, because who you are is awesome! Never let anyone tell you what to do.

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie!

    Just another person here to let you know that you are awesome, and those boys are *wrong*. In addition to having BEEN a glasses wearing, different, sci-fi, star wars, star trek, elf quest, fantasy of all genres, gamer geeky nerd girl... My daughter (who is also in first grade!) is starting the path to becoming the same (minus the glasses). And you know what?

    It's AWESOME it be different... Sometimes it's rough, and hard, but. Do not let anyone tell you that you cannot be true to who you are, because you absolutely can be.. And you know what, you can even wear a frilly pink dress AND carry a star wars water bottle.. that's the best part. Being one doesn't mean you can't be the other!! But being YOU will always make you happier than being someone other than yourself will make you.. No matter what, be true to *you*.

    Also, I promise that when you get a little older, at least one of those same boys will realize exactly HOW COOL a geek girl is. In fact, it is one of the somewhat unwritten laws of geek culture - geek girls are powerful, as there aren't many of us... ;)

    Good luck out there! :)

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Katie,
    my name is also Katie. I'm 27, and I have a little girl who is 7 years old and is in 2nd grade. I LOVE Star Wars. I still have my original Jabba the Hut, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke, and Chewie action figures. I have the original Milennium Falcon toy thats a scale model, and I make references to the movies ALL the time. I'm a circus performer, an actress, and my little girl is a princess who LOVES zombie movies. being different is one of the best things you can be, and in my case, being different brought me more success than I could have ever dreamed of. I'm behind you 150%! You are AWESOME, and don't ever forget that!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi, Katie!

    I read that you have eyeglasses and a patch because of your poor eyesight. I just wanted to give you a little encouragement.

    I was born with strabismus -- one of my eyes pointed inward, making me look cross-eyed. For a few years, I had to wear a patch on my good eye to make my weak eye get stronger. I had to have a few surgeries, and each time, I had to wear a patch. I had really, really thick glasses. Kids made fun of me a lot for those things, and it hurt.

    I just wanted to give you encouragement -- I grew up thinking I wasn't pretty because of my eye condition -- my crossed eyes, patches, and big glasses. But kids are just afraid of people who are different, and sometimes, they need to hide how they don't feel good about themselves by making fun of other people. And people get nicer, too. As I grew up, I found people who liked me for who I was and didn't care that one of my eyes pointed in a funny direction. Boys thought I was pretty.

    So even though you feel like your glasses and your patch makes you too different, I just wanted to make you feel better and say that I felt the exact same way growing up, and now I barely even think of it, because I've found people who don't care about those things! They exist, and you'll find them!

    Casey

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Katie, I'm a girl too and when I was in first grade I had a Star Wars lunchbox and it had a matching water bottle inside. It had an X-wing fighter on it and pictures of all the characters including Princess Leia. When I got a new lunchbox the next year I kept crayons in my old Star Wars lunchbox. It was awesome.

    Star Wars isn't for boys or girls -- it's for everyone!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie, my daughter is in the 4th grade and she loves Star Wars too. When we get a chance, we sit on the couch and watch the Clone Wars with her little brother. She has a pink Mando costume and an Ashoka costume that she wears in parades and other events for the 501st in Oregon. Tashi has had some problems with bullies in school too because she is a little bit small and has been to many schools. She just shows them how smart she is and they leave her alone. I hope you have a great Christmas with your family. Your friends in Oregon, Tashi, Cody and Dad (TB 691)

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    You remind me so much of me as a kid, Katie. I grew up playing with GI Joe and Transformers and Ninja Turtles and, yes, Star Wars just as much as my Care Bears and Barbies and My Little Ponies. And, y'know what? It didn't make me any less of a "real girl." It just meant that I got to use my imagination and learn about the importance of courage and teamwork and doing the right thing along with being kind to people and apparently wearing lots of pink. Hrm...maybe not so much that last one.

    Kiddo...the important thing is that you go your own way, be your own person, and do what makes YOU happy. Don't worry about what other people think because, at the end of the day, they aren't you. You keep on loving Star Wars (which is AWESOME!)and being the unique and fantastic and wonderful Katie that you already are. You grow up to be a strong and independant woman because you've clearly got a great start on it already.

    Keep on keeping on, Katie, and may The Force be with you. ~_^

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi, Katie.

    I'm a 32 year old woman and I've been a Star Wars fan since I was your age. I currently work as a legal clerk in a law firm. I have Star Wars figures on my desk - Obi-Wan Kenobi, Captain Rex, Ahsoka Tano, and Goldie the droid - and everyone I work for knows I'm a big fan! My boss' daughter is your age, too, and she likes Star Wars, too. Every time she comes into the office, she happily plays with my figures.

    It's not easy to be picked on. I know it hurts. I was picked on a lot through school, too, and not only because I liked shows like Transformers and GI Joe. I loved running, playing in the dirt, and participating in sports.

    Be strong and don't let them change who you are and what you like. Star Wars is just as much for girls as it is for boys! There's just as many strong girl characters in the show as there are boys.

    Be true to yourself and what you like. Don't let them force you to be someone you're not.

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hey, Katie!

    I just wanted you to know that my son, who is in 4th grade, thinks it is super-cool that you are a fan of Star Wars. He says he wishes there were more girls who liked stuff like Star Wars, and that if boys were teasing you, they must not know what a cool girl is. I agree with him! Personally, I think they're just jealous of your cool Star Wars gear! Don't let them get you down, Katie!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Katie,
    I too was a Star Wars nerd in gradeschool; in fact I never had a Barbie, but I did have a Barbie-sized Princess Leia doll and I still have it. It used to be cool for both boys and girls to love Star Wars and play Star Wars with our friends. I think you are going to turn out to be a strong, smart and forward-thinking woman and you will excel far beyond those who are bullying you. Hopefully you'll be the boss of one or two of those boys. Stick to what you like and don't change just for them.

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Katie, I love Star Wars, and I'm a girl, too! Those boys just hadn't had a chance to learn yet that people can like all sorts of things. I'm glad you have a chance to teach them about individuality. My daughter, when she was a little younger, would put on her dress-up princess outfits and then go fix motors in the garage. She also loves climbing trees, playing with snakes and bugs, and other things that some people might think are 'boyish.' Be confident, Katie! Next time someone says, "That's not for girls!" you can just shrug and say, "I like it, and so do some other girls." That will help them learn people can like all sorts of things!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie!

    I have been a Star Wars fan all my life. I have all the books (there are a lot of them!) I own all the movies, my bedroom has Star Wars posters, I have T-shirts, I even have a Yoda stuffed doll that I sleep with! (I am 27) I hope you won't let those boys discourage you from being who you are, because I think you are pretty awesome!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    P.S. Where did you find a Star Wars water bottle, because I would like one.

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Katie, my name is Katie too. And, unfortunately, like you, I've been terribly bullied in my life. It's sad, it's painful, it's something that makes someone angry when one goes through it - and constantly. But I want you to know that you do not have to be ashamed of who you are and what you're about. Are you hurting anyone else? If the answer is 'no', then - you do not have to be guilty or ashamed for anything! :) It's a heck of a lot more simple to type this all out, as I know the burden that this pain causes. Still, be brave, and stick up for what you believe in and about, and at least you will not be led in life, but leading your life. Plus, Star Wars is nothing to be ashamed of. I've always loved it!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie,
    I remember going to the original shows when I was a little younger than you. I loved playing with the action figures (and still have some of them). I also carried a Star Wars lunch box to school. Not everyone understood why I liked "boys" things, but there never were boys toys and girls toys, there were just toys to me. Now I am a teacher. I still love Star Wars. I have the posters up in my classroom and love to talk about the show with my students who like it too. It's important that you keep being the unique girl that you are and don't let anyone make you believe there is something wrong with that.

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi, Katie! I am 38 years old and I used to play Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica in kindgergarten. In fact, I loved science fiction books and movies so much, I went to school to learn how to do special effects. My main goal was to work on a Star Wars movie. I didn't know for sure that there would be another one, but I had heard rumors and I wanted to be a part of it!

    I did an internship at Dream Quest Images in 1994, another one at Industrial Light & Magic in 1996, graduated from art school in 1997, and in 1998 I started working on Star Wars: Episode 1. It was AWESOME!

    And just in case anyone tells you that girls can't be tough, I'll tell you something else -- in 2001 I joined the United States Marine Corps.

    Since then, I have moved to Europe, visited Paris, London, Rome, Vienna, Copenhagen, Valletta (Malta), gone on safari in Tanzania (I was within 20 feet of a cheetah and 5 feet of a lion!), been inside the Great Pyramid in Egypt, and now live in Ireland. I have many more adventures planned, too!

    Other people often want you to stop being unique. I think this is because then they don't have to challenge themselves to do anything "different," they just follow along and don't make decisions. Only YOU can make your life interesting. Don't ever give up on your dreams -- they are what make you special!

    Big hugs to you, Katie. You can do whatever you want!

    Katrina in Ireland
    www.tourabsurd.com :D

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie,

    I left you a comment earlier, I just thought I would add something. I am a member of the 501st Garrison of Stormtroopers. So if those bullies try telling you that Star Wars is just for boys again, you tell him that an OFFICIAL Stormtrooper told you to tell them that they are totally wrong!

    May the Force be with you Katie. Take care!

  • In reply to ccarothers:

    *high five from a leatherneck* :D

  • In reply to ccarothers:

    Dear Katie,

    You rock! I just wanted to add my own little voice of suport among the hundreds already cheering you on, and I hope that you and other girls take the lesson to heart that you don't ever have to be ashamed of liking something just because you're a girl.

    I'm 22 years old now, and I've liked Star Wars since I first saw it. I was nine then, so I wasn't lucky enough to get an early introduction like you did (props to your parents for that!), but both I and my little sister loved it a lot. We started getting our friends interested, and we'd play Star Wars (making up our own Jedi knight characters. Mine had a purple lightsaber, because that's my favorite color) One time I was at a friend's birthday party with 10 other girls, and I was able to convince everyone to see Star Wars the Phantom Menace at the movie theater, even though some of them were reluctant because they hadn't seen Star Wars before. Well, we saw it and everyone loved it, even the ones who thought they wouldn't. One girl even proudly proclaimed that I had turned her into a "Warsy" (The word she made up for a Star Wars fan)

    Star Wars inspired me a lot, in writing (I started writing science fiction and fantasy stories soon after I became a fan) and I also took a big interest in moviemaking from all of the books I read and documentaries I watched about the creation of the series. I made movies on our family camera, took film classes in high school and even got to work on a real film set when I grew up.

    I like a lot of things besides Star Wars that some people think are a little weird or they think that it's not something girls should like. Throughout certain points of my life, I used to get anxious and depressed and try to hide what I loved and what I was good at so people wouldn't think I was different or 'weird'. But I was never happy when I was pretending to be something I really wasn't, or pretending to like things I really didn't. When I stopped worrying, life got better, and my friends- my real friends, have always accepted all the different parts of me. My family, even when they don't understand the things I love, still love me just as much and are just glad that I'm happy doing what I do.

    No matter what you love in life, Katie, love it without shame. If somebody wants to hurt you for what you love, then they are the ones who are wrong. Follow your passions, and it might lead you to exciting adventures and new talents you might have never known you had. I hope you are inspired to become the strongest person you can be, and I hope other young people also hear this message.

    May the force be with you!

  • In reply to ccarothers:

    Hi Katie, my name is Christal Breha (I was called BREE-HA like a donky sound when I was young) I wear glasses and love star wars! It was hard going to school as a kid, but I made it through and because I focused on school instead of everyone else, I got good grades and was able to open my own Sci-Fy store as an adult. I have 2 children, Moira who is 12 and is a Firefly fan and Taro who is a 7 year old boy who has long hair and likes playing dress-up and makeup with his sister. It is ok to be yourself, and you will be stronger as an adult for standing up for yourself now. My children and I would love to have you as a pen-pal if you want someone to talk to. here is my e-mail address christallaurel@hotmail.com we would love to hear how things are going for you now. Stay strong! Love Christal, Moira and Taro

  • In reply to ccarothers:

    Katie! Here is Muka.
    I'm from Brazil. Well...just so you know, its sooooo boring to be like everyone else and its sooo cool to be different. Not like, creepy different of course but...well let me tell you something:
    I work as an intern on a radio station. My program is like a talk show where people call to talk with the two host (a guy and a girl). Sometimes they make me talk too. They make fun of me because i'm a "nerd". But they actually dont know what is nerd. Sometimes people dont recognize that everyone in the whole world likes nerdy stuff. I like star wars as you do, games and stuff but i love sports. Even the girl from the talk show i work likes Harry Potter and the "old" guy there likes star trek. Yeah...and I am the weird.
    All those kids that made fun of you, they are probably MORE different than you. They just dont show it because even THEY dont want to people make fun of them. Thats just... weird!
    Well, greetings from everyone here in brazil and i promiss you that Monday i'll talk about you in the show so everyone (or at least everyone that listen to the radio station that i work) knows about you!
    May The Force Be With You Katie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And....where did you get your water bottle? Mine sucks....

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Dear Katie, I'm 24 woman and I'd like to tell you that you are AWESOME! If I see any kid carrying a Star Wars water bottle, or backpack or anything else geek-related, I'd tell them how awesome they are. I'll probably never meet you in person to tell you this - I'm from Brazil, live quite far from the US - but it's a good thing that the internet lets us do this from anywhere. You are awesome Katie!

    Being different is normal. Everyone is different in a way. Everyone has something about them that is different them most around them. But that's a good thing. To stand up for what you really like, what makes you happy, instead of acting a certain way just to fit in. At the same time, I understand... fitting in makes us feel good too. But the thing you should know is that we live in a big big world, and even when you think you're too different, that you are alone... you're not. Believe me, you can find people that love the same things as you do everywhere around the world, sometimes it just takes a bit more searching to find them, but they are out there. See how many people (men and woman) are telling you how much they love Star Wars too???

    Also, I know it's hard to hear they what you like is "only for boys". Growing up I heard that a lot because I liked to play soccer and I liked to play with all kind of toys... I alwasy found remote control cars more interesting than dolls. There's nothing wrong with dolls, I just liked the cars better, and people told me it was "only for boys". Luckly I had a Mom as great as yours seems to be, and my Mom told me that if I liked to play soccer, play with other toys that were seemed as "boys toys", that I should do it. It was hard hearing the bullies sometimes, but I listened to my Mom and tried my best to ignore it, knowing they were being silly and mean for on reason and I didn't have to respond to that.

    It's hard, I know, but don't be ashamed for liking Star Wars or anything else you may like. Do the things that bring you joy, when you feel sad, talk to your parents about it (your Mom seems to be a really cool and smart person). You are different? Maybe... yeah... But you shouldn't be ashamed because of it. I repeat, you are awesome!!! May the force be with you!

  • In reply to maxsummers:

    Wow, a lot of spelling mistakes on my comment. Sorry... See, here's another lesson, how NOT to spell, haha. Sorry, but hope you understood it all.

  • In reply to maxsummers:

    hey Katie i'm Laura
    i'm from England, its good to show people what you like otherwise, they will never get to know the real you and why would you want them to be your frends f they dont know who you are. star wars are brilliant films that have inspired, many people to do different things, after all the people without the imagination to be different, will never come up with the ideas, to create new inventions in the world. everybody has to be different in their own way to make there mark on the world so people wll love them and be remembered by many many people. i hope you become yourself and become a very worldly and prosperous women n your future but most importantly be yourself as who else are you going to be.
    hey when i was in school i had my jurassic park lucnh box, bottle and matching books and stationary too. i loved it people did call me weird but they got to know me more and i got them interested n these things, one of them have even gone to university to do archeology to study dinosaurs at their prime.
    i hope you make many friends who share your interests so you can have many fantastical conversations with them to remember.
    Hugs Laura xxxxx

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie,

    First off let me just say you have great taste :) I've always been a bit more of a Star Trek fan than Star Wars but both are awesome! I bet those boys are just jealous because they know you're smarter than most. Girls can be into geeky things too - I was a Transformers fan as a kid (which I'm getting back into thanks to my Transformers-crazy boyfriend), I drew Star Trek characters in my Brownie Girl Scout handbook, read scifi books like there was no tomorrow, and played with my LEGO toys more than the Barbies my grandmother bought me.

    Just remember, be yourself. Because everyone is unique. The Vulcans have a philosophy, IDIC - Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations. If everyone was the same wouldn't the world be dreadfully boring? It's okay to be geeky, in fact, I think it's fun :) And I got lucky - I found a geeky boy who feels the same way! How many guys will give their girlfriend a Ghostbusters proton pack as a birthday gift?? (mine did, because he knows I have always wanted to be a Ghostbuster)

    May the Force be with you!!

    ~Mary Jo

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Can't wait

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie,
    I was a kid like you, I didn't quite fit in, I was smart and I liked things that were different than other kids and I got bullied quite a bit. But it didn't stop me from being myself. I also loved (love still!) Star Wars. I was just about your age when Return of the Jedi came out.
    I am now a science educator at a large science museum and I get to be a geek all day long and I work with other people who are just like me. I get to teach kids like you science!
    The highlight of my carrier so far was the year we got the exhibit Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. I got to teach science AND star wars stuff together! I also got to help pack the exhibit up and touch real movie artifacts like Han Solo and Boba Fett's blasters, the costumes for Darth Vader and Chewy and many light sabers.

    Never stop being yourself, and never apologize for being different and remember that when you meet others that are different from you remember what it's like to be different. Geek girls are super cool. You sound like a pretty awesome kid to me. Being different is hard when you are young, but it gets a lot better and easier as you grow up..but it can be rough at times, especially while you are in school.
    Hang in there!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm Callista. I found a link to this over on the Mandalorian Mercs forum. They are a costuming club that raises money for charities, like Toys for Tots. I just wanted to say that you aren't alone. Lots of girls like Star Wars. I wasn't introduced to it till I was 15, but now at almost 27, I'm hooked :)

    Keep your chin up :) Wear your Star Wars shirts with pride, and flaunt that water bottle :D If you get a chance, check out the Mandalorian Mercs site (http://mercs.firespray.net/). Maybe some of them would come visit you - that would be pretty neat. They are awesome people :)

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Katie, your perseverance truly warms my heart. I was 'different' in 1st grade too. I played w/ dinosaurs instead of dolls at times and sometimes I got made fun of too. My big secret was I liked both. I still do. I'm glad that you wear that star wars shirt w/ pride and I'm jealous of your star wars water bottle. Stay awesome.

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi, Katie!

    I'm Vicki and I am 21 years old. When I was a little girl, I got picked on for liking "boy-stuff" too. I grew up in a family full of all boys, so I liked a lot of the things that they were interested in like Power Rangers, Batman, Ninja Turtles, etc. And I LOVED Star Wars and still do. Han Solo was and still is the man of my dreams. It may seem hard to deal with now, but rest assured that some day, those boys will feel really bad about how they have treated you, especially when they realize what a cool girl you are! Look at all these people around the world who are leaving shout outs for you! When you are older, your peers will appreciate your unique tastes and perspectives more and more. Just keep your head up and keep sporting your awesome Star Wars gear! Don't ever let other people tell you who you should be or what you should like. Much love, and may the force be with you! :)

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Dear Katie,
    My daughter is going into first grade next year and I want you to know how important it is to have people like you for younger kids to look up to. My little girl loves Star Wars and Indiana Jones as much as she loves Barbie and My Little Ponies. People like you are very important because they show other kids that it is ok to like things no matter what other people think. Thank you for being an inspiration for my children.

    J

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    hi katie. i'm a woman and a huge star wars fan. in fact, i'm an actor and journalist, and when a city newspaper wrote a story about me, one of their questions was, "what is your favorite movie." my answer was: "the star wars trilogy" (that's episodes 4-6, the original three films). the first christmas i was with my husband, he asked me what i wanted for christmas, and i told him a millennium falcon. he thought i was kidding, but that's what he bought me, and i have it to this day, 10 years later. i'm looking forward to the day my son can play with it. he's now 1 year old. when people come over and see the millennium falcon, they often ask us if it's my husband's. but we both proudly say that it's mine. I also have many female friends who are star wars fans. so, you're definitely not alone. but i understand where you're coming from. i didn't see a star wars film until i was in 7th grade ('return of the jedi"), even though the first one came out when i was in 1st grade, because i assumed it was only for boys. but once i saw it, i was hooked! my only regret is that it took about 20 years for me to be able to see the first two on the big screen. at least you're starting young! star wars is an amazing movie and a world phenomenon. it doesn't matter if you're a boy or a girl!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a girl from Canada and I really like Star wars too! When I was your age I had Star wars clothes too and I loved them and wore them so much, I wore them out! When I was little I loved Transformers and GI Joe, which were supposed to be boys cartoons, but that never stopped me from watching them and liking them and playing with the Toys! :)

    Just think Katie, I'm almost 30 years old and my best friend and I went to the New Harry Potter movie the other night dressed as Harry potter characters, and we weren't the only ones!

    You are not alone, as you can see there are lots of girls out there just like you! So be proud and never worry about what others say. If it makes you happy, go for it :)

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Katie,
    My name is Wendy. I'm an Archaeologist in Arizona. That's someone who studies the things ancient people left behind. Have you seen Indiana Jones? That was one of my favorite movies growing up.

    I was picked on a lot in school. I have REALLY CURLY HAIR! My family traveled a lot when I was little and so every year I was in a different school with different friends and different mean people. My hair was one of the things people picked on me about all the time. I hated it and one day I tried to cut all the curls off. I LOOKED AWFUL! The kids picked on me even more. It wasn't the only thing kids picked on me about. They picked on me because I liked to dig in the dirt and read books. They picked on me because I played the saxophone instead of the clarinet or flute (they told me boys play saxophone, girls play flute.) They picked on me because I loved science fiction like Star Wars and Star Trek. It hurts to be picked on. It too me a long time to figure out that the kids who were picking on me were doing it because there was something else they were afraid of. Usually it's because they were afraid of being picked on themselves.
    However, every time we moved, I made new friends who liked the same things I did.
    Don't ever try to change who you are to fit in. You'll always find people who like you just the way you are.

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hey Katie! My name is Tricia and I'm from Ohio. I can remember being the geek girl who liked Star Wars and stuff when I was a kid. It's difficult and we all understand what you are going through - we're right there with you. I can't tell you it gets easier now, but it will in time. Believe in yourself and you will get through this I promise! Like what you like and you will find that there are friends out there that will like you for it. I am so proud that you are bringing up the next generation of fans. Things will quiet down soon and you can go back to a fairly normal life. I just hope you know now... and in the future... how all us geek girls are pulling for you and support you!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie. :)

    I'm so sorry you're having trouble with some kids who just don't get it. Star Wars was never a boy thing. My mom took me to see the first movie when it premiered and each one after that. We had a great time and nobody thought it was weird that we went.

    I'm glad you like what you like...don't let anyone tell you you're wrong. The only truly girl and boy things are underpants. *Grin*

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Miss Katie :)
    My name is Le'Shea and I am a girl from Indiana. I have ALWAYS liked star wars! And I have been wearing glasses since I was about six years old, and instead of being raised by a mommy and daddy I was raised by just my dad, because my mommy left when I was very little. So I know how it can be to feel different. I am an adult now but when I was a little girl my WHOLE room was nothing but Star Wars and He-Man! ^_^ You probably don't know who He-Man is, but it was a cartoon from way back when I was a little girl that was considered a 'boys' show. I didn't care though. I too was made fun of because of this. I also liked to do things that boys did. When other girls were playing dolls and having tea parties I was climbing trees and playing warriors with the neighborhood boys. Of course they wouldn't let me play at first and even made fun of me because I liked the same things they did. But I didn't care. I knew what I liked, and I thought it was unfair that just because the things I liked were 'boy' things that I wasn't allowed to like them. Dad sit me down after I was so upset because they were calling me weird and saying it was wrong that I liked boy things I was crying. So my dad sit me down on his knee and looked at me and said 'honey your a girl and you like star wars, and football, and he-man, karate, and playing warrior, and because of that that means they are NOT just for boys. And besides that Anything boys can do girls can do better'. ^_^ I have always remembered that and I will always love my daddy for letting me be me! And I am so happy that your Mommy is doing the same thing for you. Its ok to be different! Its what makes you, well you! If everyone were exactly the same then the world would be a very boring place. But luckily for us the world is full of amazing little girls like you that are different! I am now all grown up and have three little kids of my own and my two oldest my boy AND my girl LOVE star wars (the youngest is still a baby and a bit to little to appreciate the awesomeness that star wars is). I also do not restrict my children on their toys. We dont use words like 'boys toys' and 'girls toys' in our house. If my daughter wants to play with a monster truck then she can play with a monster truck if my son wants to play with Barbie's and have tea parties then he can! I cant promise that it can always be easy being who you are, but ALWAYS remember that YOU ARE UNIQUELY YOU! You are the only one exactly like you in the world! Be proud of who you are! You are you and because of that you are beautiful! Stay strong, stay happy, stay you!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Dear Katie,
    Like you, I wore glasses and a patch, and loved the Star Wars movies. Don't you worry. You won't have to wear that patch forever, and glasses? Well, someday you can wear contacts if you you choose, but I still wear my glasses. *grin*
    I want you to know that I think you are completely AWESOME!! My favorite kind of people in this world are the ones who are different. Those people are interesting and wayyyyy more fun than boring, old "normal" people. You keep on marching to your own drummer and stay strong. You are my hero!!

    Geek girl

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hey Katie!

    I've been in your shoes before. I once was the only kid in my class with glasses, and I've also been a huge Star Wars fan since I was eight. (I'm 19 now) Yes, I got made fun of for it. A group of boys would try to get me to turn my head by saying Star Wars. That was their idea of fun, and it hurt. In fact, I later in high school started to hide the fact that I was a fan of star wars because I didn't want to get made fun of. I was the only one I knew who liked star wars.

    But Star Wars inspired me in so many ways. It inspired me to pursue a career in filmmaking. (I am now in film school) It helped me become a better speller just from reading star wars books (they're awesome. you should check them out!) I made fourth place in the county spelling bee two years in a row.

    Then I came to college and found so many other GIRLS just like me! We're out there, and you shouldn't be ashamed. When someone tries to bully you, just ignore them. Don't get offended by it. That's what they want.

    By the way, it's SOOO not just a boy thing. I know a lot of girls who like Star Wars, and I meet more all the time. You have a TON of fangirls backing you! You wear your Star Wars stuff with pride! (funny thing, I'm wearing a Star Wars shirt as I type this. haha)

    Also, it's the geeks who will rule the world one day. always remember that.

    I got your back, girl. Don't let them get to you! In my book, liking star wars makes you AWESOME!!!!!!!!

    Kelsey

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    I heard about Katie yesterday and I was inspired to write this letter for her early this morning. http://anomalypodcast.blogspot.com/2010/11/letter-to-katie-from-big-anomaly-to.html You're awesome, Katie. From the tweets, blogs, and articles I have seen over the last twenty-four hours, there are a lot of people who know that. :)

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Thanks for sharing this story. As a girl geek from Asia, and an immense Star Wars fan since I was 11 years old, my heart goes out to Katie.
    Dear Katie, don't let those boys get you down. As a girl, I was the only one in my class who loves Star Wars. My room was filled with Star Wars toys and books from Star Wars, science fiction and fantasy (and yes, I love zombie movies too), so naturally, some people thought I was 'different'. They said it's like a boy's room! I felt sad, but not for long because tons of other people (those who mattered) said my room is the coolest room of all. :)
    Katie, there is nothing wrong with liking Star Wars, or wearing glasses, or being adopted. It means you are smart and imaginative, and loved very very much (kudos to Katie's mum!) by so many people. You will have really cool friends who love you just the way you are. :) You can't stop liking something just because of what other people think, because then you wouldn't be YOU anymore!
    The great thing about loving Star Wars? I read so much that I got good grades in school! Now that I'm older, I work in cancer research, I'm married to a wonderful man, and I meet up often with my best friends who called me a 'Star Wars nut'.
    Believe in yourself Katie, we are all behind you!!!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Dear Katie,

    I'm a girl, and I love Star Wars! In fact, one of the things that my husband and I have in common is that we love all sorts of science fiction movies and books. When I was a kid, my sister and I both played with our brother's Star Wars action figures far more often than we ever played with our Barbie dolls. When I had trouble sleeping, I used to lie awake and try to re-write the ending of one of the movies until I couldn't stay awake any longer.

    Stay true to yourself, Katie. I was picked on in school, too -- all those silly things, like not having the right brand of blue jeans and the fact that I wore glasses. I have beautiful, full lips, so of course kids picked on me for that, too. It does hurt, but it also does get better.

    One of my daughters, Penny (I have 7-year-old twin girls!), loooooves "boy stuff" like superheroes, mystery books, and Hot Wheels. She gets frustrated sometimes that there aren't enough girl superheroes, so she and her sister created their own superhero mythology with their stuffed animals.

    Be true to yourself, Katie. As difficult as it is right now, you keep using your Star Wars lunch kit and water bottle, and enjoy every sip you take. Wear your Star Wars shirt, and wear it with pride. Some people are afraid of anyone who is not exactly like them, so they bully and tease the kids who are different. But the world sure would be boring without all of us weirdos!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Darling, you're not the only girl who likes Star Wars. My room is lined with shelves full of action figures, many of them are Star Wars characters. There's nothing wrong with being a girl and a science fiction aficionado. Keep your head up and remember that the only people worth impressing are the ones you don't have to change for :)

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Dear Katie,

    I'm not a girl, and I haven't been your age in a good long time (I'm 37), but when I read your story I just had to show my support. You see, I've loved Star Wars since I was your age, and as any true Star Wars fan knows, Star Wars is for everyone to love and enjoy. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.

    I also like to draw, and your story inspired me to do a drawing for you. You (or your Mom) can find it here: http://christopherianturner.blogspot.com/

    Good luck, be strong, and never let anyone make you feel bad for being different. Beiing different is what all the cool people are doing nowadays.

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    HI KATIE!

    I just wanted to let you know, that I am 20 years old, and I love Star Wars! All my life I have been different also, I love playing in the mud (still), I love collecting insects, I go "fossil hunting" with some of my friends, I play VIDEO GAMES, I play table-top RPG's like Dungeons and Dragons (you will learn more about it when you get older), and I am probably the biggest GIRL geek around!

    When I was your age, I had to wear a hearing aid, and glasses, my teeth were really crooked, I wore boy clothes all the time, and I loved doing gross things (I actually stuck greenbeans up my nose in 2nd grade one time (<_<); don't do it!). Yes, I got teased a lot, but I ignored them. I knew they were just jealous of my awesomeness! Because of the fact that I was able to ignore the bullies, I turned out to be an awesome person with awesome friends! I know you will be the same too! You are so sweet and awesome, and don't forget about it! Keep it up girl! Be a geek and be proud of it! It was the best thing thing that had ever happened to my life, and it will be the best thing that had ever happened to your life too! <3 Geeks forever <3 (but really, don't stick greenbeans up your nose, I had green snot for a week)

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hey, Katie! I had to write and tell you it made me laugh when my husband told me your story- well, the part about some of your classmates thinking Star Wars is only for boys made me laugh. I was about your age when the first Star Wars movie came out (I remember being terrified when Darth Vader first appeared on screen) and believe me, boys and girls both were CRAZY about Star Wars. It was huge. Huge, I tell ya! We played Star Wars all the time (except my best friend called Princess Leia, so I had to be R2D2). I remember going to a friend's birthday party, and four of us had brought her Princess Leia action figures (the original action figure had a little plastic cape that got torn very easily- the toys today are much better). Believe me, girls were just as in love with Star Wars as the boys were. And 30 years later, I'm still in love with Star Wars. Glad to know there are girls today who are, too!

    PS: I like your glasses in your picture- they look great on you.. I had glasses when I was about your age, too, but mine weren't nearly as cute. I think if mine had looked like yours I'd have liked them more.

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hello, fellow geeks and nerds!

    My name is Rodrigo, and I'm from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. I'm also adopted in some way and I'm a proud geek who loves Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and comic books and all the cool stuff you see in The Big Bang Theory show!

    Well, I used to be bullyied in school as well for being different. Soccer is really popular in Brazil, and if a boy doesn't like it, kids call him a feg and things like that... Well... I hate soccer and I am to be married to a beautiful, beautiful woman. Almost as beautiful as you, Kate. Her name is Annelise.

    I never pretended to be someone else and I am proud of it. If you change or hide things you like just to please other's oppinions, you will grow up and regret it. You will be thousands of times more ashamed of lying to what and who you trully are than to just be yourself and fell happy to be so.

    When people came to mock me and stuff, I felt kinda happy, becouse that meant that I was being trully me! And a time comes when you find other people who like the same stuff that you do, and then you will share your hobbies with them and be happy and different together!

    God loves us too much and he gave his son for us... So the only oppinion that counts is His! He made me, no one other.

    A big high five from Brazil! Geeks, stand together and HAVE FUN!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie!

    You are SO brave and amazing. Don't let bullies bring you down. I was a nerdy little girl and now I'm a nerdy woman and I am so proud of who I am. You should be proud of yourself! Star Wars is an amazing movie that is not meant just for boys. Truth be told, those little boys in you class are probably jealous that you have AWESOME Star Wars stuff and they don't. :)
    I was bullied all the time for being different. I loved cartoons, comic books, science-fiction, fantasy, horror and I still love all those things to this day. Being a nerd has brought so many amazing people into my life. I can't imagine what life would be like without all my nerdiness. Probably pretty boring.
    You are allowed to love what you love. And you are allowed to be who you want to be. No one can take that away from you.
    Stay strong, young padawan. And may the force be with you!
    -Julia

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi, Katie! I'm a 30-year-old girl from Arizona and I heard about what you're going through. First let me tell you that those people are wrong - Star Wars is for everybody! My family still talks about the YEARS when I would only wear one shirt - my Princess Leia shirt. My mom says that she would have to take it off of me after I fell asleep, quickly throw it in the washer and dry it so I could wear it the next day. Apparently, this went on for over two years.

    I love Princess Leia to this day and quote Yoda very regularly. Also, I have a little dog who I swear looks like an ewok.

    Please don't let those mean people get to you. Know that you are perfect just the way you are and there are hundreds of people who wouldn't change you at all!

    May the force be with you!!!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    I find it ironic that this all happened all of two days after my husband and I just screened Star Wars to my 5-year-old daughter for the first time.

    Katie, you are lucky. You've got a head start into an amazing world of fantasy and imagination that can only lead to good things. For a long time I refused to read science fiction and fantasy books because my brother did, and they were "boy" books. That changed when I was thirteen and I read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings because my best friend was reading them. Those books changed my life and opened up a vast array of stories that I would never have considered reading -- and this is a big deal, to me. I love to read. I'm now 33 years old and am still catching up. I worry that I never will, but I'm trying anyway. :)

    Enjoy Star Wars, and science fiction, and anything else you choose to watch or read. I hope these things inspire you and make you happy always.

    And in case you're curious, my daughter has already decided that she wants to be Princess Leia on Purim (we're Jewish, and that's our dress-up-in-costumes holiday) -- and she can't wait.

  • In reply to Cimorene:

    Actually, in reading some of the previous entries, it is, for lack of a better word, shown that Katie is Jewish.

    That being said, she is going to have one fun filled Chanukah.

  • In reply to Cimorene:

    Katie, my daughter is in first grade, too, and she loves Star Wars so much that she was Princess Leia for Halloween. You're not alone!

  • In reply to Cimorene:

    Katie,

    I'm 27, and I've liked Star Wars, Star Trek, and Science Fiction for as long as I could remember. I like video games, too. I even have a tattoo of the Decepticon symbol from Transformers because I like it so much, and a tattoo of the Triforce from Legend of Zelda. Some people told me that they didn't like them, but you know what? Most of the people I know think they're awesome - even my parents (it took my mom a while, but dad was sold on the Transformers pretty quickly). Aside from liking Sci-Fi and Fantasy, I also worked at a job where I helped tune and enhance the looks and performance of cars - for six years! That's usually nothing BUT guys, but I never had anyone give me any grief for it because I knew what I was doing, and I knew who I was. As long as you are confident and assertive, nobody can ever bring you down. I promise. And trust me, you will have no problems meeting people who like Star Wars. Maybe not right away, but there are a lot of them out there. You should ask your parents to take you to a convention ;)

  • In reply to Cimorene:

    dear katie,

    when i was little, my friend & i would play star wars. he was always luke. even though i am a girl, i always wanted to be han. my friend argued i should be leia because she's a girl. i was not going to play if i didn't get to choose who i wanted to be.

    throughout my childhood & even to this day, people have said really hurtful things to me for being a harry potter fan & reading all the time. harry & books have always been there for me when no one else has. the mean things people say only make you a stronger person.

    at 20-years-old, i am still running around with my darth vader backpack at disneyland & i still wish that i were as cool as han solo. don't let bullies bring you down for being yourself. being different is a great thing. imagine how boring the world would be if everyone were the same! it takes a lot of courage & strength to stand out & embrace who you are. never let people tell you otherwise. may the force be with you always :)

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie!

    My name is Kim (short for Kimberly), and I have been a huge Star Wars fan all my life. I still love science fiction and fantasy.

    When I was in grade school, like you, the other kids teased me about liking science fiction. They also thought it was "boy stuff."

    Well, I didn't let that stop me. And I didn't let that stop me from becoming an engineer. Now I work for the space program, building the International Space Station.

    I know lots of women who like science fiction, and lots of women who like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We women & girls are GOOD at these things, too!

    Never give up, and May the force be with you!

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    What a fabulous idea. Katie's dad and I have a suggestion. Since it is the holiday season and there are so many needy kids, could we remarket the event as "Wear Star Wars -- Share Star Wars". We could ask people to wear a Star Wars item in support of all kids who like Star Wars, and we could ask people to donate one Star Wars toy on December 10th to nearby hospitals, shelters or foster care homes. That way we can help a lot of other kids, too, and share Katie's love of Star Wars! Please let me know what you think! Carrie

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I think that's a cool idea and would post it on my facebook page for sure.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,

    Don't worry about what anyone tells you--the coolest thing you can do is to be yourself. There's nothing wrong with liking Star Wars or anything else "geeky". Guess what? Geeks are cool :) Be proud to be yourself, and remember that there are tons of girls who have been teased too, who are all rooting for you :)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I'm a 29 year old woman, and I build Star Wars legos with my husband! Don't let anyone tell you that you can't like something because you are a girl! (or because of your age when you get older for that matter!) You are allowed to like whatever you find enjoyable.

    I love Star Wars, it is a great story. Luke himself was different from those around him, and look what he accomplished. Love yourself. Love your differences.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie, don't let anyone else tell you what you should or shouldn't like. They're not you - how could they know what you like? I grew up playing with everything from My Little Ponies and Barbies to erector sets and Capsella and marble mazes and toy cars. Geek culture is fun - these are the people who build things for fun and do what genuinely excites us and what we hope will excite other people too. I have a great job writing software and I think it's one of the best things I could have wound up doing. Don't let people talk you out of getting excited about things you find interesting - if you enjoy it, pursue it, and let yourself get absorbed in it and excited about it - it's a fantastic habit to have and it will make your whole life better in so many ways.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    My young padawan, you have much to learn. These rotten bullies are OBVIOUSLY on the dark side of the force and are trying to drag you down with them. I'm 25 and wear a Star Wars shirt to work ALL THE TIME and some people make fun of me. I just ignore them.

    A lot of people think it's really cool that I love Star Wars! You are a beautiful young girl and my guess is the boys only pick on you because they think you're cute haha!

    Be yourself, you'll thank yourself for it later. Stay strong, and may the force be with you.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie- Just wanted to let you know that I think you're awesome. I'm 25, and a substitute teacher, and I still carry a Star Wars travel cup, and have Star Wars bumper stickers on my car. (Which doesn't look like much, but has it where it counts...hehe)
    Keep on keeping on. There are a lot of us out there, and we can't get over how amazing you are. :) :)
    May the Force be with you, kid. Princess Leia is proud of you.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hiya Katie!

    My name is Karly, I'm 20, and I am and Art Student in College. Like many of my fellow posters, I am girl who -loves- Star Wars. When I was five, I lopped off all my hair and dressed up as Luke Skywalker, and carried a Star Wars backpack to school. However, I was picked on for other reasons. You see, we didn't know until a few years after that I am high-functioning autistic. It means I wasn't mentally wired like most people, and we think and perceive things differently. We also can be somewhat obsessive with a certain subject, and mine was Star Wars. Thanks to that, I am a living, breathing Wookieepedia. It may have not gained me much friends in elementary school, but once in High School and even now in college, I've become a bit of a resource to my fellow "Geeks" and "Nerds". In fact, thanks to my love of Star Wars, I've made a good friend out of one of my professors, who we spent many times in and outside of class talking about the new Clone Wars TV show and all that fun stuff.

    Let me get to my point before I ramble on. Don't let those bullies get to you, once you (and they)grow up they tend to care less and less about those little things about what girls should or shouldn't like. Never, ever, sacrifice what you love and being yourself for sake of being "cool". In fact, take pride in it. You may feel all alone at school, but remember, you've got all these people sharing their hearts and supporting you here.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie, I am indeed a girl, 24 years old now and I remember being exactly where you are today. I was adopted, and I had a lazy eye which meant I too had to wear a patch over one eye for several hours a day, and in my day we had the biggest plastic orange glasses. I was made fun of on a regular basis for my glasses, to top it off I also liked things that were more boyish, I never backed down to bullys trying to make fun of me, my father insisted that I be who I am no matter what. I did that, and I made it. besides Star wars is awesome it is not just for boys, thats just not fair that they want to take something so awesome and make it all theirs. be yourself, others will wish they could be as awesome as you.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi, I read this article and I created an account just so I could leave my story! Katie, don't let those boys get you down. I'm an 18 year old girl and I LOVE Star Wars, it's not just for boys. I have plenty of Star Wars things that I carry around, even my own metal Star Wars lunch box, and I'm in college and take it to work! I also have Star Wars posters and actions figures. So don't let those boys keep you from carrying your awesome Star Wars gear! And remember, Princess Leia was a Jedi Warrior! May the force be with you, Katie.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    I've been a Star Wars fan since I was your age! I wish there had been a girl in my class at that time that liked Star Wars, but it was just me and one other kid that were the only two really interested in Star Wars at the time, all the other kids liked Power Rangers and Wrestling. Now, I have a sister thats just a little bit older than you and she likes Star Wars too and reading about your story just made me angry. Nobody should ever be made fun of or teased for something they like! So just know there are plenty of girl Star Wars fans in the world and there is nothing wrong or "different" about somebody liking something. Take care!!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hey girlie,

    From another Katie to another don't despair. Things are tough for girls. We get bullied for being into video games, into star trek, star wars, you name it. If it's seen as being only for guys we're going to have to deal with teasing and harsh words.

    Know that when you get older you will be able to find people who share your enthusiasm for Star Wars. Do you think Princess Leia let anyone tell her she can't handle a blaster? No. So don't let people get to you.

    Good luck and may the Force be with you young padawan learner.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie:

    I teach elementary school and I know that sometimes other children can say judgmental and painful things. Sometimes it is on purpose, sometimes they just don't know they are doing it, and sometimes they are saying something they think but probably shouldn't share. The value in this is that now you know what not to do and to choose your words carefully so that you'll avoid hurting other people's feelings, like these boys did to you.

    We've all experienced that pain of being different and having someone point it out rudely to us, as if being different was wrong. Being different isn't wrong, thinking that everyone should be the same is. My daughter Phoebe, who is 11 now, has often had similar experiences. She has this to say to you:

    Dear Katie,
    I had a very similar problem when I brought Wonder Woman lunch box to school. Every one laughed at me and told me comics were only for boys. I told them comics were for everyone. I personally like Star Wars and when I was your age I had Star Wars paper dolls and action figures{ people laughed at me for that too } and when they laughed at me about it I told them I could like Star Wars and Wonder Woman if I wanted to. When your older and in 5th or 6th grade a lot of boys will think your cool because you like those kinds of things. So don't be afraid to show people who you are, and never try to change who you are because a few people laughed at you. Just remember everyones's different.
    May the Force be with you,
    Phoebe

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie.

    I remember being in fourth grade when the original Star Wars films were being re-released. I was a huge fan then, and so were a number of my friends -- mostly my friends who were boys. I have really great memories of sharing books with them (we'd all buy a few of the spin-off novels and pass them around). I just wanted you to know that while boys at your school are obviously complete morons, that not all boys are complete morons. Maybe they'll wise up in a few years, and maybe they won't. From one girl nerd to another: you don't have anything to be ashamed of. Even if the other kids in your class never figure out just how wrong they've been, you'll know. And we're definitely with you on this.

    For the record, I would have killed for a Star Wars lunchbox. You're one cool girl.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    From Fafa in Indonesia:

    Hey there, Katie.

    I'm 14, wears glasses and into boys stuff, too. It's alright to like whatever you want, sure most won't understand, but you'll eventually have friends that will accept your tastes. I'm a fan of oversea bands/groups that isn't all well-known in my country, and I often get bullied because of it when I was your age. But you know what? Those bullies seemed to forged they were 'weird' songs and started listening when we all first entered junior high two year ago. Don't be surprise if they suddenly talked about Star Wars years later. :>

    I hope things will get better for you!

    - Fafa from Indonesia

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Little kids in primary grades tease esch other about so many things, that it can hardly be called bullying. What is really stupid, is the way girls in the U.S. are made to think everything for them should be pink and non-functional. When I shop in a toy section, I can find very few toys that I would want if I were still a little girl. The girls version of every toy is always pink and frivolous, usually not as well made as the boys version. Women do not drive pink cars; why do little girls need to ride pink bikes? You do not find this in European toy stores. Toys for small children are usually in primary colors, and bikes are usually unisex in small sizes. I am so glad I had only boys, because shopping for them was fun. Now they are grown, and my grandchildren are of both sexes; it is hard to shop for girls, because the toys are meant to dumb them down. I have lived in this country since the age of 16, and am now 67. I don't remember such a proliferation of stupid looking toys, and princess-themed items in either the U.S. or Italy until the last 30 years. Trying to get little kids to stop teasing each other is a lost cause, but, if you really want to go on a crusade, it should be about the way ridiculous pink-glittered toys are marketed to girls.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    {p.s. Katie, now even in Middle School i'm picked on because i'm a Tuba player and i'm the only girl-tuba player in school. I also get picked on because I am smart, AND BECAUSE I WEAR GLASSES! Bullies are cruel and never ever listen to them, you're amazing no matter how nerdy you are. You increase the awesome in the world never let that go.}
    {p.s.s. You can be girly and nerdy at the same time, I am in ballet and have been since I was 2, yet I am a all-the-way-nerd. I read teen vougue and I pick up a copy of game informer once in a while too. I still watch Americas next top model and Doctor Who. I am the only girl who dresses like a supermodel at my school, but that doesn't mean that I can't be supersmart too.}

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,

    I'm a girl who wears glasses and when I was your age, I dressed up as Darth Vader for Halloween. I mean, who wanted to be Princess Leia? That was just too icky, and Darth Vader is much cooler. I can tell you I grew into a successful woman with a boyfriend who realizes how cool it is that I like nerdy stuff that we can talk about together. He likes it that I know how to fix things around my house and that I'm curious about how things work (and other things that are "boy things."

    Now I could leave it with a generic "it gets better" sentiment, but that really diminishes your feelings, and it's a long time between now and when you grown up and have a good paying nerdy job. So I'm going to suggest a way to help you cope with things now. Make the boys in your school realize how cool it is that you have things in common with them now. (Trust me: when you're in high school and you and all of the other girls like college boys-- they'll remember this.) When they start to tease you, ask them what your favorite Star Wars scene was and start telling what yours is. They'll move past what they believe gender roles are before you can tell them how many midichlorians you have. :-) Good luck, Katie!

    Janetta

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a 23 girl and I LOVE STAR WARS. My parents would always get me Star Wars Legos! I have had a crush on Han Solo since I was 10! ^_^ Boys used to tease me for liking Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-men, and Legos and used to tell me I should play with dolls. I also was teased because I wore glasses and my name is Alex and they told me that was a boy's name. But now the boys that used to tease me for liking Star Wars are my friends and they think it's cool I like Star Wars too! And now I'm 23 and my husband and I share our love of Star Wars together! Pretty soon the boys who tease you will get bored teasing you about your Star Wars gear. As soon as you show them you don't care, they won't care! And maybe you can teach them a thing or two about the Force! :D

    ~Alex

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie! My name is Erin, and I'm a huge Star Wars fan! When I was a little girl, I remember sitting in my Princess Amidala t-shirt on my Mom's lap waiting in line for the premier of the first movie, and ever since then I've been hooked. I'm a huge geek, nerd, whatever label you want to put on it, and even though I'm twenty years old and living on my own, I still get teased sometimes for the things that I like.

    But through much heartache through my public school years, I've learned that the most important thing is to do what makes me happy, regardless of how I get teased! I love Star Wars and Star Trek and all sorts of geeky things, and no one can change that! You can see that in my picture that I'm wearing my Empire Strikes Back shirt and I'm hugging my Star Wars bear (dressed up like Han Solo, thank you).

    Don't let it get you down, Katie! I bet they're all jealous that you have such cool Star Wars stuff and they don't. Stay true to yourself!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hey Katie,
    I think it's awesome that you love Star Wars! I have a really embarrassing story to share with you. When I was little I wanted to have Star Wars underwear like the boys had, but they didn't make them for girls. My mom bought me the boy ones and I wore them anyway. My older sister went to school and told everyone that I was wearing Star Wars boy underwear. I was really upset, but after a few days the boys thought it was cool and we became friends. That's how I met my best friend ^^.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    (x-posted from EPBOT)

    Dear Katie,

    I am a geek. I am a supergeek, even. All my life, I have been doing things different than everyone my age, boys or girls. I was smart, creative, bold, and everything else that most people are threatened by. Sometimes it was hard because I was teased, but I liked who I was even if I was different.

    In middle school, I was once teased for drawing a lady in a swimsuit I created. People shouted "Miko's drawing naked people!" even though there was a cute bathing suit on. It made me sad because I was doing what I loved... designing clothes. I stopped drawing swimsuits and went back to drawing other clothes. Nobody told me that it was ok and everyone else was just being mean because they couldn't draw a square.

    In High School, I took being different very far. For fun, every Friday, I wore funny outfits to school BECAUSE people would laugh. I liked making people laugh and challenging what they thought was cool. Sometimes I got sad because people were mean, but then I remembered it was because they were jealous that they were too scared to be different.

    Now, I sew and design costumes for a living. I took my designing and wearing funny outfits in a whole career! I work with people who love dressing up and make them their dream outfits for Halloween and other events. I have won awards for making costumes for myself and wearing them to conventions where there are hundreds of other people there who also like geeky things... like Star Wars!

    Yes, it can be very hard to keep liking what you like because not as many people like those things... but remember that there is nothing better than being you. Even if you pretended to like something you don't, you'd still be sad on the inside because you are hiding your real feelings. You can tough it out. And who knows? Maybe it will be YOUR career.

    Maybe you will direct the next great science fiction films. Maybe you will be on the team that invents real life pod racers. Maybe you will be the top science girl at your college and win honors for doing so. Always dream big, and do what you love.

    Love and strength,
    Miko

    PS: Here are some of the costumes I have made. http://luckinspades.carbonmade.com. If you ever want a Star Wars costume for Halloween, or for fun, I would love to make one for you.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I was linked to this news article by a friend of mine I've known for years, that I met through the internet. I registered so I could comment here, because I was bullied myself when I was in first grade, and feel like I could at least share what I've come to understand over the years.

    I'm a 21 year old male college student now, but when I was in first grade, I was one of the kids that got picked on and bullied a lot. It didn't matter how hard I tried to conform to other people's standards of normalcy, they still bullied me. Over the years, I've come to understand that there were several reasons for this. First of all, jealousy. I'm sure many people have stated this before, but I know I'd have been at least somewhat jealous of someone else have an awesome Star Wars bottle. That tends to lead people to bully others, unfortunately.

    But this isn't the only reason people bully others. Jealousy tends to be cited the most, but it's really one of the lesser reasons that people get bullied. Most often, it's because when young boys bully others, they have less of a chance of being bullied themselves, because they're ensuring that they stay at the top of the 'food chain' in a way. At the same time, if you show yourself to be vulnerable to their bullying, they'll just keep doing it, because you're an easy target.

    Boys are especially mean in groups at young ages. They don't give much thought to the feelings of others, and in a way, that's a result of the way our culture raises them.

    The best thing you can do for yourself, is be proud of who you are. If you like Star Wars, come to school wearing your Star Wars backpack with pride, and don't hesitate to drink from your Star Wars water bottle. If someone ridicules you for it, you should question them why they're making fun of you. Why should being a girl exclude you from loving Star Wars? Who really has the right to say it's not "girly" enough for you to like it? Why should being "girly" even be a requirement for you to like it? You'll quickly see that they won't have an answer.

    You might not be seen as a stereotypical "girl", but if you have the confidence and self-esteem to be who you want to be, I assure you, people will begin to look up to you. It's only when we give in to other's making fun of us, that we are seen as weak.

    Long story short, be yourself. :)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Greetings Carrie and Katie,

    I'm a member of the 501st Legion. As we were trooping at our local Library today, one of our member brought up a story about how a little girl who loves Star Wars. So I found this article.

    There are many female members within the Star Wars costuming community. Stormtroopers, scout troopers, snowtroopers, even a Pink Clonetrooper!

    In Vancouver, I co-organize a few science fiction interest and fan groups. From Battlestar Galactica to Stargate SG-1. The cool thing is, all the head organizers are lovely ladies.

    In Elementary school. I use to get the weird looks from people in school when I talked about Star Wars. Kids would tease me about how I've seen the movies 200 times, and that I wear an X-Wing t-shirt to class. A few years ago, at the age of 23, I was working in a summer arts camp as an instructor. Three 13 year old boys, who thought they were tough guys and too cool for the camp, over heard me teaching one of the campers how to draw a lightsaber. The whole teasing in elementary school happen all over again. They bad mouthed Star Wars as well as the fact I like Star Wars. None of it bothered me, because the next day, I marched in to the lunch room in my full Sandtrooper armour to see all the kids, and before I could address the three boys, they dropped their sandwiches and ran out of the room screaming!

    Anyways Katie, no matter what happens, you should be yourself. Be the person you want to be. If you feel like drinking out of the Star Wars bottle, do it. You appreciate a good film, and it means you have good taste.

    Stay strong young lady, and the force will be with you, always.

    Yves ( Vancouver, BC)
    Sandtrooper TD9815

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    hi katie! so much of your story hit close to home to me, as i'm also another katie out there and also a star wars fan, wear glasses, and also had to wear a patch when i was in the first grade. i know how much of a bummer it can be to get teased because you're not like everyone else. but as you already know, there's lots of people out there - girls even! - that are just like you and think you're the coolest first grader they know of. :) next time anyone teases you for being different, tell them thousands of people around the world think you're way more awesome than they are!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hello Katie,

    One of my officers sent me a copy of your story, and I thought that I'd come by to share a little story with you.

    I have loved Star Wars since my first Star Wars action figure in 1983, and I have always been a Science Fiction fan. When I was little I'd sneak my action figures into school and daydream that we were on secret missions. Of course you weren't supposed to bring toys to school, so the teacher would catch me sometimes.

    At lunch the kids wouldn't sit with me, call me Star Wars freak or other names along those lines. The bus rides home were never fun, and I really only had one good friend in school who 26 years later is still my best friend to this day. As a child, I always knew that Star Wars would be part of my life. My love for it was just to strong to let others make me feel bad.

    Today I am the founder and commanding officer of the Mandalorian Mercs, the 3rd largest Star Wars costume organization in the world. I get to stand next to men and women who love Star Wars the way I love Star Wars. We help raise tens of thousands of dollars for charities around the world, and it makes me proud to know that my childhood dream is helping children around the world.

    Katie, nobody can ever take the things you love or your dreams away from you, and no amount of bullying can ever destroy your heart. Know that millions of people around the world are also Star Wars fans, and that your not alone in your love.

    To closing, I want to leave you with a saying that the Mandalorians have for their children. When those first grade boys start acting up, I want you to remember this phrase: "Raise your sons to be strong, but your daughters to be stronger."

    May the Force be with you.

    Tom Hutchens
    Mand'alor the Uniter
    Mandalorian Mercs

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    My name is Arrow and I'm a 10 year old girl. I LOVE Star Wars. Here's a link to my mom's blog so you can see the clay Star Wars scenes my brother and I make. http://wildculturecafe.blogspot.com/2010/09/why-im-crazy-hippie-mom-who-doesnt-give.html

    I also play Dungeons and Dragons which is usually only played by boys.

    My brother Max is 6 years old and he would LOVE to find a girl in his class who would play Star Wars with him, seriously he would want to be your best friend!

    Don't let those boys hurt your feelings.

    BE STRONG!

    GIRL POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From Arrow and Max

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Wow, I can't believe you had to go through that, Katie. I mean i know what it's like, but I had my girl friends ditch me because I liked to play with cars or sporty stuff instead of playing with dolls or combing hair. There's always people that have your back :3
    I made friends with boys and eventually found other girls like me.
    Your story got all of us supporting you. If you love something, keep loving it no matter what anyone says!
    Don't stay too mad at those boys, they just don't understand that not all girls wear pink or boys wear blue. In the future, they'll probably give you an apology n.n Otaku Nerd-girl, Sandra- CA

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie,
    It is wonderful that you like Star Wars so much! I was the 5yrs old when the first Star Wars movie came out. Now over 30 years later to see that Star Wars is still loved by children today, especially little girls is fantastic. I am also a member of the 501st Legion Star Wars costuming group. I my costume is Darth Vader. I have met several little girls that really like Star Wars too. So much that for Halloween and Mardi Gras or Sci Fi conventions that they dressed up as Darth Vader too, or a stormtrooper or Boba Fett. That is Great!!! And I promise to that the myself and the 5000 members of the 501st Legion think it is great you love Star Wars. Embrace whatever you love. And never let anyone change your mind. The Force is with you and so is the 501st Legion!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie. I'd like the chance to have you be in our Star Wars Fan Film. We are almost done, but I am sure we can include you. We are Star Wars fans in Minnesota making a film. We have had folks from Iowa, Wisconsin & Illinois participate. Here's our site: www.immolationmovie.com. Feel free to contact me by posting a Facebook message at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Star-Wars-Fan-Film-FADE/434159550415. We love Star Wars and support you!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,

    I hope when all this is done, you'll come out remembering a few things. First, don't let anyone stop you from being who you are, ever. Second, any time someone tells you that you can't do something just because you are a girl, laugh at them. Girls can do anything boys can do. Third, although now some boys may not like that you enjoy Star Wars, I promise later it will be other boys' favorite thing about you. Trust me, I'm a boy who loves Star Wars too. Fourth, you are lucky to have such a great mom, Katie. Not everyone's parents will do so much to fight bullying. Fifth, there are lots of people out there who will try to make you feel bad for one thing or another, but the world is full of people who think you are wonderful. Thousands of us are letting you know that.

    Finally, remember not to be mad at the boys who made fun of you. First grade boys don't know much yet. Later they'll realize they were wrong, and they could even be your friends.

    May the Force be with you, Katie.
    -Zak

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,I am Allison, also 6 and being bullied at school. It isn't fun at all. They pick on me for wearing my Kimba shirt and my Beach Boys shirt. I dont think they even know what they are, but I stopped wearing them, too. After I heard about you, I'm going to WEAR THEM!! You kno what? I have a friend, Lauren, who watches if I'm being bullied, then she comes over and says, Excuse me, I need to talk to Allison, and she gets me away from them like that. Find a friend that can do that. I like star wars too. AND, my mommy is a girl & she works with rockets and space, so space DEFINITELY is for GIRLS! Oh yeah - ask your mom to help by having her write what you can do or say in a littlle book for you and look at that too. Good Luck and hope you dont get bullied any more! Allison

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hey Katie,

    Remember a few things when all this is over. First, don't let anyone stop you from being who you are, ever. If they aren't smart enough to see how awesome you are, then they aren't worth your time. Second, some boys might not think it's okay you like Star Wars, but thousands of people all over the world think you're wonderful for it. Third, girls can do anything boys can do. Fourth, you've got a great mom. Not everyone's parents will stand up against bullying and rally the Internet in support of you. Fifth, boys in first grade don't know how awesome it is that a girl likes Star Wars. Later, it will be some boys' favorite thing about you, I promise. Trust me, I'm a college boy who loves when girls love Star Wars. It'll only get better as you get older.

    Finally, don't be mad at the boys who made fun of you. They don't know much yet. Later, they'll realize they were wrong, and you might even be friends. After all, they like Star Wars too!

    May the Force be with you, Katie. The Internet sure is.
    -Zak

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie, you are an absolutely adorable little girl who is going to grow up to be an absolutely beautiful woman!! Wave your Star Wars water bottle high and proud!! May The Force Be With You, Pretty Katie!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I am 29 years old, and from one Katie to another, I have always loved "boy things" AND "girl things." When I was nine years old, I would get back from elaborate pirate battles that spanned our neighborhoods with a pack of boys and a couple girls and promptly sit down to play with my American Girls dolls. As an adult, I love make-up and romantic comedies, but I also watch and read a lot of science fiction, including Star Wars! (When you're a little older, you should start exploring Star Trek. :) ) The only time any of this has been a problem was when I wanted to play the game Magic: The Gathering in high school. The same boys who welcomed me to Star Wars games and viewings really didn't think I should play Magic, but I asserted myself and learned the game and sat down to play with them every Thursday after school.

    Keep your head up and be confident in yourself. You can like what you like and do what you want to do and no one else should have anything to say about it.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Miss Katie,
    I must say I love the name :) I am also a fan of Star Wars. When I was your age, we didn't have a lot of Star Wars toys or anything, so I can't say that I know how you feel, exactly. I DO know what it's like to be picked on by the boys at school, though.
    Another thing I really liked when I was younger was X-Men comics and the cartoon. I would collect the comic books, the trading cards, anything I could get my little paws on. It was in 2nd grade, I believe, when a mean little boy named David started picking on me for liking X-Men. He said, "That's a BOY cartoon. ARE YOU A BOY!? You're not ALLOWED to like X-Men! I bet you don't even know what it's about!"
    It really hurt my feelings at first and I even thought about throwing out my beloved cards and comics. Then, when I talked to my mom about it, she came up with a brilliant plan. Show that mean kid exactly how much I DID know about X-Men.
    The next time I saw him at school, he started in on me again. Instead of getting upset though, I decided to see how my mom's idea would work.
    "Oh yeah?!" I said. "How about we see who knows more about X-Men?"
    He laughed at me but I stood my ground. We went back and forth for what seemed like forever, but I eventually caught him at something he didn't know about. He got really upset and stormed off.
    I felt like a warrior princess. I had defeated my foe in a battle of wits! I had never done anything like that before. I walked around the playground that day with my head held high. That was a great day for Katys AND Katies everywhere. :)
    A few days later, a couple of other boys from my class came up to me and asked if they could see my X-Men cards. We started our own little "club", if you will. We would meet before class every day and show our new cards and trade with each other all the time.
    I suppose the moral of my story is, don't let bullies get you down. The funniest part about my being bullied was that I actually made a LOT of very close friends, in the end. I just had to have the guts to stand up to the mean kid. Now, I'm not saying fight with the bullies, but definitely don't back down when they start trying to pick on you.
    I hope my story helps you with your problem. I realize it's probably a bit late, but I felt compelled to support a fellow Katie in her quest for equality in the cruel world of grade school. It really is a jungle there! You keep your chin up, kiddo. And don't you ever give up your lunch set! That's something that makes you happy and you should never have to sacrifice something that brings a smile to your face. :)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi. I'm an another starwars fan in korea, south. I signed for leave a comment to you, katie.

    I can understand how you feel bad that time. In here, starwars are not so popular so many people make fun of me because I like it. But don't worry about it, katie. Just do what you like and keep going it. They bullying you because they are jealous of you. You can see, you loved by so many people and that's another great good thing by starwars, isn't it? So don't care about it and cheer up! I hope I can meet you someday.

    I'm sorry my english is short so I think it's hard to you to understand some points. But I'm so happy if you cheer up by my comment/

    May the force be with you, katie!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Carrie and Katie, You've probably read this a hundred times over by now. Don't deny yourself the things that make you smile, whether its star wars or tutus or watching star wars in tutus. I'm 25 years old girl, I've loved stars wars for a long and many "boy" or "nerdy" things too. If it makes you smile keep it. Carrie thanks for going the extra mile to be an awesome mom.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie,
    I am also a Star Wars fan, although I may not know the lore as much as my fiance, I am a hard and fast fan. I love sci-fi and fantasy and action and many other things that some boys believe are theirs. They are not, they are all of ours. Carry your water bottle and your lunch box and love what you want. I do. I love being able to name Star Wars characters and watching the movies and thinking about other worlds. I have and always will.
    May the force be with you(and I know it is, as we are all behind you).
    Love always.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,
    :D
    I have always been a huge fan of Star Wars. I am now 21 and still sleep with my Star Wars blanket. Never be afraid to be who you are. Embrace it and know that you are not alone. Plus when you get a little older a lot of boys sometimes think its cool that you like "boy things" so hang in there and be who you want to be!

    Lots of Love! <3

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hey, Katie!

    I'm probably not saying anything you haven't heard before, but being a fan of Star Wars is totally awesome and nothing to be ashamed of. ^_^ I'm a girl, and guess what? I love Star Wars. I also do karate, watch cartoons with giant robots in them, and play roleplaying games, which are all things that I've been made fun of for before. Now I'm engaged to a guy who couldn't imagine life without Star Wars, and we decorate our apartment with Star Wars toys and watch giant robot shows together.

    School can be really hard--I used to get bullied a lot too--but the important thing is that you have to stick by the things you love and not let other people take them away or make them less fun. And when it gets really hard to keep believing in yourself and liking the things you like, just remember--your mom will back you up, and we all believe in you too!

    So carry your Star Wars water bottle with your head held high, Katie, and if anyone makes fun of you for it just remind yourself that Princess Leia certainly wouldn't back down when bullied, and neither should you. You're way too cool for that.

    May the Force be with you, kiddo. I know that I am.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,
    You like whatever you like, and never mind the haters.

    My daughters are your age, one in first and one in third grade, and they like Star Wars, Legos, Tron, Battlestar Galactica, GI Joe, Iron Man, X Men, comic books and other great geek stuff.

    I tell them "Be who you want to be, don't become what someone else thinks you should be."

    Big props to you! The road to being your own person can sometimes be hard, but in the end you'll be happier, and stronger for it.

    Best of luck!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie! As a growl up Geek Girl, I want to let you know it will all turn out OK! Carry your Star Wars backpack and water-bottle with pride. Be proud of who you are, and don't let others dictate what you should like. One of my best memories is going to see one of my first movies in a theater, with my father (it was a treat!) and that was Return of the Jedi, one of my most favorite movies to this day!
    Hang in there!
    PS. One of my friends is one of the people who steers the Mars Rover---she IS a rocket scientist! And Star Wars fan!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I'm on it!

    Also, if you can, let Katie check out the Facebook page event. Supporters have also left her messages on that and there are thousands of them.
    Please let me know about the pictures though. I have classrooms of kids her age, high schoolers, college kids, and adults who want to show her what a big day this will be for them. I even have some membera of the 501st on board who'll be dressed in their uniforms.

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    im a female member of the 501st nordic garrison and i will be wearing my costume on december the 10th :) there are thousands of female members of the 501st and rebel legion and i hope they all can do as I and wear their costume on the 10th :)

    may the force be with you :)

    Line Celeste
    sl-6279

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hi Katie!
    I want you to know that whatever someone likes, whether it's Star Wars or different styles of music or Harry Potter or video games or whatever, no one can ever say that you are not allowed to like it or that liking it is wrong. My grandmother always told me that you can never argue with taste: some people like cabbage, others hate it. Some people love the colour yellow, others prefer red. Whose right? Everyone!

    I am a geek girl: I love reading fantasy novels, I play online video games like World of Warcraft and I love sci-fi movies. Sometimes my friends (even at 26!) poke fun at me for being geeky. I then remind them they get all excited about sports (I don't really care about hockey) and have listened to the same bands for years. They "geek out" about stuff just as much as I do, and even though their interests are more mainstream, they are just as geeky about them as I am about my scifi/fantasy interests.

    There is no right or wrong when it comes to taste.

    If the guys in your class think Star Wars is just for boys, that's their problem. Maybe one day they'll discover they like collecting dolls, or designing clothes or even a "girly" show on the television. And they won't tell anyone because they will be embarrassed, and they will miss out on getting new friends and finding people who love the same hobbies and things they do.

    By now, you must have realised how many Star Wars (and general geek) fans are out there. We came together for you, because you were awesome enough to show the world what you like and who you are. Being true to yourself is how you will find real friends.

    -Kim D, Ottawa, On, Canada

  • In reply to SweetMelpomene:

    Hey Katie,

    I am a 28 year old woman who has traveled the world, literally. And you know what I wore to bed every night as I backpacked across Europe? Some pink plaid flannel pajama bottoms and my star wars t-shirt.

    I have loved star wars ever since I was your age. And you know what? I wore glasses too. My first crush EVER was on Harrison Ford and I would sit there on saturdays and watch the entire trilogy and dream of getting to see the universe. This was back in the day when my family didn't have cable and there was no internet, so I just happily watched our well worn VHS videos of star wars, over and over again.

    And maybe people didn't think I was cool, but I don't remember. But by the time I got to high school, my friends sure did all think it was an amazing set of movies.

    Okay, and I totally understand that you are a first grader and liking boys is a long way off, but I can promise you that wearing that star wars t-shirt around has only ever gotten me compliments and dates from boys. When you get older, and boys suddenly realize that they like girls and if they want to date girls they have to hang out with people other than other boys, they will think it is AWESOME that you love star wars. they really will. because they like star wars. In fact, I suggest you bring it up every time you meet a boy you like :)

    And you know what else? I have had glasses since I was 7 and I waited until I was 21 to get contacts just because I was annoyed that the eye doctor told me when I was 10 that I would want to get them as soon as I could so that "boys would like me." It made me super angry and it made me never ever ever want contacts. Newsflash, again, boys always tell me how cute I am in my glasses.

    I know that this has turned into a strange promise of better dating days, but I just wanted to say, I'm not a science person, I am a writer and actress, and I actually LOVE the color pink and have loads of my little ponies still tucked away from my childhood, and I STILL love star wars. it's not a limiting thing that only certain people appreciate. Girls who win beauty pageants, who spend their money on lip gloss, who only wear dresses, still love star wars. it's not for boys or certain kinds of girls: it's for everyone!

    I am glad that you are so loved that your parents made you this beautiful blog post where people could share with you, and hopefully other kids, how great it is to love what you love and not worry about anyone else.

    Lots of love and light and luck to you!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I read about your ordeal Katie, it's something I can relate to. People used to harass and try to bully me when I was a kid for liking comicbooks and Star Wars, but now I'm almost 30 and all the people who tried bullying me are long gone from my life. Because of what I learned in life from smart entertainment like Star Wars and Comicbooks, I was inspired to go out and make something of myself, now I am a safety inspector for one of the largest food production facilities in America and have a degree in Massage Therapy, extensive Graphic Design training and have released my own music for sale over the internet. The people trying to make you change will one day be out of your life, embrace the things you like and care about and enjoy every minute of your life.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    I am a girl who has been into science fiction, especially Star Trek (though Star Wars has a special place in my heart) since before I could read. I am in my twenties now and just finished college. I liked a lot of "boy things" growing up, like martial arts, playing with toy cars, and science fiction stories. I used to get teased, but I decided that there is no such thing as boy things and girl things, just things I like, and things I don't like. After awhile, the boys started to realize that I was cool. Of course they should, because I AM cool. Sometimes what they said hurt my feelings, but I'm glad I didn't let them tell me what I was supposed to like. I am very happy being "nerdy" or being into "boy things" even as an adult, and all of my friends are okay with it, too. If someone isn't okay with the fact that I can quote Star Trek, Star Wars or tell you what corbomite is, they aren't my friend.

    I wish you well, and encourage you to always do what you love. Being interested in science fiction is very cool! Science itself is cool, so why wouldn't you want to be interested in stories about the future, space, and strong characters. Also, if a boy tells you Star Wars is for boys, ask them why Princess Leia is the best shot in the movies.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie, I'm not a girl. But I did wear glasses, starting at around the age of three. I liked comic books, reading and Star Wars when I was a kid. My classmates didn't, quite so much.

    I still like these things. I have my own little guy, now. His name is Jack and he's about 1 1/2 years old. He already likes trains and superheroes. He laughs when my wife puts a little lip gloss on him, which he asks for in the morning. He really seems to want to see that movie Tangled and if he was old enough, I'd take him. He likes what he likes. I wouldn't have it any other way.

    I think people liking different things makes them interesting. When I was your age, I WISH there had been a girl, or anyone else, in my class who liked Star Wars as much as I did.

    You keep being you. It probably hurts, a lot, right now, being teased for just being yourself. Some people do that. It's not nice. It doesn't feel fair. Sometimes, that's what people are like. But you don't have to listen. And you never have to let other people tell you who you should be.

    Unless it's your Mom. She sounds pretty cool. I'd listen to her.

    May the Force be with you.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    As a fellow nerd-girl, I was also fortunate enough to have a mother that supported me and my love of Star Wars, Jean Luc Picard, and Ninja Turtles. 25 years later, I'm still in love with Sci-Fi, comic books, and all things generally nerdy. It's a shame that Katie has to grow up around horrible little children that can't accept a girl as awesome as she is. It's hurtful and unfair that she should be made fun of for liking Star Wars. But the good part is that there are so many other girls out there just like her, and I think the fact that so many of us have bonded together to give our support is proof of that. Never be afraid to show your inner nerd. Never hide who you are. Kids may be mean now, but when you get older, you'll realize that everyone loves a nerd girl. We are awesome. Never forget how awesome you really are.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hey Katie!

    I am 23, and when I was in grade 1 I fell in love with Star Wars. In grade 2 I went as Jaina Solo (Han and Leila's daughter from a wonderful 'Young Jedi Knights' book series) for Halloween. As I was walking through the classes for our Halloween parade, a boy called me Luke Skywalker. I got very angry because I thought that Jaina was the coolest jedi ever, even better than Luke. Since then, I have gathered a collection of toys, books, and games, and I continue to love it!

    I have never had 'normal' girl interests. I love sports, science, math, biology, and horror. Star Wars and Jurassic Park were what really sparked my interest in space, science, fantasy, dinosaurs, and more. These also helped inspire me in my writing and art. I think there is so much to learn from the world and that we should never be afraid to challenge how other peopel think we should behave.

    I love being different, and I think you are an inspiration for other girls who just want to be themselves. It has reminded me of how important it is for girls to stand up for what they love. Thank you!

    ~Lauren

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    Don't let anyone tell you that girls can't like Star Wars: they can, and they do! Sooner or later those boys will realize that the girls that like Star Wars are the COOLEST girls to hang out with. As a girl who loves video games, live-action roleplaying, the Lord of the Rings and (of course) Star Wars, I can tell you that you'll make a whole lot of friends who appreciate you for your enjoyment of Star Wars!

    Please please please don't be discouraged by what those other kids are saying to you! Carry your Star Wars water bottle proudly!

    May the Force be with you!
    Laura

    By the way, I agree with Hannah Lily up there. Glasses can be among the most stylish accessories!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie,

    Don't be discouraged about liking Star Wars. I am a 29 year old boy and I still get picked on for liking Star Wars but I don't let it bother me because it is What I like and I think it is the greatest thing ever. Two of my favorite Star Wars characters are girls Mara Jade is my favorite and Jaina Solo is one of my other favorites and they wouldn't put up with boys picking on them.

    good luck and don't give up.

    May The Force Be With You!
    Eric

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Carrie (and hi, Katie!)

    Carrie, I felt like I could have penned your blog. My 5-y-o daughter Amelia is the BIGGEST Star Wars fan (second only to Katie, of course). All she asks for for Christmas is more Star Wars Legos, she carries a Star Wars lunch sack and has several t-shirts. She can "outsmart" just about anyone when it comes to Star Wars trivia. She started Kinder this year and I was a bit unsure how her individuality would be received. It's not been a problem for us -- yet. But I know it's only a matter of time.

    I agree with what you said about how we have to teach our children to be kind to others, learn tolerance, etc. I think that parents certainly are (in most instances) well-intentioned, but their intentions don't go FAR enough. We might explain how someone with different colored skin is the same as us on the inside and pat ourselves on the back and think we're done. But we can do a better job explaining how even though some of us LOOK the same, the personality traits we enjoy individually make us special, wonderful beings that God created and loves.

    Katie, keep that chin up and be yourself -- being someone else is certainly no fun at all!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,

    As a fellow Star Wars fan who's a girl, you are definitely not alone! What a silly thing to make fun of anybody for. Girls can definitely like Star Wars and anything else that boys like. I've been into video games, science fiction, Star Wars, and comic books for years, and I have met so many interesting people because we had something in common. As you get older the reactions you get will likely be a lot more positive, as so many other people like these things too and will be overjoyed that there is another female fan out there willing to share their interests!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie, I hid my love of Star Wars for years from everyone I knew, because I was afraid of how they would react. I thought I would be made fun of because I was a girl, and I learned from a young age that girls who liked nerdy boy things (like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) were viewed with suspicion for some reason. I think I thought that because I came to terms with it myself (I now wear my "May the Force be with you" button every day), that times had changed. And I think they have to a certain extent--when I was your age, they didn't make Star Wars t-shirts for girls, but they do now!--I guess little boys haven't. Let me tell you this. In twenty years, those boys are going to look back, and this is what they're going to say, "When I was in elementary school, there was this girl named Katie, and she had a Star Wars water bottle. I thought it was so cool, but I didn't know how to tell her, so I made fun of her. I really wish I'd tried to make friends with her, because I like Star Wars so we would have had a lot in common, but I never did. I missed out." You and I are a rare breed, Katie, the cool nerd girl. Own it, because it is fantastic and exciting, and some day you will have so many friends that are not only okay with it, but love it as one of your interesting qualities. Be brave. It gets better. It gets awesome.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm so glad you shared your story. I LOVED Star Wars & comics as a kid! Luckily I came from a nerd family and they supported me. I worked as a Manager for a comic book store for the last 6 yrs! I used to go to conventions all the time where I was out numbered by men. It doesn't meant hey respected me any less. On the contrary... I think I got more respect for being a... as they say, "rare breed." I LOVE what I do. I am now currently a Store Manager at Gamestop. Who says girls cant have fun?

    Just know it DOES get better! Those boys are young and are probably threatened by how cool you are! They are only making fun of you to make themselves feel better. You just keep being you. You sound like a smart fun girl, your going to have so many friends you dont know what to do with them all. And you dont need to change who you are to fit someone elses view of what is cool or right. You just be you. Your real friends will love you for just that. It gets better, it gets amazing. We are all so lucky to have a girl like you in the world.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie,
    My name is Bill and I'm 39 years old. That makes me a first generation Star Wars fan. I just wanted to tell you that growing up all the girls that I knew were Star Wars fans along with the boys. One of my strongest memories of Star Wars growing up is the Monday at school after the opening weekend of the Empire Stikes Back. I was the first of my friends to see it, so I had to relate the story to all of them. I still remember the reaction of three girls in particular when I told them that Darth Vader was Luke's father. Now most of the women that I know around my age and slightly older are Star Wars fans as well.
    Another story that I will tell you is that when my cousins daughter was younger (she is college now) and was growing up in the period between Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace, any time that they would vist me the first thing she went for was my Darth Vader doll (and I do say doll as opposed to a larger size action figure)to play with.
    Have you ever seen this website? Each year it has a Halloween contest. If you look at it you will see many girls and women dressed as Star Wars charaters. http://www.rebelscum.com/halloween/2010/
    So you see Katie, Star Wars is not for boys. It's also not for girls. It is not for the young or the old. Star Wars is for everyone!
    However having said this, I don't think that you really need to hear this, it is the three boys that need to be told Star Wars is for everyone. They are probaly the same type of boys that think girls have cooties.
    Katie if I lived near you (I'm in New Jersey) you could come and play with my Star Wars toys anytime!
    Remember Katie the Force will be with you always! Watch out for kryptonite too!
    Bill
    To Katie's mom, thanks for bringig to light the plight of your beautiful daughter so that we could help.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie, I love Star Wars and I am a 2nd grade girl named Moira. My dad and I are huge Star Wars fans. I've been getting teased about Star Wars too. It's very tough. Those kids are probably just jealous. But it's still not fun. I am going to to wear my Star Wars shirt to school on Wednesday and a bunch of my friends are going to wear Star Wars things, too, because girls and boys can both wear Star Wars shirts and stuff. My mum wrote about it here: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=468120283743&id=521152595

    Maybe you could wear Star Wars too.

    Sincerely, Moira (and Moira's mum Ali, who typed this out for Miss M!)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    It's so silly that things are seen as either for boys or for girls. You have to overlook labels and find what you truly like, no matter what anyone says. I'm a 33-year-old girl, and a HUGE Star Wars fan-- always have been, since I was younger than you. I also like frogs and snakes and bugs, nailpolish, digging in the dirt, hand cream that smells nice, Lord of the Rings, and wearing pretty skirts. It's okay to like both "boy" things and "girl" things-- you should like whatever makes you happy!

    I know being different is hard. When I was in school, I tried SO HARD to fit in, just so I could be accepted. Being teased makes you feel so bad about yourself. But you know what feels worse than being teased? Pretending to be someone you are not.

    Never, ever be ashamed of being "different." As you get older, you will see how wonderful being "different" really is. Being the "same" can be so boring! I know that sounds like something adults say just to make you feel better, but it really is the truth.

    The next time someone says something mean to you, just smile at them and show them you don't care what they think. Hold your head high!

    Kelly

    (P.S. You know what's funny? When you get older, boys will think it's *really cool* that you like Star Wars. And by then, you'll realize it doesn't matter what they think.)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    You GO girl!

    Don't ever listen to anybody else when they're telling you what to like. You like what YOU like. Can't be wrong.

    Can't wait till you discover that there's not just Star Wars out there, but a whole wide UNIVERSE of awesome stuff!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I saw this story on another website. I just had to come and comment about the issue. First of all, Star Wars takes you away of the everyday life, and being a first grader, or people mocking you about liking Star Wars should not bring you down. First of all, you understand what's going on, and second of all, there is no shame in standing out from the crowd. Hence, being different is where it stands girl! Don't you know geeks and nerd rule the world? Just look at Bill Gates a nerd/geek. Who invented phones, cell phones, airplanes, etc, etc... For sure it wasn't those who wasted their time mocking people like you for licking star wars, it was people like you who instead used their time to explore and think outside the box. I hope you don't give up on star wars because the 3D versions are coming out in two years, and I'm pretty sure you wouldn't want to miss them! I know I won't! I'll be the first in life and hope you are as well, because Star Wars = Win.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    My name's Ilse and I'm an 18-year-old nerd girl and proud of it. I have not, however, always been proud of it. My Mom and Dad are both really nerdy people so I came by it naturally and I grew up reading SciFi books, watching Star Wars and Star Trek, and just generally being dweeby.
    In second grade the girls that I was friends with decided that I was too geeky to be friends. THese same girls had been my best friends since Preschool and suddenly they began teasing me and generally turning me into an outcast. I tried to fit in, I tried very hard, but by the end of elmentary school I was sick of trying and accepted that I was just going to be an outcast. Since then I've made friends who share my interests and even got to go to the San Diego ComicCon last summer with my best friend in the entire world.
    Now I'm in college and can be seen walking around campus in Green Latern, The Flash, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Serenity t-shirts unashamed.
    Don't worry Katie, those boys that are making fun of you don't matter in the grand scheme of things and probably secretly think that your Star Wars water bottle is really cool. No matter how much they tease you just remember that there are hundreds of girls who have gone through the same thing and we turned out totally awesome because of it.

    May the Force be with you sweet heart :)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    My name's Ilse and I'm an 18-year-old nerd girl and proud of it. I have not, however, always been proud of it. My Mom and Dad are both really nerdy people so I came by it naturally and I grew up reading SciFi books, watching Star Wars and Star Trek, and just generally being dweeby.
    In second grade the girls that I was friends with decided that I was too geeky to be friends. THese same girls had been my best friends since Preschool and suddenly they began teasing me and generally turning me into an outcast. I tried to fit in, I tried very hard, but by the end of elmentary school I was sick of trying and accepted that I was just going to be an outcast. Since then I've made friends who share my interests and even got to go to the San Diego ComicCon last summer with my best friend in the entire world.
    Now I'm in college and can be seen walking around campus in Green Latern, The Flash, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Serenity t-shirts unashamed.
    Don't worry Katie, those boys that are making fun of you don't matter in the grand scheme of things and probably secretly think that your Star Wars water bottle is really cool. No matter how much they tease you just remember that there are hundreds of girls who have gone through the same thing and we turned out totally awesome because of it.

    May the Force be with you sweet heart :)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    My name's Ilse and I'm an 18-year-old nerd girl and proud of it. I have not, however, always been proud of it. My Mom and Dad are both really nerdy people so I came by it naturally and I grew up reading SciFi books, watching Star Wars and Star Trek, and just generally being dweeby.
    In second grade the girls that I was friends with decided that I was too geeky to be friends. THese same girls had been my best friends since Preschool and suddenly they began teasing me and generally turning me into an outcast. I tried to fit in, I tried very hard, but by the end of elmentary school I was sick of trying and accepted that I was just going to be an outcast. Since then I've made friends who share my interests and even got to go to the San Diego ComicCon last summer with my best friend in the entire world.
    Now I'm in college and can be seen walking around campus in Green Latern, The Flash, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Serenity t-shirts unashamed.
    Don't worry Katie, those boys that are making fun of you don't matter in the grand scheme of things and probably secretly think that your Star Wars water bottle is really cool. No matter how much they tease you just remember that there are hundreds of girls who have gone through the same thing and we turned out totally awesome because of it.

    May the Force be with you sweet heart :)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    HI Katie!

    My name is Stephanie and I'm also a girl who grew up with Star Wars. My dad was the one who showed me the movies and even though I didn't collect toys I knew the story well and I considered myself a fan. And now that I'm 21 I love all other types of sci-fi, comic related characters, video games, and animes. There were times when I was young that I considered myself a tomboy only cause I wanted to play with boy toys and sports, but I was always still a girl and I had to prove myself every time.
    But I never let the stereotype of "Oh it's only something boys do" because in the end it's not true!
    Do you like sharks? Well I LOVE sharks! They mean everything to me. (and even though I'm going a bit off topic, just hear me out) I always loved sharks since I was 4 years old, however when someone sees a shark they are often associated with boys, all shark toys were for boys, shirts, and so on. And sometimes I even get people telling me that woman and sharks don't go together. Well I'm proving them wrong, not only do I continue to love sharks, I have been studying and reading about them for over 15 years and I'm currently in college to follow my dreams into becoming a marine biologist and have a title as Shark Expert. A woman working in the shark field is rare but they are out there. But I'm willing to be one of those rare ones swimming and working with the animals that I love.
    In the end, ignore those boys, not everything has to belong to the "boys" and when they tell you no just because of a girl, ignore them because in the end they are wrong. Be strong! Because you're not the only girl in this world to like what boys do, especially star wars. :)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Wow Katie I'm not sure if you know this But I came to hear about you from Alyssa Milano on Twitter. If your not for sure who she is I'm sure your mom or dad will know. She still uses her Star Wars thermos. Anyway, I was about your age when Star Wars FIRST came out and was HUGE into the movie.I had boys tease me and pick on me the same as you did. Not only that I had girls tease me as well. All because I chose to play with "boy's toys". I recall coming home crying to my mom about it and wanting to throw all my favorite toys away. My mom dried my eyes sat me down and said I know it hurts now sweety, but in a few years noone is going to care what toy you played with at this age or what you did. She also told me to be proud that I wasn't like all the other kids. I took that to heart and sure enough a few weeks after the whole bully episode went down one of the same boys who was picking on me came over and actually told me he thought it was sooo cool that a girl no less liked Star Wars. But if his friends knew they would pick on him. I looked at him and said well If we stand up for each other maybe they won't pick on either one of us. It worked. His gang of friends saw us hanging together and he stood up for me so they attacked him then I stood up for him and they never bothered either one of us again.

    Now for a little wisdom from an 11 year old Star wars geek. My son and husband are both so into Star Wars they can quote you almost any line in any movie there is. My 11 yr old son wanted to know what I was reading and I told him your story. These are his EXACT words...."Those boys are dumb." ME: you shouldn't call people dumb because you don't agree with them. Him: Well they are. ME: Why do you say that? HIM: Because I think it would be Triple awesome if some of the girls at MY school were into Star Wars, Don't these boys understand what they are missing? Me: I'm not sure I'm following you, elaborate on what exactly they are missing please? (This earned me an eye roll like I was the world's dumbest mom lol)
    HIM: Ok Mom I'll spell it out.. She is into Star wars right? ME: Right? HIM: OK, Which means she might possibly have all these awesome toys right? ME: ok yea continue. HIM: Ugh mom seriously you still don't get it? Ok so If she has all these AWESOME toys why not just be friends with her so that YOU can play with them as well? ME: So your saying JUST be friends with her because of Cool toys? Is that what I'm hearing? HIM: Ugh NO MOOOOOMMM!!!!! How can anyone NOT like someone who likes Star Wars? the fact that she might have awesome toys is just a plus. The star wars connection is what it's all about sheesh don't you know ANYTHING? ( another eye roll before he left the room)
    I hope my experience has helped you and I hope my son's conversation has let you know that not all boys make fun of girls just because they like Star Wars. Some boys actually think it would be AWESOME to have a girl who shared the same taste in tv shows and movies. I do apologize for the use of the sarcasm presented by my boy but I must be honest he gets it naturally . I hope no offense was taken.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie - You are a strong girl and I'm willing to bet that you will grow up to be a wonderful, fascinating woman. Keep up you interest in Star Wars and anything else that catches your imagination.

    I know many, many women who like Star Wars and other science fiction shows, movies and books. I certainly do! I always have, and I know it was Star Wars started my interest when I was younger. I'm a mommy now and it was only about 4 years ago that I dressed up in a homemade Chewbacca costume for Halloween! It was lots of fun.

    I also wear glasses since I got them on my birthday in the fifth grade. I like yours. They are totally cool and stylish!

    Remember that there will always be people who will want to tease you and others, no matter how much you might try NOT to be different. Which is just silly and so are those who try.

    So why try to change who you are and what you like?! You might as well carry your Star Wars bottle and enjoy it!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hello, my name is Jean Matsunaga and I'm from Brazil. I read the Katie's story and I'm here to tell her to keep using the Star Wars lunchbox. There's no problem in a girl using a Star Wars backpack or lunchbox, people just have to accept that. We are proud of you Katie, keep it up. I just made a post in my blog about her story. Well, a big hug for you and may the force be with Katie (:

    Sincerly,
    Jean Matsunaga.
    Http://www.jeanmatsunaga.com/?p=1129

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I grew up very different from the kids around me & hated it. I was hard! Eventually I started pretending just to fit in, & for awhile it was nice, but then I realized how much I really did like who I really was. It doesn't always make being teased easier, but whenever you begin to think you should be someone else to fit in, just remind yourself of how wonderful a girl you are! It may not happen immediately, but when you're you, the people you make friends with are people who are just like you.

    Stay strong, & keep the faith Katie! I promise it will help lead to an amazing & happy life!!

    dave :D

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie - I am a grown up girl who was geeky, love Star Wars, and still wear glasses! I was teased when I was younger about my glasses and some of the same boys that teased me tried to date me later!

    Be encouraged. You are a sweetheart and don't ever let other people's issues become yours!

    I just wanted to sign on and let you know you are loved!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hello, I'm Rob, from England! I've just heard about your story, and it warmed my heart, reminded me of myself a lot, as a child as well as today.
    I used to be teased about being into things most of the other kids weren't for years, but let me tell you, it's people like you (the nice kids) that go on to do bigger and better things, we learn to put up with other people being mean and become better people because of it.
    I'm glad to hear that you're still smiling (and that you wore a Star Wars t-shirt as well) which was really brave and was very nice to hear about! You're a brave, lovely little girl, and I'm glad that a lot of people from all across the world are also telling you just how cool you really are!

    You stay cool, Katie! Best wishes from England, Rob!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie-

    I was a little girl with glasses who liked Star Wars. I also liked a lot of other shows, movies, and books that were considered to be more for boys.

    I got picked on for being a geek, and it made me feel bad. But eventually I realized that almost everyone I knew had been picked on. Kids at my school got made fun of for being short, being tall, being heavy, being skinny, for having different hair or different clothes or different accents.

    Being a kid is tough sometimes. The best thing you can do is be proud of who you are and what you're interested in. Princess Leia didn't let anyone tell her she couldn't work with the Rebellion and help rescue her boyfriend from Jabba the Hut, and you are every bit as cool and special as her.

    There will always be people who aren't as nice as they should be. I know they hurt your feelings now, but I promise you, things get better. Over the years, you'll gather a group of friends who love all those little quirks that make you different. A day will come when, if someone makes a rude comment or a wrong assumption about you based on what you like, you'll tell that story to everyone you know and they'll all laugh at how silly that person was.

    A lot of us have been where you are. You're not alone. We're all behind you, and we're here to tell you that while being a geek girl might be rough at times, being a geek woman is awesome. You're gonna love it.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dearest Katie,

    Who you are is a special and unique little kid. Don't let ANYONE ever tell you that being special and unique is bad!

    I read your momma's blog right before one of my girlfriends and her son came over for supper. She read it, and it became part of our dinner conversation.

    Both of us have first grade boys, and we decided that we would be SO proud of them if they acted the same way as you have in this situation.

    Be who you are, stand up for what is right, and be blessed by the people who see the beauty that you hold.

    You've got a pretty great life ahead of you, I just know it!!

    Love to you and your family from Michigan!!

    --Lizzie

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie,

    I'm a boy who loves Star Wars. And I absolutely adore girls who love Star Wars! Don't be afraid to stand up and show off your Star Wars collection. I'm sure that with the thousands of comments online, you realize that you belong to the extended Star Wars family now. We are all over the world! :)

    May the Force be with you at all times!

    ~All the way from sunny Singapore.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!
    As a proud member of the 501st Legion I appear regulary on fairs and other events. My main costume is the one of Darth Vader and seeing the smile on all the kids (and adults) faces warms me. Having the Star Wars saga as an interest is so much more than just lovign the movies. The interest goes beyond just the story and the characters, it's a warm and heartly community.
    Stay true to yourself and keep on fighting for your right to be interested in what you like, and don't listen to others. All of them (i e the bullies) are interested in other areas and they wouldn't like anyone to bully them about that.

    All my love from Sweden
    Janne Sandin
    SL-4918 aka Darth Vader
    501st Legion, Nordic Garrison
    www.nordicgarrison.net

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie,

    I think you're awesome. I'm also a geeky girl who wears glasses, and I can tell you that there are tons of other girls out there who love Star Wars and science fiction. Keep loving what you're interested in because that's what will make you happy.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi there, Katie!

    When I was your age, I had the exact same problem. For me, it was dinosaurs. I loved dinosaurs then and I still do now-- one day when I was about five, I got a dinosaur T-shirt and absolutely loved it. But when I wore it to school, all I got were a bunch of boys telling me that I couldn't wear that because it was a 'boy shirt'.
    Well, that was fifteen years ago-- and today, I wear shirts with dinosaurs, superheroes, whatever I want on them! There is absolutely nothing wrong with a girl liking "boy" things, just as there's nothing wrong with a boy liking "girl" things.

    Star Wars is -awesome- and I hope you keep your love for it and science fiction in general for a very long time! Don't let anybody tell you what you can and can't like-- our differences are what make us interesting people. Besides, us female geeks grow up to be really cool people. :) So keep on rocking, kid! There's a lot of other girls like you out there and they're all rooting for you.

    Also, to Katie's mom-- as someone who experienced and witnessed a lot of bullying throughout my school career, THANK you for taking a stand on this and telling your daughter's story. A lot of this kind of thing often goes ignored and that's part of what creates the problem. It should be noticed more, talked about more, and seen for what it is, which is something that needs to be worked on as much as possible, until a day comes where kids can like whatever they like regardless of gender and not automatically be faced with a lot of teasing for it.

    -Kit

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    Those boys have no idea what they are talking about. Star Wars is for everyone, whether they are boys, girls or little green Masters of the force! I'm a girl *last time I checked ;D* and a TOTAL geek and I've been watching the Star Wars movies since they were on Video Cassette *ok yeah I'm old*. I even dressed up as Princess Leia for Halloween when I was your age and totally wanted to marry Han Solo when I grew up. I still collect Star Wars toys and I'm an old lady now compared to you! In fact my best friend in the entire world just sent me some Star Wars pj's and she's a girl too!

    Sweetie, you rock your Star Wars love with pride! Us girls have got to stick together and show those boys that we have every right to love the things they do! I know sometimes people will say things that hurt your feelings. A lot of people made fun of me when I was younger just because my name's spelled a little bit funny and I read "too many books" and wore pants all the time and liked blue. And I still read too many books and wear pants and like blue. My whole room's painted blue now! People who stoop to making fun of others are just to scared to admit that maybe they're different too. And being different is totally ok, so long as you are true to yourself. Keep that Star Wars love alive if it's something you truly love Katie and I truely believe everything will be ok in the end. If it's not ok, it's not the end.

    Girl Geeks are totally awesome and I'm glad that you are a member of our ranks Katie!

    May the Force be With you. ALWAYS!

    Eibhlin

    P.S. And don't forget without, Princess Leia, A GIRL!, Han Solo would still be a silly piece of art in Jabba the Hutt's house! GIRLS SAVE THE UNIVERSE!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    I've posted some of this on the facebook event, Katie, but just in case you don't get to read it I wanted to post it here for you!

    Never be ashamed to be so proud of the things you love and make you happy, Katie. Don't listen to anyone who has nothing better to do than bring you down and never be remotely ashamed to let the whole world know how much you love Star Wars and what an important part of your life it is... 'cause girls who love Star Wars are the coolest girls in the world and that's fact. :) (Trust me, when you're older, the boys will agree!)

    I've loved Star Wars since I was 10 and I've often been teased for bringing toys and even writing my own stories about it and bringing it to school. But you know what - my love for Star Wars (and nowadays Harry Potter) is stronger than all the bad things anyone could ever say to me about them. I am proud to love Harry Potter as much as I do, and to have loved Star Wars as much I did back then because it makes me who I am and it makes me happy. I'm 23 now Katie, and love Harry Potter as much as you love Star Wars and am never going to stop, no matter what anyone says!

    (Just to let you know - I even dressed up as Princess Leia to a high school dance once, and I had so much fun being her for one night!)

    The force is strong with you, brave one!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    Next time you watch THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK I want you to look at the writing credit. It says "Screenplay by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan." The first name listed there is a woman's.

    Who was Leigh Brackett?

    She was a girl like you who loved science fiction and adventure. She loved them so much that when she grew up, she wrote her own.

    Her science fiction often featured tough guy heroes on exotic planets in the seedy backwaters of the universe. They might be mercenaries or smugglers, on a secret rescue mission or looking for a lost alien artifact. They were shrewd professionals and knew how to handle themselves even among bizarre alien cultures. They were almost always in danger up to their eyeballs and against impossible odds.

    To be honest, they remind me a lot of Han Solo.

    In addition to science fiction, Leigh also excelled at writing westerns and crime stories. You may have heard that these things were made for boys. Well, Leigh Brackett wrote them all as well as any man... and better than most of them. George Lucas certainly thought so, which is why when it came time to write a sequel to STAR WARS he went to her first.

    I hope someday when you're older you'll remember the name Leigh Brackett and read her fiction. She was a remarkable writer.

    Sincerely yours,

    Jack

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi there, Kate!

    First of all, you are a very cool girl for having such fun things like Star Wars water bottles and backpacks. And I know everyone else has told you this by now, but I'm going to join them in saying that people who tell you what you should or shouldn't like are either really silly or really dumb.

    When I was a little boy, I started reading a lot of science fiction and sometimes kids made fun of me. When I was eight years old, I started reading superhero comic books and it got worse with some kids. They'd call me "comic freak" or tell me that comics were for babies even when I would tell them that people of all ages read and liked comics.

    Now I'm an adult in my twenties and guess what? My job is that I'm a comic book historian, which means people actually pay me to hear what I have to say about comic books, their history and what some of the stories really mean. Not just comic books either. I write articles for tons of web-sites like MTV about lots of different stuff in fantasy and science fiction. I've talked to class rooms and museums about shows like Star Wars and Star Trek. Every week at Newsarama.com, I write a superhero/super-villain fashion blog where I talk about how the costumes of different characters have changed over the years. And I do videos on-line where I interview fun people like Tim Gunn, who your parents might know is a host of PROJECT RUNWAY, and great geek girls like the stars of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and we talk about how cool it is that more and more girls are not afraid to show that they can like what boys like. You can check out a lot of that stuff on my web-site: http://KistlerUniverse.com

    Girls are fantastic and most of my friends are geek girls. We love being geeks together because all that means is that we have fun loving really cool stories. And like I said, my job is really just to talk about stuff I love. Do you know how many people get jealous of me when I say that? And it's all because I decided to stop listening to silly people who decided to judge me without knowing me.

    You are great and obviously have great parents and let me tell you, you've got so many fun times ahead. When you're a kid, you'll sometimes be teased for being different but this weird thing happens later that when you're grown-up, people HOPE to meet other people who are different, because they realize how cool that is. Never be afraid of your own opinion. You'll be surprised how far you can go.

    - Alan Kistler, Comic Book Historian/Entertainment Journalist

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie,

    I read your story yesterday and saw it on the news this morning. I just wanted to let you know (along with everyone) that its okay if you wear glasses and like Star Wars. I'm a 33 year old woman and I act like I'm still a kid. I wear contacts but I'm still just as good looking with my glasses on. I know when to act like a lady but I am a total tomboy!!! I'm a HUGE sports fan and I've dated jerks that told me that I shouldn't like sports as much as I do. I got rid of those men right away!!! There's a lot of things that I like that other girls don't like. I like Harley's, muscle cars, comic books, action films, sci-fi films and all sports. When I was your age, I had Star Wars, He-Man and GI-Joe action figures instead of Barbie's. I never changed to fit someone's idea of who I should be. I'm true to myself and if someone doesn't like it, its their issue...not mine!! Oh, and by the way...I have a group of 15 girlfriends that have been my friends for over 10 years. We all accept the fact that we are different in our own way and we learn something from each other's differences. I know that through this, you will learn that confidence out-weighs anything!!

    To quote a wise man, Rocky Balboa: "The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now if you know what you're worth then go out and get what you're worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain't you! You're better than that!" Katie, when I heard this, I knew that nothing and no one will keep me down!! Stay strong, girl and keep moving forward!!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie, I don't have any cool stories to tell you... just to give you my support. I was mocked when I was a teen for liking stuff like comics or Star Wars... and all I can tell you is that you have to be sure of what you like, and that you will find friends who will like you and like the stuff you like. Those guys bullying you? They're just people who don't know any better, ignore them... I know it can be hard...

    A big Star Wars hug from Uruguay (look it up in the map, we're a tiny country, but there are a lot of Star Wars fans here!)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    My son Alex (a 2nd grader) has been touched by the story and kept asking to write Katie a note so she didn't feel alone. So since we are running to school in a moment, I thought I would let him. Especially since he has been different due to a few developmental delays.

    A note from Alex.
    Did you have a star wars book? Be a good girl and ignore those boys and May the force be with you. One of my best friends name is Sarah, and she plays Star Wars with us. Girls can like Star Wars too.

    And then back to Mom
    Katie, from one very geeky girl and a mom to a 3 yo star wars girl, don't let those boys get to you since they don't know what they are missing by having a girl to play the female Jedi on the playground. It takes strong little girls like you Katie that help pave the way for the girls that come after you. I know because when I was in school, I didnt fit in very well either, and while its not fun it will make you stronger in the long run. Don't ever let anyone ruin your dreams Katie and be proud of who you are.

    May the Force be with Katie and her family
    Kerry and Alex.

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie,

    I'm a woman, and I've loved Star Wars since I was your age (I'm 28 now). There were a few kids who would tease me for liking "boy stuff", but looking back now, I realise that each one of those kids had something about them that was different - whether it was what they looked like, or where they were from, or what they enjoyed - and they were only going after me because they thought that meant no one would notice what was different about them. And over time, I got to know other kids, kids who wore their differences proudly, and thought the fact that I loved Star Wars and science fiction was pretty cool. That helped me stop being embarrassed, and start standing up and saying, "These are the stories I love, and they're important to me."

    Today, I have friends - men and women - who watch and read and write science fiction and fantasy, and who share my love for everything geeky! I read comics on the subway and wear Star Trek and Transformers t-shirts around the city, and people will come up and talk to me about them. I've met so many fellow fans that way, and not one of them has ever told me that it's wrong for a girl to enjoy these things. So, it does get better, and there are tons of people out there who support you, and think your love of Star Wars is awesome. Don't let anyone tell you differently!

    Katie, you are a brave kid and an inspiration. I hope you know how many of us are cheering for you. May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie,
    My name is Gabbie. I'm a student in the UK, and I've loved Star Wars since I was very little. I used to watch the films with my Daddy and my big brother - and I still do on occasion! When I was eleven, I went away to boarding school and I took a Star Wars poster with me to put on my wall. And some people didn't like it or didn't understand why I would want it on my wall, and yes, somtimes they made fun of me for it. But I kept it on my wall, because I liked it and it reminded me of all the nice times I'd had with my Daddy and my big brother because of Star Wars. I spent seven years with the same poster up in whatever room I was staying in. And now I'm twenty years old and I'm at university now and I still have the same poster up on my wall. And people don't make fun of me or my poster anymore, or any of my other geeky likes. If you're not afraid to show off what you love, you'll find other people who love the same things, and they're often some of the best friends you'll make!
    And glasses are cool. When I was you're age, I always wanted glasses, because my brother had them! I finally started wearing glassed when I was ten - I was so excited! =)
    Good luck, Katie. Don't let silly people tell you what you should or shouldn't like. No one gets to make that decision for you but you.
    Love,
    Gabbie

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Star Wars is the most popular film ever made ... it simply astounds me that anyone would even have the idea to tease somebody about it! Girls my age are seen as strange if they don't like SW or haven't seen it.

    When I was in first grade, we used to play Star Wars freeze tag in gym class, and I felt super left out since I was the only one in the whole class who hadn't seen it and didn't know the story. Now I am an addict. I dare you to find a girl with more SW junk than me! http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs417.snc3/25136_812962579345_3403771_46659138_7588981_n.jpg (and this doesn't even include the 200 wrapped action figures & millennium falcon in my closet!)

    And you don't have to only like the girl things in Star Wars either! I love Princess Leia, but I also love the technology in the film and the amazing special effects. SW inspired me to become a filmmaker and create for a living! George Lucas wasn't creating a world just for boys or just for nerds, he was creating a world for everyone. Remember that. :)

    And if they sass you again, you can always pull out your favorite Star Wars quote and sass them right back!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm 33 and I love Star Wars. I also love Star Trek and pirates and playing games that are usually played by boys, like Dungeons and Dragons.

    When I was growing up, one of my favorite things was a stained glass window ornament that was Yoda. I painted it myself (with some help from my grandma)!

    One of the neat things that happened when I got older was that I found friends -- boys and girls -- who liked the same things as me and who wanted to be my friend because of ME, not because of what I liked or wore. That's been pretty awesome.

    Stay awesome, yourself! :)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,

    I think it's awesome that you like Star Wars. I'm 34 and I am into everything Sci Fi and since I was your age my best friend has been a boy. You are lucky to have a mum who loves you so much and picked you to come home with her. Remember you can be whatever you want to be. Even though there will always be people with silly ideas who think they are right, stick with your mum and she'll steer you straight.

    Stay strong!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie!

    In my country, New Zealand, we have a Maori saying, "Kia kaha," which means "stand strong," or "be brave." That sounds a lot like what you did, wearing your Star Wars t-shirt to school. You never know - there might be another kid who likes Star Wars too, and isn't as brave as you, who's secretly glad that you stood up for yourself.

    I got teased a lot at school, for being a geek (I read a lot of books) and wearing glasses. When I now try and remember the people's names who were mean to me, I've totally forgotten who they were! I guess it shows that they really weren't important, and it makes me wish I'd paid less attention to them and just stayed happy with who I was. Now I'm 24 and I love doing things that are a bit different, just to keep the world interesting. Sometimes standing out helps me make new friends, too, who like the same things as me.

    Kia kaha Katie :-)

    C x

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Katie

    I'm a big geek, I actually play "Scotty" in the online Star Trek series Star Trek: New Voyages, and I love Star Wars too!

    Loving science fiction, has given me a lifetime of exploring science and making a good living from it! It's also opened many doors to a fun and fantastic world of making movies. Loving things like Star Wars makes you intelligent!

    So you go tell those boys to mind their own business, some day you'll be reaching for the stars and they'll be stuck on Earth!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Hi Kaity,

    When I was growing up, I only really got along with boys. I liked action figures and LOVED Star Wars. I have my dad to thank for that, but my mom loved it, too. When you get older, you'll meet some really amazing people who like the same things you do, and you'll be able to be even better friends with them because you actually share the same interests. You'll have more to talk about and, trust me, everybody appreciates having a friend who knows what they're talking about. So many other girls love star wars and other "geeky" things. Might I suggest you read the Courtney Crumrin books? I loved them so much and was sorry that I only found them once I'd gown up. It's hard to be made fun of, and when I was a kid, it seemed like nobody liked me. But I knew what I liked and I liked myself, and when I met some really wonderful people, can you imagine? They thought I was wonderful, too!

    Love and hope that you will discover many more amazing things in this world,
    L

    -PS, anyone who thinks star wars is only for boys clearly never paid attention to the costumes and make-up. Hello gorgeous dresses!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,

    Stick to and pursue your interests! Life is a journey to discovery and all life's ups-and-downs. I have enjoyed my life and its many various twists and turns. I have had an interest in science, history, fiction and learning what makes almost anything work for our benefit!

    I am even a bigger geek than NV_Scotty above, with whom I work at the Star Trek New Voyages Phase II group. Perhaps you should look at Star Trek as well, perhaps not.

    It is important that you follow your own mind and wishes in seeking interests and knowledge in life. You will grow up and live in what I expect to be very exiting times. So shall your children and grandchildren.

    I say enjoy your wonder and "love" for star wars. Use this as a key to learning for your entire life. Don not quit and do not cave in to pressure from others.

    Katie, my best wishes to you for all your current and future interests and endeavors!

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie,

    I grew up on Star Wars, my dad and I would watch the movies together, and he collected Star Wars toys my entire childhood. I love love loved Star Wars. And now I

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie - My 8 year old daughter, a fellow Star Wars fan, wanted to tell you that Star Wars is NOT just for boys. She has loved Star Wars for years!d (I have too, and now I design computer software)

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Dear Katie,

    My 16 year old and I saw you on the news last night and I just had to write....

    I am 51 years young and I have been a Star Wars fan since I was 18 years old....

    I am hoping to become a full member of the 501st Midwest Garrison, as I have 4 costumes made, 2 Jedi, and one Sand Trooper and one Tusken Raider in the works.

    I was bullied and beaten up as a kid in school...and teased constantly....my parents and family were there for me and I held on till my Junior year till I was hurt in the hall way by two mean girls and I dropped out...I am hoping that the awareness of bullying and what it can do to people will begin to be taken care of in the schools and at home..IT is a terrible thing to be a bully, and I hope they can see by thier ways and actions that they are hurting people.

    I can see that your family cares for you and loves you very much and that they support you. I am glad for that...I support my two girls as some people have teased and bullied them physically in schools...I took it to the school offices and the problems were addressed then as they had no idea that it was going on...the parents were contacted and brought into the office along with the kids that did it....matters were discussed and rules were set up and the problem was taken care of. I wish all bullying can be stopped this way...and maybe some day it will!

    You can be a Star Wars fan all you want...cause STar Wars isn't just for boys !!LOL!!!

    Take care and I am glad every one is supporting you!

    DianaG

  • In reply to CarrieGoldman:

    Katie, I have a few comments all rolled into one. Firstly, being adopted is nothing to be ashamed of. One of my cousins is adopted and he's as much a part of our family as everyone else, so be proud that you're adopted. If you ask me, that makes you even more special. Next, did you know that glasses make you look even smarter? Myself and my three siblings all wear glasses and everyone thinks we're smart as soon as they see us! Lastly, star wars. Star wars is awesome! And it's not just for boys. I know lots of girls that love Star wars too. And I'll tell you, if I ever saw a girl bringing star wars stuff into school when I was a kid, I'd want to be her friend in a heartbeat. Never be afraid to be who you are Katie. Because from what your mom says, you are an amazing and beautiful person. The Force is with you Katie, and always will be.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Oh! I forgot a few things. First, I'm also a member of PA Jedi in Philadelphia, PA. We make our own star wars characters, our own costumes, and we make fights with light sabers, then put on shows for people. Also, my 7-year-old son loves star wars just as much and having been to a few of our classes, he knows that star wars isn't just for boys. Stay strong Katie and keep taking that star wars water bottle to school. I'll be it's the coolest one there! :-)

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    HI Katie, I know what you are going through. I have naturally curly hair and all the way up to high school I was teased daily. I hated my hair and I hated being different. When I was older though I found out that the girls that were teasing me were just jealous. To get hair like mine they had to go and pay a lot of money and smell like perm solution for two days. I just had to add mousse. It is rough when the kids say stuff that is hurtful but I promise it gets better and eventually you will see that they are just jealous of you.
    I have a son who is now almost 14. In first grade people made fun of his name. His name is Collin and no one had heard it much so he was teased all the time. Now everyone is envious of his name and think he is the coolest kid at school. Guess what else? He wears glasses too.
    I am glad you have shared your story with us. You are a very pretty girl and you are being very brave and that is great. Good luck with the boys. They are just wishing they could be like you. =)

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie,

    I experienced the same feelings when I was in 5th grade. I really liked the Beatles - my room was plastered with Beatles memorabilia. But none of my classmates knew who the Beatles were and thought it was strange that I liked them. So I felt embarrassed and even took down the memorabilia in my room.

    As I got older, I realized that it's ok to like things that aren't trendy or mainstream or are for "boys only". I love Star Wars too and in high school my friends and I founded a Star Wars club! Embrace the things you love, because the joy you experience with Star Wars (or Batman, or Star Trek or whatever you're in to!) is more important than any dumb comment a boy makes. Besides, anyone who would say something mean to you is a nerf-herder. :)

    Remember, Princess Leia was adopted too. May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie,
    I'm adopted too and have always been the odd duck. As a child it was miserable, but now, as an adult, I see that i wasn't just an odd kid, I was a FASCINATING kid. Never let anyone tell you that what you like is wrong. Take it from another geek girl who loves all things tech, car, weapons, video games and comic books -- You are and always will be the most interesting person around. And that is something to be VERY proud of.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie! I just wanted to tell you that I have been a Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember. The first movie came out when I was almost 1, and I do remember standing in line to watch Return of the Jedi in the movie theaters when that movie opened. I used to play with my brother, and demand to be Princess Leia when we would pretend to be characters from the movie. I was never really teased about Star Wars, but I was teased about other things, like being the only one with more than one ethnic background (Mexican and Filipino) at my mostly Caucasian elementary school in Kentucky. For some, people that are different scare them, but that's their loss. Once when I was in college, I got together with some friends for a game night, and I had just gotten my Star Wars Monopoly. When one of the guys tried to tease me about it, I just told him, "I am a Jedi, like my father before me, you scruffy looking nerf herder!" He didn't have much to say to me after that.
    Don't change who you are or what you like to please others. You never know where your likes and interests will take you. For me, personally, I am with someone who like the fact that I can "out nerd" him when it comes to Star Wars, and I have plenty of friends from college who have their careers because they wanted to be like the people who made Star Wars (I even knew one guy who wound up working for THX, one of George Lucas' companies because he loved Star Wars as a kid).
    Remember, Katie, the Force will be with you, Always.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Dear Katie,

    A long time ago, in a galaxy very near our own, my mom was a young woman who loved Star Wars. She went to all three of the original trilogy movies when they first came out in the theater, even though when the first one came out, most people didn't even know how amazing they would be. She got teased about being a girl and going to see them, and she got teased about being a girl and liking science, about being a girl who wanted to go to college. She watched Star Wars anyway, and she went to college anyway, and she made sure when my sisters and I were growing up that we always had Star Wars in our lives.

    I'm twenty five now, and I'm a female engineer, which is a very rare thing indeed. Sometimes I got teased growing up for liking 'boy things' too, but that hasn't ever stopped me from having an Obi-Wan lightsaber (one of the really cool ones that lights up!) and bragging about it to everyone, or having a Darth Vader mug, or a three foot tall R2D2 sitting in my dining room. People who tease you about those things are usually the ones who are too embarrassed to admit that they have a Star Wars lunch box of their own at home. It does get easier when you realize what they think doesn't matter, and you're probably having more fun than they are anyway.

    I know it's hard, and lots of grown ups struggle with it still too, but you shouldn't care what other people think. If you want to carry the pink water bottle one day, and the Star Wars bottle the next, that's your choice, and it should be because YOU want to.

    Don't ever stop loving the things you love because others don't agree. You'll live a happier, more confident life.

    Good luck, Katie, and remember--the Force will be with you. Always.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Dear Katie:

    Star Wars is awesome. Robots are awesome. Lunchboxes are awesome. And YOU are awesome. Don't forget that.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hey Katie!

    I've been a Star Wars fan for 13 years now, since I was seven years old, and I'm a girl. In high school, people made fun of me for liking stuff like that, but they were wrong, and they're wrong to do it to you.

    I used to pretend to be Luke and do the Jedi Mind Trick to my mum and dad, and made lightsabers out of cardboard tubes! Even today, I still have all my old toys, and I'm sharing Star Wars with my little brothers now. I even have a Star Wars tattoo now, and I wouldn't change it for the world.

    No matter what people say to you, you have to be yourself, even when it's hard, because eventually you'll meet some lovely people who like the same things, and they will want to be friends with you for who you are. And those are the people worth being friends with.

    Luke Skywalker often felt like he was alone, but eventually he met Han, Leia and Chewie and saved the world. Who knows, maybe you will too. *hugs*

    May the Force be with you, kid.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hey Katie!

    I've been a Star Wars fan since I was seven, and I'm a girl. People teased me for liking it, but I made some amazing friends because of it. I even have a Star Wars tattoo!

    Luke Skywalker often felt alone, but eventually he met up with Han, Leia and Chewie and saved the world. Maybe you will too, someday.

    *hugs* May the Force be with you, kid.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie!

    I am a Katie too (well, a Cathy really, but it's close enough), but I am much, much older than you are -- I saw the first Star Wars movie (episode IV!) when it first came out. I was twelve and I was still living in France with my parents at the time. I instantly became a fan.

    Today I live in Canada, and I have seen every single Start Wars movie several times. So have my daughters, who are 9 and 11, and they're fans, too.

    You're awesome, Katie, don't let anyone tell you otherwise, and may the Force always be with you. <3

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    You are totally awesome... seriously. Not only do I love Star Wars, my daughter enjoys Star Wars.

    Its an awesome story - and remember, Princess Lea was an awesome heroine, among a lot of guys!! But she could shoot just as well if not better :)

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hello Katie,
    Life is much more fun when you do the things you like! It's hard not to worry about what other people think about you, but every time you do what you want despite what people think, you become stronger and braver, and each time life gets more fun and you meet more interesting people. The Force is strong in you, young one! :)

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    I wanted to leave a message for Katie:

    Hey Katie!
    I'm a woman and I wear glasses too, except when I wear contacts. But for the most part, I only wear contacts when I go snowboarding. Yes, snowboarding. A sport dominated by men. Also, I like star wars. Not as much as you do, but I own the movies.
    I also really like video/computer games, a hobby dominated by men. I also watch football (played by men.) So you see, I enjoy sports, video games and "geeky" stuff.
    I really feel like it's important to break through stereotypes. I don't believe that because the hobbies I have are mostly shared by men means that they are boy things. I don't even really believe that things can be "boy things" or "girl things." I really believe that someday more people will recognize this as well.

    Also, someday I want to adopt children and I really hope they are as smart, cool and awesome as you! I hope they bring me as much joy as you obviously bring your parents.

    Thanks for being you!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Dear Katie,

    I have a 9-year-old boy. I told him some boys were picking on a little girl at another school because she likes Star Wars and has a Star Wars water bottle she uses at lunch, and asked him what he thought about that. He tells me I should tell you that the boys who are picking on you are sexist jerks. Girls can like whatever they want, and boys can like whatever they want, and no one should pick on them, even if what they like is a little different than what most girls like or what most boys like. My little boy knows what it's like to be bullied. He has a speech disorder and takes a special speech class at school once a week. People think he's dumb because his speech isn't clear, but he's really a very smart boy. I had to talk to the guidance counselor, his teacher, and his principal at school because some kids on the bus teased him and said since he talked like a baby, he must still wear poopy diapers like a baby. He didn't tell me at first kids were picking on him: another kid told me because she was upset at how he was being treated. I'm glad you told your mom you were being teased, so she can do something to help stop it. I hope she's talked to the people she needs to talk to at your school about those boys, and I hope that you won't be afraid or embarrassed to tell her the truth if something like this ever happens again in the future. Grown ups can't you help solve problems if we don't know you're having them!

    I also have a 15-year-old girl. She loves Star Wars, Star Trek, Dr. Who, and lots of other "geek" shows and movies. She is beautiful, brave, and a talented artist, dancer, and writer. She is not part of the most "popular" crowd at school, and she's proud of that fact, because the most popular kids aren't always the nicest kids. Sometimes, the most popular girls are downright mean. She is happy to be herself, and believes everyone has the right to be true to who they are. I say she is brave, because it sometimes takes a little bravery to be yourself, and also, because I've seen her stand up for other people who are a little different from the way some people think they "should" be. She's not home right now for me to ask her what she would say to you, but I think she'd probably tell you to be strong, be happy being who you are, and not to let the mean boys get you down.

    I think you should be like Princess Leia... don't take any garbage from anyone!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hey Katie don't let those boys get ya down - they're just jealous that they don't have an awesome Star Wars thermos. Just another message to tell you you are NOT alone! My daughter and I are great big Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter & Dr. Who fans...and when I was your age, I had Star Wars sheets - I wore them out I loved them so much. You have a million nerdy sisters out there, stay strong!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie,

    I'm a girl, and I and saw Star Wars in the theater as a child in 1979 on a hot dry late spring day while my mother was working with a friend in a town that wasn't the one I lived in. That was a couple of years after the movie came out, but we didn't have VCRs so much in people's houses back then and I think DVDs hadn't even been invented as a concept yet, so theaters would sometimes keep playing things for a really long time, which I'm pretty glad about because I don't know how else I'd have seen it. The theater was yellow and old, and the floor was really sticky and there were pathetic sick-looking shrubs around the stairs from the emergency exit. I'm telling you this because I want you to understand how much I remember all these little details 31 years later because that movie was totally awesome.

    I'm sorry your classmates made you feel bad about something you love. That always makes me sad, because I think it's great to find things that are important to you, even if they aren't important to other people you know; if everyone liked the same things there would be nothing to talk about!

    Even if, in a few years, you don't love Star Wars any more (I can't imagine how that would happen! But maybe it will), I hope you do remember two things from this whole story: 1. There was this day when you felt weird and different and wrong, but it turned out there were hundreds of other people who were right there with you. They just didn't happen to be the ones who were there in the room. If you feel that way again sometime, not because of Star Wars but because of some other thing you love, I hope you remember that it's possible to find people who understand. 2. There will come a day when you have a friend who loves a thing that you don't, and she (or he) might feel bad and teased too, and when that happens I hope you remember to tell your friend and the people who are teasing your friend that she (or he) isn't alone, isn't weird, isn't bad. I'm sure you will, but one of the things I've noticed in life is that sometimes it's hard to be the person who goes against the crowd, and it's extra hard when actually, it's not your own interest you're protecting.

    Thanks for letting your mom tell your story to us all, too. I think there are a lot of kids who needed to know all the same things you did, and I hope some of them saw this and felt better.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hey Katie~ I'm Yun, and I've been a Star Wars fan since I was four. My dad, my older brother, and I would all watch A New Hope every Christmas after dinner. I'm 24 now, and I still dress up in awesome costumes. Things like Star Wars are still a big part of my life - my niece and nephew are named after Luke and Leia, and I grew up to be an archaeologist because I wanted to be like Indiana Jones (since being a space pirate still isn't really possible, unfortunately).

    Don't ever apologize for being you! Instead of being worried about what other people think, think about how these experiences can make you braver and stronger.

    May the Force always be with you, kiddo~

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie - just a quick note say that yay, girl sci-fi fans rule, and Star Wars is awesome! I'm 31, and I've been into Star Wars (and other science fiction) since I was under 10. I earn a living painting toy soldiers for other geeks like me :). Almost all my friends are geeks of some kind, whether they're into comics, roleplaying, toy soldiers, scifi/fantasy books - all sorts of stuff. There's room in this world for everyone :). School can be rough sometimes, but it gets better, and it's so great that your Mom is on your side.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hey there Katie :D My name's Alyssa, I'm a college girl, and I've been a sci-fi fan as long as I can remember. Star Wars will always be my first fandom love, and you shouldn't be ashamed of loving it. Don't let the boys get you down-secretly, they probably wish they could be as cool as you. At age 18, I still run around in a Sith costume with my lightsaber, and it's incredibly awesome. Don't ever stop loving anything important to you because people try to bring you down. You are rockin', girl :) And I'll tell you a secret-they might think you're a nerd now, but once you hit college? Star Wars fan=instant awesome points. May the Force be with you, Katie, and always remember-those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter.
    P.S. The boys in your class might think Star Wars is just for boys, but the wildest, strongest, truest, craziest, and all around coolest Star Wars fans I've ever met? Almost all female. We rock!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    P.P.S. My friend and I ran around on Halloween as a clone trooper and a Sith. You wouldn't believe how many people (guys included) told us we made their night. Give the boys a few years, and they'll realize just how awesome being a nerd-ette can be :)

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie!! Nerd girls will rule the earth, just you wait. I'm 26, married to a wonderful nerd boy and all of our friends are nerds too! We even have a kitty named Optimus Prime after "Transformers." I also like cars, so I have heard a lot of things about me liking "boy" things. But you know what? Plenty of people like that about me and they will like that about you too! Don't change for other people because I promise you, if they don't like you the way you are, they are not important at all. Stay geeky! Don't be ashamed to flaunt it!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi, Katie!

    When I was a little older than you, I got bullied because I liked to climb trees and build treehouses. That was supposed to be 'boy stuff', which is stupid, so I kept on doing it anyway. See, bullies aren't smart; being stupid is part of being a bully, and who wants to be stupid? Sometimes they smarten up and stop being bullies; maybe that'll happen to the ones who bothered you. I hope so. But whether or not it does, you keep doing what you like and liking the stuff you do-- Star Wars is boss, and so are treehouses. ^__^ Take care, and have fun........ Ysabet

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    I'm an 18 year old high school senior and a HUGE Star Wars fan, and although I've never been teased about liking the films, in third grade I was horribly bullied for liking ancient Egypt a lot. I don't know why even to this day, but it was awful and made me feel like I shouldn't pursue my individual interests. But I stuck to it, and eventually, my bullies matured. Although today I'm not as interested in Egypt as I used to be (simply because other interests came up, not because of the bullies), I am friendly with those who bullied me because the past is the past, and it was almost ten years ago when we were just little kids lacking real maturity.

    Katie, trust me when I say those boys will grow up. Stay true to yourself, and of course, to Star Wars, and I promise that as you and your generation gets older, things like teasing for just liking a movie will stop.

    Good luck, and of course, may the Force be with you!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie! From the guys and gals at Outblush.com: We love Star Wars!

    We even found ourselves a water bottle that we're gonna carry with us as a reminder!

    http://www.outblush.com/women/life/food-drinks/yoda-quote-sigg-water-bottle/

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Omigosh! I GREW UP ON STAR WARS! Seriously! I was 3 when the movie came out, and my brother was 7. We lived, played, breathed Star Wars. It's ludicrous to me that being a fan would be cause to be picked on. I just introduced my 7 year old daughter to Star Wars IV last Friday night, and she loved it! Not only that, but just about every boy I know between the ages of 6-12 absolutely love it as well.

    Stay your course, my little friend! It's the people who are brave enough to be themselves who make the biggest impact on the world!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Dear Katie,

    I am a 22-year-old girl in college who has also loved Star Wars since she was 7. When I was your age, I was teased by the boys in my class for the same dumb reasons. "Star Wars is for boys," they said. "You can't like it because you're a girl." Their teasing forced me to never want to admit to anyone just how epic and awesome I find Star Wars to be. I kept my love for the series a secret until I discovered online Star Wars communities when I was 13. This was around the time when the Prequels were being released, and I seized the opportunity to learn as much about the series as I could.

    Fast-forward to my senior year of high school, when I began to admit to everyone I knew just how much I know about and love Star Wars. I can't even count how many freshman boys in my high school had crushes on me because I was the girl who beat them in Star Wars Trivial Pursuit one day. Now I am in college and I am finding that my love and appreciation for the series earns me respect from many, many boys who are stunned that a GIRL knows more about Star Wars than they do.

    The lesson here is that they tease you now because they're boys and are intimidated by the fact that a girl could potentially out-nerd them. Later in life, I promise you that the same boys will be crushing on you because you love Star Wars, something that they grew up thinking only boys liked. There is nothing a male Star Wars fan loves more when he's older than a girl who loves the series just as much, if not more than, he does.

    Good luck to you, Katie. I admire your courage to stand up for yourself against your bullies. May the Force be with you. :)

    Sincerely,

    Betsey, a girl who has been asked out on many dates because she knows a lot about Star Wars.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie,

    I was so touched by your story so I shared it with my twins. My twins- one boy (Jacob) and one girl (Jordan) are adopted. They both wear glasses. Jacob has to wear a patch and glasses. My twins are in second grade. They were sad that you were bullied and they wanted me to write to you. They love Star Wars!

    It is hard when a person feels different and other people make fun of them. Last year, when Jordan was in first grade, she was one of the only girls that wrestled. She joined because she wanted to compete with her brother. Then, she wanted to quit about halfway through the season. She was really mad that we couldn't find any pink wrestling shoes for girls. Almost everything was made for little boys. We did not let Jordan quit and pretty soon she was meeting other little girls at wrestling tournaments and she made some friends. Jordan really liked it when the boys refused to wrestle her just because she was a girl. At the end of the year, Jordan got the team spirit award.

    You and Jordan are both brave girls. So you hang in there Katie. Don't be afraid to stand up for the things you like. Being unique is a good thing- it just means you are extra special.

    Sincerely,
    Peggy, Jordan, and Jacob

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie!
    You are so awesome. Seriously. You've become the face of every girl out there who was bullied or teased for doing "boy things." While I never really watched Star Wars (although I might now) I grew up loving Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. (I even have a Harry Potter lego collection :) ) And I was in upper level science and math classes all through high school. Now I'm almost 21 and looking back, I realize that there's something really powerful about being one of the only girls. You're brave and special, Katie. And no one can take that away from you. I have a younger sister and her name is Katie too. She's really smart and I've seen her get teased because she liked to collect bugs or go to museums over playing house. But today she's almost 17 and is growing up to be a fantastic young woman.
    So I guess what I'm trying to say is that this is your life! You can like whatever movies you want! You can play in the dirt or play with Barbies, or even play with Barbies in the dirt. :) Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
    Bests,
    Lainie C

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    HI Katie,
    I'm a girl, and I Love Star Wars and I have since I was 8, and Return of the Jedi came out in theaters. :D Since then I have watched and re-watched the movies a million times collected action figures comics and especially the novels. From Taco Bell drink cups to Mcdonalds toys of the week I've got a LOT of Star Wars stuff.(I'm curled up with a Star Wars Return of the Jedi comforter as I type this actually lol)
    And I've got a lot of friends too... and they love me for who I am, Star Wars fanatic and all. It wasn't always so great, I was teased in school for being different, looking different and liking different things. I went through some pretty tough times, and yes I may have faltered once or twice... it comes with being a human being. But I'm 30 years old now, engaged to be married, with many friends who are into the same things I am, and a few who like Star Wars as much as I do! So stay Strong Katie my dear! For it gets better with time and perseverance! May the Force be With You! Always!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie,

    I wanted to let you know that I am an almost 40 woman and saw the original Star Wars when I was six years old. From that moment forward I got hooked on all things Star Wars. I was Princess Leia the following year for Halloween and have watched the original three movies more than 30 times each over the years. I have had and still have action figures, some of the books, a couple comics, storybooks, the radio dramas from NPR, the soundtracks, the movies (of course), signed autographs from many of the stars, a lightsaber (I got it when I was the maid of honor at my friends wedding) and so many other things.
    My love for science fiction and fantasy includes Babylon 5, Star Trek, Harry Potter, V and so many more.
    Don't ever feel like you are alone and know that because you are unique you will go on and do so many wonderful things. Kids who go along with the crowd are boring and you are the opposite of boring.
    Much love and rock on "Young Jedi"
    Carrie

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie, how are you?
    My name is Milena, i'm from Brazil and I'm Girl, i have 27 years and i love Star
    Wars, you are very special, you show for all what you like, we can't leave the other persons tell us what we can't to do, you live your own life, the important is our family and always to do the better for you. You can to do what you want! Never forget this.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hello, Katie. I'm so proud that you chose to wear a Star Wars t-shirt to school in response to being bullied. Never back down. Never give up. And never, ever let anyone bully you into conforming. Conformity is for fearful simpletons!

    Becoming a part of the herd is easy. That's why most people do it. They spend their entire lives following in someone else's footsteps...becoming dutiful little drones, never breaking with convention. Don't hide what makes you unique, Katie. Celebrate it.

    Soon those who make fun of you will realize that nerds rule the world. And that without us, their world of gadgets and the trappings of today's technological world cease to be. Fly your freak flag proudly, Young Padawan. Make a fine Jedi, one day you will. :)

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie,
    My name is Jenny, I'm 25 (oh lord, nearly 26, getting old now!), I live in London, and my daughter is three. She's a big sci-fi person - she absolutely loves Doctor Who and Star Wars, she calls R2-D2 ardeedoodee and has done since she was tiny, and I hope she NEVER grows out of it. I am glad that the internet has shown its outpouring of affection, and I know this comment is going to be lost in a sea of amazingness, but that is of no consequence! I distinctly remember always loving everything geeky from the tiniest age, and now, a supposed 'grown-up', I realise how little I got to share it with my 'normal' classmates, because no-one else appreciated it. Well, I'm still a geek, and quite proud of it - in fact, I would say that it is one of the neatest things about me!

    Carrie - to say that I commend you on how you dealt with the situation is an understatement. I find the saddest thing in this situation is that the only reason the other children have been so clich

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    I am a 22 year old girl who LOVES STAR WARS. I think your story is amazing, and I think YOU are amazing for being proud of your love for Star Wars! Rock on, girl!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Greetings Katie,

    My name is River, i'm with the 501st Legion: Vader's Fist. We are all star wars fans, men, women, boys and girls alike. I'm sure a few of my fellow troopers have already reached out to you.

    I understand you go to school in Evanston? My wife and I live in Evanston too. Our youngest neice (Andi) LOVES Darth Vader that is her favorite character and she is also in first grade. So you already have a kindred spirit.

    Reading your stroy made me think of my childhood and how I was bullied. I beleive everyone in their life was bullied in one way or another when they were your age.

    You should know, that I am Captain Rex for my local 501st Legion chapter. If you would like us to come out and see you feel free to reach out to us, our website is:

    www.midwestgarrison.org

    -Tell them River or Capt. Rex sent you :)

    Never be ashamed of what you like and what you beleive in. You're setting the example for other children.

    If we can be of service, feel free to reach out to us, many of our lady troopers want to show you their support.

    Be well fellow trooper!
    -River/Capt. Rex.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Sweetie, when I was a little girl, I played with baby dolls and Barbies, but I also had a collection of over 200 GI Joe action figures with playsets, some Star Wars figures too, and I cried when I went to see the very first Transformers cartoon movie (with a couple of my girl pals!) Now I'm 39 years old, and Voltron, Defender of the Universe still stands proudly on top of my china cabinet. I have a little girl, and she has the dolls my mother made for me, Star Wars figures of her own, and my enormous Lego collection with her own sets added to it!

    Don't let anybody tell you the things you love are "just for girls" or "just for boys." They're for whoever likes them. You carry whatever kind of water bottle you want to and tell those boys that girls can like cool stuff too.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie:

    I'm jealous, I didn't have such cool toys when I was a girl!

    There aren't a whole lot of women visible in the Star Wars universe (when in the movies do you see 2 women interacting?), but I hope you grow up to be as awesome as Amidala (or Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica, or Arianne Emory from Cyteen, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Paksenarrion, or any of the other great SF heroines I hope you discover as you get older.)

    Hold your head up high and be proud of who you are!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie,

    I am a 23 year old you has loved star wars since I was your age. I saw on the news that you were Princess Leia for Halloween! I was R2D2! I made my costume- and even made R2D2 look pretty girly-- you can see it here: http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs776.snc4/67603_487101009877_500369877_7022467_3356153_n.jpg My closest friends (girls and boys!) were some of the other characters too.

    When I was younger, I kept some of my interests that would cause other kids to make fun of me a secret. I was afraid they would tease me and not want to be friends with me because I was "weird". But as I got older- I realized the best friends I could ever have were the kids that shared those interests with me and loved being friends with me for who I am. I am so proud of you for being brave enough to be yourself and I hope that you never lose sight of who you are.

    Valerie

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie,
    I am also a girl with glasses and blonde hair and I absolutely adore Star Wars. May the force be with you as you stay true to your love of Star Wars.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie,

    You're 7. That's a magical number and a special year . You can't stop shining just because you are more enlightened then your critics. Their ignorance is what makes your brilliance beautiful.

    I wrote you a poem. Wanna hear? Here it goes!

    Katie's third eye is first class and part of the better half/
    There's something special about the lass and what she sees in her looking glass/
    Light sabers cut capers, cake and Darth Vaders; darkness can not stand when there's light in Katie's hand!
    And cake can't wait to be put on a plate and served with some hot piping tea/
    Have the boys serve the drinks; who cares what they think? The dishes will a'weight the lads' cacophony.

    Go Sip, Katie. It's the Age of Aquarius. Go get yours.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie, from another Katie up in Canada! I just wanted to tell you that I'm a huge fan of Star Wars too, and so are a bunch of my friends - girls and boys! It's okay to like whatever you want, it just makes you more interesting and you get to learn tons of different things that you can talk about to new people... having different hobbies and interests can help you make new friends all through your life. If anyone ever tells you that it's wrong to like a certain kind of music, or books, or a different way of dressing, all you have to remember is that they are the ones who are missing out on trying something new!

    My husband and I are both science fiction geeks, and we both got great jobs after we graduated from school, and now we own our own organic farm, too... so even if it's tough to deal with mean people, just remember that it does get better!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie! You are just SUCH an amazing gal and have joined the ranks of FABULOUS females who are paving the way for woman Star Wars fans! I have been a Star Wars fan since I was your age and I have loved every second of it! I have met some AMAZING friends through Star Wars, not to mention the LOVE of my LIFE! <3 (There are some boys who think it's totally awesome that girls like Star Wars, so I'm sure you'll meet your very own Han Solo one day! :P) So from people like YOU and Ashley Eckstien to Carrie Fisher and Natalie Portman, girls are a "force" with which to be reckoned when it comes to stuff that happened a long time ago in a galaxy far away. So the next time I wear that Storm Trooper Outfit or some Mandalorian Beskar Gam, it'll be in your honor, girlie! Stay strong and may the Force be with you... ALWAYS!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hello Katie:
    Im from Mexico my english its not so good but when I read about you I wanted to comment, I have 2 little girls the older is one year and half and the younger is 1 month old; I love starwars and I will share this love to my little girls when they can understand, and if they liked like you do, and if somebody tease them about this I will teach them that starwars is not only a boys movie with laser guns, its about to chose the light from the dark, and stand for this light, there will be always dark around you but no matter how hard is to shine you are not alone, the force will be with you as you can see with all this comments, so dear katie: "que la fuerza te acompa

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    .... Thanks to you, girls are a "force" with which to be reckoned when it comes to things that happened a long time ago in a galaxy far away. So the next time I wear that stormtrooper costume or don some Mandalorian Beskar Gam, it'll be in your honor, girlie! May the Force be with you.... ALWAYS! :D

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie!
    My name's Annah, I'm 25 years old and I've been a Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember. I've also grown up with tons of other science fiction and fantasy classics and I suppose I'm very geeky in general. I play a lot of computer games, I paint and play with warhammer miniatures (it's lots of fun to have little plastic soldiers marching over the table!) and I geek out in general over most things science fiction.
    When it comes to things like Star Wars, or Doctor Who, or Indiana Jones or any other science fiction or fantasy movie or series there's one thing to remember. They are for EVERYONE. There's no such thing as "boys movies" or "girls movies", they're meant for anyone and everyone to enjoy.
    So stand tall, and don't be shy to show those boys that you're just as entitled as them to love Star Wars. It will seem hard at times but just smile at the boys trying to hurt you and feel sorry for them instead, because they will miss out on a lot in life as they can't see that female science fiction fans are some of the most awesome ladies around!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    GO Katie!!!

    I know exactly what you're going through, and I am so glad there is a community to support you. For many of us girls growing up before the internet, we found ourselves alone and without comfort. I say to you now that there are many women out there whose "geeky" interests have only done them good! For instance, my husband and I first bonded over Star Wars on our first date. Also, my SW friends' natural inclination toward science has taken them on to being great scientists!

    This quote reminded me of Katie's situation and all the SW fans backing her up:

    "This guy's walkin' down a street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can't get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, 'Hey you! Can you help me out?' The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole, and moves on. Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, 'Father, I'm down in this hole; can you help me out?' The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by. 'Hey, Joe, it's me. Can ya help me out?' And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, 'Are ya stupid? Now we're both down here.' The friend says, 'Yeah, but I've been down here before and I know the way out.' "

    We know the way out!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hey Katie!

    My name's Ren, I'm twenty now and I've been a fan of Star Wars- and a bunch of other science fiction stories- since I was your age too. I've got Princess Leia and R2-D2 on my key chain and when other girls were playing with Barbie dolls I was climbing trees and having mock light saber battles with my brother :)

    Not everybody got that, and some folks teased me but my mom and dad always reminded me that being different is a good thing, even if other people don't understand it. Our differences are what make us unique and what makes life so fun.
    They also told me something Eleanor Roosevelt said, that "no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Don't let anybody make you feel inferior -for liking Star Wars, or anything else- it's simply not true.

    There's a lot of us girls out here just like you, one of my little cousins is your age and a Star Wars fan as well. You're in good company and you're an inspiration to the rest of us.

    May the force be with you ;)

    ~Ren

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie - don't let anyone stop you from liking what you like. I was the ONLY girl in my 3rd grade class in 1977 to go see Star Wars (I begged my dad and he took me). Now, my 16 year old daughter as well as my son's (18 & 12) all LOVE Star Wars - in fact my daughter often quotes star wars to her friends (male and female) in some situations and her teachers have nicknamed her Yoda. She considered that a huge compliment. So you tell those boys and everyone else who is teasing you to back off because Star Wars is for everyone (didn't they notice the female Jedi's????) and that you know of a teen age girl who not only watches Star wars, goes in costume to Dragon Con (a sci fi/fantasy convention in Atlanta GA) as a Star Wars character (She has a Leia, Padma and a storm trooper outfit)...and I've got several as well! Besides, if you look back over the last few years, the female astronauts all have said they liked star wars, star trek and other science fiction stuff when they were kids.

    there is no set rules as to what girls are supposed to like or what boys are supposed to like - I love muscle cars, sci fi, and fixing things - my husband likes to cook, sci fi and tearing things up - be who you are, and do not allow anyone to stifle your interest in anything...Be Proud to be a Star Wars Fan! I am!
    They could not break your spirit - so they are not anything to worry about, one day they will be wanting to have a date and you can always tell them "this is NOT the girl you are looking for" (A take on the "these are not the droids you are looking for) those boys must be very jealous of you sweetie - so don't sweat them!

    May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie! You like Star Wars? Well, anybody that makes fun of that smells like Jabba the Hutt's butt! I loved Star Wars since way before you were born, it was, still is and forever will be the coolest, most fun and wonderful story ever (particularly the original 3 films, lol!). Me, all my friends and millions of other people also love star wars, you are welcome to watch them with us anytime! ANybody that likes Star Wars, is pretty cool in my book, and i myself am pretyy darn cool ;) May the force be with you katie, you rock!!! j

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hey Katie!

    My name is Jessica, I'm a college student and I love Star Wars! I watch The Clone Wars every week with my boyfriend! I was picked on a lot in school too, and I remember that being really tough, but I learned people like that aren't important. Its the people and things you love that are important! I know it will be hard sometimes but know that as you get older it will be easier to be who you are! I know you can grow to be strong, smart, and confident so keep your head high and May the Force Be With You! <3

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie! I was once a little girl like you. I was your age when the older Star Wars movies (with Han Solo, Princess Leia) came out. It was so amazing to see the movies on screen and be excited along with all of my friends, boys AND girls. Those bullies don't know anything. Star Wars is for everybody (and especially the cool kids like you!) They're probably just jealous.

    I was Chewbacca one year, C3PO one year and Darth Vader one year for Halloween. I LOVE Star Wars.

    Pay no attention to the bullies, they're from the Dark Side of the Force.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie,

    I am writing to you from Texas where I saw your story on a cable news channel from Chicago. First let me say BRAVO and KUDOs to you and your wonderful Mom! I have so much in common with you! Not only do I LOVE Star Wars, but I am a Mom who adopted my 2 boys (both toddlers) and my husband is originally from Chicago (and my eldest son's favorite color is pink and he likes to carry around a purse just like Mommy- I support him but many have criticized me for allowing it). I am sure you already know that this will not be your last encounter with gender or other "stereotypes" so learning from a young age is hard, but it can be beneficial. I am a girl (now woman, but I prefer the term "girl") who likes Star Wars and Hello Kitty. My favorite colors are camoflage and pink. Actually pink camoflage is PERFECT! I grew up preferring to wear "boys" clothes (back when Star Wars first came out in the 1970's). My Dad was in the Army and I ended up going to West Point for college and served 5 years in the Army as an Engineer (yes I am a geek too). Talk about gender issues- it was really tough to be a girl there. I am so glad I did it, I made such wonderful friends and grew strong, but it was difficult. I am now a stay at home Mom of my 2 boys and I once again find myself with gender and identity issues. I never saw myself as a "typical" stay at home Mom. How judgemental of me! One of my High School teachers impressed upon me the meaning of "archetype" and my interpretaion of it gives me the ability to understand why we as humans compartmentalize things, and to forgive those whose minds may not be as open as yours. Just think- how would you know what a dog is when there are so many breeds of dogs out there that look so different from each other. Our brains try to put things in boxes or groups so we can understand them, especially when we are young (like you) and we are trying to learn about ourselves and the big world around us. It is hard to take critical comments but I use them as an opportunity to teach others to look at things from a more open perspective. I am sure you will too. Here is something else about us- both my husband and I are caucasian and our boys are hispanic. People sometimes stare and I used to get asked if I was their mom (yes, of course I am). I use it as an opportunity to talk about adoption- we adopted our boys (biological brothers) through the foster care system and it was the most wonderful thing I have ever, ever done. Good luck to you and thank you for the opportunity to type out my thoughts. Remember most of all that God loves you as an individual (and He also loves those that are critical of you). Heartfelt and best wishes in life!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie!

    Don't let other people get you down! All of those stupid rules about what girls and boys are supposed to do only make people unhappy! We all miss out on chances for joy, happiness and self expression when we follow stupid rules other people made for us- rules that make no sense and make everyone feel bad about themselves! You are a brave and authentic individual! Love yourself for the beautiful, smart, fun and interesting girl that you are. Know that there is no one like you and that is a good thing! People will say and do ugly things but remember that you are loved and you deserve only good things. Listen to the good things, the kind words, the love and you will go far! My sister and I love Star Wars too! Star Wars is fun and exciting and much better than some of the boring things girls are "supposed to watch". Be yourself! If you changed to make other people happy that would be the saddest thing in the world!!! If people call you a geek just remember- all the really sucessful and interesting people in the world are the uncool ones. Don't change for anyone. There are hundreds of us out here who like you just the way you are!

    "The Geek shall inherit the Earth"

    Stay strong. You are awesome.

    Pauline

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie!

    I was so glad to hear that you like Star Wars, because like you, I'm adopted, I wear glasses and I love Star Wars! I saw the first movie in the theater when I was six years old, and I used to wear my hair in Princess Leia buns to school.

    I used to get teased a lot for all of that stuff when I was your age, but now that I'm grown up, most of my friends and my husband share my love of science fiction and gadgets!

    And don't worry about being different from the other kids because you're adopted. Your mom and dad probably went to great lengths to make you theirs, and now your mom has written about you on the internet so you'll feel good about being who you are. How cool is that?? You have a couple of the coolest parents ever, and you wouldn't have them if you hadn't been adopted!

    May the force be with you, Katie...always. :)

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie,
    I signed up for this website just so I could leave a comment. I am a girl and I LOVE Star Wars. My parents took me to the first movie when it opened in the theaters in 1977, when I was just a few months old. I've been to see every movie when it came out ever since, and of course have them all on dvd.
    There will always be people who give you a hard time for just being yourself, and it is hard to ignore them. But later on, those people won't matter; the only thing that matters is that you do what you love.
    May the force be with you!!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Dear Katie,

    I want to leave a comment to let you know that I am also an adopted, glasses-wearing, Star Wars loving girl. Actually, I'm a grownup now, but you can never be too old for Star Wars!

    I am a teacher, and every day my students tell me that I'm weird and different--and they thank me for it! They tell me that they will always remember me and love me for being myself. People will remember you and love you for being yourself as well. And I promise you that you will be happier being different than you would be if you tried to be just like everybody else.

    Katie, I think you are are awesome, and I will be telling my students about you and encouraging them to leave you comments as well. You will grow up to be wonderful, unique, and wise.

    Sincerely,
    Lisa

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie,

    I'm a big fan of Star Wars and so is my son Trey who is 17 now. One of the things we like to do is go to comic con in San Diego every year. Your just at the age I sarted taking Trey and we do it every year. There is a big Star Wars contingent(thousands go in costume) every year and there is something for everybody. Ironically tickets were to go on sale today but they are having regsitration issues. If I were you... you should look into it or one of the many smaller regional Con's, as fun is had by all.

    May the force be with you Katie.

    www.comic-con.org

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Dear Katie,

    On December 10 I will be WEARING Star Wars and SHARING Star Wars -- just like you! Here in San Diego we have a a Star Wars club called the "San Diego Star Wars Society" with well over a hundred members, from kids like you to grandparents. And we all love Star Wars! Have your parents help you look it up on the web and you'll see the fun we have from marching in parades to making costumes to having trivia contests. If you ever come to San Diego, please let us know -- we always like to meet another Star Wars fan!
    May the Force be with you -- always!

    Sincerely, Susan

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie, you go out there and do what makes you happy. It's great that everyone is giving you the support you deserve! Never be ashamed of the things you love, and remember, those people making fun, aren't nearly as brave as you are. I'll be putting on a Star Wars shirt in your honor on Friday!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie!

    When I read your story, it really touched me, not only because of you having to deal with bullies and overcoming their teasing, but also because it reminded me a lot of me.

    When I was little I was made fun of all the time, not only for being a huge Star Wars fan (which I still am 33 years later), but also because I'm missing my left eye. It made me very upset and made me feel extremely different. But one of the things I learned was not to let the bullies see that they upset me. The more they knew they upset me, the more they bullied me. So as I got older I learned to ignore people who teased me because what they say doesn't matter. It may be tough at first but you can do it. I like to think of it as part of my Jedi training, and now I pass this secret down to you young Padawan. :)

    I'm so happy that the Star Wars community, a community which I consider to be my extended family, is showing you so much support! Star Wars isn't just for boys, it's for everyone! Boys, girls, men women, young and old all love Star Wars all over the world! I have an entire Star Wars display in my living room and I know plenty of girls who are very smart and very beautiful who LOVE Star Wars! So the next time some silly boys tease you and say Star Wars is just for boys, just ignore them and be proud of who you are and the things you like. On December 10th I will be wearing my favorite Star Wars shirt in honor of and support of you!

    Best Wishes and May the Force be with You!
    Eliot, the One Eyed Jedi

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hello Katie! When Star Wars came out I was your age! I have three sisters, one older and two younger. We watched Star Wars over and over and over again we loved it so much. Now my niece Abby loves it. She was Princess Leia for Halloween, just like you. She's 6 and 1/2, and for Christmas I'm getting her, you guessed it, Star Wars things! You are not alone, young lady! XXXOOO

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie!

    I just thought I'd take a minute to join in with everyone else here. It's sadly not uncommon for people to poke fun at things about us that they think make us different. But I think if anything ,all the support you're getting from those of us who have read about your experience, shows that you're really not as "different" as those boys would like to make you feel. :) My parents took me to see Return of the Jedi as a baby. I was thrilled when the new movies came out, even more thrilled when they re-released the original trilogy in theaters. I went to Star Wars weekends at Disney to meet the actors when I could. I even named my daughter partially after a Star Wars character from one of the books! I'm proud of the things I love and anyone who gives me a hard time for it, I just feel sorry for them that they don't know what they're missing! Hang in there! :)

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Dear Katie, I'm an 11-year-old girl, also adopted, living in Houston, TX. I LOVE Star Wars - and Star Trek - and Aliens (but my mom covers my eyes a lot). Just block out what those boys say. It doesn't mean anything. Their opinions shouldn't matter to you. Always be yourself. I used to get teased for being small. One day, I said to those boys that I was stronger and dared them to do more pull-ups than me. One chickened out. And the other couldn't do even one pull up. They still tease me about being small but now they know I'm stronger than them. So you just remember you're probably better than them somehow too. "THE FORCE IS WITH YOU KATIE!" Faith

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie,

    My granddaughter is adopted, just like you. She is not yet two, so she doesn't know about Star Wars yet, but her mommy and her aunt and her grandma (me) are big Star Wars fans--and so are her daddy and uncle and grandpa. Star Wars is a family affair at our house.

    My granddaughter loves to climb. She climbed a climbing wall at the children's museum, even though a little boy standing there said it was for boys. Ha! She climbed all the way to the top. Girls can do anything boys can do. But you know that, don't you!

    You just keep on being Katie!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Be strong, and this will pass. They are WRONG!! I'm a guy, and when you get older, you'll learn more about this, but as a guy I'd LOVE to have a woman in my life who likes Star Wars!!! I'm big fan myself, it's a great story and there's so much room for everything in there. You're just fine the way you are, so just keep being you. There's an expression I think that fits here, 'Haters are gonna hate'. Those people doing that to you, are just small minded people, that I'm sure are embarrased now. Your cool in my book, and cool around these parts in Oklahoma! May the force continue to be strong with you. Good luck

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie! My name is Katie too! I'm a grown-up now, but I was teased as a kid like you. Many of my loud-mouthed schoolmates sad mean things about me just because I liked to dress like a boy and wear my hair short. If they just would have asked why, they could have learned that I just wanted to be like my big brother who I thought was a really cool guy.

    And like you, I liked 'boy' things; He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the X-Men were my favorites. You know what was great about growing up though? The older I got, the more people I met who liked me for me.

    I'm now a mom and I *still* love playing with action figures and cool stuff like that. In fact, I saved many of my old toys for my 5 year-old son and he adores them. He loves the fact that his mom likes superhero and Star Wars stuff (he is a bit obsessed with Star Wars too) and I promise he would never make fun of any girl who liked to do things that boys like to do. I will make sure of that.

    Katie, you are AWESOMESAUCE! Keep on being yourself and don't let anyone bring you down. :)

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a 23 year old girl who is known in her group of friends as the geekiest of the geeks, and my friends love me for it. I LOVE Star Wars, I love science, I love video games, I love working on cars, and I love wearing my glasses (they're purple!). I love to do all kinds of things boys do, and there's nothing wrong with it. When you and your classmates get older, these things that they poke fun at you for now will suddenly make you one of the cool girls. Boys are silly, they just don't know it. I got picked on alot when I was younger, and I know it's hard, but the best thing you can do for yourself is stand up for yourself and not let anyone tell you you're "not suppose to" like something, or that you are "suppose to" like something, just because you're a girl. You can like anything you want to like! Stay strong, and may the force be with you :)

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie! I just came across your story today. :) I'm twenty-two and I definately still use my Clone Wars backpack all the time--even to work. Some people will never be nice about it--but if you love something then those silly people don't matter. I also wear glasses and I was adopted too. Now a days, my friends and I are so different we even like to go places dressed up as Jedi! :)

    My Mom always said that her favourite thing about me was that I'd never give up on anything I loved just because of other people. I bet your Mom'll say the same thing about you. :)

    You sound like an amazing little girl so don't ever give up. Love whatever you want to love and don't ever stop loving.

    Those boys are probably just jealous. I'd want a Star Wars water bottle too! :)

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie,

    I understand how it feels to be picked on for being different. When I was little I had to wear an eye patch with glasses because I have a lazy eye. One afternoon I remember wanting to play Star Wars and be like Han Solo but my mom made me wear my glasses and eye patch. I didn't feel like Han Solo because he didn't wear glasses or an eye patch, but I wanted to play Star Wars bad enough that I made do. As I grew up I was known as a geek. I'd read comic books, watch sci fi and adventure movies (Star Wars was definitely one of my favorites), draw my favorite characters, and buy action figures too. I got picked on for showing my love of those things from time to time. I also got picked on for having frizzy, curly hair, something that I also wasn't happy with growing up. When I'd get picked on, I'd turn to the things that made me happiest. I'd always immerse myself in comics and movies and enjoy the worlds they took me to. I'm 32 now and I still go to those places. They're a haven for me and for many others out there. Star Wars couldn't have lasted for over 30 years without fans who love those worlds and the characters that live and breathe in them.

    Just remember how the journey of Luke Skywalker isn't an easy one. He went through many, many obstacles to become a Jedi. He had to go up against Darth Vader... twice! And even though he didn't win the first time he went up against Vader, Luke still came back and didn't give up. The Force is strong in you and that's what matters. When I was a kid if I knew a cool girl like you, I wouldn't have said "Star Wars is for boys!" I would have been more than happy to play Star Wars with you because you like something I like. Later in life more guys than not will find that to be very special and awesome about you. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. Don't fear people trying to change you because you're awesome as is. Don't hate something special that you love because of what someone else says. What you love matters to you and you alone. Just be you.

    May the Force be with you, Katie!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie,

    My little girl is in 2nd grade and is also adopted. She is from Ethiopia so our family gets lots of questions and stares. I wanted to let you know that you are not alone. My daughter wears glasses, patches her eye, and loves Star Wars too! She also has a fire in her spirt. Be true to who you are, a unique special girl.

  • In reply to DawnC:

    Wow, our girls do have a lot in common! All the best to you! Carrie

  • In reply to DawnC:

    Hi, I just wanted to say Star Wars is awesome and their is nothing to be ashamed for being a fan. I'm a 17 year old high school senior and been a fan since I seen episode 1 when it first came out. I was around 6 or 7 and automatically became an obsessor. My favorite character was Jar Jar Binks because I adored his eccentric personality. All my brothers are star wars obsessors with me. So I'm a girl and I love star wars and proud of it! When we were younger my syblings would have these "missions", I tried to be called Jar Jar Binks but they said we couldn't have any "direct" names from star wars. Well, in these missions we would play star wars basically. Someone would be a jedi, bounty hunter, etc and gain "levels". My older brother would teach me and my younger brother how to fight with lightsaber. A lot of my neighbors would also join us and we would all fight with our light sabers, using jedi powers and whatnot. Well, as I grew older my obsession never died. However, though others never lost their love of star wars they did calm down (I was given all their star wars stuff). So yeah, when all my friends now see my room they see half anime, and half star wars. My mom becomes upset because she too believes it's boyish but I don't care. Star wars was a wonderful child hood memory of mine.

    I'm also sorry about your teasing. I've been teased in school but mainly because I'm shy and dress differently then the popular kids. But, I'm not going to conform to others and how they want me to be. If they are uncomfortable with how I am, then they have to deal with it. I have other obsessions like anime (mainly Naruto). Jar Jar Binks is not my favorite character, but rather Obi Wan. I like to watch other movie's he is in and joke how "Obi Wan is in a musical." Star Wars is also one of my inspiration for me wanting to be a writer. I used to dress up as a Twi-lek for halloween and hope soon to do it as a cosplay. My younger brother is also a fanatic and when you find someone with your same obsession it's fun to argue or talk of the inconsistent parts of Star Wars. Like, why did Obi Wan not train Luke when they lived in Tatooine together. Star Wars is awesome! I've read star wars books, played the video games, it is the best :). So, be happy of being a star wars fanatic. You are a part of the best obsesors :). Lol, sorry this is long.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    I was your age when the first Star Wars movie came out and I was hooked! I'm now 38 and still love SW and many other SciFi movies or shows. I have that in common with some of the absolute best guy friends I have, and girl friends too. Stay strong, and if anyone says anything to you, try to ignore it because they aren't supporting YOU and know that many thousands of us are supporting you. Don't change or be ashamed of what you love because of what others say.... that's the most important lesson in this. To borrow a phrase from a t-shirt I had and loved to wear in high school especially when I felt insecure - "normal is boring." May the force be with you young Jedi.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie,

    I am a girl and while I do not hve a deep love for Star Wars, I still have a poster or two in my room. Not only that, but I love a lot of 'boy things' (I'm in college and I carry my books in a Batman backpack). And you know what? They aren't BOY things, they are things that boys usually like more than girls. Just because boys like Star Wars doesn't mean that you can't. I have known mny, many girls and women who love Star Wars. My stepmom, every year, has a separate Christmas tree that is very tiny and it has nothing on it but Star Wars ornaments, with Leia at the very top. It is my favorite Christmas tradition.

    Leia knew how to fire a blaster even though that was kind of a 'boy thing' and people look at her and say 'What an amazing and awesome woman!'

    People at school may not realize it now, but that is what they will be saying about you in a few years. So don't change. Keep being the wonderful person you are and know that even though few people are being mean, there are hundreds of people out there who think that you are fantastic.

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie, your story is so inspiring for other girls who like things like Star Wars! Like your mom, I write a blog, and I featured you as my "Geek of the Week" for this week!

    http://geektastics.blogspot.com/2010/11/geek-of-week-katie-goldman.html

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie,

    I may not be a girl, or adopted. But just like you, I wear glasses and I love Star Wars! If you were to ask anybody who knows me what I am like, I'm pretty sure the first thing they'd say would be 'He loves Star Wars!'.

    School can be a tough time for anybody and people get teased for all sorts of different things; the things you like, the clothes you wear, a whole manner of trivial things. But the most important thing, in my opinion, is to not give in and conform to what other people expect you to be like. Being yourself is the most important thing in life! You wanna drink out of a Star Wars water bottle? Go for it! Don't let anybody tell you otherwise.

    You don't just have to express your love for Star Wars too. Is there a band you really like? Wear a t-shirt and sing their songs with pride, even if they aren't the current #1 in the charts. Along with being a Star Wars addict, I'm a big fan of rock music - particularly bands like Guns N' Roses and AC/DC. In school, some of the kids would try and tease me over this - but I didn't let it affect me, because I am who I am. And you know what? I love who I am and wouldn't change it for the world! Love yourself Katie, you're awesome!

    I'll be wearing a Star Wars shirt on December 10th and although I may not have a Star Wars water bottle, I do have a Darth Vader mug which I will be drinking out of all day long!

    May the Force be with you, Katie!

    Owen Ward
    Age 19
    Liverpool, England

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie,

    I found your story on the Huffington Post tonight and it inspired me to write to you. I don't normally comment on blogs or news stories, but I was once in the same place and I only wish I could have had something as powerful as all of these comments to make me feel better!

    I'm a girl geek & nerd who grew up playing with Legos, watching Star Wars, and playing computer games. I was teased incessantly, and for awhile I let my hobbies and loves retreat within me. However, believe it or not, as I got older I realized that these things were not something to be ashamed of! These hobbies make me unique, are empowering, and inspiring. Take your beloved Princess Leia, for example

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie,

    I'm a girl, I'm 24 and I love Star Wars! I also love Doctor Who, Harry Potter and a whole lot of other things that some people might call "geeky" or "for boys." But you know what? I just ignore those people. I like what I like, and that's that.

    I think it's wonderful that you're sticking to your guns and not backing down on your Star Wars love! I wish I'd had that kind of courage when I was your age.

    I got teased in school too, but that all eventually went away. Somewhere along the line, those boys teasing you will want to be your friend. They'll see you're a very cool girl who's not like all the other girls they know (the ones with the pink water bottles). It gives another dimension to the respect they'll have for you.

    Since letting my "geek flag" fly, I've met so many cool people, people that I wouldn't have met if I hadn't brought up any "geeky" subjects or avoided them altogether. And these people I meet (especially boys) are so happy (and surprised) that we can talk about that similar interest to the same level of detail.

    So keep being a huge Star Wars fan! Don't give in to your bullies! We're behind you all the way!

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Dearest Katie,

    My name is Shannon and i'm a 27 year old female Star Wars lover living in Boston, MA! First let me congratulate you on walking so proudly into school the other day and wearing your Star Wars t-shirt to show all those boys just how cool and unique and special that you absolutely are.

    I remember when I was little that I first found out about Star Wars because of my father. He traveled a lot when I was little so I usually only saw him on the weekends. When we did see each other, he would always take me to do "boy" stuff - go to batting cages, go fishing, or go to Blockbuster video to rent action movies.

    ...but when I was 8, we were looking at movies and my dad made a Star Wars reference that I didn't catch. He proclaimed "Oh my gosh! My daughter has never seen Star Wars, I'm the worst father ever!" - then we went home and watched all three of the original trilogy together all Sunday long. We spent all week talking about the movies and our favorite characters. My dad told me all about when he first saw the movies and I remember it was one of the first times that I really thought of my father as someone who used to be young like me.

    One of things about Star Wars is all the different types of creatures that make up the universe. I love costumes, but I also I was always happy about the idea of a bunch of different races and types of people living together and working together. Even in death characters who promote tolerance find peace, those with hate who try to harm others are absorbed into the dark side....forever.

    Anyway, you're 7 now which means that you have 20 whole years before you turn my age. Let me tell you...so much has happened in my life since I was 7. If I have only one bit of advice for you it's to never be afraid of doing what you love. After all, I never regret the things I've done, only the things I was not brave enough to do.

    I always believe that it's the times that you stand out from the crowd that you'll be defined by in the end :D It's what made my husband fall in love with me, it's what got me my first job and it's also what makes my friends come to me for advice and my unique perspective. After watching your news reel and reading all about your story, I believe that you're a very special girl and that your parents are very lucky people to have found you.

    If I ever have children, I hope I have a little girl just like you!

    May the force be with you, always.
    Love, Shannon

    @shaxxon (Twitter)

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Adopted and a Star Wars fan?? Me too!

    I'm 23 years old, and I was adopted when I was just a baby. My parents put together a big binder of all the congratulations cards they received, early pictures, and everything related to my adoption. Every time I look at it I feel so loved. I know you're loved just the same way!

    Sometimes, other kids made fun of me or bullied me when I was young. I wasn't that good at sports, even though I was really good at math and reading, but sometimes young kids don't always see all the amazing things in themselves. It gets better over time! People will act more grown up and appreciate that you're passionate about something, and admire all the great qualities about YOU!

    Anyways, I hope you realize just how special a gift you are to your parents, and that you keep expressing yourself exactly how you like.

    May the Force be with you, Katie.

    - Andrew

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    hi katie how are you? my name is jason and i too was picked and to this day my friands pick on me for my love of star wars. im a prourd member of the 501st legion i do boba fett in the wis gerrison. dont ever give up on what you love becase of peple. if you ever need a friand or some one to talk to im here here is my email sithlordgrievous@aol.com im allways on any time. i was in ters when i read you stroy and and star wars is for every one not just boys may the force be with you katie and the force will be with you allways----- jason

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Katie:

    This story broke my heart a little after I first read it. But after seeing the Star Wars community come together to let you know it's ok to be you, it made me really happy!

    Here's my video message to you!
    http://tinyurl.com/MessageToKatie

    May the Force be with you Katie

    - Nash

  • In reply to Perschdog:

    Hi Katie,

    I heard your story on the internet and wanted to tell you my family's Star Wars story. I'm a dad now, but I grew up watching Star Wars too. We liked Princess Leia because she was a strong, smart, brave girl who knew how to kick butt and wasn't afraid of Darth Vader.

    My daughter is 11 now, but she was about your age when she discovered Star Wars. Most of all she loves the Ewoks. She made her own Ewok dolls, with little tunics, and little spears. She made Ewok tree houses. She played Ewoks every day after school with her friend Kyle (a nice boy who understands that boys and girls can both love Star Wars). Some of her girl friends made Ewok dolls of their own and they would play too. We found a Star Wars fan website with a dictionary of Ewok words, and learned how to speak their language. We had a lot of fun making up our own Star Wars games.

    My daughter decided to have an Ewok birthday party. I turned a big cardboard box into a spaceship to take guests to the moon of Endor. We made tunics for our Ewoks and equipped them for a journey. We made hang gliders for our Ewoks and flew them down a long zipline in the yard. And then we made little popsicle stick and rubber band catapults that could shoot cotton balls all the way across the living room and we had an outrageous cotton ball war! Of course, the Ewoks won and the mean imperial guys were clobbered. And then we had cake.

    Anyway, I'm glad to hear that you are finding the courage to let everyone know that you are a huge Star Wars fan, if that is your thing. And if some ignorant boys at your school try to make themselves feel big by making you feel small, just smile and tell them they are being silly because Han Solo would have gotten his over-confident boy butt blasted off about twenty times if Princess Leia didn't have his back. This is true.

    I think you are strong, smart, and brave, just like Princess Leia. But do try to have a little compassion for those small-minded boys, even if they are acting like nerfherders. Some day they will grow up and stop being so silly. But it might take some of them 15-20 years, so just do what you want to do, and like what you want to like, and don't let them bother you.

    May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Loved this letter. Totally agree that Han Solo would have been blaster-meat if it wasn't for Leia saving his butt!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    I was always bullied for not adhering to gender roles. I hate, hate, hate the term Tomboy, for instance. My name isn't Tom and I'm not a boy. I was an active girl who enjoyed sports even if she was bad at them.
    I was one of the first Star Wars fans--my brother and I saw it as soon as it came out! We waited in line for 3 hours. I was always bullied for my love of science fiction. I was not a "girly girl" at all.
    I did love Barbies but I also loved playing with Tonka trucks.
    Bullies are small-minded, miserable people who make themselves big by making others feel small.
    Keep being you!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    PS- It is very cool to be able to see clearly and your glasses look very fashionable! My daughter wears glasses too.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Another Female Star Wars Fan here!!
    I am 50 and have loved Star Wars since I first saw A New Hope when I was 15.
    I have lots of Star Wars things and LOVE collecting them. I have a water bottle like yours.
    Keep liking what you like and don't listen to others. You will find that there will be more and more girls that like "boy" type things. And that is okay.
    Star Wars fans are very accepting of all types..kinda like the Star Wars Universe itself. The Force does not care about a person's color, race or gender.
    Stay strong and know that we are all behind you!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hi Katie! I just saw the video and wanted to write and tell you that I think you are awesome and your glasses are especially cool! My name is Laura and I like Star Wars, too. I think Episodes IV, V, and VI are better than I, II, and III, but they are still pretty good too.
    In fact, I've liked Star Wars for THIRTY YEARS because it's so much fun! I'm 37 but still remember going to see The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in the movie theater! (My parents left me with a babysitter when they went to see the first one.)
    I'm sure you know by now that lots of girls love Star Wars. They grow up and turn into women that still love Star Wars and all kinds of other very cool science fiction!
    Anyway, you remind me of me when I was little. I have blonde hair and always wore glasses when I was little, too. And loving Star Wars is soooooooooo cool! I'm glad you know know that millions of other girls and women love it too. : ) Big hugs to you.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Don't worry about what others say about you, Star Wars is quite possibly the COOLEST thing out there. I, too, had people tease me because I was different. But, guess what? I ignored them and went on to fulfill my dreams. I currently a Science Fiction writer and look to George Lucas for inspiration on my story.

    Those other kids have no idea just how we see Star Wars. It's more than a movie, it's something we can watch and imagine being a part of - as I know others do, just like me.

    Stand tall, kiddo, you're doing the right thing - no matter what those "other" kids say. You're a cool kid!

    May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hi Katie! It's Laura again. I forgot to mention, I hope when you are older you enjoy Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica. They are both beautiful blonde women who also kick butt! They are strong and smart and never give up. They are two of my role models. You'll find many more if you keep enjoying scifi and fantasy.
    (PS, just in case you didn't already know--scifi and fantasy fans have the best stories, comics, movies and toys.)

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hi Katie!

    I remember watching Star Wars when I was little, and the series has been a favorite of mine ever since. It broke my heart to hear that some kids at school might be ruining that for you.

    From one Star Wars fangirl to another - Remember to always be yourself! As you grow up, you're going to find that some people will accept you for who you are, and others won't. You're going to find people that share your interests, and others may not. When the haters get you down just hold your head up high, and know that you have people around you that support you and love you because you are unique.

    May the force be with you, Katie!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hello there Katie!

    Greetings from Sweden, personally I would like to tell you that since you are a fan of one of the greatest creations ever come to life I can't much more than tell you how lucky you are discovering it at your young age, I was about your age when my uncle first put that video casette tape with A new hope on and got me hooked for life!

    I would like to send you my best regards and really if you get bullied again for liking Star Wars you tell those kids that you are part of one of the biggest communities known to man, who would have guessed that George Lucas' creation that he made 33 years ago still is going strong!

    I hope this cheered you up even more than you already are from all of the comments but remember that noone can change who you are, only yourself can do that and I really, really hope that you do not give up your Star Wars interests!

    May the force be with you, always, Katie!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hi Katie, my name is Kristi and I love Star Wars, too. =] It is OK to like it....trust me...when you are older the boys making fun of you for liking Star Wars will be the same ones thinking you are the coolest chic on the planet. Older guys love girls that like Star Wars or any kind of sci-fi/fantasy stuff. So don't worry about it right now...things will turn around. Keep your chin up and stay frosty little one... =]

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hi Katie! I'm also a Katie who loves Star Wars. I know things are rough right now and I know how it feels when you are teased for what you choose to like or for liking things that are for 'boys'. I'm a big Star Wars fanatic and always have been. It was something special I was able to share with my brothers growing up. You're going to find that there are other things that are designated 'boy' and 'girl' for reasons that don't make sense (like math, which is just plain silly). Here's the thing, they aren't. The great story of star wars is choosing to use your abilities for good or for evil, and this is a story for us all to learn whether we are girls or boys or young or old.

    Like I said, I felt the same way for a long time. But I ended up making great friends who have been with me for years, friends, both girls and boys, who love to watch all 6 Star Wars movies in a great marathon. My favorite show now is Firefly (a space western). When I meet someone who doesn't know about it, I invite them over to watch. I often create new fans by doing that. I encourage you to do the same. Please don't ever like something or someone because you are told differently. Don't let go of what you love, whatever it is.

    The last week of college, before we all left. my friends and I went to Disneyland, and we watched sports. We had a burrito eating contest. We were all math, engineering, and biology majors. There were as many boys in our group as girls. I had the best time of my life. And I felt respected by all my classmates. Boys going to Disneyland (and wanting to more than the girls) and girls watching sports or doing math. These things didn't matter, and don't.

    Things aren't just going to get better, Katie. They're going to be great! They're going to be amazing. Think about the most amazing adventure you could go on. It's going to be even better than that.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hi Katie! I'm a girl and a Star Wars fan too. I'm sorry you were teased for your love of Star Wars, but I want you to know it won't always be like that. There are lots of people, women and men, who like Star Wars. And any time you're having a rough time, just think of all of us as the Force standing behind you!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Katie,

    It was not hard for us even though we are what you call the

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Katie,

    I'm sorry to hear that the boys at your school were mean to you because you like Star Wars. That may last longer than you want it to, but it won't last forever. Be strong! In my experience, nerds (and I claim that label proudly) do well in the end. It may take a while, but girls who love Star Wars will tend to have their choice of the most intelligent boys, which is a good place to be.

    My 6 year old daughter also loves Star Wars. I got out toys from when I was a kid (Ewok Village, Jabba and Rancor monster, Death Star, Millennium Falcon, etc.), and she plays with them all the time. She and I also played through "Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga," in which she collected all the characters and completed all the missions.

    She also likes the movies, although she's only seen Episodes 1 and 4-6 so far. Some of her favorite songs have included Weird Al's "The Saga Begins" and "Yoda" and the "Star Wars Medley" (aka "John Williams is the Man"), all of which you can see and hear on YouTube, and she has also enjoyed the "Dance off with the Star Wars Stars" from 2008-2010, which you can find on YouTube.

    On almost a daily basis we role play different Star Wars characters, and she usually plays the girls (Leia, Padme, Ahsoka, Zam Wesell, etc.). Lately, she's been pretending to be Jella the Hutlet, which is a character we created -- Jabba's daughter and Rotta's older sister. We also recount Star Wars stories in the car from time to time. In short, she's really into Star Wars.

    In fact, I think some of the boys at my daughter's school actually like her because she'll gladly be Leia or Padme while they're being Luke and Darth Maul. One of the cutest and best of these boys has even asked her to marry him because he loves her. (We hope they aren't as impetuous as Padme and Anakin.)

    As you know from all the responses you've gotten, you're not alone, and things will eventually improve. Be free to dive into imaginative worlds like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Narnia, etc. (but don't let them rule your life, of course). Through such exploration, enjoyment, and imaginative play, your horizons will expand and your appreciation of the good, true, and beautiful will grow as you do.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    The Brazilian fans of Star Wars also support you Katie. Never let people tell you what you should or should not like. Grow honest with your feelings. Hugs from Brazil.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Enjoy your Star Wars! There are a ton of women who are big fans. I just wore my own Star Wars t-shirt to work the other day!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Fight the good fight Katie!

    Don't let others compromise your love of Star Wars.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hey Katie,
    I just wanted to let you know that like you I am also a BIG Star Wars fan and I like a lot of things that boys will tell you are just for boys. When you get older they will realized that it was silly that they teased you about liking star wars and beg you to hang out with them. It is hard now but stay strong kiddo and never let go of the things that you like. Star Wars has shaped me into the woman I am today, and many of my guy friends come to me with questions about our favorite movies. May the Force be with you always Katie. *hugs*

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    take it from another katie... you rock! and so does star wars... how can boys make fun of you for liking one of the best movies of all time? they must be crazy. :) you're one smart cookie, katie - so keep on moving forward and never look back. your voice matters... never forget that. have an amazing turkey day. you deserve it (and so much more!).
    ~katie g.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Katie, I am a life long Star Wars and Science Fiction fan. I too wear glasses and was teased in school for my love of Star Wars and other things that girls weren't supposed to like. I know how rough it can be when your a girl and like things that others may think aren't "girly". Stay true to yourself and never let anyone tell you be someone you're not. You will find that there are more female Star Wars and Science Fiction fans in this world than most people realize. Never stop believing and the force will always be with you!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Katie, don't ever let anyone tell you to be someone you're not. You're a wonderful girl and liking Star Wars or scifi doesn't make you less amazing.
    May the force be with you.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    It's unfortunate that kids at school feel like they must bully others for one reason or another. I was bullied horribly when I was in middle school and part of high school, and was hurt both physically and emotionally. Though the emotional troubles stopped when I realized that I was simply better than those bullies. I didn't need to be mean to others to feel good about myself, and I didn't need to look tough in front of anyone. I didn't care what other people thought about what I wore or what I brought with me to school... If they didn't like it, that was their problem, not mine.
    So if people bully you because of something as stupid as a Star Wars bottle, just ignore them. They're not worth your time nor the effort to take heed of their stupidity. Ignore them, pretend like they don't exist. Heck, I think it takes a lot of courage to bring something that shows what you like with you to school, and it's more fun than some plain, ordinary bottle or lunch box, right?

    I'm glad to see that you seem to be getting so much support, and you can count me in on the support as well. You've got lots of virtual friends now, and lots of people who are willing to back you up. And heck, you've got the Rebel Legion on your side, too, so we're rooting for you. (Yup, I'm a member over at the Rebel Legion. I'm a Star Wars geek and proud of it, and I'm not afraid to show it.)

    From one Star Wars fan to another, I wish you luck, Katie. Keep your chin up and just ignore what bullies say to you; they're not worth it.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hi Katie,

    I wrote you a letter on my own blog because it got a little long for a comments section.

    It's over here: http://texaslawchick.livejournal.com/1026499.html

    I'm really glad to hear that you're getting so many letters and comments! There are a lot of us girl Star Wars fans out there!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hello Katie! Guess what? My name is Katie, too. We have something else in common, too. I am adopted, I wear glasses and I love Star Wars. (I am a twin, too, just like Luke and Leia, except we're both girls.)

    I'm a lot older than you, but you know what? I bring three Stormtroopers with me wherever I go, and I take pictures of them getting into mischief. I get a lot of strange looks when we're out in public (on the train, at hockey games, at a restaurant), but I don't mind. I love my Stormies and I enjoy myself.

    Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter!

    May the Force be with you,
    Katie

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Dear Katie, my 7 year old daughter loves loves loves Star Wars. She was made fun of by another girls for having a Star Wars milk cup that she uses for lunch. We finally told Emma to tell this girl if you can not be nice then I dont want to sit with you. She now does not sit with that girl anymore and I have not had to step in at this time. She was really sad that someone would call her a boy. Luckily she has great friends, and her girlfriends dont care, and the boys in her class think it is cool. She was even dressed as princess Lea for Halloween.

    You keep believing in what you like and dont let anybody change your opinion. Emma just watched the Clone Wars with her dad and sister and loved it. I watched all the movies when I was little and always played Star Wars with my brother as well.

    We support you 100% and those boys are silly and have no clue what big roles the ladies play in the movies. Tell them to see that Princess Lea and her mom are the most important people in the movies.

    Candice & Emma
    PS: Too bad we live Texas, but if you are ever in Houston come play Star Wars with us.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Dear Katie, my 7 year old daughter loves loves loves Star Wars. She was made fun of by another girls for having a Star Wars milk cup that she uses for lunch. We finally told Emma to tell this girl if you can not be nice then I dont want to sit with you. She now does not sit with that girl anymore and I have not had to step in at this time. She was really sad that someone would call her a boy. Luckily she has great friends, and her girlfriends dont care, and the boys in her class think it is cool. She was even dressed as princess Lea for Halloween.

    You keep believing in what you like and dont let anybody change your opinion. Emma just watched the Clone Wars with her dad and sister and loved it. I watched all the movies when I was little and always played Star Wars with my brother as well.

    We support you 100% and those boys are silly and have no clue what big roles the ladies play in the movies. Tell them to see that Princess Lea and her mom are the most important people in the movies.

    Candice & Emma
    PS: Too bad we live Texas, but if you are ever in Houston come play Star Wars with us.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Dear Katie, my 7 year old daughter loves loves loves Star Wars. She was made fun of by another girls for having a Star Wars milk cup that she uses for lunch. We finally told Emma to tell this girl if you can not be nice then I dont want to sit with you. She now does not sit with that girl anymore and I have not had to step in at this time. She was really sad that someone would call her a boy. Luckily she has great friends, and her girlfriends dont care, and the boys in her class think it is cool. She was even dressed as princess Lea for Halloween.

    You keep believing in what you like and dont let anybody change your opinion. Emma just watched the Clone Wars with her dad and sister and loved it. I watched all the movies when I was little and always played Star Wars with my brother as well.

    We support you 100% and those boys are silly and have no clue what big roles the ladies play in the movies. Tell them to see that Princess Lea and her mom are the most important people in the movies.

    Candice & Emma
    PS: Too bad we live Texas, but if you are ever in Houston come play Star Wars with us.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Dear Katie, my 7 year old daughter loves loves loves Star Wars. She was made fun of by another girls for having a Star Wars milk cup that she uses for lunch. We finally told Emma to tell this girl if you can not be nice then I dont want to sit with you. She now does not sit with that girl anymore and I have not had to step in at this time. She was really sad that someone would call her a boy. Luckily she has great friends, and her girlfriends dont care, and the boys in her class think it is cool. She was even dressed as princess Lea for Halloween.

    You keep believing in what you like and dont let anybody change your opinion. Emma just watched the Clone Wars with her dad and sister and loved it. I watched all the movies when I was little and always played Star Wars with my brother as well.

    We support you 100% and those boys are silly and have no clue what big roles the ladies play in the movies. Tell them to see that Princess Lea and her mom are the most important people in the movies.

    Candice & Emma
    PS: Too bad we live Texas, but if you are ever in Houston come play Star Wars with us.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Dear Katie, my 7 year old daughter loves loves loves Star Wars. She was made fun of by another girls for having a Star Wars milk cup that she uses for lunch. We finally told Emma to tell this girl if you can not be nice then I dont want to sit with you. She now does not sit with that girl anymore and I have not had to step in at this time. She was really sad that someone would call her a boy. Luckily she has great friends, and her girlfriends dont care, and the boys in her class think it is cool. She was even dressed as princess Lea for Halloween.

    You keep believing in what you like and dont let anybody change your opinion. Emma just watched the Clone Wars with her dad and sister and loved it. I watched all the movies when I was little and always played Star Wars with my brother as well.

    We support you 100% and those boys are silly and have no clue what big roles the ladies play in the movies. Tell them to see that Princess Lea and her mom are the most important people in the movies.

    Candice & Emma
    PS: Too bad we live Texas, but if you are ever in Houston come play Star Wars with us.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Don't let anybody tell you not to be yourself and like the things you like, Katie. When I was growing up, people told me I was watching boy cartoons and playing with boys' toys, but they were the things I liked. I still like them now that I'm grown-up, and I've had much more fun this way then any time I ever tried to like "girl" things just because somebody told me I should. I work with computers, and I like watching Star Wars and Doctor Who with my husband. And my sister, who always wore pink things and did "girl" things growing up, has finally discovered Star Wars, too, and she likes it so much, she started dressing up like some of the Star Wars characters to help at children's charities. If you want to see, there's a picture of her all dressed up right here: http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/cellphone/e6e2/?cpg=146H&link. She's the one in the orange and blue Bobo Fett armor.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Katie,

    Girls that love Star Wars are awesome! I have been a fan since I was a little boy. When my daughter was born we used to sit and watch Empire Strikes Back every Saturday and eat waffles. Now that she is 8 she is constantly amazed that none of her friends know who R2D2 is (her favorite character and mine). She has taken it upon herself to introduce her friends to Star Wars and makes them watch the movies when they sleep over. Good luck in school. It will get better, I promise!

    Sincerely,
    ~Tom G.

    PS - Your glasses are awesome! Good choice!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Katie (Awesome name, by the way!)
    I grew up watching Star Wars and Star Trek and all sort of things that "girls" weren't supposed to like. I loved them because of the stories and the adventure and, yes, the explosions!!
    I grew up thinking that I was weird and different, but the truth is--the kids who made fun of me were the ones who were really unhappy. Sometimes, kids have to make fun of others to feel better about themselves, and sometimes awesome kids like you are the target, and that is just not fair. You know who you are--you are one cool kid who likes Star Wars!! Be confident in yourself and strong in your convictions and you will go far.
    Now, I'm 22 and I write comic books for a living-- another job that "Girls" aren't supposed to like-- and sometimes, people are still mean to me because they think it's weird that I do a "boys job". I just tell them that it doesn't matter if they are a boy or a girl--everyone loves a good story.
    I wish you a life full of beautiful stories.
    Don't ever let anyone tell you who to be, Katie. You are a beautiful young lady and I know you are going to grow up and go on Great Adventures--and no matter what, know that you are loved.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Dear Katie,
    My name is Katie, too! I started watching Star Wars when I was a little older than you. At first I was scared of Darth Vader, but now he is one of my favorite characters, as well as Artoo, Chewie, and Princess Leia.
    I have always been different. I like a lot of things boys like, wore big glasses and was teased in middle school for them. In high school and college I found friends who liked Star Wars, comic books, and video games just as much as me! In fact, I just married someone who likes me because I like Star Wars and "boy" things.
    I wanted to let you know that I am very proud of you for being you. Stay true to yourself and enjoy what life has for you. Every day there is an adventure to be had. May the Force be with you :)
    Sincerely,
    Katie H.

    P.S. Here is a picture of the cake toppers for my wedding cake. Do you recognize the characters? http://www.flickr.com/photos/kurzes_haar/5201912271/in/set-72157625455171494/

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Unlike you, I've never loved Star Wars, instead, I love Star Trek. It seemed like all of my friends liked Star Wars, and I was the only Star Trek fan - so in this way, I felt a lot like I think you must feel (although this wasn't much to do with being a girl, though none of my friends who were girls liked science fiction at all!). When people used to tease me or tell me that Star Trek wasn't as good as Star Wars, I used to get upset, but then one day I realised that the fun I had watching Star Trek and reading about it was so much greater than the sadness or embarrassment I felt when people teased me. So I focused on how much I enjoyed Star Trek, and soon I could easily ignore what anyone said, and now I can even like Star Wars (though it'll never beat Star Trek for me!). Your story is inspirational even for grown-ups like me!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hi Katie!

    It made me so sad to read the story of how badly you were treated because you love Star Wars. I am a 21-year-old girl, and I have loved Star Wars ever since I first saw it, probably when I was about your age. I remember being thrilled when my dad took me and my brothers to see the re-release in theaters of the original film. I have watched them countless times, and I loved to act out scenes from the movies with my brothers when I was a kid.

    Unfortunately, I was almost never comfortable with sharing my love of Star Wars outside of my family as I grew up because I went through experiences similar to yours. Now, though, I am not afraid to be my nerdy self, and I know there are other girls like me who love Star Wars. I congratulate you for being brave enough to express your love of Star Wars! Keep being strong no matter what bullies come your way. You are a beautiful person!

    Sincerely,
    Kirsten M.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Katie, I first saw Star Wars when it came out in 1977. I loved it so much that I saw it 15 times! I was a girl geek -- now I'm a grandmother geek -- and I still love Star Wars, and Star Trek too. It doesn't bother me that some people think science fiction is only for boys, or that it's silly. I've found geeky friends to hang around with, a big nerd husband who is wonderful, and I'm still raising the next generation of young science fans!

    I have a granddaughter now, and last week I bought her a Christmas present -- a Star Wars t-shirt. It's a size 4, and she's only 1, so I'll have to save it for a future Christmas. But she'll grow up knowing that Star Wars is for everybody who loves spaceships and adventure -- and that's not just boys!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hi Katie!

    Guess what? I had glasses and a patch in the first grade, too. Your blue glasses are way cooler than my pink ones were, though.

    As I got older, I liked the "nerdy" things more than the "girly" things. I still got picked on and bullied, but it was less because of my glasses and more because I had a higher grade in my science class than the regular students, and I was a year ahead. I think they were jealous.

    Now I'm 26 and I still wear glasses, and I still like science, and math, and Star Trek, and all kinds of nerdy things. There's even a big science fiction convention here in July that I go to where thousands of people dress up in costumes that they make (even Star Wars ones), and watch movies, and talk about the nerdy things they like.

    You know what? We're very lucky girls, because now it's sort of cool to be a geek. The boys who picked on you just don't know it, yet.

    Big Hugs for You,
    Krystal

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Katie, You hang in there, darlin'! I'm 40 years old and I love Star Wars, Star Trek, and Battlestar Galactica. I have a drawer full of t-shirts that have comic book characters on them, too, and even wear dogtags from Battlestar Galactica daily. My sisters are just as big a geeks, too, so no, Star Wars isn't "just for boys." Be proud and shine and remember, it's chic to be geek!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Katie: I remember when the original Star Wars movies came out. I had just turned 7. My mother took me and my brother to see it FOUR TIMES! She wanted to see it just as much as we did. At Christmas, she got my brother a TIE Fighter, and I got an X-wing Fighter. AND I got a poster signed by Darth Vader. I still have it.

    I love Star Wars and climbing trees and playing sports, and yeah, even math. I also love pink, and Disney movies, and dressing up. You be who you are. Those boys will figure out later that they were just wrong.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Katie: I'm a 28-year-old woman and I've loved Star Wars my whole life. I used to watch the original trilogy with my brother when we were growing up, and we're both still big fans.

    This past summer my brother married a beautiful, super-smart, artistic, funny woman. I'm so excited about my new sister-in-law because we're good friends already... and she's the biggest Star Wars fan I know! It's part of the reason my brother fell in love with her. For their first Christmas together he got her a Taun Taun sleeping bag, and she totally geeked out about it! That's how I could tell she was a keeper. :-D

    Don't listen to people who try to break you down about what you love, or the things that make you different. I can tell you're a great kid, and I bet those boys were probably jealous of your cool water bottle and your good taste. Being just like everyone else is boring. Just be you. May the force be with you!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hi Katie! My name is Katie too. I love Star Wars, I have loved it since the first time I saw it when I was around your age. When I was little, I used to hide who I was, thinking that because I was a girl and liked playing video games and watching Star Wars I was not cool. But the funny thing is, Katie, I learned that hiding who you are is the wrong thing to do. I am all grown up now and I tell everyone I love Star Wars and video games and guess what, I don't care what other people think. The only thing that matters is what you think of yourself. I've learned another thing, there are a lot of girls out there that like the same thigns I do, and a lot of boys that don't care that I like to do the things they like to, in fact every year I invite my friends over and we watch all 6 Star Wars movies because they are so awesome! I don't think you need me to tell you that you are cool, there are thousands of other people who are showing you that just because you might like something as awesome as Star Wars and the other kids don't understand doesn't mean they have the right to tease you or that you sould let their teasing bother you. Keep being awesome Katie!

    P.S. I'm super jealous you got to be Princess Leia for Halloween! I'm going to be her next year!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hi Katie

    My name is Luis Alberto, and I'm writing this from Quito Ecuador in South America, I was bullied too when I was a kid I have glasses too, I like Star Wars too, I'm now 28 years old a Geek and proud of it ^^, I'm sure that you will be alright because all the people that comment here sees that the force is strong in You, and because of that and the brave kid You are I'm sure of that, be brave and remember that the force is with you always

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hi Katie
    we live in massachusetts. I am 10. My name is Lillian. My sister Ella is 7.We love star wars too.Our favorite characters are Princess Leia,chubaka and Yoda.We have a friend named Olivia she is adopted too.wears glasses and likes star wars more then enything and we love her the way she is. Star wars is for boys and girls. you shouldnt be bullied because you like star wars.From Lillian and Ella.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Katie, I was 11 when the first Star Wars came out, and EVERYONE loved it. Girls and boys. It was the most amazing thing, and really changed the film industry forever too. I've been a Star Wars fan ever since, and whenever you run into bullies in life, like the boys who teased you about liking Star Wars, some of the Star Wars characters can be a real inspiration and remind you how to be brave in real life. May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Just so you know many girls are told they shouldn't like Star Wars because they are girls but that makes us even more of a true fan than the boys because we like it in spite of them. I was teased horribly during High School because I wore full Jedi robes to school and I went to an all girl high school. It was the other girls telling me Star Wars was only for boys. When I got married I told my now husband that I wanted to walk under a lightsaber arch after we were married. All my friends and family thought it was the coolest thing. So be true to yourself and remember that what you think is the most important thing! Much love from a fellow geek and may the force be with you!
    Laura.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Katie you rock!

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hey Katie!
    So many people all around the world support you and your freedom of expression, as do I. Always remember to be yourself! Because the people who matter don't mind, and the ones who mind don't matter.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hello from England, Katie!

    I like Star Wars too, and when I was a kid I used to get teased for liking 'boys' things' at school, so I know it can be difficult to be yourself when people are laughing at you for it but it's way, way more difficult to pretend to be someone you're not.
    By sticking up for yourself and being the person you are, you have gained the respect of thousands of people all over the world!
    You remind me of another rebel geek girl, who stood up for herself and didn't let mean people tell her how to behave. What was her name again? Oh yeah: Princess Leia!
    Keep smiling! xxx
    Sarah

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hello Katie! I may not be as big a fan of Star Wars as you are but I understand perfectly what you're going through. I too was adopted and wore glasses as a child, and was a big geek too. Still am in fact! However, I didn't have the guts and bravery back then that you already have, and I hope you hold onto that no matter what! And who knows, maybe in a few years some of those same boys will confess that they had a crush on you then! It has happened to me.

    Don't let anyone try to bully you into giving up on something you love. If they can't accept you for who you are, they really aren't worth knowing.

    By the way, who do you think shot first, Han or Greedo? Best of luck sweetie!

    Renee

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Hi Katie, my name's Melanie. :)

    When I was a little girl I actually didn't watch Star Wars because I thought it was for boys. But then I found out that one of my girl friends liked it so I decided to watch it and, guess what? I really liked it! It's one of my favorite movies now. I bet you know a lot of girls who would like Star Wars, too, they just haven't seen it because people tell them it's not for them.

  • In reply to surferbeto:

    Katie, be strong in the Force. Back when I was a little girl, I fell in love with Star Wars. I wanted to be a princess...Even better, I wanted to be Princess Leia and fight the evil Empire. My grandmother even made me a Princess Leia costume (this was back in 1985), which I begged my parents to let me wear every day in October. As I grew up, I still loved Star Wars and found a love of all things science fiction. The boys in elementary school who thought it was kinda dorky for a girl to like Star Wars began to see me as a really cool chick because I cared more about the history of the Rebel Alliance than makeup. And I never thought to not like what I liked. It was just me. A part of who I was, take it or leave it! Fast forward 25 years...I just got married. And do you want to know the song I walked down the aisle to meet my Han Solo? The Throne Room March from Star Wars: A New Hope, the very end scene where they get the medals. Because I stayed true to my heart and myself, I found a guy who is just as fun and geeky as me.
    You are a bright, beautiful and amazing girl. Don't let anyone tell you different. Be Princess Leia. Fight against those who want you to fit into a mold and become a stormtrooper. May the Force be with you, my young padawan.

  • In reply to PrincesskelleyH:

    Too funny - we walked into our reception to the same music!!!!

    SW minds think alike I guess ;)

  • In reply to PrincesskelleyH:

    Dear Katie,

    I am happy that your mother shared your story with the whole world so that us nerd girls can unite and let you know how awesome you are! I, too, enjoyed Star Wars when I was your age and I also liked He-Man, She-ra, Care Bears, G.I. Joe, ThunderCats and the list goes on.

    As you grow, your tastes may shift and you may begin to love other things, or you may not. Just know that whatever makes you feel happy is cool! When you're all grown up and out of school, you'll understand this. Knowledge is power. May the force be with you!

    -Stacy, the one with the Pound Puppies lunch box.

  • In reply to PrincesskelleyH:

    Katie, don't worry, those kids don't know what they're talking about. I bet they don't even know anything about Star Wars either, lol. Just wanted to let you know that you have full support from all of us here at Nerd Reactor. If you don't believe me, check out our website, you're on the front =) Nerd it up!

    http://nerdreactor.com/

  • In reply to PrincesskelleyH:

    Dear Katie,

    My name is Caroline and I am a Teacher who lives in Japan! I am from America, but I live in Japan and teach English to children who are your age. Japan also has a huge problem with bullying, so I wanted to leave you a comment and let you know that it is wonderful that you are trying so hard not to let this get you down! And that you are SO lucky to have such wonderful and supportive parents.

    I also want to tell you that I LOVE STAR WARS! I started to live it when I was in 7th grade (also the same time that I started to love Japan) and it was also 'not cool' and I got made fun of for liking it. Thankfully I didn't let the other kids get me down and my friends and family supported me and let me love whatever I wanted to love!

    I also want to show you this photo that I took in Japan.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_IR1btCMChUs/TOKAL1o9qiI/AAAAAAAAAEw/qLA4UaKBp7s/s640/TS3O0654.jpg

    This photo is an advertisement for a cell phone company in Japan. Darth Vader is one of their spokes people! Darth Vader is FAMOUS in Japan. And that is not all. The building that this giant poster is on is called the "Shibuya 109". This building is a shopping mall where almost every girl in Tokyo shops. It is the fashion center of Japan! Because this shopping mall is so famous they only put important and famous people on the poster (which gets changed a few times a month), AND they only put images of people that GIRLS want to see.

    You are not alone! Girls all over the WORLD love Star Wars.

    Take care Katie, and keep being brave. When you are older you will be so happy that you didn't conform to what other people thought you should.

  • In reply to PrincesskelleyH:

    Hey Katie,
    Just want to say good on you for liking Star Wars. Be proud of what you like and know that some people will always try to cut you down but if you're strong they wont win. I'm a huge Star Wars fan (and quite a bit of a geek) but I believe that there is no such thing as boy stuff and girl stuff as I use a Bright Pink Towel when I go swimming because I like the color. be strong and proud.

    May the force be with you,

    Lachlan from the Land Down-under

  • In reply to PrincesskelleyH:

    Hello Katie,
    I also have a Kaite, who is 14 years old. We know 1st hand how hard it can be for simple teasing. My Katie was born with DeGeorge Syndrome and some of the spin offs are cleft lip/palet, bipolar, MR, DDSD, Poor Hearing, Poor Vision, Heart Murmur, and Spina Bifida. For the most part Katie is happy, and doesn't pay attention to the comments, but there are days they talk to loudly or make it known they are talking about her directly. It's very sad Katie, I think the parents should have had a lot to do with this prevention while they were younger. Does this mean all parents nit pick and speak ill of others, no, but they can curb the tounge of the child when they first start at an early age. Working with alot of mental health groups and anti-stigma groups we have found prevention begins in ages birth to thrid grade, rehabilitation is from fourth grade on. My advise to you would be education. Also ask a person to define normal. My son loved pink, my katie loved Godzilla, Morgan my youngest loved Dora but hated the color pink, all children are different, that is why there are so many different department stores! Love yourself first and everything else will follow. God Bless you Katie and just stay true to yourself!

  • In reply to PrincesskelleyH:

    Dear Katie,
    I saw your story on CNN this morning, and I just had to write to you. I am a 21-year-old college student and I have been watching "Star Wars" since I was old enough to sit up and focus on the television. My family has the original VHS box set, and I can remember taking entire Saturdays when I was younger to just sit and chain-watch all three movies. I've always like "Return of the Jedi" the best, so I'm pretty sure that tape is a little more stretched than the others. In any case, you are an amazing girl. By standing up to the boys bullying you, you are removing their power over you. Keep doing what you're doing and keep smiling -- you are unique and that is beautiful! May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to PrincesskelleyH:

    Hi Katie!!

    I confess, a very well-accepted woman of the world, I, too liked Star Wars when I was your age! Everybody did! And, it doesnt matter if youre a girl or a boy or green or blue - you like what you like and thats what makes you YOU. And... that YOU is so special you have the whole world supporting you!

    Everyone one this blog - men and women and boys and girls - was at one time or another told they shouldnt do such and such or like such and such because they are men, women, boys, girls, etc. But the reality is and what you'll learn as you grow up is: IT DOESNT MATTER! That type of thinking is as silly at your age as it is at mine. Boys are not the bad guys and girls are not the bad guys - the silliness is universal and it just must be overlooked is all!

    So like Star Wars Katie and dont ever let anyone change who you are because who you are is PRETTY COOL!

  • In reply to PrincesskelleyH:

    Hello:

    I saw your story on CNN and wanted to voice my support. I

  • In reply to PrincesskelleyH:

    I saw this story on CNN and I started to cry. It brought back memories of a certain red Mario Bros. lunch box I had when I was 5. I wished on a star for it and I guess my mom heard me because in a few days I had it. It was in the 80's so back then all the little girls had My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake and Barbie lunch boxes. But I wanted a red Mario one because I loved playing Mario. I thought he was so cool. The other girls told me I had a boy's lunch box to which I replied "So what?". No one ever said anything else about it to me. They couldn't bother me because I had what I wanted. That was 21 years ago. Now I am happy to share my love of Mario with all of my children, even my daughter. She's 7 too and she loves to look at things under her microscope. She wants to be a scientist. Remember everyone loves geek and gamer girls! "Normal" is dull, dare to be someone exciting!

  • In reply to may8675309:

    Well said Jennifer ! "You laught at me because I am different ? I laught at you because you are all the same" ;)

  • In reply to may8675309:

    Hi Katie and greettings from Missouri!

    I just wanted to tell you that Stars Wars is a truly awesome classic film and I have a link to prove it. These adults are from New York and they act out different skits for fun and to make people laugh around New York. This skit takes place in a subway car and it involves Star Wars! The ordinary people using the subway to go places have no idea what's going on but they are laughing and smiling. Your mo and dad can view it too of course because Star Wars is for everyone! :)

    http://improveverywhere.com/2010/07/14/star-wars-subway-car/

    I too wear glasses and have since I was about your age. You keep on being as awesome as you are right now and the world will catch up to you later. Shine brightly!

    Genny

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Hi again Katie,

    I had a thought that since there are 870 comments that it might be fun for you and your parents to get a world map and put pins in the places people are commenting from. So you can see how many people are Star Wars fans and where they live in relation to you. I bet that map would get quite filled!

    Genny

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Terrific idea!

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Hi everyone. We are continuing to read each and every comment. We are amazed by the outpouring of love and support for Katie, and we know that Katie represents all children! This has been a beautiful experience, and we appreciate each story. We wish we could personally comment on each one, but it is impossible! So please know that your comments are valued and treasured and will be printed into a book for Katie. If you want to keep up with Katie, feel free to keep reading Portrait of An Adoption, either here or through "liking" our Facebook page. May the Force Be With All of You, Carrie

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Hi, Katie. I'm a huge Star Wars fan, I love reading and the books that tell the stories of the characters beyond the movies and the magic of that galaxy far, far away are some of the best things ever. Sure, I got teased because I always had a star wars book in my hand, but I knew that they just didn't understand that I had found something that made me happy and that it didn't matter how dorky it might be. My girlfriend is also a big star wars fan, and she has this to say to you:

    Hey Katie, I have to admit that I used to be one of the people who thought star wars was really dorky and something to make fun of. Then my boyfriend made me watch the movies, which I loved. And then he made me start reading the books, and I completely fell in love with this whole other galaxy that Star Wars is about. For years, I never realized that I was missing out on how great Star Wars is just because some people told me it was a nerdy thing to like when I was younger. I'm proud of you for being so open about liking Star Wars. It's really brave of you to be so open about liking it even though some kids might make fun of you, and in the end all that matter is that Star Wars makes you happy. Way to go!

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Katie,
    Never change what you like for other people. Star Wars is an awesome story with amazing characters. If you like it, then you show that you like something of quality and substance. Star Wars is so much better than what most of your friends are watching. When I was a girl, I watched the original Star Wars movie 25 times. I still love it. Now, my daughter who is 9 and in 3rd grade is a Star Wars fan. She read 28 Star Wars books from the library last summer and she asked for 3 HUGE Star Wars books for Christmas. She got the complete DVD set for her birthday this year and was so excited. Last year for Halloween she was Princess Leia, and this year she was Queen Amidala. Her brother has Star Wars underwear and pajamas and she wanted some too -- it is so unfair that I can't find any Star Wars clothes made for girls. I started writing to the manufacturers to tell them they need to make some because they would be surprised how many girls out there want them and would buy them. They are missing out on a HUGE group of customers. Sometimes, my daughter's friends tell her that Star Wars is not for girls, but she knows they are completely wrong. I am so proud of her for refusing to change what she likes just because of what other people say or think. I know your mom is proud of you, too. Let's work together and get some cool Star Wars clothing like PJs and underwear made for girls! That would be awesome!

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Katie, you are not the only girl who loves Star Wars. I have always loved the movies (and books and comics and toys). I grew up chasing my friends (both boys and girls) around with lightsabers and battling the Empire. The second movie I ever saw in the movie theater was a Star Wars movie :-) I'm an adult now and a teacher and I always tell my students that they can like anything they want there is no boy thing or girl thing. I have a Yoda poster in my room for motivation and all of my kids love it. :-)

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Hi Katie,

    I am a mom of a boy who loves Star Wars AND pink. There are no "boys" or "girls" rules anymore. Continue to be brave, just like Luke, Leia and all their "good guy" friends.

    We think you ROCK!

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Hi Katie! I love Star Wars, especially the original three movies. I dressed up as Princess Leia once when going to see the movies!
    When I was little, I wore glasses too, and a patch over one eye to help my eyesight improve. It wasn't a lot of fun, but my eye did get better and after a while I didn't need glasses anymore.
    Other kids can be silly sometimes, telling people what they "should" be doing. My little girl, who's 4 years old, was told by some boys at her kindy that "green is a boy colour - girls can't wear green". Despite the fact that many girls at their kindy wear green, and some of the boys at the kindy wear pink!
    If you're ever feeling sad or embarassed because someone has said something mean to you, or told you you're not "allowed" to do something, you can always tell your parents, and have a talk with them about it.
    I'm so proud of you for talking with your mum about your feelings, and for being confident enough to wear your Star Wars t-shirt to school. Well done! :)

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Dear Katie,
    My name is also Katie and I have been a Star Wars fan since I was a little girl. Here I am in 5th grade in my Princess Leia Halloween costume my Mom made! http://lost-rocket.org/photos/HalloweenSW.jpg I think it is brave and important for you to keep enjoying the things you love and showing it at school. Sometimes kids can be mean, but for all of that there will be always other kids who think you are super cool for being yourself.

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Dear Katie, My name is Wendy and I live in Seattle. I am 44 and like you, when I was smaller, I had blonde hair and wore eyeglasses and a patch and I am adopted. It was hard to be different. I got picked on a lot and it made me sad some days. Sometimes it was hard to be brave but the things I enjoyed the most, my books (including Star Wars), made it easier. Being yourself and continuing to appreciate the things you love is very important. And so are you!

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Katie, you beautiful girl:
    I saw the original Star Wars trilogy as a kid when it first came out (yep, old lady here;) and LOVED it, had all the toys and saw the movies a gazillion times...before dvds OR vcrs (old lady...told ya!;) And who says there has to be boy stuff and girl stuff? My daughter (now four) wanted a Handy Manny party for her 3rd birthday...nobody looked at her weird at all! And I love football, poker and MMA but guess what? I also love cooking, mani-pedis, and shopping! You find what you love and honor it, lady, which it sure sounds like you are doing! There are a lot of people who are really proud of you...and you are teaching people to re-think the way they look at others..isn't that remarkable? Those boys just got caught up in something silly and believe it or not, they will be really sorry about it when they grow up. You just be you...sounds like you have a terrific Mom who gets it - and you - and you are a young lady of grace and strength...what a couple of great gifts! God bless you, pretty girl, and keep going strong! Much love and prayers to you and your Mom....Belinda from Orlando

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Hello Katie, I teach philosophy at a university in Australia and so many adult students are not so brave as you to enjoy being different. Philosophy is all about wondering and asking questions. 'Why should only boys like Star Wars?' 'What makes some toys 'boy toys' and other toys 'girl toys'? 'Who told us this is true?' Most people will not have an answer for these questions, including adults, because they believe what others tell them instead of asking why! I like Star Trek, but I love that you like Star Wars and have decided to not let others tell you that you can't.

    Dear Carrie, I am so glad that you chose to discuss this issue with Katie. The ability to discuss and question things is the best gift you can give a child.

    gIL

    Gilbert Burgh
    Australia

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Hey, Katie!

    You're totally awesome. I'm also a glasses-wearing, Star Wars-loving girl, and I was also teased for a lot of the "geeky" "boy" things I liked growing up. When I got a little older, though, I started to make more and more friends who liked the same things I liked! I'm so happy that you've gotten so much support from your family and the geeky internet community. The world definitely needs more amazing geekish gals like yourself! May the Force be with you, Katie, in everything you do :)

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Dear Katie,

    Like so many others, the story that your Mom told touched my heart. What it also did was catapult me backwards in time (in my head, not in reality, unfortunately, :-)) to when I was 9 years old, I adored Star Wars, which had just come out -- I thought Luke Skywalker was gorgeous, and I wanted to fly the Millenium Falcon when I grew up.

    So many others have commented before me, that I find it hard to find anything new or exciting to tell you. You don't need me to tell you that it's "OK" for girls to like Star Wars, because it's a given fact -- it's OK for anyone to like whatever it is that they like. After all, it'd be a pretty boring world if we all liked the same things.

    My daughter, who's also your age, asked me to say hi. She likes Dr. Who, and wants me to buy her the Tardis for her birthday. (If you see it on sale, could you send me a note?)

    Wishing you happy holidays --
    Debbie x

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    Hi Katie,

    Even though I was never a big fan of Return of the Jedi, I will watch it again and hope that I can be as strong as you after watching it.

    Thanks for making me smile. Be proud of loving Star Wars!

    Dan

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    Picked on you they did. Ignorant they are. Strong the Force is in you. Padawan you are no more; Jedi you are now. Inspiration you are, too.

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    Katie, Hi from Nashville. I just came across your story, and I was so sad to hear that your love for Star Wars was put the test. I love Star Wars too, even though I didnt watch it for the first time until I was a little older.

    When I was growing up, I was a huge sports fan, which got me picked on often - as if being a Cubs fan isn't painful enough. But you know what I found out? When you get older, boys like the girls you love sports and Star Wars. I know that doesn't matter now, but one day you will be glad to have such a diverse field of knowledge - and your husband will be thankful too.

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    hi katie,
    i wanted to tell you a story from when i was a little girl. when i went to kindergarten, i made other kids cry (not on purpose!!) because i told them the story my parents had told me about being adopted (cuz i am, too!) my parents weren't able to have children like most people, so i was adopted. this meant that i wasn't just born like all the other kids - i was CHOSEN! i always had this picture of my parents walking through a nursery (like in the hospital) looking at all the babies and saying things like "no, not that one" and "no, not that one either" until they came to me! i was EXACTLY the baby they wanted, so they chose me!!
    now, that's not exactly how my parents chose me, but that's still the picture i have in my head. i always felt so special - and i still do, even though i'm all grown up and my own children are almost all grown up, too. you are just as special, just as chosen, and just as loved.
    your friend,
    julie
    and p.s. i love star wars! episode iv is still my favorite :)

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    Hey, Katie!
    I read about you yesterday and I have to say I felt touched by your story, I was a victim of bullying too because I was (and still am) different, while other kids like to hang out and be out of their houses, I like to play video games (specially Pok

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    Hi Katie,
    My name is Janae. I live in Woodway, Texas. I am 7 years old and like Star Wars, too! I'm going to wear Star Wars on Friday! My favorite Star Wars characters are Queen Amidala and Princess Leia.

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    Hello, Katie!
    My name is Sead. I am a 47 year old lady, and like you, I love Star Wars. I remember seeing it for the first time -- with the rest of the world -- when I was a teenager. It was the most awesome film I had ever seen!

    I like these kinds of things. My earliest memory of television is of my mom letting me sit up past 9pm to watch the original Star Trek --the first time it was on, not reruns! I think I may have been your age, probably younger. My mom felt that if I really liked something, even though science fiction was not girly, well, I should be able to stay up late and watch it. She felt it was a smart show (it was), and she liked the idea of space travel. My mom attended my first Star Trek convention with me when I was 19. We loved it.

    I still love stories about space travel, all the "space operas." I love Star Wars, Farscape, Stargate (all of them), Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, Red Dwarf, and many more. I also love to read books about the same kind of things. I love watching movies and reading books about real space travel. My favorite film is Apollo 13.

    I love the strong women in these stories: Leia, Uhura, Starbuck, Ivanova, Aeryn Sun, and the long line of Doctor Who's female companions (some of whom were only schoolgirls like you)! They dreamed, they dared to be themselves, they made their dreams real. It feels so good to watch their stories, and try to be more like them.

    I also wear glasses, and have since fourth grade. I walk with a limp and have a cane (it has roses all over it!), and I know I look different than other women. These things are symbols of my strength. I use my cane and glasses to take part in the world around me. You do the same. I love your frames and wish I could get them for my glasses!

    You are a gorgeous girl. You are interesting and fun, because you are a fan of something really cool. When the boys grown up more, you will find that *you* are the girl they want to be around, *because* you are pretty, cool and are into neat things. As for the glasses? Trendy adults wear glasses with no prescription because they think it's fashionable. Everyone will figure out you are genuinely stylin'!

    Don't change for anyone else. Do your own thing. there is always going to be someone who disagrees. If we all did the same thing, though, wouldn't Earth be a boring place?

    Good luck. I already know The Force is with you, honey. You'll do fine.

    Love and luck, Sead from NYC

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    Hello, Katie!
    My name is Sead. I am a 47 year old lady, and like you, I love Star Wars. I remember seeing it for the first time -- with the rest of the world -- when I was a teenager. It was the most awesome film I had ever seen!

    I like these kinds of things. My earliest memory of television is of my mom letting me sit up past 9pm to watch the original Star Trek --the first time it was on, not reruns! I think I may have been your age, probably younger. My mom felt that if I really liked something, even though science fiction was not girly, well, I should be able to stay up late and watch it. She felt it was a smart show (it was), and she liked the idea of space travel. My mom attended my first Star Trek convention with me when I was 19. We loved it.

    I still love stories about space travel, all the "space operas." I love Star Wars, Farscape, Stargate (all of them), Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, Red Dwarf, and many more. I also love to read books about the same kind of things. I love watching movies and reading books about real space travel. My favorite film is Apollo 13.

    I love the strong women in these stories: Leia, Uhura, Starbuck, Ivanova, Aeryn Sun, and the long line of Doctor Who's female companions (some of whom were only schoolgirls like you)! They dreamed, they dared to be themselves, they made their dreams real. It feels so good to watch their stories, and try to be more like them.

    I also wear glasses, and have since fourth grade. I walk with a limp and have a cane (it has roses all over it!), and I know I look different than other women. These things are symbols of my strength. I use my cane and glasses to take part in the world around me. You do the same. I love your frames and wish I could get them for my glasses!

    You are a gorgeous girl. You are interesting and fun, because you are a fan of something really cool. When the boys grown up more, you will find that *you* are the girl they want to be around, *because* you are pretty, cool and are into neat things. As for the glasses? Trendy adults wear glasses with no prescription because they think it's fashionable. Everyone will figure out you are genuinely stylin'!

    Don't change for anyone else. Do your own thing. there is always going to be someone who disagrees. If we all did the same thing, though, wouldn't Earth be a boring place?

    Good luck. I already know The Force is with you, honey. You'll do fine.

    Love and luck, Sead from NYC

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    Hi Katie!

    Your story inspired me so much! I've grown up loving Star Wars and have made much of it a part of my life. A big thing for me was something Yoda said to Luke: "Do or do not; there is no try." Whenever I need encouragement or am helping someone else, I tell them that.

    If you want to rock your awesome bottle, then girl, you do it and be proud. Be proud that you are majestic enough stand tall and give your beautiful light inside to the world and show them how it's done!!! Not everyone may understand, but they don't need to. You're job is to just send out what's inside you everywhere you go and teach them how awesome it is to love being yourself no matter what.

    I'm a boy, but have grown up loving and doing theatre, music, movies, dance, and art in general, so I'm not the most boyish of boys. I was teased for being a bit different and it didn't make sense then. It made me want to hide or change so I could just go back to having fun. But you know what, Katie? ALL the things that I was made fun of for doing and liking have made me the awesome person I am today and the people that made jokes now respect me so much because of how awesome I turned out. I have this big black vampire looking coat that I wear everywhere now and I REALLY stick out, but I make everyone around me happy because they get to see that someone out there (ME) still loves life, expressing themself, and has a sense of originality. It gives people hope and smiles all around.

    So you rock your style, Katie, and don't let anyone take away your joy and beautiful smile. I'm proud of you for being strong and unique. The strong and unique people like us are the ones who end up running the show in the end anyway ;). You are becoming such an amazing girl and you will help sooooo many people throughout your life. It's already beginning with things like this!!! I'm sending so much love, success, protection, and friendship your way, Miss. Stand tall and stay cool! :DDD <3333 Here's a beautiful music video by Katy Perry called "Firework." Its about sharing your inner spark and awesomeness with the world no matter what. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGJuMBdaqIw

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    Hey, Katie!
    You know what? My name is also Katie, and I've been a Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember. I used to watch the original trilogy with my grandpa all the time, when I was about 3 years old, and I remember going to see Episode 1 when I was in the 1st grade. I went to see Episodes 1, 2, and 3 and least 5 times in theaters, and I watch all the movies constantly. And just like you, I got teased by the boys in my school that Star Wars was only for boys. But I didn't listen to them. My art was inspired by Star Wars, as was my writing skills; I got an A+ in my English class last year for a research paper I did on Star Wars, and I got an honorable mention in an art show for a drawing I did of Luke Skywalker! Take that, boys!

    Katie, don't ever let them tell you that you can't like something simply because of your gender. Don't let them think that you are weak, simply because of your gender! Besides, I find that the strongest chracters in the Star Wars movies are not Qui-Gon Jinn, Darth Vader, or Luke Skywalker; it's Princess Leia, Padme Amidala, and Mara Jade Skywalker because they are strong-willed women who won't let anyone tell them they are weak, and men respect them. (In case you don't know, Mara is Luke's wife in the books) Growing up, they were my role-models, and because of them, I never let any of the boys tell me that I couldn't like Star Wars because I am a girl. You know, Ewan McGreggor, the actor who plays Obi-Wan Kenobi even said that growing up, his favorite character was Princess Leia; a GIRL!

    I never let their teasing hurt me, and neither should you. Because if you love it so much, who cares what they think! All that matters is what you think, and if you think Star Wars is the most amazing movies to ever grace the galaxy, then kudos to you, girl! Strong are you in the Force; proud of your Jedi abilities, you should be. You are an inspiration to all of us Jedi Knights out there.

    ~ Katie

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    Hey there Katie how's it going? Better I hope. Look at all these people who thing you're awesome!
    Growing up, I wasn't the typical girl. I hated Barbie's and nothing could have made me wear pink. I loved sports and stayed afterschool to play football and baseball with the boys, and you know what, I was never picked last! :P .
    I grew up loving video games, action movies, camping, and doing things that girls made fun of cause I was acting like a boy.
    Jump way forward to college. Guys thought I was a dream come true! I could bake brownies and talk about football at the same time! I could quote Star Wars while mending a hole in their shirt! I could beat guys at video games and make them dinner after! In fact, one guy said I was the coolest girl he'd ever met, and I married him! :)
    I now have 1 girl and 2 boys. They are all Star Wars fans! We've even gone to Star Wars Weekend at Disney World (talk your mom into that! It's AWESOME!). There are star wars action figures, legos and light sabers all over the house(clean those up!). There's not a day when someone wears a star wars shirt to school.
    My 14 yr old daughter loves pink, wears dresses, and giggles over boys. She also does Kungfu, rock climbing, and loves hiking.
    Halloween, she dressed as a Jedi! I wish I could show you the pictures! I took her to the local beauty school, where two GUYS fought over who would design and paint a face tatoo on her.
    The guy who won was a HUGE polynesian man. He designed and applied make-up and a large black "tatoo" on the left side of her face. It was so cool!
    The make-up artist didn't quite fit in with the rest of the women at the place, and my daughter asked him, if people ever made fun of him, when they heard he was studying to be a make-up artist. He stood up and pulled back his chest. He said, "I'm 6'4" and weigh almost 300lbs. No one makes fun of me. He smiled and then asked, "Do you like the plum or black current lipstick better?"
    Be yourself! Don't listen to others telling you that you have to dress like this, listen to this music, or watch these movies to be cool. The world is full of clones (I'm not talking the cool Star Wars ones either). Love who you are. Be grateful for being different. Don't be afraid to ask your friends if they want to wear plum or black current lipstick OR if they want to be Leia or Luke this time. Be true to yourself!

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    Hi Katie!

    My name is Faith. Growing up, I always liked things that were "boy things." I played with frogs and snakes, video games, remote control cars, action figures, sports, mud, trucks, and trading cards... and I was a big Star Wars fan! I never wore dresses, bows, or frills. I rarely played with Barbies and jewelry. I was much different than all the other girls on my block and in my school, but that never stopped me from doing what I loved.

    Sometimes people made fun of me too for the things I liked. It used to make me sad, but I just let what they said go through one ear and out the other. I continued to do what I liked, and you know what? People started to think I was cool because of it! When people see the confidence you have in yourself, they'll think so much of you! And the older you get, the cooler boys will think you are when you can talk to them about the things they like.

    I read a quote from Dr. Seuss once that I think you'll like. He said,

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    Hi Katie, and Katie's mom.
    Wow, you've got a lot of people who agree with you that it's OK to like anything you want to like. Personally, my whole family likes Star Wars. My daughter has liked Star Wars since she was very little, and she still likes it now - no matter what anyone else tried to tell her.
    In fact, she had a Star Wars birthday cake this year - and she had it made so that nobody could tell her that Star Wars is just for boys.
    Take a look, I'm sure you'll think it's pretty cool.

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    I heard about this on facebook and I really wanted to comment! I'm 19 right now and in school so I can be a Kindergarten teacher. I really hope that Katie feels a lot better now after reading all these comments! I know a lot of people who like star wars, and I recently have gotten more into it!

    Don't be afraid to be different then everyone else. Even if you stand out a bit more- you have more personality and courage! Maybe there are other girls in your class who like Star Wars but would be too scared to show it!

    A little more extreme then a water bottle, but I used to wear a cat hat to school ALL through high school! Every day! Because I loved cats and I loved dressing up. And it really showed my personality. Of coarse I was made fun of for it, but if you ignore the mean people and be yourself you'll find more people just like you and soon have some really awesome friends to share your star wars or whatever else in the future you're into! Don't be afraid to be different!

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    I came across this page from the 501st facebook page. I am a 24 year old girl who just got married to 35 year old guy who has a 7 year old girl and we are all BIG Star Wars fans! I love star wars so much that I had the 501st come to my wedding, R2D2 was my ring bearer and I made an R2-KT cake for my wedding cake(in honor of Katie Johnson)! My husband and I are both working on our costumes to become part of the 501st. I'm eithe going to be a biker scout or stormtrooper and my husband is going to be Boba Fett. My step daughter wants to be Ahsokae Tano and loves to dress up like yoda and watch the clone wars over and over again. My step daughter has glasses too for her lazy eye bu she loves her glasses and loves to put star wars stickers on them!
    Here's a link to a picture of my family and 501st members while we're cutting the cake! Katie I hope this shows you that it doesn't matter what age you are you can always love Star wars.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/50851354@N05/5179412716/

    May the force be with you!

    Amanda from Morehead City NC
    Future member of the Carolina Garrison!

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    Dear Katie,

    Hi! My name is Karen Krajenbrink, and I am an official Star Wars artist! I love jawas, droids, and wookies. I wanted to let you know that when I was in first grade, I had a Return of the Jedi lunchbox and thermos too! Earlier this year, I was asked to paint a stormtrooper helmet for a kid's charity auction, and so this was my contribution:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7147185@N02/sets/72157624710366596/

    I was always different growing up. I didn't have glasses, but I do now, and they are a symbol of just how cool I am (and yours are just like mine!). I am PROUD to be different, because it means that I am unique. Now I work in animation, so I get to draw cartoons all day.

    You're unique too Katie! And that's awesome!

    Cheers,
    -Karen
    Newbury Park, CA

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    I have loved Star Wars since I was little. I wanted a pet Ewok and still to this day I dream about marry Han Solo. People would make fun of me for my Star Wars obsession and tell me that it was for boys. They would laugh and say I was a nerd. But those boys that pick on you are just jealous you know more stuff about Star Wars then they do. I'm in college now and still have Star Wars stuff. I have shirts, posters, and toys. Don't ever let someone tell you what you should and shouldn't like. Star Wars is for everyone. Next time you doubt that remember: The force will be with you, Always! :)

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    Katie,

    I think it's great that you love Star Wars! That's something we both have in common with a lot of the people that have wrote you. Don't let those boys tell you what you should and shouldn't like. If I had done that when growing up, I don't think that I would be as happy as I am now.

    Keep holding your head high and be happy to be who you are. I think when you grow up, you will be happy you didn't let what they said hurt you.

    ~Carrie ^.^
    Maynardville, TN

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    Katie,

    I think it's great that you love Star Wars! That's something we both have in common with a lot of the people that have wrote you. Don't let those boys tell you what you should and shouldn't like. If I had done that when growing up, I don't think that I would be as happy as I am now.

    Keep holding your head high and be happy to be who you are. I think when you grow up, you will be happy you didn't let what they said hurt you.

    ~Carrie ^.^
    Maynardville, TN

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    Katie,being different is ok. The important thing to remember is to find a way to use your difference as a strength. There is a guy who when he was a kid had a sickness that made him wear REALLY thick glasses and eventually he couldn't see at all. This guy started climbing rock walls, eventually he climbed the highest peak in North America, Denali. Eventually he climbed all seven of the tallest peaks, including Mt. Everest. He has a website here http://www.touchthetop.com/ and when you are older maybe you can read his book. It's a story he wrote about his life up to a certain point. Just remember God made you special and He loves you for who you are!

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    Hi, Katie!

    My daughter, Ash, is also a first-grader and a big fan of Star Wars!! She was Padme for Halloween this year, and Princess Leia last year. There are a couple of other girls in her class who also like the movies, so they get to talk about it, and sometimes draw pictures of the characters.

    When I told her about what happened at your school, Ash wanted to let you know that there are other girls your age who love Star Wars, too-- and she's thinks it's "cooooool" that you've got a Star Wars water bottle. (And, she wishes she had one, too.) :) She'll be wearing her Lego Star Wars shirt on Friday!

    You keep being awesome, and GIRL POWER!!!
    -Ash's mom, Rachel

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    Hi Katie!
    My name is Joelle and I want to encourage you not to let anybody tell you that you can't like Star Wars because it's just "for boys". I've been a huge Star Wars fan since I was a little girl...I used to dress up like Princess Leia when I was eight and I even had a Boba Fett lunch box. :) You know what else? All the boys that used to make fun of me think it's cool that I like Star Wars now that we're grown up. :) Don't worry about other people, you keep being nerd-tastic!!
    ~Joelle

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    Hey, Katie! When I was in 4th grade, I had a Chewbacca T-shirt that I loved, and I used to wear it to school. If someone gave me a hard time about it, I remembered very important advice that my mom gave: kids who try to be like everyone else become very boring grown-ups. LIke what you want, and don't let other people change your mind. As you get older, being unique won't bother you so much. I still love Star Wars. Now, I teach music to Kinder-through-fourth graders, and my entire classroom is full of Star Wars things, particularly things with Chewbacca. My mom was right(of course!) -- I am not a boring grown up! And you won't be either!

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    Hi Katie! I love seeing how many fellow Star Wars ladies have come out in "force" (heehee) to encourage you! I actually didn't start loving Star Wars until I was well into middle school and homeschooling, but before that, when I went to a private school, I had my share of bullying for a variety of other reasons. That's the thing of it - bullies will always find something to pick on others about, so don't give them the power of telling you what you can like.

    As far as Star Wars goes, I still love it and it's because of Star Wars that I married my wonderful husband. We met through a local Star Wars fan club and became friends. Now, seven years later, we've been married for two great years and we still credit Star Wars for bringing us together. So don't you dare let those boys bully you away from what you love, because there are boys out there that think geeky Star Wars-loving girls are the greatest thing ever!

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    Star Wars was my favorite movie when I was a kid. I still have Star Wars action figures all over my bookshelf. I have an air freshener with the droids in my car. There's a Darth Vader keychain hanging from my purse. I always played with Star Wars and Star Trek toys. Even Hot Wheels. The "boy toys" are just so much cooler. Do what you like! Honestly, it doesn't matter. You'll find friends who like the same things you do, and then you can forget about the people who think it's wrong for you to like the "wrong" things.

    Because Star Wars is awesome, and if anyone wants to keep it away from people, they're just idiots.

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    The very first movie I ever saw was Star Wars. The movie, the message, and the fans have been a part of my life ever since. The Mandalorians have a saying "Family is more than blood". Welcome to the Star Wars family Katie, we'll always have your back. May the force be with you always.

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    Hi Katie! I know you have so much support already but I couldn't help but adding mine as well. We have three things in common: we're both Katies, we both wear glasses, and we both LOVE Star Wars. I can remember watching Star Wars with my daddy when I was little and we still watch it together now. And I always wanted to be Princess Leia. She was so cool. When I grew up I was lucky enough to fall in love with a boy who liked Star Wars too. And now we have two little Jedi Padawans (they are 2 and 6, so not much younger than you are). They are boys but that doesn't matter to me. If they had been girls they would still be into Star Wars just like me. I would have seen to it. And I still love Star Wars so much that for Christmas this year I asked for a lightsaber of my own so that I can have lightsaber battles with my boys and not have to borrow one of theirs.

    Just remember in the end it is far more fun to be yourself than someone else. And the kids teasing you are usually just jealous that they can't be just like you. I got bullied and teased as a kid. Now as a grown-up (I'm actually going to be 30 in less than a month) I see the people I went to school with and who teased me and they tell me they wish they could be like me now.

    I hope you have a wonderful life with your mom and dad, who obviously love you so much that they chose you, and your little sisters. And remember we geek girls have to stick together.

    May the Force be with you!
    Katie :)

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    Hi Katie! You are in better company than you know. In his book "Zen in the Art of Writing", Ray Bradbury starts with an anecdote about tearing up a set of his favorite comic strips (Buck Rogers) because of 4th grade bullies. But that made him miserable. So he went right back to collecting them.
    This was October 1929.
    Bradbury, as your mom can tell you, went on to write dozens of famous books, screenplays, and more. He has original ideas and the drive to get them into the world. He didn't let those bullies squeeze him into a box.
    People have always made fun of those with passion, who are different, who are quirky.
    But the different, passionate, quirky people are the ones with amazing ideas, with the drive to make those ideas come alive.
    And we have more fun, too.
    You are not alone, even if you may feel that way sometimes (we all do at times). And your ideas are important.
    Never forget that.

    All the best to you-
    A fellow Katie

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    Katie: You are beautiful and wonderful! I was a geek, I am a geek, and I will forever be a geek. Here's the thing: You are SMART, and creative, and beautiful -- and that whole package that makes you so special will also make others jealous. But as I tell my wonderful children (who are geeks like you) - the people who tell you what IS and ISN'T cool right now? YOU will be their boss someday. Truly. So remember that! May The Force be with you!

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    I just read your story and am overwhelmed by the response and support sent your way. Your experience resonates within me because I also was a geek growing up. People would make fun of me because I enjoyed reading books, while others played sports. Obviously, I was also very much into science fiction. It was not easy early on, but, as I grew into my late teens and early adulthood, I assumed control of my life and realized that I was extremely happy with myself. Sure, I was and continue to be different than most, but I now embrace it because it makes me unique. That said, I have a strong feeling that you are a fabulous person with a great imagination and a thirst for all things interesting and great. Keep doing what you enjoy and, above all, have fun. In closing, I say, "ROCK ON KATIE!!!" :)

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Hi Katie!
    I read about your story and man could I relate. I was picked on too, But ya know what, just because other people don

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    Dear Katie,
    When I see your face,There's not a thing that I would change.Cause you're amazing,Just the way you are.And when you smile,The whole world stops and stares for a while.'Cause girl you're amazing,Just the way you are.

    This chorus is dedicated to my 8 year old daughter--and now to you also.

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    Dear Katie,
    When I see your face,There's not a thing that I would change.Cause you're amazing,Just the way you are.And when you smile,The whole world stops and stares for a while.'Cause girl you're amazing,Just the way you are.

    This chorus is dedicated to my 8 year old daughter--and now to you also.

    Netty from North Carolina-proud mother of a beautiful "nerd" =)

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    Dear Katie,

    I know it may not always seem like it, but it is so incredibly awesome to be seven (and heads up, eight is pretty cool too). Believe me, I was there. I know how awkward it can be; I didn't make many friends in first grade because I took my reading classes with the second grade. If people want to pick on you, they will. If you are confident in yourself, you'll show them that you can't be bullied.

    I am also adopted, just like you. I remember asking my mom again and again to tell me the story of when she came to get me. I felt so special, because *I* had been chosen. There were some people who didn't understand, or who thought it was weird. But to me, it represented possibilities. What if my birth-grandmother was an olympic swimmer, professional rock climber, or medieval jouster and I had amazing innate swimming/climbing/jousting powers waiting to be discovered? It gave me courage to try all kinds of new things, and my family was always there to give me love and support.

    Katie, the best thing about being seven is that you have your whole life ahead of you. You don't have to have any answers yet. You don't have to know what you want to be when you grow up, or who you're going to marry, or what y=mx+b is. Your job is simply to figure out what makes you happy, and do it. And don't ever let anyone tell you you can't.

    May the Force be with you!

    <3 Gia--GMX Girl and geekess extraordinaire

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    Hi Katie!

    You are awesome! Keep loving Star Wars! Never be afraid to be passionate about the things you love. Rock on Katie!

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    Katie-
    I wanted to echo the sentiments of all of these people. Do not be ashamed of being a Star Wars fan. Everyone has, and deserves to have a passion. Your passion, just so happens to be Star Wars and that's alright. Your love of Star Wars is no different then those people who support sports teams and decorate their homes, their offices and sometimes their cars with their sports team stuff. Just like it's okay for those people to do that, it's 100% OK for you too.

    Just like you I got my love for Star Wars from my Dad. He took me to see all of the movies and that was our common passion. When my Dad passed away this year one of the last things I did with him was watch "A New Hope" with him in his hospital room.Every time I see something that has to do with Star Wars it reminds me of the love that my Dad had for me. I even like to believe that my Dad became one with the Force and like Obi-Wan did with Luke, he's watching over me. Of course I have gone on to share my love of Star Wars with my son too.

    So don't let these wamprats get you down. I think they're just jealous that they don't have a single midichlorian in their body. Hold on to this wonderful passion you share with your dad. Hold on to it and keep it close to your heart.

    All of us fellow Star Wars fans are INCREDIBLY PROUD of you and will forever be by your side. Keep the faith, but most importantly keep the Force. You are strong with it my young padawan, you are incredibly strong with the Force.

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    Katie,

    You are NOT alone! There are MANY Star Wars fans around the world - and they ALL support you!

    May the force continue to be with you!

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    Katie I wanted to let you know that I have a daughter who is 8 and in second grade. She loves to watch DragonBall Z-Kai, Avatar the Last Airbender, and Star Wars Clone Wars with her brother and dad. She also plays Avatar and Clone Wars with her brother around the house. Remember to be who you are, not who others think you should be. Your uniqueness is what makes you special. The boys are teasing you now because they actually think that you're cool but don't know how to tell you.

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    Katie I wanted to let you know that I have a daughter who is 8 and in second grade. She loves to watch DragonBall Z-Kai, Avatar the Last Airbender, and Star Wars Clone Wars with her brother and dad. She also plays Avatar and Clone Wars with her brother around the house. Remember to be who you are, not who others think you should be. Your uniqueness is what makes you special. The boys are teasing you now because they actually think that you're cool but don't know how to tell you.

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    Katie, if you enjoy bringing Star Wars to school more the better. I am a parent living in Evanston with a child attending Chiaravalle and i think it is great what you are doing. You have a big support group following you.

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    Hi Katie-
    I just wanted to let you know that I am so proud of you for showing your Star Wars pride! My best friend and I (also a girl) are HUGE Star Wars fans- we can quote most of Episodes IV-VI! In fact, my bunny is named Anakin, and my dog is named Obi-Wan, though at times Anakin behaves more like Darth Vader :). Hope you had a wonderful Hanukkah!

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    Katie,

    You are a beautiful girl and am so happy you love Star Wars! When Star Wars first came out in 1977 I loved it, and still do :) I joined the fan club when "The Empire Strikes Back" came out....and I was in my 20s then! And I was absolutely crazy about E.T. when it came out in 1982. Someone in my office anonymously gave me an E.T. candle....I never did find out who it was.

    More recently, I have been into Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and LOST. In fact, I am part of a whole group of friends in the Pacific NorthWest that love the Lord of the Rings. I still get teased from time to time, but I embrace my inner geekness and treasure the friends I have made through these fandoms.

    When I was your age, I also had to wear glasses and a patch for a lazy eye. I had three eye operations as well. I was teased a lot for it, so I know what you are going through.

    So Katie, just keep being who you are and doing what you love. You will grow up to be a better person for it, rather than always having to hide who you truly are.

    Lots of love and hugs,
    Debbie

    P.S. I am part of a swing dance group that is asking people to bring toys to their Holiday dance this weekend for the Toys for Tots program. After reading about you, I will be looking for a Star Wars toy to bring :)

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    Hi Katie,

    I'm a girl and I love math and science (and Star Wars). Growing up I was teased about a lot of things, but mostly for loving school and getting good grades. I was often called a nerd. I couldn't understand why it was bad to do well in school and being called a nerd really hurt me. Fortunately, I have great parents (like you do) who encouraged me to be myself and be confident, despite what other kids said.

    Through high school and college, I learned to love myself for who I was and learned that a little bit of confidence goes a long way. I started confidently telling people that I loved science instead of being embarrassed about it. I didn't always feel confident, but I found that if I at least pretended to be confident, no one made fun of me. Soon my pretend confidence turned into real confidence.

    Now I am working on a PhD in Microbiology at a great university and I am very happy. I have great friends who love me for who I am. But most importantly, I love myself for who I am and I am proud of myself.

    I was very proud of you after hearing your story. You are stronger than I was at your age. So stay strong, be confident, and be true to yourself and you will be happy and be able to forget the mean things other people say to you!

    May the force be with you!

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    I'm a mom who loves Star Wars (even get to beta test the new game coming out!). Both of my daughters love it too, one who's named Katie.

    May the force be with you!

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    Hi Katie~

    My name is Tracey and I am 28 years old. I heard your story and I had to send you a letter. When I was a little girl I was made fun of a lot, because I didn't like the color pink and loved lots of stuff that was "boy's" stuff like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman and Robin and Star Wars. I tried changing to fit in but in the end realized that the best way to be was who I was. I wouldn't let the other girls dictate what I should like. But I will share something with you Katie, it gets better when you grow up. You will meet girls that love Star Wars and make lifelong friends. Being a geek is not a bad thing. In fact, it is rather awesome, and there are a ton of us geek girls out there. I am proud to be a geek.

    My husband and I are both geeks, and spend many Saturday mornings sitting on the couch watching cartoons. We fell in love because we love the same "geeky" things! We even played "The Emperor's March" at our wedding reception. And we are going to have a baby, who I think will be Yoda next Halloween. Not only that, we play games where we can imagine we are sorcerers, wizards, and even jedis!

    Katie, the best advice I can give to you is be yourself. If you are true to yourself, people will love you for who you are. Your Mom and Dad love you for who you are, and a lot of people touched by your story love you too.

    Carrie, just a note to you. Thank you for being so supportive of your daughter's hobbies and loves. Speaking from a daughter's point of view, it means more to Katie then you will ever know. Some Moms can have a hard time understanding and accepting that their daughter is not the "typical" little girl. (For example, my Mom still thinks that I am unusual for not liking the color pink and told me I waste my money buying comics.) Moms like you are hard to find. I am so glad that Katie was adopted into your loving arms.

    Katie, you are an amazing little girl! I stand beside you as a Star Wars fan and fellow girl geek! Stay strong!

    May the force always be with you!

    Sending Love and Hugs,

    Tracey (and Baby :D )

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    Hi, Katie!
    I am a 21 year old female Computer Science student, and a total geek!
    Let me tell you something - I've loved "boy's toys" all my life. I was that girl who hated pink, loved catching bugs, loved computers, and other things that are generally only associated with being a boy.
    When I entered grade school, I decided to hide who I really was. I pretended to like the things other girls did, but was never happy with myself. I went to great lengths to be just like the other girls. I spent years wearing makeup, spending hours in the morning doing my hair, trying to be fashionable. I even tried being a cheerleader for two years. I hated it, but thought it would make more people like me (here's a tip - it doesn't).
    It wasn't until I entered college and met my boyfriend at 18 until I let myself be me. I started gaming, enjoying things like Star Wars, and pretty much being just like "one of the guys". I don't wear makeup, I don't like the color pink, I hate dresses, and most of my friends are guys.
    I regret every day that I hid who I am from others. I was so unhappy in middle and high school, even though I wasn't being bullied all that much.
    There will always be people who think you shouldn't be a geek - in fact, just today, I had a fellow (male) computer science student tell me women shouldn't be in computer science - but they're dead wrong. Pursue your passions. Be who you are. Not who they want you to be.
    I had 3 friends in high school, when I was just trying to fit in, and they weren't even good friends. I never heard from them again after leaving for college. By being who I want to be, I now have dozens of friends. I have several people who I can depend on anything for, and the most amazing boyfriend ever, and I don't even have to try.
    Just be you!

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    Katie, never let your love for Star Wars wane because of smallminded people. Plus, when you get to college, guys will find your love for Star Wars undeniably awesome and you'll have to keep them at bay with your lightsaber (I know this from experience).

    I was in first grade when the Star Wars original trilogy was re-released in theaters, and me and my two brothers dragged our mother to the midnight showing. I've been a dedicated Star Wars fan my entire life and I went through my share of bullying in grade school (but let me tell you, having two older brothers helped a lot because they were always willing to come to my defense). Bullies will grown up, they will leave, they will learn but Star Wars will always be there. Embrace it and let your freak flag fly.

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    Hi Katie,
    Everyone calls me Elfa and I'm a lot like you, as I'm sure a lot of people have also said. Elfa is not my real name but a nickname I took because of how proud I am of my status as a "geek" or whatever anyone wants to label it. Though much of my family is Star Wars fans (and I must confess to absolutely adoring it as well), I'm a Lord of the Rings fan. I first picked up the book when I was in middle school, but I was teased long before then. I was always very outgoing but I was always picked on as well, so it led me to a lot of things including books (and Dungeons and Dragons, the pinnacle of geekiness-but I met the most wonderful man from playing!). I just want you to always remember that you're wonderful and there's so much out there. People can be very mean sometimes and that's a really terrible fact of life. I hope you stay as strong of a girl as you are today and I wish you always the very best! May your life be filled with as much luck as you were blessed with by finding such wonderful parents! May the force be with you, always.

    The Elfa
    Missouri

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    God bless you Katie! The Force is not only with you but you are the Force! You are an inspiration to an old guy who still has insecurities that were born from being bullied in school when I was a kid. Thank you.

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    Katie--always stay true to what you really love. When I was in elementary school, some of the other kids teased me because I loved Star Trek and Star Wars. It made me very sad at the time. But I never gave up on what I loved, and now I write fantasy adventure novels for a living. Star Wars changed my life, and I'm proud to be a fan. Don't try to hide who you really are. Real friends will like you BECAUSE of who you are.

    Carrie--thank you for standing up for your daughter!

    Gail Z. Martin www.ChroniclesOftheNecromancer.com

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    Hi Katie!

    My granddaughter Sydney plays ice hockey, she is often told the same thing - its for boys! This world was made for us all, not one person, all of us. When we are young we choose who we want to be and that shapes us. Be who you are cause that is really special, right now the whole world knows that!!

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    Dear Katie,

    When I was your age, Star Wars had just come out. I went to see it with my older sister and she sat in the theater and had to read the opening words to me as they went up the screen. I was in love with movies from then on and I loved loved loved Star Wars...I even had Star Wars sheets and curtains. We didn't have a lot of money when I was little so I would go over to my friends house to play because he had every action figure and fighter..we would play for hours.

    I had to start wearing glasses when I was 10, and was bullied in the 7th grade. Then I found out that it didn't matter what other people thought of me..only what I thought of me. I had friends who loved me and parents that were pretty cool (sometimes lol).

    Even though I have never met you and probably never will, I can tell you are an awesome person!! Anyone who loves Star Wars is very cool!! I own all of the movies, even the first ones that came out on VHS...and I watch them alot..and I am old ha ha!!

    Keep your head up and be all that you can be, because who you are is FANTASTIC!!

    A Star Wars Friend in Arizona

    P.S. Hey Mom you are Awsome TOO!!

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    Katie! You're wonderful! Keep your head up! I was adopted when I was 13-days-old from Bogota, Colombia. I grew up in a reform Jewish household in Michigan and, when I was your age, I fell in love with Star Wars too :) I think the Star Wars saga is one of the greatest set of stories ever told. They moved me then and they continue to move me now. Sometimes the days are tough when you're a kid, sometimes they're even tough when you're an adult--but stories can give us strength that no one can take away. They can inspire us, they help us to learn right from wrong, and they can help us to imagine the most beautiful things. I know bullying can hurt, I've been made fun of before too, but you're not alone--you have an amazing family, and beautiful friends, and a universe of stories to draw strength from each and everyday. So from this 30-year-old, glasses wearing, proud to be adopted, Star Wars fan--smile, bask in the warmth and love of your amazing community, and without a doubt, may the force be with you :)

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    Hey Katie!!

    I have three sons 3, 8 and 11 years old. They like me love Star Wars and like me - they think you are awesome.

    I am sorry some kids teased you- they probably have never seen any of the Star Wars films. My boys hide their eyes in the yuckky kissing parts but they think its as much a story for girls as boys.

    Just like in the Star Wars stories - good has prevailed and I bet all those kids arent teasing you anymore now, that you are world famous.

    Mom- well done!!

    Rgds

    Jason Abrahams- JAMAICA

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    Hi, Katie. I loved Star Wars from the start when I was a little girl, and still do. My brother and I must have watched it 50 times at least. I was also eventually a cheerleader, ballerina, went to college, got married and run a successful company in Chicago. I don't have a daughter, but if I did, I would want her to love Star Wars too. You are exactly who you should be - don't ever forget it.

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    Katie,

    I know what you went through with the other kids at school must have been very hard for you; reading about your story brought me to tears. I'm a 31 year old male from Chicago and I was bullied when I was younger as well.

    What you need to know is that you are a brave and strong person! You also have a great mom who really cares about you, along with a family and friends that will always be there for you. You will one day realize that we share this world with everyone around us and that everything you do impacts someone else. You and your family have lead by example. It is a relief to know that good people like you and your family still exist in the galaxy! ;)

    You and your story are great reminders that this type of bullying behavior needs to stop. I believe that you and your generation can bring old habits to an end. Please, please, please...always be yourself and be proud of who you are and always remember that you are not alone in this world!

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    Katie, you are a beautiful young lady! Your story touched me because I know where you are coming from. I was picked on for being Asian, nerdy, "smart," and for loving Star Wars and Star Trek. I'm 28, I own a business, will soon be getting married to the women of my dreams, and guess what? She's a nerd too! Never EVER let anyone tell you you can't like something. I've dreamt of owning a business since I was in high school, and when everyone around me told me I shouldn't do it, I did, and now, two years later, my business has changed everything. My staff tell me I'm a nerd because I still have Star Trek and Star Wars stuff all over my office, but now I look at "nerd" as a compliment.

    I've pasted your story on to everyone I know. You are in good company Katie. There are millions of people who all love Star Wars!

    May the force be with you Katie!

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    Hi, Katie

    I too am an adopted geek. Although I'm a guy, I know it's very difficult to be different, but it so pays off later in life. I'm a Japanese American and was raised in SF California until I was 10 and then I went to a Japan for a year and entered grade school there. I didn't speak the language at the time, so I was constantly bullied for looking like any other Japanese kid, but not being able to speak it. But now I'm fluent in both Japanese and English and although it was difficult at the time, I learned to appreciate the language. And I learned a very important lesson. That wherever you go, you can always find a friend. There were several very kind boys and girls who stuck with me despite my lack of speaking ability and my different upbringing. I was very glad to have them as friends. It looks like you now have the entire online geek community as friends to back you up. Yay!!! Be proud of who you are, Katie! I married a woman who loved to play boys games as a child since she was a tomboy, so she really understands what you're going through. I hope you grow up to be a strong independent Star Wars geek woman.

    May the Force be with you, Padawan Katie!

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    Hi Katie - I have a seven-year-old, glasses-wearing, Star Wars-loving Katie, too. When she was 2, she used to dress up in princess dresses, carry a light saber, and say, "I am Queen Amidala and I am strong and brave!"

    I just wanted to tell you three things. 1) There are other kids who are a lot like you out there. You just don't go to school with them. And these kids who've heard your story think you sound really cool. 2) Most of us feel different from everyone else. Even the ones who seem like they're fitting in just fine. It's a really normal way to feel, and when you're older you'll find you'll connect with other people because you find you have that common experience. 3) Little boys are awkward. So are big ones. Try not to take them too seriously. Boys tease each other all the time, and it's true that they tease kids they like. Sometimes it can be hurtful but I suspect these kids were not trying to hurt your feelings or make you stop liking Star Wars. I tell my Katie that the best way to deal with little boys teasing you is to tease them right back, but try to do it in a way that's funny and not hurtful. Tell them you can't believe they like movies about princesses. Ask them if they're going to go as Princess Leia for Halloween. Or ignore the teasing and ask them questions about what Star Wars toys they have - I suspect they might be impressed when they learn about what's in your collection at home (and will probably have more interest in playing with you - not diminishing your interests).

    Good luck at school and know that there are lots of kids like you! - Kristin (Katie's mom)

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    Hi Katie and Carrie -

    I imagine you're getting a lot of these since I just picked up your story on cnn. 40 yrs old, mom to a 5 yr old girl, and proud to say I was one of 5 Princess Leias for Halloween in my second grade class (1977?). Princess Leia is one of the BEST action heroes of all time, maybe second only to Sigourney Weaver in Alien, but you're too young for that just yet. If you notice, SHE is the one who usually saves the day while leading the entire rebel alliance. What's not to love?

    I am now volunteering in my dd's preschool class, and it is amazing the things I hear. My daughter declared that she loved Transformers, and the boys said "that's just for boys". They were shocked when I said "not in our house" and started talking about the different autobots and decepticons. The best thing for defeating ignorance is education, so you just keep learning and working hard in school.

    We have difference in our house too, but it is not always visible. My gal has a severe form of epilepsy. (She's going to be ok.) For now, the kids are too young to notice that V is a year older than them and takes medicine regularly. She is more like you ... loves Thomas the train, star wars, transformers, and building blocks.

    Our very best to you both.

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    Dearest Katie: I am also a big fan of STAR WARS. Not like you would call a "Jedi Head" (lol), but pretty close. I am 47 years old and I saw SW on the premiere in my native Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, when I was 14 years old. I sat on the hallway, because the theater was sold out and overbooked; I did not care. From the moment the opening credits started (and the unforgettable theme), until the very end of the movie, I was transfixed and transported to another world, full of magic and hope. I hope that you remain a fan of Science Fiction because you are in for wonderful readings from Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, and some other great SciFi writers. Don't let anyone tell you different: we girls are powerful and strong creatures, not to mention EXTREMELY intelligent and intuitive, and we can do ANYTHING we put our minds to. I myself dare any male to know more Star Wars trivia than I do, and that's not the only thing I know a lot about. God bless you sweetheart and Shalom!

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    Hey Katie!

    I was the same way in middle school, I was obsessed with Star Wars, I had all the movies, toys, books, games, and everyone teased me about it.

    I'm in college now learned to be a doctor and my room at home is still covered in Star Wars posters, and I still have a bunch of toys sitting on my bookshelf at school.
    Don't ever let go of it, it's part of who you are and it helped me get through a lot of the hard parts in college.

    May the Force be with you!
    Kuba Sokalski

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    Katie, that is an awesome water bottle. I wished I had something like that when I was your age. Heck I would love one now and I'm 41! I remember the first time I saw a commercial for Star Wars back in 1977. I drove my Mom nuts wanting to see that movie. I would scrounge up as much change or returnable bottles, walk down to the local store and buy as many packs of Star Wars cards I could. Anyways, keep your head held high. Pay no mind to what other kids say about you. Be proud of who you are. I wish you a wonderful life full of excitement and joy. May the force be with you always!

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    Hi Katie,
    I wanted to let you know there are tons of girls like you out there, who love Star Wars so much! Im 30 and for my birthday I had R2D2 (my favorite character) come to visit me in Tucson and we took a bunch of pictures! I loved every minute of it, he is so cool! I wear a Star Wars shirt to work at least once a week and Im trying to get my boss to sponsor a "Star Wars shirt day" so everyone will wear one! I bring my Star Wars lunch box to work and everyone loves it :) Please don't let those other kids get to you! I always loved Princess Leia, she was so smart and brave, I wanted to be just like her. Stay strong and know there's girls just like you out there!

    Your Friend in Arizona!
    Nancy

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    Hey Katie!!! I'm very proud of you and your family. I too am adopted and my sister as well. I grew up on Star Wars with my baby sister. I was 7 at the time when the movie came out and my sis was 5... it too completely changed my life and my sisters'. She was my partner in crime with Star Wars.

    While other kids were into sports I was all about Star Wars and Star Trek. I got teased about it- I also had the puffiest hair that they teased me about that as well. But that dedication and passion allowed me to imagine and be creative. I am now the head of a marketing dept at Sony Entertianment for movies! That ability to be creative in my youth and dream has helped me out in my career path. In fact I still have my stuffed wookie and star wars figures from my childhood.

    Be strong and love what you do... I know I do. My sis is now a lawyer as well!

    If you and your family are ever in Los Angeles, the studio would love to give you and your family a tour and see what many people like yourself have created out here through their imagination. It's fun! I have always been very supportive of young people fulfilling their dreams and pursuing their passions!

    Best... Loren (it's a girls name... and yes, I was made fun of that too)

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    Katie, I learned Spanish in college, way later than you. Good job starting early! I have always loved Star Wars, and also I got to live in Peru for 2 years because I studied Spanish. You are awesome and "muy bacan", that means "very cool" in Peruvian Spanish.

    Saludos!
    Jamie

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    Hi Katie and family! I just read your story on CNN.com. You are such an inspiration for us all to be ourselves and maintain our individuality. I immediately sent the story to my first grade daughter's principal and asked that the school consider having a "Proud to Be Me Day". Tonight, I will share your story with my daughter. What a wonderful lesson in respect for self and others (and really that we are all more alike than different!).
    All the best to you, your family, and school!

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    Hi Katie!

    My name is Renee. I was 7 when Star Wars first came out in Theaters. Yeah, I know, I'm OLD!!! I'm a huge Star Wars fan. When VCR's first came out, Star Wars was the first movie we owned. I watched it 77 times one summer! Really!!! I had an ID bracelet that said JEDI on it.

    Don't let anyone tell you it's not ok to like whatever you like! I promise you, there are more of us out here who are Star Wars fans than you can imagine!

    Enjoy life and know you're not ever alone.

    Take care!

    Renee

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    Katie,

    I am a college student, but I still remember my days of bullying in elementary and middle school very clearly. I was made fun of, because I liked the Lord of the Rings movies. I saw my first one when I was in the 6th grade and was instantly in love. I remember riding the bus home and some boys in the back of the bus asked me "who directed the lord of the rings movies"? I said "Peter Jackson" and they all burst into laughter. Thinking back, knowing the director of a movie doesn't really seem like reason for embarrassment, but that is exactly what I felt. You have to block those people's voices out of your mind. Stay focused on what you like and what makes you happy, because you are smart enough to know what that is at such a young age. I am now in school for Filmmaking and I have to credit it to The Lord of the Rings. If I hadn't been so taken with those films and recognized that my opinions were the most important to me then I'm not sure where I would be right now. Please follow through with what you know if the best for you. And who want to be like everyone else anyway? :) You'll never be noticed if you're one in a crowd.

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    Dear Katie,

    I'm glad you're embracing the Force within you! I was also teased a lot in school for the things I loved. One of them also happened to be Star Wars. It was the first movie I remember seeing in the theatre as a kid, and have loved it ever since. I am now 31 and will still watch it whenever it is on TV. I also have a small collection of light sabers just like yours. Cool, aren't they?!?

    When I was your age I originally liked Star Wars for it's awesome special effects, but as I grew older I discovered a more important and deeper moral to the Star Wars saga. One of the most important was to fight oppression, greed, and corruption, which is exactly what the Rebels did. I also noticed that Star Wars took a lot of elements from our world's history and made them into a futuristic movie, too. It also instilled in me that while the Dark Side is all around us, even the bad people have the Light inside of them. Darth Vader struggled with a lot of pain in his life that led him away from the Light. Revenge was one of them. Thirst for power was another. In the end though, he did what was right and turned against the Dark Side and vanquished the evil inside of him. Deep inside he knew there was good in him and what he was doing was wrong.

    The kids that tease you deep inside know they are wrong for making you feel bad about something that is harmless and good, but they have been blinded by the people around them and say what they say just to feel like they belong to something. I'm sure some of them secretly love Star Wars too but would never say it because they'd feel alone like you did and would be teased. The fact is YOU and the rest of the fans of Star Wars are NOT alone! We are everywhere, from every country in the world. We are young, and some of us are very old. Star Wars fans are one of the biggest groups of people in the world, and YOU are one of US :) Think about that and feel good about it. The people that tease you are a very small group of people, and I am sure they are jealous that you have so many supporters. Take care, and may The Force be with you!

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    Dear Katie,
    When I was little, I was different too. my eye sight was so bad that I had to wear big, thick dark glasses, and even then I had to look at things really close to read them. I was always missing school to go to different doctors and try different treatments. It didn't help that most of my friends were boys, and even though I was in dance and gymnastics I would have much rather played football than dress up and would have rather played pretend Star Trek or Star Wars than almost anything. When other kids recognized that I was different they began to tease me. I can't lie to you, it hurt pretty bad. All you want when you're little is to have friends and have fun-and in my opinion, the most any little kid should have to worry about is what kind of candy they can get if they trade their carrot sticks.
    What you need to know, and that so many people have told you, is you're not alone! There are thousands of us four-eyed girl geeks! What helps the most is to know that being different is the best possible thing that could ever happen to you. You never know what struggles you have now will help you later. Remember that YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. I remember being told when I was little, that I'd probably never be able to drive a car because of my eyes, but what the doctors didnt know was how determined I was, and two years ago this summer, I got my drivers license and now, I drive all over the place! The other thing that helps the most is having people around you who believe you can do, and be anything you want, It especially helps having a good mom like you and I both have! :)
    Live long and prosper! May the Force be with you!
    Leenie, age 20

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    Katie,

    You are learning a lesson a lot of girls (and boys) don't learn until they are much older - to be PROUD of who you are. Don't compromise yourself for anyone! You are the only one who can decide what is best for you (aside from your parents - they are smart, smart people who love you very much).

    I have been in your shoes. I have always been into video games, sports, cars - the kind of things a girl, is not typically supposed to enjoy, according to our twisted societal standards. I took the taunts and the teasing, cried a lot in the comfort of my room but still liked what I liked, however quietly.

    I now get to make video games. I get to live my dream because I never gave up and never listened to what I was "supposed" to like. There are many girls out there that follow the path THEY choose - you are in good company.

    Don't ever forget who you are! May the force be with you now and always,

    BK

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    Hi Katie

    I was a big fan of Star Wars when I was at school - I even drew pictures of Han Solo, Princess Leia, etc and stuck them on my school notebook. Now I write web pages that help scientists to fight cancer, so being a geek girl is a way cool thing to be :)

    Best of luck

    Anne (in England)

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    Katie

    You love Star Wars! That is so awesome. My name is Pankaj and I am from India (working in the US). I am 35 years old and am still in love with Star Wars. I bought every single edition of Star Wars Video Cassette, CDs and DVDs that were released. My office has a little Yoda sitting on the desk. I have watched every episode of the Clone Wars.

    Never let anyone tell you what is cool and what is not. You are the only one who decides what is cool and what is not and you, my friend, have chosen to be a part of the COOL STAR WARS club.

    Cheers
    Pankaj

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    Hi Katie!

    I love Star Wars too! I also got made fun of in school, the kids called me "nerd" because I liked to read, and I had asthma. I also had to wear glasses. It was no fun being picked on, and it made me very sad sometimes.

    But, you know what? Now I'm 26 years old and I just LOVE being myself! I still love to read and I still love Star Wars. I am also a teacher, and I try to make sure everyone is happy just being themselves. Don't worry about those other kids, you just keep being you!!

    I promise, us nerds and geeks have much more fun anyway!

    Have a great day, Katie!

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    Dear Katie,

    I am a dad who has two wonderful girls, one about your age. Alexandria is 7, and loves the transformers. When the boys at her school teased her about it I asked her if those boys would ever play with a barbie, or some of the pretty cool Tinkerbell toys she had shared with me.
    No she said, those are girls toys. But then she explained that she really liked Bumblebee from the Transformers, and was upset about this new boy toy / girl toy rule.
    I explained to her that those boys where limiting their own options in life by sticking to only one kind of toy. I also told Alexandria that she DIDN'T need to limit herself in the same way. After giving it some thought, she has been a happy Transformers and Barbie fan ever sense (Bumblebee is regularly invited for tea, and has also asked Barbie to help him defeat the bad guys as she is 2 inches taller than him).
    Long story short, the world is a big place, and as it turns out, a pretty wonderful place. Don't limit your-self when it comes to exploring all of the wonderful things this world has to offer.

    May the Force be with you!

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    Dear Katie,
    I am a 41-yr-old woman who has loved Star Wars since the age of 8. I own a light saber, (Luke Skywalker model). I own all of the movies and watch The Clone Wars. I too experienced bullying as a child, but not for being a Star Wars fan. In that time everyone loved Star Wars. I still have the ticket stub for the first time I saw it in the theater. Since then I've been hooked.

    Being different as a child or teen is difficult, I won't lie. Some days it is the hardest thing you will think you will ever face. But I am here to tell you one simple truth, it won't last. Relish being different. Be proud of what you like. Don't worry about the silly objections or remarks of those who just don't understand you. What they think now will have absolutely no meaning to you in the future. What is important to remember in this life is that you are special. There is no one like you, never has been and never will be again. Your family loves you and your truest friends don't care if you love Star Wars. Remember to own who you are, whether that's being a Star Wars nerd or a Hello Kitty fan. Never let someone take your self-confidence. And, the next time someone says something to you meant to make you feel bad, just smile, turn around and walk away. They don't deserve a response.

    The Force will be with you.....always.

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    Dear Katie,

    I'm 21, I wear glasses and I am also a nerdy girl. When I was your age, I was bullied because I was different than the other girls. I liked Star Wars, video games, Pokemon cards and all sorts of other things other kids told me were "Just for boys" or "uncool". It really makes me sad to think that there are other girls that have gone through what we have. When I read your story, I started to cry.

    I will tell you that it gets so much better. Once I got to college, the whole world opened up to me. I met many other people, male and female, who liked the same things I did. In fact, being nerdy was actually an advantage and everyone thought I was cool for liking nerdy things. I even met my husband who loves Star Wars and video games just as much as I do. I do so many fun, cool things related to my nerdy interests. Don't let others scare you away from something you love and have fun doing.

    One thing my mother always told me was "Nothing in life is ever permanent." Your life will grow and change and you will only be a stronger more compassionate person because you faced being bullied.
    Some of the lessons we learn in life are hard, but always remember that you're not alone.

    May the force be with you,
    Rav

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    Katie: I just read about your story on CNN.com and was deeply moved. I'm a 30-something graduate student who grew up loving Star Wars (and She-Ra, Wonder Woman, among others). You remind me so much of me when I was your age: I wear glasses, wore a patch for years to correct my lazy eye (which I also hated!), played Star Wars with my friends, and even grew up in Evanston, IL! You have impeccable taste; don't ever let anyone else tell you otherwise!

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    Hi Katie,

    I just wanted to let you know that my daughter who will be 5 in February LOVES Star Wars. She was Princess Leia this Halloween. What a great role model you are for her. I always try to teach her to be herself and to respect other peoples likes and dislikes. I will keep your story in my files so that I can help her if she is ever feels like hiding who she is. Keep being yourself!

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    Hi Katie!
    I just wanted to tell you to be strong and brave and keep telling that amazing mom of yours that you love her. I, too, had to wear a patch because of a lazy eye when I was your age and I hated it! I have also worn glasses since I was about your age too. I was made fun of a lot growing up because I was taller than everyone else, including the boys, and because I liked and did well in school. My mom and dad always told me to be proud of who I was, to stand up straight, study hard, and be kind to people, even if they weren't so kind to me. It wasn't always easy, but it got better, and all those things I got made fun of for are the things I love about myself now. I love being tall. I'm confident in myself because of what I've accomplished and how I treat people. I even think my glasses give me a different personality, like Superman. I'm 33 now and an attorney. I'm proud of that, but I'm more proud that I am my own person, and I'm not afraid to express my thoughts and opinions and likes. All those things that make me different, make me ME! Just like all the likes and interests you develop as you grow up will make you who you are. So hang in there! Oh , and I was never big on Star Wars, but I loved Star Trek, and us science geeks have to stick together.
    Take care,
    Magen

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Hi Katie,

    I just read your story on CNN.com and then on your blog. I was sorry to hear about what happened but I

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    Katie,

    I have been a Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, and Battlestar Gallactica fan for many many years. I was a geek back in high school before the name "geek" was even invented. AND... I was good in math and played the cello and was just generally goofy looking with freckles and braces and wild crazy curly hair. Most of my teenage years, I was a mess! But I always knew deep down that THAT made me who I was. I am a geek and I am proud of it. It wasn't easy - I still get teased. But be true to yourself. Its so worth it. Right now, I'm sitting at my desk at work. I'm a programmer/database designer for a large company. And I've got a collection of Star Wars figures on my bookcase! Yes I do! They give me something to smile about. Someday you will be all grown up and maybe you too will have your lightsabre in a place of honor.

    The whole world of women geeks are pulling for you!
    Teri

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    Hey, Katie,
    Well, I'm coming late to this, so I'm tempted to just say, "The Force will be with you... always.". But really, that's not all...

    I remember being bullied in grade school, in part because of being a 'book worm', and in part because of the nature of the books I liked to read and the movies and TV I liked to watch. Now, as a grown up, I'm able to own terms like geek and nerd as badges of honor, and have a lot of friends who do likewise, but I do remember that it wasn't so easy back then. So, not only do I want to say that it's awesome that you're a Star Wars fan, but that it's even more awesome that you and your Mom are standing up and saying that that's okay and you shouldn't be bullied for it, and that so many people on the Internet are supporting you.

    I've got a two-year-old son now that I'm already introducing to things like Star Wars and superheroes, but since those already seem to be accepted as typical 'boy' things, I don't know how much trouble he'll ever have over those things. But I pledge now that if he ever gets bullied over being interested in things that are considered 'just for girls', I will try to support him as well as your Mom is supporting you.

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    I just had a daughter myself 10 months ago. It changes everything. Message here? Be yourself Katie. We love YOU!!!

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    Hey Katie,

    You know, I have to admit that I'm a little jealous that you're already a Star Wars fan! Somehow I lived for over 20 years without having ever seen the movies, but finally I watched all six of them about a month ago and loved them all! I now consider myself fully hooked, which means that I make lame Star Wars jokes and puns at every available opportunity. Don't worry about having different interests -- they're what make you you! I'm a tour guide at my university, and every time I tell my tour group that I study electrical engineering, there's always at least one person who has this look on his (or her, but usually his) face that's like, "wait, you're a girl? and you're in the EE department? but yet you seem to be a normal, social human? what?!?" But the thing is, instead of letting that type of person get me down, I look at it as an opportunity to show that person that yes, I do what I do, and yes, it is very cool. And that's the amazing opportunity that you have right now, too: you're showing the whole world that you are you, you're proud of what you love, and you're not afraid to stand up and shout it.

    If you happen to love cool, techy things in addition to loving Star Wars, you might be interested in taking a peek at the stuff I work with at my university. Fortunately, my university just happens to be in the same town as where you live (do you like purple as much as I do???)! If you ever want to check out all the awesome nerdiness that lives over by the lake, have your parents shoot me an email at efretz at u dot northwestern dot edu and we can hook that up :-)

    Anyway, have a super day you shall if remember all these messages you do!

    Cheers,
    Elyse

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    Katie-
    Some day you will learn that the only people that truly matter are those that embrace you for who you are. So keep being yourself and never ever, not even for a second, let someone else try to change who you are! Be strong! Be you!

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    Dear Katie,
    I read your story on a link from twitter, and I wanted to let you know a few things

    I know you probably know this now, but you are not alone.
    I am 19 years old now, and when I was in middle school I got made fun of alot. Every day, it seemed like. They would mock me because they mistook my awesomeness for weirdness. I was a huge star wars fan, trekkie, anime fanatic and video gamer. I remember it being a rough time, the teachers wouldn't do anything about it and I felt alone.

    But you know what? You're not. There are other people. Other cooler people who like the same things you do. They probably got bullied as well. You'll find people like this one day, people who accept you as the awesome person that you are and they're the only people worth your time.

    When I got to high school (I had just moved to a completely different state) I decided I was sick of pretending to be someone I'm not in order to avoid being judged and made fun of. I was one of the dorkiest girls in school and I owned it. It was then that I had the best years of school that I have ever had with some of the coolest, most extraordinary, nerdiest people.

    So, in short, be yourself, what they say might sting, but don't worry about what they say, because honestly it isn't worth it. Keep your true friends close. Don't change for anyone. If you're going to change, change for you and only you.

    May the force be with you!
    Live long and prosper!
    -Emily

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    Hi Katie,

    I am so proud of you and your mom for protecting who you are and not trying to be different because of others! I am a geeky guy who loves Star Wars and I was also adopted (in a large family where I was the only adopted child - I am really lucky for that). I sometimes felt different and was treated different than other kids in elementary school. I am glad that you told your Mom what was going on. She sounds pretty awesome for the way that she chose to help you handle it. Now I am a grown up and I have two daughters. They are athletes, they love math and science, and video games...and yes, they love Star Wars too!!! Keep being confident in yourself and trusting your inner voice.

    Thanks for inspiring people and making them smile!!!

    Take care,

    Dave

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    Dear Katie - I am a Dad to Ryan (a girl!) age 8 (as of yesterday.) She went as Princess Leia for Halloween, complete with hair buns. She alo had glasses, only a lighter blue than yours.
    She had a lot of worries about having a boys name, wearing glasses and being in 3rd grade even though she is only 7. But we talk about these things, and make sure she is happy with who she is. Her friends are OK with that too!
    Be who you are, and everything falls into place.
    I'm sure you and she would be great pals.

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    I think it is fantastic that this generation is getting in to Star Wars. My niece is your age, loves Star Wars and Darth Vader. My 5 yr old daughter knows of Star Wars as well. I was 1 when the original Star Wars Episode IV, a new hope came out. You are a perfect angel, living in a family that LOVES you no matter what. Keep liking Star Wars. There is nothing wrong with dreaming, wanting things, loving things. It's called imagination. I am exstactic that there are kids that are in to things, like Star Wars, that are from 33 years ago. Keep it up. Do what you love, Love what you do. May the force be with you, and the force IS with you. Many blessings

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    Katie,

    As someone who is MUCH older than you are, take it from me, LOVE what you love and don't worry about those kids. I know that is much easier said than done but you will find out in the end that it will all be ok. I was a Star Wars fan when I was little too. Now granted I am a boy, but that doesn't matter! I was a young boy who loved Star Wars and like you, I had a patch that I had to wear for a lazy eye as well!!! Kids made fun of me for my patch. Made fun of me because I only have two letters for my name. Made fun of me for my glasses. Made fun of me because I was just different from all of them. Those kids now have moved on, just like me. I still love Star Wars, not as much as some but I still enjoy it! Sweetie you are a gift. There is no one else just like you and there never will be. By not allowing the world to experience you as the wonderful kid you are...we are loosing out on the wonderful you!.....SO....carry that water bottle to school and let those other kids know that ere are THOUSANDS of people who think you are the coolest...JUST THE WAY YOU ARE!!!

    take care and may the force be with you young padawan!!

    AE Reed, III
    High Point NC

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    Dear Katie,

    Always hold onto that Star Wars water bottle and use it every chance you get. I know it's hard to be teased about the things you like, but never let the bullies make you give up the things that make you happy.

    I am 29 years old, and I am a huge Star Wars fan from Arizona. When I was your age I was also teased about liking Star Wars and about many other things to include my name. I wear glasses, was always nerdy looking, and at times it was very hard to deal with. But as I grew up, I never stopped liking Star Wars or any other things that interested me, and soon I found more people who were also interested in the things I liked and have made many great friends over the years. Three of my very best friends are girls, and all three of them are huge Star Wars nerds just like me.

    While the kids who tease you right now might think that Star Wars isn't cool, when they grow up, they may change their minds and will finally see why Star Wars made you happy. And as you get older, you'll find more friends who also share your love for Star Wars. Never give up hope, and never stop showing that you like Star Wars. May the force be with you always.

    Kristopher M. Reeve
    Staff Sergeant
    United Stated Army

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Hi Katie! We love your story! We want you to know we featured you as our "Hero of the Week" on our website, Geek Anthem. You can see the post here: http://www.geekanthem.com/hero-of-the-week-katie-goldman ... By the way, my 13-year-old daughter, Daisy, loves Star Wars, too!

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    PS- I was told in 5th grade that trumpet was a 'boys' instrument. But I really wanted to play trumpet. And guess what? I was always ranked ahead of the boys even through high school!

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    Katie,

    Your story made me smile and feel good inside. I was called a geek and a nerd when I was in school and I was also adopted (the only adopted child in a large family). You are lucky to have such a smart Mom who found a great way to help you realize that it is much more important and rewarding to be yourself and listen to yourself than to let others tell you what to be or do. I have two daughters who love Star Wars, play competitive sports, play video games, and who definitely march to the beat of their own drummer - I know that they are happier and more confident about who they are.

    Thanks and good luck to you!

    Dave

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    Hi, Katie!

    Reading that you were bullied for loving Star Wars brought tears to my eyes, because it brought back memories of being a little girl who wore glasses and loved science and sci fi and was made fun of for being smart and creative. I want you to know that you are not alone (as you can see by these comments!), that there are LOTS of girls and women out there who love Star Wars, and that you should never let someone put you down for the things you love. Your interests make you special and unique, and I think those other kids are just jealous because they don't have a love as strong as yours.

    I still have the Star Wars toys that I got when the first movies came out. I had such a crush on C-3PO! I think my husband is a lot like him. I know Darth Vader is the bad guy, but I thought he was pretty awesome, too, in his long black cape. One of my favorite scenes is when Luke meets Han Solo in the Mos Eisley cantina, and there are all those wild and wonderful looking aliens hanging out. I dreamed about space travel and aliens, and I read lots of books about them, too.

    You know what? Now that I'm grown up, I have lots of friends who think my interests are pretty cool. I am so thankful for the internet, for bringing us all closer, and so that I could read about you. I have an eight year old daughter, and we love watching The Clone Wars together.

    Be proud of who you are! We've got your back.

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Katie, you are a hero and you are not alone.

    Geek Gurl Power!

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    Hi Katie,
    I just read about your story and I am so impressed with you and your mom. Growing up I loved Star Wars, Star Trek, Batman, and plenty of other "boy" things. In the 5th grade I was teased a lot for being smart and being a little weird. I don't really understand why that matters, but sometimes people get bullied for absolutely no reason at all. There was this one girl who was really, really mean and convinced all the kids that sat at my table to scoot their desks away from mine, so I would be sitting all by myself. It made me really sad. I hated going to school that year.
    But then something really cool happened... the next year everything was fine. I made friends who liked me for the way I was. In fact, the really mean girl I mentioned earlier, she and I actually became friends in high school and still stay in touch. She doesn't remember the bullying, but I do. But I decided to forgive her and move on.
    So, keep being you and know that even if people are being mean now, things will get better.

    Lauren, 25

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Hi Katie,

    I saw that you were bullied at school for liking star wars and it made me really sad to see. I just wanted to post here to let you know that sadly you're not alone... I was bullied in school too for my immense love of all things 'geeky' from Harry Potter (my first love), to star trek, to star wars. I also want you to know that it does get better.

    The bullying WILL stop eventually, and eventually people will realize that you are actually the coolest girl they know because you're not afraid to be yourself and show who you are. It took me a long time, but by the time I graduated high school I was actually nominated and put on the home coming court, and now that I'm in college I'm not afraid to be who I am.

    I'm really proud of you for standing up to the bullies, and I just kind of wanted to post here to let you know that you're not alone and that you're a great role model for what people should be, Themselves.

    -Matt

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    Katie,

    If your friends don't love you for who you are, then they just are not your friends at all. I hope you can see just how many people out there believe in you and share your passion for Star Wars! I can remember everything from my Star Wars sheets and lunchbox to my Star Wars figure collection. I think it is great that you share this same passion for one of the greatest movies ever made. People waited in line for months when Episodes 1 through 3 came out; they were men, women, boys and girls. Star Wars has been 'cool' for over 30 years now, transcending generations. I hope you continue to carry that water bottle with pride!

    Always be true to yourself!
    Best of luck to you and your family!
    Happy Holidays!
    Seth

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    I am a girl I have glasses and I LOVE Star Wars! Reading your story brought tears to my eyes... I go out of my way to buy Star Wars acessories. I own backpacks, clothes, even hair accessories. In fact where did you get your lovely water bottle?

    As far as glasses go I got them when I was your age and I was teased mercifully about them. As I got older I started to feel that glasses are something other people should be jealous of! I treat glasses like another potential accessory! I own 5 pairs and I switch them up depending on my mood. Glasses are a part of who I am and

    In loving Star Wars you have brought so much joy to the lives of other people. You should be proud of yourself and of your love for Star Wars!

    Because of you I will be proudly wearing Star Wars everything tomorrow! from my socks to my hat I will show my Star Wars pride!

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    Katie,
    I'm SO proud of you!
    I have two girls, 3 (preschool) and 5 years old (kindergarten). My husband is a physics teacher, loves playing Dungeons and Dragons and has allowed our girls to watch Star Wars and THEY LOVE IT! He reads them the Avengers comic books. They watch Clone Wars on TV. I see nothing wrong with that. They have asked Santa for Star Wars stuff for Christmas. They probably know more about Star Wars than any kid in their class and they definitely know more than me. Smile. It does not matter if it's a boy or a girl thing. Be proud of what you like and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. You're doing the right thing!!!

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    From a Star-Wars fan named Katie to a Star-Wars fan named Katie:

    When I was in first grade, my dad and I used to sit together on a picnic blanket on my living room floor while we ate 'Star Wars Stew,' the kind of stew that Yoda fed Luke in The Empire Strikes Back (side note: I'm pretty sure this is why I began to think baked beans were so exotic...). I remember being incredibly excited because I got to stay up late to watch the whole trilogy.

    Point is, I loved Star Wars. I knew the words of all the movies by heart. I had a light saber (green, of course - I was a good jedi!). And when I grew up, I wanted to have a dress as pretty as Leia's.

    Even though you're getting teased for it right now, take my word for it that when you get a little older, the boys will be IMPRESSED! All of my friends who are boys tell me they love that I can quote Star Wars right along with the best of them. So hang in there for now while people are still deciding what is cool and what is not - pretty soon, they'll realize just how cool you are. Be yourself, and love every minute of it.

    The kids at your school may tell you that you're weird or not normal for being a girl who likes Star Wars, but I hope that all of our notes make you realize that there are more of us just like you than you think: you and I even share the same name!

    Finally, the next time the someone tells you that Star Wars is just for boys, just remind them that were it not for girls like Princess Leia Organa and Queen Padme Amidala, Star Wars just wouldn't be the same.

    Have patience, young Padawan learner, and things will work out. May the force be with you!

    Katie

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    Hey, Katie! I am a guy that has used glasses since first grade, and loved Star Wars since as far as I can remember. All the way through school, I used to carry at least one Star Wars item in my backpack all the time (Most of the time an Artoo action figure. I have lost, got stolen or seen smashed or worse half of them...). I have many fond memories relating to Star Wars. So, you should never give that one up.

    As someone who has been teased for being "different", I can tell you the time will come when you will see that you are indeed unique. Hang on, there are people who love you just the way you are!

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Hi Katie! I

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Hi katie first of i wanted to say how you have inspired me. i was teased when i was younger for liking science fiction movies . i am now an adult with 2 young boys your age.

    i just wanted to tell you never lose your dreams or your loves they will help you in life, trust me i know.

    i now am a member of group of people who love to share our passion for a science fiction creature called the predator. We dress up in costumes ,we draw, sculpt and we do many things to share our passion. we have members from all over the planet men, women and even kids who love to dress up.

    i have shared your story with the members of my forum and we support you.

    your special and awesome ...never forget that.

    best regards

    Andrew Marzan

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Hey Katie!

    I'm glad people are helping you see how awesome you are for being yourself. I thankfully had a couple great friends growing up, and a loving and supportive family to help me grow up as a happy fun loving geek! As I got older, I found more and more geeky, fun friends.

    Now, I'm almost 30 years old, with my own house in Skokie that I decorate with my own Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Muppets, and other toys. I have a great job that lets me be creative and a little silly. I also have tons of friends that love me for being this way!

    Trying to fit in is boring, and life is too short for that. Being yourself, and taking time to enjoy the fun things in life is what makes life great!

    Take care, Katie, and as my dad says to me every night before I go to sleep "May The Force Be With You!" (you really can't hear that enough) :)

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    To Katie: Being a filmmaker, I definitely have to commend you, Katie, on your excellent choice of film! Star Wars, especially George Lucas' originals, are some of the best films ever made. Being gay, overweight as a kid, athletic, and wore glasses, I have had my fair share of insults thrown my way and Katie, as difficult as it seems now, you are so much better than all those who cannot take the time to see past the simple things like image. Those are not the things that define a person but only enhance a person's individuality. Don't ever feel like you need to conform to what everyone else thinks you should be like--you will never be happy--instead embrace your individuality because the people that embrace it as well are the only ones that should matter.

    To Carrie: Thank you. Thank you for being an incredible support system for your daughter. If everyone's parents could be that strong about embracing their child's individuality and personality we would not see any bullying. It truly starts with the parents and you are doing a wonderful job. So thank you.

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Hi Katie

    I am a geek. I wear glasses, and grew up loving and playing with Star Wars and GI Joe figures, reading comics, and playing piano. I hated sports, and because I didn't want to play football or soccer with the other boys at recess, I was teased and bullied. I hated that. When I read your story, I was reminded about how hard it was for me growing up and getting teased all of the time. Katie, the universe is so much bigger than your classroom. You are not alone. Be proud of who you are. Don't give up what you love! You have an amazing mom, and you are special. I'm now a grown-up man. I am a scientist. I married a geek girl, and I have a two-year old daughter. She doesn't see the difference between "girls" and "boys" toys, and I hope she never does. She loves drums and dolls, Sesame Street, and watching "The Simpsons" with me. On December 10th, me, my wife, and daughter will all be wearing Star Wars and thinking of you. Hold up your water bottle, hold up your chin, and be proud of who you are. May the force be with you Katie!

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Dear Katie,

    The 'Star Wars' universe is big enough for both boys and girls! I say this as a 36-year-old girl who has liked 'Star Wars' since I was your age!

    Hold your head up high and keep taking your water bottle to school! Be yourself and be proud!

    We're all with you, Katie!

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Katie,

    You are obviously the coolest kid in your class. The only reason those boys teased you was because they were clearly jealous of you (boys are kind of stupid like that).

    I'm actually pretty jealous of you right now because of the awesome lightsaber you got and the great cartoon of you as a Jedi.
    I'd love to have that stuff.

    I know a lot of people have already left you comments and said pretty much the same thing I'm telling you but here I go anyway,
    Don't pay any attention to anybody who tries to bully you or tease you or be mean to you in any way. There is not enough time in the day to waste a single second of thinking about people like that.

    You're wonderful just the way you are, if you're happy with yourself then that's the most important thing.

    You like whatever movies you like, listen to what music you want to, watch whatever TV shows you want ( I highly recommend "The Penguins of Madagascar" on Nickelodeon for what it's worth).

    The Star Wars movies are the greatest movies ever made and I'm not exaggerating one bit. I saw Episode 4 in the theaters when it first opened in 1977 and it was the greatest moment of my life.

    Keep smiling and remember that things always get better.

    Harry

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Dear Katie,

    My name is Charlotte, I am 22 years old, I am a girl, I wear glasses and I am a proud Star Wars fan! I have loved Star Wars since I was younger than you and it has always been and will remain an important part of my life. I own almost everything Star Wars however I am missing a water bottle. Where did you get yours?

    As for glasses I got my glasses when I was your age and I was teased relentlessly about them. As I got older I realized that glasses are just another potentially accessory. I now own 5 different pairs and I switch them up depending on my mood. Glasses make me who I am and I hope that one day you will feel the same.

    In loving Star Wars you have brought so much joy to the lives of other people. You should be proud of yourself and of your love for Star Wars!

    In honour of you I will proudly be wearing Star Wars gear, from my shoes to my hat, tomorrow!

    May The Force Be With You.

    -C.M.W.

  • In reply to WardenofMagick:

    Katie,

    I am always so excited when I learn of fellow geeks partaking in Star Warsy goodness!

    I remember watching the original films with my parents when I was your age, and my uncle giving me my first Star Wars Expanded Universe novels when I was 11. Ever since then, I've been quite the fanboy!

    Being different can sometimes be hard, though. There are people out there who try to make themselves feel better by pointing out what they find different in other people. They do that because, for some reason, it makes them feel better about themselves.

    But you know what? Even if they think you're weird, somebody else thinks that they are weird. In fact, everyone is weird or geeky or strange or different in the eyes of someone else, and that's just one more thing that makes us all alike :)

    So relish in your geekiness and just know that because of it, you're going to meet some of the coolest people in the world who will be your friends forever! I know I've met some amazing friends at Star Wars, comic book and anime conventions.

    And if someone tries to make you feel bad for liking Star Wars and being a girl, just tell them that they're jealous that Princess Leia had a higher midichlorian count than Luke ;)

    May the Force be with you!

    --Ty, 23
    Dallas, TX

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    PS I have strabismus and have had to wear glasses since I remember and I STILL HAVE my stegosaurus eye patch that I had to wear when I was younger!

    As you get older, people will compliment you on your glasses and how awesome you look in them, and you'll be digging through your drawers one day, find that old patch, and realize that it brings back more happy memories than sad ones.

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie,

    I'm a girl and I'm a geek. Besides being a lover of star wars and other "boy" things, I'm also a mathematician --- and there are too few girls who love math. Right now I'm in Montreal, I feel different because I don't speak French, and I haven't seen another woman mathematician since I arrived. Sometimes it is hard to remember not to worry too much about the things that make us different and instead to focus on the things that bring us together. Some really great things happen when you connect with other people. I wanted to thank you for sharing your story and for helping me remember this. If I were at home, I would wear my R2D2 necklace that I've had since I was a child in honor of you tomorrow (I still have it).

    My username ---- A.A.LeBlanc --- was the pen name of a famous woman mathematician named Sophie Germain who lived around 1800. She didn't want others to know that she was a woman because she was afraid that they would not pay attention to her -- at that time, no one thought women could do math. She used a fake name to hide her true identity. That was over 200 years ago, but I think that how she felt about doing math as a girl is not so different from how you felt about your Star Wars water bottle. Eventually everyone found out who she was, she was very well respected and the math that she did is still famous today. I hope that you can keep her in mind the next time you need to remember to be brave and be proud of who you are (I know I do!).

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    "Remember, the Force will be with you always."

    And so will a whole world of grown-up Ladies Geek, who have been where you are - and absolutely have your back!

    All the best futures are filled with imagination.

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie! I too am a Chicagoland Star Wars fan and all I can say is, don't let anyone tell you who you are or who you should be. I grew up in the northern suburbs and I too as a youngster took quite a bit of flack from "so-called friends" over the years due to my affinity for Star Wars. Thankfully, life was good to me and along with a good heart and a positive outlook, I was given the gift of size as well. I stand at 6 feet, 5 inches tall now and needless to say, people no longer poke fun at me for something that I truly enjoy. I wish you all the best in your future and don't ever forget that ultimately, there are more of us "nerds" out there than there are of those who wish to ridicule us for our choices and opinions. Stick with what you truly like and in the end you will be a happier person as a result!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    I just wanted you to know that I know what it is like to be "different" at such a young age. As a child, I was bullied by school mates because I wore a hearing aid, had speech problems, a lazy eyelid, and, just like you, I had to wear a patch over one of my eyes because I had a lazy eye. Plus, to be honest, I was just "weird". The bullying finally stopped in middle school when I stood up for myself. I wish I'd had the courage and support you have.

    You are an amazingly stronge girl, and are so lucky to have the family you have. And you obviously are not alone in your love of Star Wars. Myself, my husband, and our 3 boys all love Star Wars. I think we've seen each movie at least 100 times each, and we make it a family event to watch a new episode of Star Wars:The Clone Wars.

    Be proud of who you are. You have the inner strength and confidence to be who you are, not just another Clone. Someday, after your school days end, and you are remembering your childhood, you will realize that you had something special at an early age that many people never have; a deep understanding of who you truely are. And your school mates undoubtedly wish they had what you have.

    And I will tell you another thing you have that most "normal" people don't have:FREEDOM. Not the freedom you learn about in school, but the freedom to show your true self to the world. I hope you never lose that. It's taken me far in life; everything I have I owe to being true to who I am, I can't count how many people have told me that they wish they had the inner strength and freedom to show their true selves as I do. Even my closest friends.

    Love who you are, and love your geekiness! There is a bright future ahead of you, I just know it.

    --Misty,
    Camp LeJeune, NC

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie,
    Like many others, your CNN story is what sent me here today. I received a text from my husband with the link because he knew that I could completely appreciate where you are coming from. I've been a Star Wars fan since I sat in the Cineramadome in L.A. opening weekend, 1977. I was eight years old and I was hooked the minute the rebel blockade runner rumbled on the screen. I've been attending science fiction conventions most of my life and btw, my sisters are geeks too (they are older). Being a geek led me to a successful career in computers, too. Girls can love star wars just as much as boys and don't ever forget that! Be who you want to be and don't let anyone stop you. In the end, all that matters is enjoying what you love. And don't forget, the geeks shall inherit the earth. Girl and boy geeks!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Dear Katie,
    I have two little girls, and we three girls love Star Wars, too! I hope my little girls grow up to be as cool as you:) Remember, there are whole bunches of us out here. Really cool girls (and boys, too!) that are different. And we are proud of who you are, and hope you're proud of yourself, too! We love you!
    Sincerely,
    Maya, Tatyana, and Ayame.

    p.s.

    Tatyana says you look beautiful with your lightsaber;)

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie,

    I may not be a girl, but I LOVE Star Wars! I also know what it's like to be bullied because of something you like.

    I feel that it can never be said enough to just hold your head up high and never be ashamed to be who you are.

    Best Wishes, -Nick

    P.S.: I have a feeling that if the Emperor saw you with that lightsaber, he'd shout, "I surrender!"

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie:

    I was 13 and living in Los Angeles when Star Wars was first released in 1977. I know that I saw it in the theater with my friends. But what I had forgotten, until my mom reminded me a few years ago? Not only did I love the movie, I became obsessed.

    My mom says that after I saw Star Wars for the first time, I begged her to take me to see it again. Over and over and over! She doesn't remember how many times I saw it. Maybe 10? 12?

    To this day, it is still one of my all-time favorite movies.

    I'm so glad people are reaching out to you from all over the world to let you know that everybody loves Star Wars. Especially girls!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Greeting from Alberta, Canada!!

    I have been a Star Wars and Star Trek geek for most of my life, introduced to both of them by my dad who passed away a few years ago. I am a father to 2 girls and a boy (ages 8, 6 and 4) and I am proud to say that all of them love Star Wars. They can be found reading the books that are available to them at that age, or running around the house pretending to be Jedi. They have watched and loved all of the movies, and both of the animated TV Series.

    That being said my girls are also princesses at heart and love all things pink and frilly as well.

    They are proud of who they are and so am I and you should be proud of who you are too!!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Dear Katie,

    I was always a geeky girl, and it was hard sometimes. Maybe people don't understand you now, but I promise you will find that group of people who love you, accept you for who you are, and share in the things you enjoy.

    Stay geeky - it's an awesome way to be!

    Rachel :)

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie,

    I am also named Katie, I also wear glasses, and I am also a HUGE Star Wars fan! Return of the Jedi was the first movie I ever saw in the theatre. :) I wasn't teased about being a Star Wars nerd when I was a kid (I think it was just too big at the time!) but I was teased about being short...I think kids always find SOMEthing to tease about, which is really unfortunate. I just wanted to let you know that I think you're an awesome girl, and clearly I'm not alone in that thought!

    The force will be with you...always.

    From another Star Wars-loving, Glasses-wearing Katie! :)

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hey Katie,
    I'm glad I'm not the only one! I'm 19 years old and I'm in college and I have a Star Wars Movie Marathon EVERY year, haha. One days boys will love the fact you like Star Wars. I'm a major car girl. I drive a Mustang, which is a very boyish car. And my boyfriend thinks it's the coolest thing ever. My dream job is to be a racer, =]. Trust me, boys are silly, even sillier at your age. I remember the first time I watched Star Wars, it became my favorite thing instantly! I LOVED IT. haha. I was made fun of for my name when I was little. It's Maura and it sounds a lot like Dora and people would call me Ireland and all these other mean names because I was from Ireland. But I learned to not let it get to me. They'll grow up and eventually think it's cool that you like something they like. I'm a major girlie girl who loves makeup and shopping and all that. But I also love cars, football, STAR WARS, Star Trek, and all sorts of boys things. They'll learn to get over it. Just stay strong pretty one! <3 Maura

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie,

    I think a lot of adults here can relate to how you feel. I too was bullied and made fun of for being different. It hurts.

    I want you to remember just how precious and unique you are. Your parents love you very much. Your mom is a wonderful person and she is teaching you an important lesson. How to be brave and speak up for yourself.

    Remember how amazing you are. Hold your ground. Geeks Rock! ESPECIALLY Geek Girls. You are smart and you are different and that is going to take you far in life.

    All my best to you now and always.

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie!

    My daughter Nora is only one and a half, and just starting to show her own little personality. I worry sometimes, because I know myself how hard it can be to grow up different in any way. But I also know that the people who do amazing things in the world are all exceptional souls who follow their hearts even when others try to make it hard for them.

    You see, your example goes way beyond Star Wars (amazing as it is)! Speaking of Star Wars though, here's a picture of Nora insisting that her dad read a story to her and Yoda.
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5394132&l=37713392d5&id=532954105

    We will both be wearing our best Geek clothes tomorrow to show our support! :)

    I am proud of her and love her regardless, of course, but it will be especially nice if she grows up as spunky, strong, and special as you! And if it's ever hard for her, I just might share with her some of the comments you've gotten... if you don't mind. ;)

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hey, you rock girl remember that! I hope my daughter loves star wars as much as you do when she reaches your age. A friend of mine who makes custom sabers wanted me to share these videos of another girl whose father had him make her one playing with them.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v7xdju0O4Y

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G25HvdLbE8

    Don't let anyone influence what you like, we are all different and have different tastes for a reason.

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie,

    Never be ashamed of who you are or what you're into, especially something as amazing as Star Wars :) I won't lie, there are always going to be people who poke fun of others, it's sad, but true. I've been a geek since I can remember, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

    Stay true to yourself, you will find that the world is bigger than you can imagine, and there are thousands upon thousands of people who share your love of sci-fi, boys and girls alike.

    Best wishes and a very happy holiday season to you and your family!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie!

    Never, EVER be afraid to be yourself! I grew up being picked on for my imagination and for the things I liked. It's hard, but things do get better!

    Geeks have more fun! They are creative and clever people. They aren't afraid to smile and feel silly. My husband and I are living proof! He goes to work with a Bert & Ernie Lunch box, and I watch cartoons!

    Don't be afraid to like what you like. There's a TON of geeks out there who do a lot of very cool things when they grow up. YOU can be one of those folks doing something incredibly cool, too!

    With love from Philadelphia, PA

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie you are one of the most beautiful persons in the world and you must never give credit to what hateful people say about you. Don't listen to them! Listen instead to your heart and always be true to yourself!

    I have been a geek my entire life and I was picked on by the other kids and they always tried so hard to make me feel bad. I used to feel sorry for myself but now I feel sorry for them because they are the ones with the real problems. Don't pay attention to what they say about you and try to understand that they need love just like everybody and the best thing you can do in the world is to love every one and every thing.

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie,
    I have a friend whose name is ALSO Katie, and when she was little, she had to wear an eye patch over one eye, under her glasses too! AND she had one of her front teeth knocked out and the dentist replaced it with a copper tooth, which wound up going green! She got teased too, but now she's a grown up artist who shows and teaches kids how to do art. She's the best friend I've ever had, and we both love Star Wars. She even has old collector cups from the 70's and 80's in her house! I know it seems far away, but when you're older, people won't tease you for these things any more. These things that "separate" you, will be the kinds of things that people realize make you the special and totally cool person that you are! I'm 30, and you're 7, and I think you're awesome! -True story! You could be the next Tina Fey...She's one of my heros. Good luck with everything!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    I Katie...wanted to tell you, my name is Catherine...I wore a patch over my good eye and glasses when I was in first grade because of a lazy eye. I LOVE Star Wars...started watching them in 1977 when I was in 10th grade. There is nothing wrong with a girl liking the sci-fi stuff!! My dad always told me "Never let being a girl stop you from doing something you like or want to do with your life"...so love Star Wars Katie!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie -

    I'd like to share my story with you to let you know that things will most definitely get better! Much like you, I wore glasses and a patch when I was a kid for my lazy eye. Those were a couple of the reasons I was bullied and picked on. I'm not even sure what the other reasons might have been. Things got so bad that for a while I would walk to and from school different ways and wear my jacket inside-out on the way home all so the kids who picked on me wouldn't see me.

    Well, now that I'm a little older(well, a lot older!) things have gotten so much better. In fact, by the time I got to high school things were just fine. I guess the kids who felt the need to give me a hard time got over it or figured out that we're all different in our own way and it wasn't worth pointing it out.

    Hang in there, and always remember that being yourself is one of the most important things you can do. Never let anyone push you to "fit in" if you don't want to.

    Take care and good luck!

    Mark in Charlotte, NC

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Dear Katie,

    First, I want you to know how wonder, beautiful and bright you are! There is something special about a girl who loves a good story and understands the importance of being who you are. Yoda would be proud and he'd probably encourage you to continue in your quest in understanding and growing in the positive side of the "force".
    Don't listen to those bullies. They don't know what they're missing! You are not alone! We are a strong group - us girl geeks! So, don't you never mind them. You keep smiling and listen to what the others are saying too...knowing that the positive is a much stronger "force" to be reckoned with than any of those bullies put together.

    With much affection,
    Gen

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie --

    I was just like you when I was growing up. I loved Star Wars! I collected Star Wars everything, and even drew the Star Wars logo on all of my papers for school.

    I read your story on CNN.com. I was thrilled to see that you not only have GREAT taste in movies, but that you have stayed strong even though kids at your school are being ridiculous. I'm really happy that we can all connect now online and show our support. :-)

    Also, just remember, Star Wars will always be cool. I've loved Star Wars since I before I could remember. Now I am in my 20s and all the guys think I'm awesome because I like Star Wars, haha. I am sure you will have nothing but great things waiting for you in your future. Always stay strong and BE YOURSELF!!!

    Wishing you all the best,

    Angela

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie! You rock! I have a little girl, seven years old, in second grade, and she's a HUGE Star Wars fan. Sharing Star Wars helps my daughter and I to be even better friends than we already are. Never give up your interests because others don't understand them! They are YOUR interests, not theirs!

    Be strong, Katie! There are MILLIONS of Star Wars fans, both boys and girls. Love what you love, and let your classmates learn from your example.

    Be good! Learn lots at school, and never let others tell you what you can like.

    Sincerely,
    A Concerned Daddy

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie ~~ I've never met you, but I think you are awesome! I was always in a similar boat through school. I wasn't into what all the girls were into. I wanted to skateboard, play an electric guitar, and build awesome things with my legos. I'd rather watch horror movies than anything else. I soon realized that even though I was made fun of and teased, it didn't matter. I was still great no matter what people thought. I learned that I had to be me, and that made everything right. While I was a bit eccentric and very different, I still had real friends. Who liked me for me. There are people who don't judge you based on silly things like loving Star Wars (which rocks!) or being a skateboarder. You are awesome because you're you. Carry your water bottle, wear Star Wars shirts, and dress up like Star Wars characters on Halloween! Don't change because of people... just remember.. we didn't all come from the same mold! Be you! And may the force be with you!!!!! Much love to you from Knox, Pennsylvania!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi, Katie. I just wanted to thank you for reminding this 33-year-old to always be herself.

    ~ Melissa from New Jersey

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie! One of the things that makes me most happy as a mom is to see more kids that are proud to like Star Wars and Star Trek and other nerdy things. I always felt growing up that I was the only one. Its so awesome to know that there are people like you around so my son will have friends to watch Star Wars with! (the star wars lego video game is pretty sweet too)

    Have fun tomorrow at school with Proud to Be Me day!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie,

    I been wearing corrective eyewear since I was three. I had a patch as a small child. I was also an avid star wars fan. I was the only girl in my junior high that dressed up as a star wars charcter for our school dress up day. I still love star wars. I hope you stay true to yourself and remeber that no matter what no matter where YOU ARE WORTH IT.

    Lilias

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hiya Katie :-)

    I can understand how hard it can be, I was adopted at birth - it was something my parents never hid from me, and though it was hard at times ~ I am so lucky to have parents that love me as much as they do, I am so lucky that my birth mother loved me so much that she wanted to give me the life I have today...she gave me the best gift, MY MOM and MY DAD.

    The first movie I ever saw in the theater was Empire Strikes Back when I was 5 years old, and I fell in love with Star Wars that day. I was the girl who had sheets with C3PO and R2D2 instead of Barbie, played with Death Stars, action figures, and X-Wings...and I wouldn't have changed a thing about it!! Even today in my 30's, my family gets me a new Star Wars ornament for my Christmas tree, and sends me any little Star Wars trinket they find. I am also happy to say my own 7 year old daughter loves Star Wars. She sleeps with my old Ewok at nights, and built her own lightsaber at Disney World last year. I read her your story and she was upset. My little monkey ran into her room, grabbed her Star Wars shirt out of her drawer and asked if she could wear it to school tomorrow. Then told me that I could take one of her presents and trade it for a Star Wars toy to donate, and she hopes it goes to a little girl!!

    You can be anyone you want to be, do anything you want to do ~ just believe in yourself!!

    Merry Christmas and "trust your instincts"

    Linz and Jocelyn, MO

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    My name is Deona Lindholm. I'm 35 years old and I think you're one amazing little girl, Katie! I grew up with a lot of being bullied and few to no friends. Why? Because I wore glasses most of my childhood (I had the thing you do, lazy eye. I don't need glasses anymore and in time, hopefully neither will you), I liked a lot of things my peers didn't (including Star Wars and a singer named Julio Iglesias), was a geek and a nerd, but also because I was born with a condition called Autism. There is nothing wrong with you being you, and there is nothing wrong with you liking the things that you do like. There's something I'd like to add from a poem by Maya Angelou (Poem is called "Definition of a Hater"): "It

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie, I'm not sure you're still reading these comments, but if you are, I wanted to lend my voice of support. You see, I understand what it's like to be different at your age...and LOVE STAR WARS!

    When I was just a baby, I had a problem with my heart. It didn't pump correctly, so I needed surgery to correct it. Thankfully, the surgery was an incredible success! But it left me with a giant scar running from the top of my chest all the way down to me navel. It didn't hurt...it was just there, impossibly to miss.

    Now, I lived in Hawaii on an island called Oahu. It's a great place to live, especially if you like the beach, like me. But as you know, if you're a boy, you have to take your shirt off at the beach if you want to go swimming. And whenever I did, everyone would see my scar. The other kids would point and laugh and make faces... it wasn't fun. The teasing continued until about 6th grade. I just put up with it. I knew every time I went to the beach or the pool (which was every weekend), I'd have to answer questions and endure the funny faces. They made me feel different and punished me for something I could never change.

    Now let me tell you the other side of my story - I LOVED STAR WARS. I knew the theme song by heart by the time I was 4. I had worn out my VHS tapes (ask your parents) and records (again, ask your parents). In fact, I LOVED movies in general - Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, E.T.... you name it, I watched it over and over and over.

    And you, the funniest thing happened. Now I make movies! That's right! I'm working in the movie business in Hollywood and working on some pretty cool movies and TV shows! Insane, right?!

    If a skinny, little, scarred-up kid from Hawaii can reach his dreams and make movies for a living, I know you're going to do some AMAZING things. Never doubt that. So when other kids tease you, either now or later in life when you're a teenager, a young adult or an old guy like me, remember: just be yourself and don't sweat the rest. The people who will accept you no matter what: those are your real friends and family. The people who feel they need to tease you because of who you are and what you like: DON'T WORRY ABOUT THEM. They're not so nice... and why would you want 'not so nice' people to be your friends? Surround yourself with the love and faith of those who see the 'real' you... and you can't go wrong.

    God bless you, sweetheart, and may you always be true to yourself.

    May the Force be with you. Always.

    Matt

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie, don't you listen to those boys for one minute.

    I'm a 30 year old woman, and I have been a "Star Wars" fan for as long as I can remember. My parents took me to see "Return of the Jedi" when I was 2 1/2 back in 1983. I was teased all the way up into high school, and "Star Wars" was always there for me. Even in high school, I was teased about it. Episode One came out during my last year in hiogh school. And all of a sudden, Star Wars was cool again. and you know what? I was the one who was laughing, because for once, I was cool because I liked "Star Wars". You hang in there, because you are among a great group of people: Star Wars fans!!!

    Did you know that Ewan McGregor, the person who played Obi-Wan in Episodes One Two and THree is also a Star Wars fan?

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie,

    I too wore a patch for a few years when I was around your age. I didn't like it either but my mother and eye doctor said I had too. Eventually I didn't have to wear it any longer and was so happy. That day will come to you too before you know it. Keep strong and know that there are many girls just like you. Thinking of you from sunny Florida.

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie, whoever criticized your interest in and loyalty to Star Wars was sorely mistaken, and I am really surprised someone would do that. However, there will always be unwise and downright mean people around, just like the ones the Jedi had to deal with. The fact that you are drawn to the important truths in the Star Wars story makes you, in my opinion, more special and wiser than those who can't. Unfortunate for them, mm hmm. Also note that there were many girls and women who were Jedi in the story. It doesn't have anything to do with whether you are a boy or girl - it's how brave and determined and dedicated you are. Now here is a really "geeky" comment about me: When I was 13 years old, I saw the very first Star Wars movie, and it changed my life forever. Believe me, there are millions who would laugh their heads off at a 46 yr old grandmother saying that. But it has inspired me throughout my life and sent these messages to me in a way that no other person or movie or event had ever before: Stay true to your most precious beliefs and always have faith in them; Don't ever give up on something important even when it seems way too hard; Always fight for the right thing, even if it means you must sometimes suffer in some way (however, choose your battles wisely). Star Wars described these truths, which are or should be very important to everyone, by ingenius storytelling. it is a work of art. A true gift was given to George Lucas, his directors, and actors, so that they could tell this universal story in a way that it could be noticed and could inspire millions of people, both children and adults, in a great and strong way.

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Carrie!

    Thank you for posting your great story on your blog about Katie. I love everything about Star Wars, all the movies since the beginning. It is wonderful to see a girl take an interest in creative movies and characters that are about battles of good over evil, about heroes and adventures that inspire our imaginations.

    Just tell Katie that the forces of good are on her side, and I think she would make a great Jedi warrior! May the force be with you all.

    LukeSkyCT

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie,

    Thank you for being such a role model for us all. I'm always amazes me how Younglings can teach us so much!!

    It was in fourth grade when I realized I was unique from many of the other kids. Fortunately, I had wonderful parents like you do who supported me and taught to make my differences my strength.

    I'm now in my late forties and have made a successful career being a computer geek and just a bit different from the rest.

    More importantly, I have a six-year old niece that I cannot wait to tell your story to when I see her this Christmas. I want her to know to always be proud of who she is and you are shining example for her!!

    Thank you for being so heroic! Princess Leia would be proud!

    May The Force Be With You!

    Scott

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie! My name is Katie, too, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Star Wars! I have since before I was your age, and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with loving Star Wars! I live in the Chicago area, and let me tell you - when you get older and tell people that you like Star Wars, they are impressed and excited to talk to you. So don't worry about those bullies - be who you are. That's what makes you amazing at the end of the day. They'll be jealous that they aren't at your superior level. Stay Strong and...may the force be with you :)

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie,

    I know that you've received so much support at this point that you are probably well aware by now that Star Wars is actually cool, despite what those boys in your class said. However, I just had to lend my voice to the thousands that have reached out to support you.

    I'm a freshman in college and a girl, and when I was packing up my stuff to move into the dorms, I brought a few of my most precious belongings. One of them is a stuffed Yoda, a present from my best friend for my eighteenth birthday. Yoda is sitting proudly up on my bed as I write this note to you. I promise you, not once has anyone made fun of me for having him, or told me that Star Wars is for boys. The reactions I've gotten have ranged from "Wow that's cool" to "You are so epic".

    There is nothing wrong with liking Star Wars as a girl. But more importantly, just remember that every time someone says you are weird or a nerd, what they are actually calling attention to is how amazingly unique and special you are. Never try to hide how incredible you are.

    May the Force be with you. And never forget that all of your fellow nerds stand behind you.

    Dorothy

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie!

    Just like Romin1963, I'm one of the elder stateswomen of the Star Wars/Sci Fi World, reporting in at the age at 45. I've been a Sci Fi Hunny ever since I was 8 and saw Star Trek for the first time. The love only grew when I went to see Star Wars. From there, I became hopelessly, truly, ecstatically lost in the world of Star Wars and Science Fiction and now Anime.

    You see the strong worldwide support that you have so make sure that you stay in there and be strong. You're part of the New Jill Swing Sci Fi Hunnies taking it into the next generation and we're all behind you. Carry that mantle proudly as we cheer you on!

    Take care!

    Kags357

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie (and Carrie): I am 22. I'm adopted (i found out when i was about your age now). I've always been more a tom-boy than a girly girl, and i continue to be one to this day. i never let boys or other girls get on my nerves or upset me enough to change what i love or change who i am. i did nerdy things like color guard and theatre, i've seen star wars more times that i can count. i love dorky books, dorky movies, and above all: dorky people. i know its hard as a 1st grader to understand things like this, but one day you'll meet a friend who will absolutely love your star wars water bottle, and go out and buy a matching one for themselves, and you'll be best friends. to this day i have lord of the rings and harry potter marathons, wear star wars shirts, and am an all around total nerd. and everyone i call a friend thinks its fantastic. you go out there and you tell the world: "I'm Katie. I'm different, I'm incredible, and I'll always be myself."
    -Love, Julia

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie, I read your story today, and then my 7th grader came home with a story this afternoon...two "popular" girls had been really nice to her lately, and she found out today that they were only being nice because they thought she was "weird" and wanted to make her "normal" (apparently that means like them). Almost everybody in her grade knew about it, which made it worse. Anyway, I immediately showed her your story, and it made her feel MUCH better, and encouraged her to continue to be herself, instead of trying to be like everybody else. Thank you so much--you are changing lives!!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    My 8 year old daughter is in Evanston (Bessie Rhoades), and gets teased for liking Star Wars. Her friends say it is for Boys as well.
    She loves to play Lego Star Wars on the Wii
    Stick with what you love!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    I'm a Katie, too, and I started liking Star Wars when I was about your age. Trust me, one day the boys will realize it's really cool that you like Star Wars:-) Just keep being yourself.

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hurray for Katie! I'm a girl geek and proud of it! I played trumpet in band, was in the advanced math classes and now work in the computer industry. I now have two young boys who LOVE Star Wars too. My oldest son is 7 years old too and it can be a hard age figuring out what is 'acceptable' with the other kids. Just be true to yourself. When I was a kid, I was teased for being Polish by a classmate. Finally, I looked at him and said, "Yes, I am Polish. So what?" He never bothered me again. Know how great you are and that your Mom is always looking out for you :-).

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Dear Katie,
    I work in Evanston and am lucky enough to work with students from all over the world. From my office, you can look out and see trees, birds, and squirrels. But the most interesting thing about my office, and what the students notice the most, is the collection of gifts, souvenirs, and toys that I have on my desk. And the most interesting thing about that collection is all of my Star Wars figures: Yoda, Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, Luke, Qui Gon.
    I can't count the number of times that a student has asked: "Oh, are you a Star Wars fan?" When they ask that question, we have something to talk about besides school, and it helps them to feel more comfortable with me. Even though our backgrounds or cultures may not have a lot in common, I've bonded with people from all over the world due to our like (or love!) of Star Wars. (The person who sent me the article about you is a former student who now lives in Brazil.)
    When I fell in love with Star Wars, I never thought (or cared!) about how it might help me to connect with people twenty years later. But now, here I am, sending videos with Star Wars legos to students from Japan. I hope that the things that you love allow you to make meaningful and exciting connections with people throughout your life.
    All the best,
    Debbie

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Dear Katie,

    I am a sophomore in high school, and while I admit I have never seen a Star Wars movie, I have been teased for wearing button down shirts and Clark Wallabies, two things that are typically worn by boys. Don't pay any attention to those boys, they wish they were cool enough to have a Star Wars water bottle. Katie, you are BEAUTIFUL and don't EVER let anyone tell you otherwise. It's fantastic that you have found something you love - it's what makes each of us unique. If everyone liked the same things, the world would be terribly boring, and it's people like you that make it unique. So you rock that water bottle girl - you're amazing!

    Best,

    Royar

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    I grew up in love with Bruce Lee, the X-Men cartoon, Star Wars and anything fantasy. My only friends were geeky boys. They thought I was awesome but everyone else though I was very strange. As an adult I began to play World of Warcraft, which is an online interactive game. I met many other women who share my love of fantasy and sci-fi. Better than that, I met my husband on the internet, playing a geeky game. To this day people still make jokes and sarcastic comments when they found out how we met. BUT I FOUND THE LOVE OF MY LIFE! So I don't care what they think. =P If you follow your heart you will always be in the best place for you. May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Dear Katie, My name is also Katie Goldman. For real. I am a Spanish teacher in Rhode Island as well as a translator, and I admire you and your mom so much. When my sister first sent me the link to the CNN article I thought it was some program where you could change the person's name. I was also the only Jewish student in my school, and I am also a "geek" as the others have said. I just want you to know that things get better. No matter what, you are a special person who deserves only great things. We all love you and are rooting for you. Hugs from Rhode Island from another Katie Goldman. :)

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie, I was in my early twenties when I first saw Star Wars. We had to wait forever for each sequel to come out back then! I have to tell you I loved the story then and continue to do so to this very day. It's one of the things I shared with my daughters when they were growing up. Now I'm 50, and THEY are 18 and 20 and we all still curl up with blankets, popcorn, get the fireplace going and see all the movies one after another on our special "Movie Day". These will always be good memories and a tradition I hope they carry on with their children. Lots of love to you, sweetheart. Have a wonderful holiday and "May The Force Be With You".

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie, I wore an eye patch for several years when I was younger to help my eye get stronger from a surgery when I was born. I know how it feels to wear a "pirate patch" and hated it. I now (at age 26) have the best vision possible in that eye. I also took a Rambo lunchbox to school when I was younger, and still love to take odd, fun items to lunch. It keeps things fun. Don't let other people get you down.

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hiya Katie!
    I'm Carol, a 17 year old Girl that loves anything Star/Space relate! I love Star Wars and Star Trek, and a lot of my friends, who are mostly girls, love then as well! I love it so much that my mom made me a Star Trek uniform for Halloween! And In honor of you, I'm going to wear it to my school tomorrow, to show the world that I may be a girl, but that doesn't mean that I cant like guy things!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Dear Katie,

    I read about your story on CNN today, and I was really glad to hear about your mom's blog, so I could leave you a message.

    I'm a big Star Wars fan myself, so I completely understand why you like it so much! I was also bullied when I was in school, so I understand that, too. I'm really sorry that the kids in your school said hurtful things to you. Sometimes people do that, and I don't know why. But I hope that you know (as all of these other comments prove) that there are many, many people out there who support you and I'm one of them!

    I wish you all the best, and my the Force be with you.

    Caleb A. Keller

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hey, Katie! My name's Mandy, and I am just as much into "boy-ish," nerdy things, especially Star Wars! I run a pen-and-paper roleplaying game version of Star Wars (like Dungeons and Dragons) for a lot of my friends. People are shocked when they find out I'm a nerd, especially if they only know me in a professional capacity--I am a senior in college majoring in Music Education, and if anyone who doesn't know me outside of school and/or work starts hearing me spew Star Wars facts at lightspeed, their dumbfounded faces make me laugh! Anyone can be a nerd, no matter if you're a boy or a girl, and don't let anyone EVER convince you otherwise! Much love to you and yours!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    This one's for you, Katie! The women of the 501st, Rebel Legion and even Star Wars actors wanted you to hear our voices of support for your fandom: http://bit.ly/furD3w May the Force Be With You!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie:

    I was you. I want to tell you what I took the last several years to learn: BE YOURSELF!

    I tried to run from my geekiness. I didn't want to be rejected. I wasted high school and the first 2 years of college trying to fit in. But then, I decided that I needed to be HAPPY.

    I'm proud to say that I am a physics major and I love EVERY minute of it. I play video games, I read comics, I love sci fi. And you know what, I have found a group of friends who cares about me and love me for who I AM.

    I am engaged to the man of my dreams (he's a geek, too). And he has never tried to change me. We're geeky together! It works. I know it's hard now, but in the end, you'll be SO happy.

    If you want to keep in contact with me and ask for advice, please feel free to email me: Kristin.M.Barber(at)gmail(dot)com. Then I can tell you how to find me on Facebook or Skype or whatever!

    Katie, always remember you are an awesome person. No one else is quite like you. Geeks are awesome, and we proudly call you one of our own!

    Your fellow geek,
    Kristie B

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie, you are well into one of the most difficult but enriching lessons of your life. The very best thing I can tell you is that the first person that you must love is yourself, as you are. You will often encounter other people that have some other expectation of you and your person, your likes and dislikes. It's a hard thing to do but you must learn to tune out those people that will criticize you only for the purpose of inflating thier own egos or to maintain a "pack" mentality with you as the target. Surely as those people pressure you, they pressure others like you. Find those others like you and stand by them. Encourage them to be themselves as I'm encouraging you to be you. Know that there are hundreds of thousands of us out there, just like you. Call and we will stand by you. We are that force... and the force is with you.

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hello Kate

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm 20 and I'm a girl, and I've loved Star Wars since I was eight! My favorite characters have always been Obi-Wan and Boba Fett. I loved Star Wars so much, that I did kendo (the martial art that the lightsaber fights were based off of) for several years and I learned how to kick-butt with a sword! I'm also a Star Trek and I'm a Stargate, Firefly, and Battlestar Galactica fan. I love lot's of other "boy" things like martial arts, computers (I built my own computer!), space, airplanes, and video games. I also love girly things too, like Buffy, cute clothes, and unicorns (a Jedi has to have balance).
    Those boys are just jealous because you're so cool. Just wait, in a few years they won't be making fun of you anymore, and they'll want to be your friends instead. Some of my best friends are boys because I like a lot of "boy" things. At some point they eventually figure out that girls who like "boy" interests are actually cooler than girls who like generic "girly" things.

    And science-fiction is really amazing because you can learn a lot from it. You learn about people, life, science, technology, and about universe! Science-fiction is also amazing because it connects you with other intelligent people who have the same interests, and then you make awesome friends.

    I know feeling different can feel bad sometimes, but try not to worry about it too much because in the end because it doesn't matter. Just be yourself!
    People who make fun of you are just jealous and insecure, so they have to hurt your feelings in order to make themselves feel better. So just use your Jedi powers and ignore them.

    Geek is totally cool now too, so take pride in your geekery!

    May the force be with you!

    -M

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie- There is nothing wrong with following your heart, and I sincerely admire your courage. I want to share a quick story with you....

    I am the youngest of four and grew up not very far from where you are from. Growing up I knew that my oldest brother would constantly be picked on for his love of WWF wrestling and his love of action figures. He was "different" than everyone in his class, and always marched to the beat of his own drum. He endured constant torment well into his college years, and was strong enough to always look past it. Today he is one of the top toy designers in his field, and is living his dream, unlike a lot of the people he grew up with. Like you he LOVES star wars and it had the greatest influence on what he does today. DO NOT, EVER, let anyone influence what you want to do, and don't let anyone's opinion influence what you like, and don't let them get you down. You have more courage and more integrity than people 3 or 4 times your age. Your parents and sister's are blessed to have you in their lives, and you are an inspiration to your family. I love my brother very much and have always looked up to him for facing the challenges he did and not letting it ever get him down or side tracked. I see my brother in you, and your story, and want to let you know that you are a role model to so many people, even me and I'm 30 years old.

    Do not EVER change who you are for anyone or any reason. You are who you are, and that is what is so amazing about you!!!

    You carry that water bottle around as much as you want. In your later years, when you are following your dreams and are successful, look at that water bottle and it will remind you of who you are. You can do anything you want to as long as you stay true to yourself. Thank you for reminding me of that.

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm 20, and I've loved Star Wars since I was eight! My favorite characters have always been Obi-Wan and Boba Fett. I loved Star Wars so much, that I did kendo (the martial art that the lightsaber fights were based off of) for several years and I learned how to kick-butt with a sword! I'm also a Star Trek and I'm a Stargate, Firefly, and Battlestar Galactica fan. I love lot's of other "boy" things like martial arts, computers (I built my own computer!), space, airplanes, and video games. I also love girly things too, like Buffy, cute clothes, and unicorns (a Jedi has to have balance).
    Those boys are just jealous because you're so cool. Just wait, in a few years they won't be making fun of you anymore, and they'll want to be your friends instead. Some of my best friends are boys because I like a lot of "boy" things. At some point they eventually figure out that girls who like "boy" interests are actually cooler than girls who like generic "girly" things.

    And science-fiction is really amazing because you can learn a lot from it. You learn about people, life, science, technology, and about universe! Science-fiction is also amazing because it connects you with other intelligent people who have the same interests, and then you make awesome friends.

    I know feeling different can feel bad sometimes, but try not to worry about it too much because in the end because it doesn't matter. Just be yourself!
    People who make fun of you are just jealous and insecure, so they have to hurt your feelings in order to make themselves feel better. So just use your Jedi powers and ignore them.

    Geek is totally cool now too, so take pride in your geekery!

    May the force be with you!

    -M

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie,

    This is my favourite scene from Star Wars:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXIqfHI0hQY

    The Battle of Yavin, or "The Death Star Trench Run" sums up the entire meaning behind The Star Wars films. To always believe in yourself - especially during the tough times. Luke Skywalker didn't rely on his targeting computer, he believed in The Force.

    Star Wars is all about the individuals ability to overcome adversity. I think your classmates might sense your own individuality, and that is why they bully you. Bullies are afraid to be themselves, and so they often feel the need to beat that individuality out of others. It's important to learn to stand up to them while you're young, because bullies exist all throughout life - from childhood to old age.

    Although bullies can often do things that will make you feel bad, only you can give them the power to make you feel like less of a person. Don't give it to them.

    May The Force Be With You

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie, I really love your glasses. I had a pair that looked just like that, except on the back of them it was zebra printed! I have a lazy eye as well. Lots of cool people wear glasses!

    I was a big Pokemon fan when I was younger...and was made fun of because "Pokemon was for boys!" Well, Pokemon isn't for boys, and neither is Star Wars. Girls can enjoy it just as much as boys.

    Stand tall. You are a unique beautiful person. Star Wars fans rule! May the force be with you, Katie!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Dear Katie,

    I'm a 29 year old girl who LOVES Star Wars and I'm jealous that you have a Star Wars water bottle.

    When I was your age, USA network used to play reruns of the Star Wars movies over the holidays. I would sit with my brother and my older sister and we would watch the movies. My best friend growing up was also a girl. We would steal her brothers Star Wars toys so we could play with them. I wish they would had made Star Wars water bottles when I was growing up because I would have wanted my parents to get me one.

    Those girls who teased you about liking Star Wars, are too young to have seen the new Star Wars movies in the theater, but I did and I can tell you this: I was one of many many girls who lined up for midnight showings of every single movie.

    On a more serious not, I was teased almost everyday from kindergarten to the 4th grade for being different. I'm asian and grew up in an area that was not very diverse. I was like you, I looked different than everyone else and I got teased for it. I know its hard and I know that people will tell you over and over, not to let it bother you and thats hard to do. But try. The more you let the teasing bother you, the more satisfaction those people get from doing it. And remember that its ok to let it bother you every once in a while. Just don't let silly kids teasing you, change who you are or what you like, or who you want to be.

    I lived and worked in Evanston for 9 years, so I know the environment you are going to school in. If you get teased again, just remember all of these people who have left comments for you. Obviously, there are thousands of people out there who think you're pretty awesome and love Star Wars as much as you do.

    PS: You're mom is an amazing woman for teaching her daughter to be her own person.

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie,
    My daughter, Cady, is not quite 2 years old and I hope some day she will watch Star Wars with me. I think it's great that you and your Dad have that love of the movies to share together. I hope my daughter will enjoy Star Wars as much as you do. Someday, I plan to tell her about you and your family. I want her to know that she can be just like you and not have to give up who she is or something she enjoys. Thank your Mom and Dad for me as well.
    Dave- Cady's Dad

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hey Katie even though I'm a boy I think it's fine for a girl to like Star Wars. I also agree that Star Wars is a great movie. The Force is with you Katie! :-)

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie,

    I think Star Wars is awesome and I love that you have a Star Wars backpack and water bottle! I first saw all of the original Star Wars movies when I was a little girl with my dad, mom, and little brother. I played with a bunch of Star Wars toys too! As a matter of fact, my nickname became "Boba Fett Kelsey."

    It seems like you have an awesome mom! Teaching you that it is okay to have your own thoughts and likes/dislikes are wonderful qualities.

    And on the adoption thing, you have a mom who loves you and so you aren't really all that different from any of the other kids in your class after all!

    May the force be with you.. always!!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie,

    My name is John and I am a 23 year old who currently lives in Philadelphia. I have been a life long Star Wars fan and to be honest, I can't even remember the first time I saw the films! As far as I am concerned I was born with the trilogy imprinted into my brain. I was lucky that I found a group of friends who all liked Star Wars so I had some folks who would back me up when kids made fun of us. When I was a kid I was also in a boy choir which I got teased a lot for. They would say that I sounded like a girl (I was a soprano back in the day) and that it was dumb to sing. People made fun of me even in high school because I sang.

    But I never let them get to me because I loved it! Whether it was Star Wars or singing I stayed true to what I enjoyed because that is what mattered most in the end. In addition to my confidence, I also talked to my friends about what I did. I told them about why I liked Star Wars and what I enjoyed about singing. In a lot of cases most people were shocked at how wrong they were to assume that Star Wars or music was lame once they realized why I liked it so much.

    Now, years later, I graduated from college with a degree in Voice and Opera (from Northwestern actually!) and still have a collection of awesome Star Wars t-shirts that I wear all of the time. The important thing is to find what you like and realize that who you are is all you need to be!

    Keep being amazing!

    --John

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie,
    I am a 32 year old girl who's first lunch box was from the original release of Return of the Jedi. It was red plastic with an Wicket the Ewok on the front. I just wanted to let you know that I am so proud of you (and your mom!) for standing up for what you love. Now that I have a little girl, 1, and boy,4, I hope that they hear your story and never let anyone change what they believe in or enjoy. Most of all I hope that you never forget that you are not alone!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie, I know it's hard when other people pick on you in school. When I was in first grade I had to have four eye surgeries. Then I had to wear eye patches and really HUGE glasses. The other kids picked on me because my glasses made my eyes look GIGANTIC and because I liked a lot of things they didn't - like music they had never heard of and reading books and Star Wars. It was hard for awhile but I didn't have to wear the eye patches forever. And I got contacts when I was old enough so I don't have the big glasses anymore. And I made friends who liked the same things I did and I have had a lot of fun. :-) I'm really glad I stuck it out and stayed true to who I am. The force is with you Katie!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie,
    I

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Dear Katie, this is only one of many letters sent to support you. You may read it or you may not. It doesn't matter as long it increases the total number of messages you receive. I'm a woman who has loved Star Wars, Star Trek, Action Movies, Football, Baseball, hockey, and many other activities and sports that are considered "boys only" for all of my life. I like girl things too. It's totally possible to like all sorts of things and never okay to make fun of someone for the choices they make. I'm proud of you for sticking up for yourself and showing other children that you don't have to change to suit others when you really want something. You wear glasses, I wear glasses. You have a patch, I walk with a limp and have scars on my face. Sometimes people make fun of me and call me names. Sometimes they're very mean to me. It isn't easy for me but I tell myself that while I might have scars on my face they don't change who and what I am. I'm proud of myself in the same way I'm proud of you. I sometimes wish things could be different for me just as you wish that for yourself but that's not possible for me so I accept what I am and make the best life I can for myself. Now, as for being adopted I'd like to tell you that having your birth parents raise you is not always a good thing. I know. But people who adopt children have only one reason for doing that. They've found the perfect child for them and they love them very much. You have a lot of "special" in your life and that makes me happy for you. Now, it's your turn to show other people they are special, too. Good luck, Katie, and have a beautiful life.

    BeMi

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hello Katie,

    First off, you should never fear what other say, or thing about what you do, or like. It is your right to be who you are, and enjoy what you enjoy.

    I hope you great stronger over this, never every forget, you are GREAT for liking Star Wars.

    I'm odd, saw the first movie in 1977 (back when it was just called "Star Wars"), and been a fan ever since. Also as a Trekkie, I too was teased - DO NOT LET THE BULLIES WIN...

    Good Luck, may you live long and prosper, and my the force be with you. Enjoy & Peace

    ~Rick~

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie
    I LOVE Star Wars and Star Trek!
    The kids picked on me in school too. I was different - I am Jewish, very excited by science and math, read science fiction and LOVE sports - not your "typical" girl! I even played rugby in high school and collage!
    It wasn't easy being different, but because I remained true to myself, everything worked out perfectly. You can do do it too :-) Even if things look dark, never be afraid to be who you are.
    For Christmas each year, we buy gifts for the Salvation Army Tree Children - we made sure to buy "our girl" a Star Wars shirt and a book about space from you!

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie,
    My daughter does things her own way as well and we read the book "One of us" to make sure she knows it's O.K. to be different from others. Since you are the same age and both independent girls, I thought you might enjoy it as much as she does.
    http://www.tilburyhouse.com/childrens/one-of-us.htm

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi, Katie!

    I am an almost 23 year old GIRL who's been in love with Star Wars since I was in elementary school. I knew EVERYTHING there is to know about Star Wars. When I was in school, I was made fun of sometimes too. I also wore an eye patch for a long time and wore glasses. And, to top it all off, I was really chubby. But I learned a lot as I grew up about how special I am and how special God created me to be. I learned that the people that make fun of you are the ones that really need to change something. I also learned that they are often the ones that have even bigger problems in their lives than I do.

    Now you see what a huge group of people you have standing beside you! But not everyone has that. I hope that through this experience you'll take away a lot of lessons about how to encourage people when they are having a hard time.

    Keep enjoying Star Wars. :) And, of course, may the Force be with you.
    -Anna

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie. I've been a Star Wars fan since 1977 when I saw the original 6 times. I have 3 kids including a 5 year old girl who loves Star Wars. She has a light saber, she has action figures, she loves to be Ahsoka or a clone and we watch the Clone Wars every week together. I'm a police officer now and sometimes I still get teased about liking star wars. You be proud of who you are, and on December 10th I'll be wearing my Darth Vader T-shirt under my uniform and thinking of you and my daughter.

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie,

    I read about your story earlier today on CNN, and I felt horrible for you. Childhood is so fleeting, and to be teased about something like what movies you like is beyond cruel. I say this, having been teased from childhood, myself. I know how it feels. It's not fun, and it's not something anyone should have to go through. You are adorable, smart, and like a series of unbelievably awesome movies (I'm 28 and have been a Star Wars fan since I was little, as well, and my mom who is 50, was a big fan at a young age, as well.) there is nothing wrong with you, at all. They can't handle your awesomeness. Which is their loss, not yours. Keep your ideals and you will always win in the end.

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Katie,
    I am a senior in high school, but I remember being your age and moving from my old town to the town I live in now. I was 7 when my mom got remarried and we had to move. It was a hard thing to do when I was 7. When I moved, I got teased and picked on because I was the new kid, and that made me different. It was hard to live with in elementary school, and a little bit of middle school. By the time 6th grade was over, I had showed everyone that I was more than what they thought I was. Now I'm 18 and will graduate in May. And do you know what I've been able to do by being different? I've had to chance to experience some of the most amazing things. My life is in the arts. Theatre, music, art. Things like that. I've gotten to see live theatrical performances. Musicals and plays. My next goal is to see an opera! I have been accepted into the top 1% of singers in my state (I was a Soprano 1 in the All-State Choir). I've also written one song and am currently working on another one. And while I've accomplished so many things in my life, I have so much compassion for other people. Because I know what it's like to be different. Every winter, I get blankets and warm clothes together and give them to the homeless people in my community. My goal this year is to send care packages all over my state. And then the country!
    Katie, it's so easy to be different and feel amazing about who you are. Whatever it is you are interested in, do it with all your heart. Be you, and be true.

    Never forget who you are. Because you are not alone. =)

    -April

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi Katie! Wow, look at all of these comments! I hope you get to read them all some day :)
    I'm a 22 year old girl in Seattle who saw your story on CNN.com. I knew I just had to leave you a little message.
    When I was your age, there were kids who made fun of me because I acted "like a boy". I liked Star Wars and pro wrestling, played video games, raced my bike and had a really short hair cut. Plus, I had and still have glasses.
    Well, Katie, I promise you: when you're a grown up, all of the things people may tease you for now will make you an awesome, unique person. There might be more people in the future who will bully you too, but like everyone else has said: don't let anyone make you be something you are not. You are a beautiful little girl with some nifty looking glasses.
    There are tons of tomboy, sci-fi, video gaming girls all over the world and we stick together, right? :) Plus, when you're older, you'll have all of the sci-fi, video gaming boys drooling!
    May the force be with you and your awesome light saber,
    Jessa

  • In reply to deadlyblonde:

    Hi, Katie!

    I am a 38 yr old woman who grew up loving Star Wars, Star Trek and anything science fiction or fantasy. Now I play an online role playing game called World of Warcraft, the same game that Crimsonsmile, from earlier in your comments, plays. In fact, I met her in that game and was in her wedding in Canada. I also found the love of my life on that game. Amazing things can happen in your life if you just believe and feel free to be yourself, a geek girl like a lot of us!

    I am proud of you for standing up for yourself and being who you want to be. It shows a lot of strength for a young lady your age. No matter what happens in your life you should feel free to be yourself!! I would wish you luck in your future but I don't think you're going to need it. I think you'll be making your own luck!

    Stay true to yourself and you can never go wrong. :)

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    <3 See, I passed this message on to all my female GEEK friends. I met Ladydragnblade because I was a geek, now she's one of the best friends I will ever have. One day you too will have this network (well, actually you already do, as everyone in the world can see from this page). Stay strong, remember the bullies are on the DARK SIDE! =)

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie, I'm 27 years old now and I was teased throughout pretty much my entire childhood because I loved comic books and superheroes while the rest of the boys my age were more interested in sports. For a long time, I thought there was something wrong with me because I was different from the rest of the kids my age and I went through a period in my teenage years when being different and not one of the popular kids really depressed me and caused me to close myself off to the rest of the world.

    I'm happy to tell you that this period did not last long and I eventually found friends who accepted me for who I am instead of who they wanted me to be.

    It may take a while, but the important thing is to never give in. Stay strong, just like your favorite Star Wars heroes. Even when everyone was teasing him about it, Luke believed he could be a Jedi and he stayed strong and in the end, he won. In the end, you'll win, too. Just stick to your beliefs and be proud of yourself for being different. It's easy to just do what everyone else does and like the things everyone else likes, but it takes a special person who's comfortable with being who they want to be.

    It took me a long time to realize that and I hope you will realize it a lot sooner than I did. From the looks of it, you're already learning a lesson many of us don't get to learn until much later in life. That will make you a stronger person in the end.

    Be yourself, no matter what. In the end, you'll be happier because of it.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Dear Katie,
    Hello from Baghdad Iraq. As you already know you are not alone in the world of Star Wars so be proud.
    Just to let you know how small our world really is my daughter Alexa who is 8 is also adopted and you know what she likes to sing and learn spanish but what makes her special like you is she also has to wear a patch from time to time . She loves school like you and I bet in a way you both think alike. Her brother who is 7 and also adopted LOVES Star Wars just like you. Just remember you now have support from all over the world even a handful of us guys and gals from the USA in Baghdad Iraq. Keep being who you are and the world is yours young lady.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie,
    I am a girl and I have loved Star Wars since I was about 7 years old (and I still love it, and I'm now much older than that!) In fact, I loved Star Wars so much that I had the movies pretty much memorized, and my favorite shirt was a Star Wars T-shirt I got from Disneyland, that I wore over and over until it finally wore out. I also had numerous posters and toy lightsabers and a Star Wars book collection that rivaled most bookstores. In fact, I loved Star Wars so much that I wanted to be a Jedi when I grew up.

    Katie, don't let those boys get you down. Remember, Star Wars is about heroes. I always loved that people could do small things or fight bad things in small ways and still be a hero. ANYBODY could be a hero. You don't have to use a lightsaber or fly a spaceship to be one either--every time you stand up to those bullies, Katie, you're a hero, and taking the path a true Jedi would. A Jedi fights injustice and stands up for what's right and what he or she believes, and I think Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Luke would be very proud of you.

    So don't let those boys tell you that you can't like Star Wars because you're a girl. The truth is, you should be free to like whatever you want to like, whether anyone else thinks it's cool or not. And whether you're a girl or not. Anyone who tells you you can't do something because you're a girl--EVER--doesn't know what they're talking about. Girls do all sorts of things and like all sorts of things boys like, and vice versa--from Nintendo to martial arts to designing cars and spaceships. Girls do all of those things, and some get teased by boys just like you, but they didn't let that stop them. It's hard, but we're behind you!!! I know you can do it!!

    And also don't think that just because you're a girl, you have to like Princess Leia or Padme the best. My favorite was always Darth Vader, then Luke and Obi Wan. I thought they were the coolest because they could use the Force. There are also a lot of girl Jedi in the movies and books.

    So Katie, be encouraged that you are right, and that we're all behind you. There are lots of girls who like Star Wars. Those boys just don't know what they're talking about. They may also just be trying to talk to you but not know how--do they like Star Wars too? a lot of times when I was young, I would get the group to 'go fight the bad guys'--invisible bad guys who always seemed to appear at recess. And everyone who liked Star Wars would go fight them, whether the group was boys or girls.

    Lastly, Katie, never be afraid to dream big!! The world is a big place, it's a big universe, with a lot of possibilities. Keep being a hero, stay strong, and from one Star Wars girl to another--May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Katie,
    while i may never have been bullied my younger brother was. i was there to tell him that it would get better, and it will. Like you, he is a huge star wars fan. when we first moved into our house about ten years ago, he wanted to paint his room black and draw the galaxies and planets of star wars. He is now sixteen years old and he still wants to paint his room black and decorate it with star wars memorabilia. i myself am 20, a girl, and a star wars fan. I also had trouble with how i look and fit in with people. I still do. but its ok. we are all different and those of us who are proud to show how different we are have a happy life. Be proud of who you are, because I AM PROUD OF YOU. I hope that one day i will have a little girl like you.

    May the force be with you always,
    Brenda :)

    PS. remember to always be strong and to never let people bring you down. they are just jealous of your strength.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Dear Katie,

    I've just seen your story online and I wanted to write to you. I live in England, but my experiences at school were just like yours.

    Way back when I was five or six, I watched Star Wars on TV, and it was the most amazing thing I had ever seen! My Mum bought me a Star Wars lunch box and water bottle, and I was so proud to take them to school.

    But I'm a girl, too, and I went to school with lots of other girls. They teased me a lot about my Star Wars lunchbox and water bottle. I always wanted to play Star Wars games in the playground, but no one would play with me. I have a lazy eye, just like you, and they used to tease me about that as well, so I know how it feels to be different.

    But you know what? I kept on being different. I carried on watching Star Wars and other Science Fiction. I kept my Star Wars lunchbox and water bottle. I wore Star Wars T-shirts and at home I played with Star Wars toys. One year, my Mum made me a Millennium Falcon birthday cake - it was so cool!

    When I was 25, I went to university in England and worked for a Masters Degree in Science Fiction Studies. One of my essays was on Star Wars! It was the most fun thing I have ever done, and I feel so happy that I had the chance to do it.

    Now I am 35, and I have lots of friends - boys and girls - and we all enjoy Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and lots of other really cool stuff. I also have a room in my house that is full of science fiction books that I have collected over the last 30 years. I can walk in there any time I like and find something wonderful to read.

    Stick with it, Katie! Enjoy being yourself. Star Wars fans and science fiction fans can be pretty passionate about the stuff we love, and it's really good fun! Don't let anybody else spoil that for you.

    May the force be with you, young Jedi! You have friends all over galaxy...

    Rachel.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Katie, I am a 26 year old nerd (I am a boy). I love Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, and MacGyver! When boys and girls were playing Britney Spears and Spice Girls' music, I would be listening to the orchestra music from Star Wars and Star Trek. Kids would watch movies that had no value to them, and I would watch Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie over and over. I stood in line at night to see Episodes 1, 2 and 3 (I am too young to have seen the originals in the movie theater). I saw each of the movies FIVE times apiece at the theater.
    I was teased in school too. I was teased for watching Star Wars, and having a countdown calendar on my school binder to countdown the days to when they released the movie. I was teased for my favorite color being purple (I was told it was a GIRLS' color.....only if those kids knew that purple was the color of Kings and Queens from the past). I was also teased for being overweight and slow. I played every sport and could beat any other kid in basketball, baseball, and football, but it didn't matter to other people...I was different. Even though I didn't run as fast, I could shoot the ball and throw it farther than anyone in the school. All those people did was motivate me to be better at sports. Katie, be motivated to get good grades and a good child to your parents. You can show those kids that Star Wars fans are some of the best people in the world!
    I had days like you did. I cried to my mommy, and she told me that no matter what we do in our lives, some people will never be happy. They won't like you because you did something this way or that way. So I decided to be like Han Solo. He did what he WANTED to do and wanted to do what he did. Just remember, do what makes you feel happy (as long as your mommy says it is OK.....). If you do that, you will be a happy person.
    I am now 26, own my own house, have a happy wife, and enjoy my life. Want to know what happened to those kids who teased me? They are in jobs they hate, have lives that they hate, and generally complain about their position in life. Want to know why? Because they all wanted to be the same and "fit it", and they forgot to be themselves! "Fitting in" got them nowhere, and now they have no direction in life. Nerds live cool lives! Nerds are awesome! Be yourself, and let NO ONE tell you what you can or cannot like (but run it by your mom and dad first, they are smart people).
    Because of you, I am donating Star Wars toys to toy drives this year. Because of you, other children will stand up and let other people know that they too like Star Wars. Because of you, whenever I feel down, I will remember the courage you showed.
    May the force be with you, ALWAYS!

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hey, Katie!

    Being a girl who's into science fiction like Star Wars is really awesome, and anyone who tells you otherwise isn't worth your time. There's a lot of cool boys and girls out there who would love a friend like you to talk about Star Wars with! Also, always remember that there are people out there who will like you because you're awesome. It's not that they'll like you in spite of your wearing glasses, being adopted and liking Star Wars - they'll like all of you, including all these aspects, because they make you who you are. As someone who also wears glasses and also likes science fiction (among other things that make me different), I can tell you it's worth holding out for!

    I grew up wearing glasses and standing out from the other kids a lot, and I was into a lot of things that were "for boys," and even "nerdy." I'm 23 now, and even now that I'm going to law school, I meet up with my friends - most of whom are girls! - every weekend and watch science fiction movies and TV shows. Being into science fiction has been very helpful for me. Not only is it fun to read or watch when I need to do something fun, but it also gives me larger-than-life heroes that I can try to be like and keeps me thinking about what things could be like in this world. I hope you will continue to be into Star Wars, as well as to read and watch many other great stories, and find it just as fun and useful to you in life.

    Good luck, and always be proud to be a geeky girl! May the Force be with you!

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Katie and Carrie-

    My name is Beth. I grew up with Star Wars. When I was 3 years Return of the Jedi came out. I begged my parents to take me to the movie. I was in love with Luke Skywalker(not the actor...the character) and I was going to marry that man some day. I had boys in my family both brothers and cousins that included me when they played 'Jedi'. I always had to be Princess Leia or an Ewok but I still loved that they included me. I was lucky to have boys around me that included me and didn't make me feel silly for liking Star Wars.

    When boys found out that I liked Star Wars they thought it was 'cool'. In college I was the Star Wars Trivia Pursuit champion. Yeah there were people who thought I was a nerd or weird for liking Star Wars. But I never let what they thought get to me. My grandmother told me something when I would be teased about my glasses and permed hair as a little girl. She said, "Bee, don't cry. You know why? Because it was their opinion, and other people's opinions about you are none of your business."

    From then on I didn't rely on what others thought about me to determine my self worth. I know how valuable I am. My greatest hope for you and other girls like you is that you will one day know how valuable you are and never settle for less then what you deserve.

    My advice to you is not to change who you are or even try to change the people who make fun of you. Be who you are and let them be them. There is always going to be someone out there who has to put others down to make themselves feel better about themselves. It is a sad fact of life. Feel sorry for them, because they will never have a friend like you in their lives.

    One day you will grow up to be a beautiful and confident young woman, who has a sense of adventure and a little bit of the fantastical. Boys will change their tune and think you are amazing that you love Star Wars just as much as they do. Stay strong and keep smiling!

    To thine own self be true,
    Beth aka Bee

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie (and family)!

    My name is Mike, I'm Jewish too and I live in San Francisco and I work at the company that creates Star Wars!

    I saw your article today on CNN and came to visit your Mom's site. Your Mom is so proud of you and it made me very teary-eyed to read her story. You have a great family. :)

    I came from a little town in Canada, but now I live in the big and awesome city of San Francisco and I get to make movies and tv shows for a living that excite and inspire little girls and boys all around the world (like you!) This is a dream come true for me, but it was never easy to be different for me, either. What I've learned is, the people who are different are the ones who really make a difference in this world.

    I grew up in a small town called London, but not the one in England - my town is also called London but it is in Ontario, Canada, near Toronto. I knew I loved Computers from when I was even younger than you! I was totally fascinated with them. I even helped other kids in my Kindergarten class learn how to use the Commodore 64 computer in our classroom. That computer was very old compared to what computer you have in your house now - it didn't even have the Internet or a CD or DVD drive!

    My parents immigrated to Canada and they always encouraged me to be different. To this day I still have a poster that my Dad hung in our Computer room when I was growing up that says "Dare to be different." It has a whole lot of green apples on it, and only one red one. Guess who is the red one? Me. My family. And You! Being the "red apple" can be very, very hard sometimes, as you've seen.

    It's very tough when you believe in something or are enthusiastic about something you like and other people are mean to you about it. When I was your age, my parents kept encouraging me to be myself, and to ignore other kids who said mean things to me. My parents explained that the other kids maybe were just embarrassed that they didn't like things as much as me, and they weren't as motivated or as hard-working as me. Those good characteristics about me made the teachers really like me, but had the opposite effect on many of the kids in my class. This was always hard and I wanted to be popular and cool and I wanted to fit in. But even more than that, I wanted to be myself. I knew what I wanted to do with my life and I was going to achieve it, and some silly kids making some silly comments wasn't going to change how I felt about myself. I learned to shrug off mean comments, and I learned to follow my own heart and dreams - to "march to the beat of my own drum", like you are discovering. This is an incredible skill but you need to be very proactive to maintain it. You should always continue to improve this skill - your personal sense of your own self-worth - all your life.

    The great Rabbi Zusya of the 18th Century said,

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    I always got picked on all throughout my school life, whatever it was about Star Wars, Power Rangers or even Scooby Doo. Don't give up something you love just to fit in, if I did I never would've met my girlfriend who is just as a big nerd as me and shares in my passion of everything scifi. May the force be with you Katie.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    The hard part about being bullied is to know that it's only temporary and that in life, you'll find that even though those who bully may seem stronger, or whatever. You'll find that in the end, we're all the same. I had a moment with a guy who beat me up in 7th grade for being a computer geek during our 10 year high school reunion. He came up to me and apologized for treating me the way that he did. And when I asked him what he did for a living, he told me he was a database engineer. ... A computer geek. Irony is not without a sense of humor. Well, he and I had a great time talking and had an excellent evening that night along with all our other school mates. Just be true to yourself, enjoy what you enjoy and know that you have the force with you. ;)

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Dear Katie,

    I saw your story on CNN and had to write. Although I'm not a Star Wars fan and only saw one of the movies as a kid (my friends give me a hard time about that even now - LOL!), I immediately related to what it's like to be teased for not being like what the rest of the kids think is acceptable.

    I was never the popular girl or the cool one. I wasn't into the latest fashion. I remember being teased for being quiet, for behaving in school (imagine that!), and for getting good grades. I was shunned because I was friends with the girl that everyone thought had cooties when, in fact, she was a very fun person
    and a great friend. In middle school, while everyone else liked Duran Duran and Madonna, I liked Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp (ask your mom, she'll know who they are).

    It hurt to get teased back then, but over the years I met people who liked me for ME and whatever we had in common and I learned that those are the people who matter. Don't waste your time with people who criticize you. Be who YOU want to be, like whatever you like -- now and always. You are absolutely beautiful and a whole lot smarter than those silly boys who were teasing you for your water bottle.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hello Carrie & Katie! I aw your story on CNN's web site yesterday and to say the least, it definitely was/is very touching. I do volunteer work with teenagers educating them on may topics including bullying and individuality, we're actually having a retreat this weekend and I have forwarded your story to the director of our program to share with the group to even further help them in learning about these subjects. Carrie, thank you so much for taking that step to share your daughters story with the world making it possible for others to see that there is so much support out there for people/children who get teased, picked on and bullied. I have spread the word to many people, including celebrities, to show their support today from something as simple as wearing a Star Wars Tee, to re-tweeting #maytheforcebewithkatie to donating toys.

    Bill Jackson
    Long Island, NY

    P.S. My birthday is May 4th, which is Star Wars Day, "May the Forth" be with you :)

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Let me tell you Katie. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being different. I grew up in a single parent household, and believe me, that is being pretty different, especially back than. It was hard, but in the long run it will make you a better, stronger person. Don't let your love of Star Wars (I AM A HUGE FAN) be diminished by other people's lack of understanding and hatefulness. I took (and believe it not still take) a lot of guff from people about my love of the series. It is soooo much fun to watch and enjoy. Your mother is right on the money with everything that she has told you, and I hope that you wear your Star Wars t-shirt and drink from your water bottle proudly! Keep smiling young lady :-)

    With Great Respect,

    Glenn

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Katie - You rock! I'm so happy the world is hearing your story. I just changed my facebook profile picture in honor of you. I put my face on Princess Leia's head :-) I also posted your story on my wall. I've got to tell you, it's not smart to bully a little girl who likes one of the best movies of all time! Keep your chin up. Maybe you'll get to meet Han Solo and make us ALL jealous!
    - April Dunn
    PS - I have a six year old daughter who collects rocks and bugs and can quote "The Princess Bride". She's pretty cool like you.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hello Katie,

    My name is Ed. I was teased long ago. All my friends were in band. I was a band geek groupie so to speak who couldn't play a musical instrument. We love all things Star Wars. I have always loved all things fantastic, the type of movie, poem or literature that takes you elsewhere, even just for a little while.

    With all my friends, we used to play the Star Wars tabletop RPG by West End Games. Let me tell you story. Two brothers and friends of mine argued intensely over whether or not if a ship like the Millennium Falcon had its cargo capacity full, would it lose all of its maneuverability dice? I told them not to worry about it. It was the moral struggles of overcoming good and evil that make for a good story in Star Wars, not describing the physics of the world. They disagreed. Now why tell you this story? One brother is getting his PhD in physics, the other getting a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, and I well... If you look south, you'll find Southern Illinois University Carbondale, that's where I am getting my PhD in philosophy. My bestfriend and bestman of my wedding is also on his way to getting his PhD in political science. We are all nerds, love to read and reflect about the world (By the way, have you tried the Timothy Zahn trilogy?). This came out of loving Star Wars, science fiction and fantasy more generally.

    Now, I don't know why my pool of friends decided that becoming scientists and academics was a very good idea. We just couldn't help being who we are--that's the moral of all these messages. Don't let anyone bring you down for liking Star Wars.

    My wife and I looked at your picture and we just had our heart drop. If we have kids someday, we hope they look like you. You are absolutely adorable in your black glasses wielding your lightsaber. Keep dreaming. I'd argue that a love of allegory in Star Wars was influential about later decisions to become a moral philosopher, and that it centrally motivated the dreams of my fellow friends. The appropriate metaphor in science fiction is "to reach for the stars" or in the words of an all too popular phrase from my teenage years, "YOU GO GIRL!"

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie, I write the most widely read Runescape (game) blog on Sal's Realm of Runescape, so I think that qualifies me as a Geek Girl. Proud of it too! I've just written about you in my blog: http://runescape.salmoneus.net/forums/blog/merch_gwyar/index.php?showentry=57634 May the force be with you. Star Wars forever!

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Katie,
    I wore glasses and had to wear a patch off and on until about 4th grade (and it didn't help at all, I still have the lazy eye). I was picked on a LOT. I would have loved Star Wars, too but I'm so old it wasn't out yet when I was in 1st grade. I let fear of what the other kids would think keep me from doing a lot of things, like playing softball (now I realize that even the pro players strike out!). Your story made me cry and I'm so glad your mom wrote about it and so many people are supporting you and letting you know that it's not only ok to be different, it's the best way to be. Be yourself, Katie and hold your head up high!

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie, I'm sitting here in high school looking COOL in my Han Solo t-shirt. The thing is, I'm not a student. I work in the computer lab and I've been a Star Wars fan since the first movie came out in 1977. I am going to tell everyone who asks me about my shirt that I am wearing it for a 1st grade girl who loves Star Wars and girls can like Star Wars too. You rock!

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie!
    This morning I noticed my co-worker Michelle was wearing a new shirt. It was a Star Wars t-shirt of course! She told me all about your story and told me where I could find it on the internet.

    I have always been a fan of the Star Wars movies and characters, and you should always enjoy them too! When I was your age I had a Yoda piggy bank (or money bank) and I had Star Wars toys. I also liked to play baseball/softball and other sports.

    You should be proud of your Star Wars water bottle, and any other Star Wars items you have, and you should you should enjoy whatever you want! And don't worry, there are plenty of girls out there that love Star Wars! I've always wanted a Star Wars shirt and I'll be buying one today in honor of you!

    P.S. You are very pretty and I like your glasses a lot!

    May the force be with you!

    ~Christine

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie,

    I just wanted you to know that you are NEVER alone. When I was a kid, I too wore glasses when NOBODY else in my class had to. I got teased alot, for all kinds of reasons. I had a southern accent when we moved north, so I really stuck out. I had REALLY long hair when nobody else did. I was super tall and skinny when everyone else was half my height. I loved books, and couldnt wait to learn new things. There were so many reasons why I was different and got teased. But here's what I learned, and I hope you can remember it: Don't let anyone else tell you who you should be. You already are who you are; be proud of yourself. Being unique is the best thing in the world! There is nobody else who will ever be YOU. That means that you are unbelievably special. I was more into Inspector Gadget back then; (I wanted to be Penny!) but my husband will very proudly tell you that he LOVES Star Wars. He is 31 years old, and we have Star Wars ornaments hanging on our Christmas tree right now! So, Katie, the Force is with you!!!! Don't ever forget how special you are, and remember that you are NEVER alone (we geeks/nerds stick together!) :) Best Wishes. Lauren & Ryan

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Katie: you rock. Don't let anyone ever tell you what you can and cannot like, and don't ever be anything but proud of who you are. We're with you, girl!

    http://www.thewallners.com/2010/12/may-the-force-be-with-you-katie/

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    I didn't know until I was grown up that it is OK to be different from everyone else! My husband took his lightsaber to work today, where he is a database and systems admin for a hospital emergency department, to show support for Katie. I am sitting in starbucks working on a press release for a client, with my hair in Leia buns, just for you Katie! I wish my hair were as long and pretty as yours but I did the best I could! Yes Star Wars is awesome, but it's not just about Star Wars ... it's hard not to let people at school tell you what is cool and what isn't, what's right and what isn't, and what a girl should and should not do - but it's important that you learn NOT to listen to that. Girls RULE! And whether you like Star Wars or Barbies, Matchbox and Littlest Pet Shop, it doesn't all have to be "boy stuff" or "girl stuff." You can climb trees in your pigtails, fly a plane in your favorite skirt. We can do it all, and that's what's so cool about being a girl.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie!

    I was just a six year old girl when I first saw Star Wars in 1977. I'm 39 now and I still love it just as much. I am a production artist with a company in Maryland. Right now I'm using my Boba Fett mousepad and all my pens are in my Darth Vader coffee mug. And my Yoda bobble-head is right next to my computer screen. Never let anyone tell you that you cannot be who you are. As long as you stay true to yourself you cannot go wrong.
    Best Regards,
    Rogue71

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Dear Katie,

    I was seeing @ThinkGeek pics, and the hashtag they had: #maytheforcebewithkatie and I asked them what this was about, and they sent me to your mom's blog...

    I just want you to know that I am a nerd/geek girl myself too! I never had a pink bottle, but I had all geek bottles available in Brazil! My 1st bottle was Atomic Ant, and I was so happy with it.

    I was "different" to some people's eyes too, but I never gave them any attention, if they thought I didnt fit their world, what could I do?

    My mom and dad aren't geeks, but my brother and I am. I never tried to change myself just to fit in. Sometimes it was hard, but my real friends accepted me the way I was, and still am.

    Don't give up your dreams just to fit a system. You look a happy child, with a happy family, and with friends all over the world. I promisse you that I am going to wear my Star Wars t-shirt once a week at work, and just to let you know, I am a professor at University - Dental School program. And here in Brazil, professors dont wear T-shirts in classes, but who cares? I am supporting a lovely child, who has a Star Wars bottle!

    May the force be with you, my dear one!

    May the force be with your parents too!

    huge hugs from Brazil

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Just like you, I am a girl who always played with toys traditionally meant for boys. I used to have a competition with my boy cousins to see who had seen Star Wars the most. Now, as a grown up, I move back and forth from the world of beautiful shoes and bags to the world of sports and science. There are no "boy games" or "girl games" anymore. You set your own limits.
    When I grew up I studied law and became a prosecutor in my own country. That means I investigated crimes and went to court. Once more I was one of very few girls in a world mostly dominated by boys. They soon realized that girls can do the same things boys do, and in high heels! As an adult, I have worked and traveled around the world, I have been in many countries afflicted by war, and I have had the privilege to work with many brave women who never thought there were

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    I wish I had something great, strong and insightful to say that hasn't already been said thousands of times here, but the truth of it is that, you Katie, are a hero for so many kids to look up to. Let your love and passion for something define you, not banish you. Other people can be mean and rude about things no matter the topic, but the truth is, they are short sighted and usually live in a very small world where only they are right.

    You on the other hand live in a great universe of people who share the same passion that you do. You've got a long life ahead of you, I wish you nothing but the best, and I hope you stand strong against the bullies in life not matter who they are. You've got a huge community cheering you on.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Dear Katie, you are definitely not ever alone. I was just like you as a kid, I loved Barbies, Princesses, Star Trek, Star Wars, Legos and Matchbox Cars! One of my favorite gifts as a kid was a huge set of Matchbox Cars! And my Dad loved science fiction! Family Movie night was always Star Trek, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, James Bond or Jurassic Park. I remember watching them and always feeling like it was the first time. Even now every time I re watch them I feel like it is the first time again! My niece is your age and she loves Star Wars as well. Her favorite character is Darth Vader. She has him on her bedding and several posters and even a bank that plays his music when she puts money in it.

    Katie - It definitely gets better, and even if you never find friends who share the same passion as you, it will always be something special for you and your Daddy to share, just as it is special for me to share Star Trek with my Daddy.

    Stay strong young one, and remember what my mom would tell us when we were teased at your age. Look at them and say "I don't think it's a good day to play with you today" and walk away. There are plenty of other things to do and most of the time they will apologize to you since they really do want to play with you. You are a really lucky little girl!

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    My two little girls Viviana (6) and Elena (5) are there with you, Katie. They found my old Star Wars toys this time last year and haven't put them down since and started their own collection. Viviana is in 1st grade and she also is the only girl that has a Stars Wars back pack at her school. They watch all the movies over and over and play with all their action figures and light sabers more than any other toys they have. Don't give in to them Katie. The Force is also strong here in San Antonio, TX with you.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Katie, I too was bullied for being different in school. I can imagine how you feel. Being different is OK. We are all different really and its not only OK to be different, its cool to be different. I think its awesome that you like Star Wars and I support you. Just remember this, Han shot first.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie!

    I think that the number of people who have come before me proves that Star Wars fans like us are not alone, not by any stretch of the imagination. I've loved, loved, loved Star Wars ever since I was about your age--and I've never stopped!! My favorite character was always Princess Leia and she still is one of my heroes.

    I know it can be hard sometimes to show your love for something if you're being teased--sometimes girls in my class would tease me for liking something that was different. I just want you to know that even though it's hard sometimes, it does get better. I never thought I would meet other girls who liked Star Wars as much as I did, but I'm in college right now and am living with my three best friends--all of whom are proud "geek girls" and love things like Star Wars just as much as I do! There might not be any other girls in your school who like Star Wars, but just remember that we are out here, and we're always here for you!!

    Just remember that the Force will always be with you, and your friends from Star Wars will always be with you. Think of Luke, or Leia, or Yoda--you carry them inside you wherever you go, and they'll always be by your side whenever life gets tricky. And so will all of us on the Internet who are cheering you on!!

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hey Katie! I just heard about you the other day & I wanted to leave a note of encouragement for you. I love Star Wars! I love Science Fiction and Fantasy stuff a lot. Don't be afraid to be yourself. I remember when I saw the first Star Wars in the movie theater. It has been my favorite movie forever. My mom got me the box set on video for christmas one year. I hope as you grow up that you keep the love of Stars Wars with you. It will always be there for you. You are not alone.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie!

    I'm a 24 year old Star Wars Geek from Canada. I was the kid who sat alone during high school and elementary school, partly because my school was small and I didn't know anyone, but partly because I was "weird." I liked physics and science fiction. The first ever adult-length novel I read was Timothy Zahn's "Heir to the Empire"; I read it when I was sick with the flu in Grade 3. Needless to say, other kids didn't really understand me. I was fascinated with outer space and star gazing. They liked boys and nail polish. I did like boys too, but being a kid and loving learning even more, I wasn't really up on the flirting game. I just sort of figured I would never date, or if I did, I would have to hide who I was.

    Now, flash forward a bit. I started university as a physics major when I was 18. I transferred over to the English department after a year, because I realised I loved writing -- about science fiction. I am two weeks away from finishing a Masters degree, and in a few years I am going to apply to get my PhD and become a Dr. -- with a focus in science fiction. I've had a few people tell me I can't do it, because there aren't professor openings open for people who specialize in science fiction. Well, they're wrong. I can and I *have* gone down this path. You can too. You might not make something Star Wars related your career, but it never has to be something you let go. You will discover a path in life that lets you fulfill exactly who you are. And you will not be alone.

    Two years ago I accidentally met the guy who I later married. We were both stuck at a wedding we didn't want to be at and ended up talking. Our first date involved seeing the movie Get Smart and then talking about anime and other geeky things. I never felt awkward around him. I could tell he was like *me*. He was smart and fun and loved things that were on the Sci-fi channel. Don't let people tell you that Star Wars *guys* are dysfunctional, basement dwellers. They're not. They, like any guy, come in varieties, and there are those out there who are caring and loving and can be a wonderful partner AND watch Star Wars with you in the evening. They're not always easy to find, because they're often shy. But they are out there, and they are looking for a girl like you or like me. When you're older, you will find one of these guys, even if everyone tells you that you won't. My husband's mom had given up on him because she assumed there were not girls like him in the world. She was wrong! I couldn't be any happier than where I am today. I get to do something that I love for my career. I spend time with a guy who is like me and two best friends, girls, who also love science fiction. And there's nothing "weird" about us at all. I'd like to think we're the most normal, because I think we're the most happy.

    Someday, the kids who tease you will see you as you are -- someone who is passionate about what they like and do and someone who will go far in the world. It really is like Star Wars. I think science fiction people, like us, have such an ability to love learning and love life that we absolutely glow with who we are. It's like the Force is a little stronger in us, and we can share that with others. It's strong in *you*. Always remember that.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie,

    I've been a huge fan of Star Wars since I was a little girl. I am not in my 30s and I'm still a fan. At work, I have a shelf with a collection of Boba Fetts and a Princess Leia magnet on my fridge.

    I just wanted to tell you that your courage is amazing, and you're exceptional. Just remember that you are beautiful, and strong and brave. I was bullied through school because I too had to wear an eye patch after eye surgery and I wore glasses. But you know what? I grew up to be a successful woman... and I get to flaunt my love of Star Wars every singe day.

    Stay strong, Katie and love who you are. You are not different, you are unique, and you have the force of many behind you. x

    There are so many other women of all ages out there who love Star Wars and you're not alone.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hey Katie!

    I know you've received so much support from the community already but I was so moved by your story I thought I'd share my own with you. You see, I became a Star Wars fan when I was about your age. And while I'm a guy, it still set me apart from my classmates who made fun of me for it. It didn't help that I wore glasses, too.

    But I didn't care because STAR WARS is just THAT COOL!!! You see I had this dream that I wanted to be one of those fighter pilots, flying around through space and fighting the bad guys. Now, 15 years later, I'm at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, probably the nerdiest school on Earth! Everyone here loves Star Wars -- it's not uncommon to see people wearing shirts with Admiral Ackbar and Yoda, dressing up for Holloween as Chewbacca, or simply saying may the Force be with you in physics class!

    As for my dream, well, I'm one step away from becoming a pilot for the US Navy!

    So follow your dreams, young Padawan! Don't let anyone take them away from you, and they will carry you far!

    May the Force be with you, always!

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Dear Katie,

    When I was in Elementary School Star Wars Episode I came out and my whole life changed. I became obsessed with Star Wars and Science fiction. I would watch at least one of the movies every weekend. All my allowance went twords Star Wars books and toys and legos. My lego Millenium Falcon was my favorite and it was always on display. I took over one of my brother's old book shelves with Star Wars books.

    But I started noticing things. People whispered about me. When I asked for Star Wars toys for my birthdays the other kids' Moms would call my mom to make sure I wasn't joking. And no matter how many times she told them yes I liked Star Wars they still didn't believe it and got me things that were supposed to be for girls. Like Beanie Babies or sparkly lip gloss.

    One day one of my brothers had a talk with me. He was worried about me. He was older and already bought into the stereo types. He told me that although he loved playing Star Wars games with me, and loved watching Star Trek with me, I had to change. He told me I had to put it all away and start thinking about boys. He told me that boys didn't like girls who knew more about Boba Fett then them. He told me I would never get married and have kids.

    I cried. A lot. But I knew he loved me so I thought he must be right. I stopped watching Star Wars. I put my toys away. I put my books in boxes. I started wearing sparkly pink lip gloss and reading The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I tried to make myself think and talk about boys.

    Now I'm all grown up (well as much as I am going to be) and I've realized a thing or two about Star Wars and boys. 1. Boy's can be pretty stupid sometimes. My brother was being stupid that day and he regrets giving the advice as much as I regret taking it. 2. Star Wars is and always will be awesome. 3. The right boys, and the right people don't care that I'm a geek. The best relationships I have had were with people who apreciated all my interests, including Star Wars. 4. Never give up a part of who you are to try to fit in. Fitting in isn't all its craked up to be, and once you make yourself fit you aren't you anymore so whats the point. Fitting in won't make you happy.

    Today I'm wearing Princess Leia buns and eating with lightsaber chopsticks for you. May the force be with you!

    P.S. Katie's mom thank you for doing this for her! You are amazing! When she starts getting into pre teen/ teen chapter books look into the Tamora Pierce books. She writes about girls who kick butt as Knights and Sorceresses and rulers. They really helped me get my confidence back when I was that age.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie!

    All of the women (and girls) in the geek community are SO VERY proud of you and your love of Star Wars. Girls can do, play with, and be anything they want! Your story brought a tear to my eye as I can remember being teased for playing with StarWars when I was your age and might I add that the new Star Wars toys are much cooler! ;)

    If you want to learn more about girls (and kids in general) doing and creating things and not caring about if it should be for 'girls' or 'boys', I HIGHLY encourage your mom to head to Hackid dot org and check this conference for kids. (see my blog post about it to learn more: http://www.secsocial.com/blog/?p=449 )

    Thank you for your courage Katie!

    Erin 'SecBarbie' Jacobs
    Proud StarWars and GI JOE fan for life! :)

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hey Katie!! I'm Karen, and I first watched Star Wars with my dad when I was five, and ever since then I've loved it. When I was your age I had pictures of Luke and Leia hanging up in my room, and now I have the movie posters in my dorm! Don't ever be afraid to be who you are and show what you love, because not only will you serve as an inspiration to others who may need some help feeling proud, but you'll always be happiest when you're being yourself. Sometimes it's hard but don't be afraid--the force is with you!!

    <3, A Fellow Girly Star Wars Fan

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Katie,
    I know first hand what it's like to not be accepted for being different, and I would like to share something with you....Be who you are and be happy. They who judge are uncomfortable with themselves. It's more about them and their insecurities than it is about you.

    Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I also want you to know that I am 36 years old and I have been a Star Wars fan since I was your age! And this past Halloween I dressed up as Padme Amidala from the latest 3 films of the series. I had a lot of fun, too!

    Continue to be brave, Katie! I'm proud of your courage.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie,
    My name is Aidan, and I am a twelve-year-old Star Wars Fan from Vermont. I totally understand about people teasing you about being a girl and liking Star Wars!!! Everybody in the seventh grade at my school thinks I'm crazy and avoids me.

    Stick to what YOU like!!! If the people in your school think that since you're a girl, you can't like Star Wars, than that's THEIR problem, not yours. I, personally, think that Star Wars is the most awesome movie out there, and I am glad to know that you and so many other girls out there think that way as well!! I have a Queen Amidala poster, a Return of the Jedi poster, a Clone Wars poster, and so many other items that have to do with Star Wars that it's like my whole room exploded with it!! If you want to carry a Star Wars backpack, a Star Wars water bottle, even a lightsaber, that's absolutely cool. You can be whoever you want to be. Girls that are different are, most of the time, COOLER than the stereotypical ones. I, for instance, like school, unlike lots of people that I know, and I am studying to become an Astrophysicist, and maybe discover new worlds!!! People look at me funny because my middle name is Leia. I love it!! Just my own personal connection to Star Wars!! I have a Jedi braid (look up 'Padawan Braid' on Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki.) and people think that I'm stupid for being a girl, and liking Star Wars. Let me ask, "Where would Star Wars be without people like Padm

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hello Katie and Carrie-

    I'm Leslie, and I love Star Wars, too. I did not discover Star Wars until I was older than you, but I asked my brother to get me Episodes 4, 5, and 6 for Christmas last year and watched ALL of them in a row a few weeks ago. :)

    Also, I had to get glasses when I was 8, so just a little older than you are. I was really worried when I got glasses that I would get teased about them, but I do not remember anything happening. I do remember that it was VERY EXCITING that I could see the blackboard and read all the signs when driving in the car.

    Being different can be really hard, but I try to remember that EVERYONE is different. When I was a bit older than you, I realized that being myself was so much more fun that trying to be like everyone else. Since then, I always wear fun socks, speak my mind, and generally have a wonderful time. As others have said, this can be hard sometimes, but I think it is very worth it. Best of luck, and may be the force be with you!!

    -Leslie, who thinks Princess Leia is her favorite.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hey Katie,

    I just wanted to tell you how cool it is that you are a fellow girl geek. I am 28 years old and I have been a Star Wars fan since I was 4. In fact when I was your age, I really wanted to be a Jedi when I grew up. It is sad to say that you will meet people throughout your entire life that will look down on you because you are a fan of Star Wars. Do not listen to them. They are just jealous because you have found something that you love.

    Always remember that you are not alone in this. Believe me when I say that I have made more friends than I can count because I am a Star Wars fan. Just remember to keep your head held high and don't let other kids get you down. You are a member of the Star Wars community. There is no better group than I can think of belonging to.

    Take care Katie and May The Force Be With You!
    -Beth Felosi

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie! I'm wearing my hair today like Princess Leia wore her hair when she was on Hoth. There's a picture on the Facebook event page for today for you.

    When I was about your age, I had some Transformers shoes which I loved. I wore them to school and I was so proud. But everyone there told me that they were boys' shoes and so I couldn't wear them. But I'm a girl, and I was wearing them, so that made them girl shoes! The same is true for you and Star Wars. You're a girl. You like Star Wars. That means Star Wars if for girls.

    Have a great day! I'll be donating a copy of Lego Star Wars to the North Carolina Children's Hospital through the Child's Play Charity in your honor.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Dear Katie,
    My name is Cassie and I live in Washington State. I'm 24 years old and about 17 years old I was in your shoes. I grew up In NY and where I went to school I was considered different. I liked star wars, dragons and anything egyptian. I grew up jewish and lived with just my dad so I was a tom-boy. I wore glasses and walmart/payless clothes and I was teased every day. I know that right now at your age its a struggle, but if you continue to love yourself and know that in 17 years the people who teased you wont matter than you can concur the world. I know that it hurts but those kids tease you because they don't know better. As you get older you will find us, a group of kids that are exactly like you you just have to keep your chin up. We are always going to be here. Us/ the nerds/ geeks/ trekkies!
    facebook.com/weirdlittleghost
    PS. All the kids who used to make fun of me have nothing to show in life. You will become stronger and stronger for what you go thru!

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie,

    Tonight I am going to share your story with my children. Josh is 8, and a huge Star Wars fan, and Emily is 5 and a total tomboy. For Halloween Emily wasn't a princess, or a cheerleader, she was Batman. And next year I'll bet she'll be Jingo Fett. How do I know? Because that is her brothers costume from last year and she's already got her eye on it :-)

    When I tell them your story I want to reinforce that Josh will never bully anyone, and I want Emily to know she's not alone, that there are other little girls out there just like her. I hope she'll find some really good friends who see what a sweet, loyal, fun little girl she is even if she doesn't play with dolls. And I hope this for you too.

    Take care Katie and thanks for sharing your story
    Angela, Emily and Josh's Mom.

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie! I have an Empire Strikes Back lunchbox proudly displayed in my house. I'm 34 and it was my first grade lunch box. I was never teased about it and I'm truly sorry you have to deal with that. Next time boys say anything about Stars only being for boys, tell them Princess Leia is a girl and so is Queen Amidala. Princess Leia was one of the rebels for goodness sake! Stay strong and may the force be with you. :)

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    katie! from one fan girl to another, let me congratulate you on your individuality. i have been a star wars fan since i was quite young. i went to go see the original return of the jedi in the movie theater, and have been hooked ever since! my best friend loren and i would have star wars marathons during our sleepovers. i had just as many toys as my brother did! and when the movies were re-released in 1996, i was first on line for the tickets.

    i was also teased as a kid. not about star wars, but about all other things -- how i dressed, how smart i was, how i cried easily when i was picked on. i was a nice kid who wanted nothing more than to be friends with people, but it wasn't always that easy. as hard as that all was, i think i am a much stronger person now than any of those bullies. i am confident in the person i am, in my likes and dislikes, in my personality and my intelligence, in my beauty. i have tons of friends, a wonderful husband who loves me, and a beautiful daughter of my own. and i tell ya what -- your knowledge of star wars will be very attractive to boys when you get older. =)

    stand strong katie. we love you, your family loves you, you just have to make sure you love you. the rest will fall into place over time. following others doesn't create character and heart, being true to yourself does.

    lots of love,
    nicole

  • In reply to Ladydragnblade:

    Hi Katie. I just wanted to let you know that it is ok to be different, being different is what makes you stand out to other people, and it is something to be proud of, not ashamed of. I am a college student, majoring in Computer Science, and my favorite movies of all time are the Star Wars movies (which pretty much makes me a nerd, but I like being a nerd). And I'm also a girl. I like to paint my nails and wear pretty clothes, but I also like to write programs on my computer or watch all 6 Star Wars movies in a row. Just because you are a girl, doesnt mean that you have to act a certain way or like certain things. Your story really inspired me and I like knowing that there is a little girl out there that knows what she likes and is brave enough to not let everyone get you down. Thank you!

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    Dear Katie,

    I was your age when Star Wars first came out, and I dressed up like Luke Skywalker for Halloween that year. Other kids teased me about loving Star Wars and other "nerdy" things as I grew up. But when I graduated college, I became a game designer on a Star Wars game, and what I loved became my job. And it's still what I do today.

    Don't stop loving what makes you happy, and don't let anyone ever tell you that you're not special.

    Have a great life Katie!!! May the Force be with You!

    With respect,

    Jerry

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    Katie-never, never, never let anyone tell you how to be or who to be! If you like Star Wars, by goodness, you love it with all your heart. As a fan girl myself, I was raised on Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, He-Man, Transformers and other 'boy' things, and it did make me different, but I found there were people out there who loved and celebrated that fact about me. Those are the people who I love and adore to this day. I love and celebrate that fact in you. You are awesome, and not just because you love Star Wars! You are special, not different. Hold onto that specialness and refuse to allow anyone to tell you differently. Much fan girl love to you, Katie. You are a true inspiration. *hugs*

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    Dear Ms. Katie Goldman:

    I found your story on CNN, and it moved me so much I had to write you a letter. I hope you do not mind my sharing my story with you. My father was a diplomat in the US State Department. I grew up in other countries, far away from anyone I knew. Most of the time, I lived in countries where they did not speak English. Some of the time it was dangerous

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    I love you, Katie. YOu are so sweet and you're sweet smile and sweet face did something to my spirit. Every picture of you was a smile. You are a nice geek and I LOVE STAR WARS. Enjoy being young and ENJOY being a Star Wars fan, sweetheart! Their awesome. And if I ever have a daughter, I would want her to have a friend like you. Most definitely. High levels of ignorance is not welcomed here in my house. Be yourself because there are others that do not even know who they are or what they even like. How Boring! Simply put, those kids don't know nuthin'. And its okay, because they're kids just like you and have not grown enough and definitely haven't matured enough to fully realize their unintelligent attitude towards their wonderful classmate. Forgiveness is not a feeling but an act. Maybe you can invite them over to watch a Star Wars movie with you. LOL Oh man! I can watch Star Wars anytime, anyday, anywhere. I was a little outcast myself and probably still am however, I enjoy being myself. As you get older things will evolve and become different, because in this world things change. God never changes, however. His love is constant and great. You don't have to be religious to believe that but that is something you can lean on when no one is physically there to protect you from the harshness of the world and its aggressive attitudes toward you due to ignorance and shallowness, being miserable, unaware of the tremendous love that God consistently has for us. It's okay, Katie. You'll get over it and they'll get over it. Because you get loads of love over here. I got your back! =))

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    Katie - I wanted to let you know that my daughter, Anna, who is in second grade, is a GIANT STAR WARS FAN! I am going to tell her your story tonight when I get home and if I know Anna (and I do) she will want to get a Star Wars bottle to bring to school. She will most likely tell this story to her friends and try to convince the other girls that they should get Star Wars items too.
    Have a Great Holiday.

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    Hello Katie,
    You don't know me but I just read about you and your story of being bullied in school. I'm a big fan of Star Wars too and I have been since I was 6. I'm now all grown up and have two little girls, they both love Star Wars too. My favorite character is Chewbacca, he's so loyal, big and strong, I just love him.

    When I was a little boy I was teased a lot for being short. I also got teased a lot for my families religion because we didn't celebrate the same holidays that most kids do. When I got older I got stronger and taller and I was very angry at the other kids because I had been bullied. So I starting getting in a lot of fights and trying to bully the other kids back. But I soon realized that the reason I was being mean to the other kids was because I was hurt and I still felt small and scared. So instead of being a bully I decided to just make as many friends as I could.
    Most bullies are mean not because they want to be mean, but because they are afraid people will notice that they aren't as tough as they'd like or that they'll be picked on for something that makes them different. But you know what, we're all different. And that makes Earth a beautiful planet to love on.

    I hope the kids at school learn to be nice instead of being mean to you. If they are still mean though your family is there for you and they love you very much.

    Remember the Force will be with, always.

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    Katie - I'd like to share some of my story with you; I won't share the *whole* story 'cause at the age of 53, it's a reaaallllllyyyyyy looooooooooooooooooooooong story!

    I, too, am adopted. I was two months old when my mom and dad adopted me (yes, I call them mom & dad, 'cause they are) and they were awesome parents. I grew up knowing I was adopted, and the really cool thing is the way they explained it to me. They explained that my birthmom was very young and didn't have a husband to help her take care of me; and that she loved me soooo much she decided it would be better for *me* if she found a good mom who had a good husband, and let me grow up with them. Just like you, as soon as the kids in elementary school found out, they started to tease me - and it did kinda hurt :( I kept telling myself that my birthmom loved me enough to find my mom and dad, though - which kinda made me feel special in spite of all the teasing.

    I always loved Superman,(Since I'm reeeaaalllllly old, we didn't have computers or games. Just comic books) Batman, Fab Four, all the superheros. And loved to play all kind of sports, and hated dolls. . . I was a real tomboy. And the kids used to tease me about that, too. Hated wearing dresses (yep, back then, girls HAD to wear dresses!!!), having my hair done, all that. And the really cool thing? MY DAD. He never, ever, never told me I couldn't do something just 'cause I was a girl. And back in the 1960's, that was really something. He taught me how to build things, he taught me how to work on my car, he taught me how to ride a motorcycle, how to drive, how to hunt, how to fish, how to camp, and most importantly - that I could do *anything* I wanted to as long as I was willing to work hard. So I've never had to depend on someone else to fix things for me - I've been able to be as independent as I please! I went on to join the Army in 1976 (told you I was reaaaallllyyy old) and was one of the first groups of women to be a Military Police Officer - our motto was "To Serve and Protect". After the Army I was a regular Police Officer for quite a while, and eventually ended up working with computerized maps, which has led to my second career of being an Assistant IT Director for the city I live in. Which means I'm a Geek :) I lead a team of 10 Geeks (all guys) and they are how I ended up reading your story. They have daughters, too, and said they couldn't imagine telling their daughters they couldn't like something or do something just because they were a girl.

    I have three daughters and one granddaughter - and I've raised them the same way my dad raised me. They've never been told they couldn't do something or learn something just because they were girls. Never. Ever. Never.

    Bottom line? Don't let ANYONE tell you what you can and can't do just because you're a girl! (well, ok - maybe mom & dad, eh?)

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    Katie - When I was growing up, I was (still am) a huge sci fi fan. I also had a bad eye due to cancer. I was made fun of for both. Your friends and people that you know from school can be so cruel sometimes. It doesn't seem fair that we should have to go through this. Please know that you are a beautiful person, and that other people being mean does eventually stop. You find wonderful people who accept you, Star Wars water bottle and all. Never hide who you are!
    I told my office about you, and we had a light saber fight in your honor. We are all 30 and older, working in suits in a government building, and we stopped what we were doing to have a light saber fight for you. Just goes to show you - Star Wars will always be cool, no matter who you are! May the force be with you, young jedi!

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    Katie,

    You are such a brave little girl! I'm an adult and it took me a long time to admit to people that I was a Star Wars fan, and a SciFi fan in general. I thought they wouldn't think I was "cool". But, you know, people who aren't going to accept you with your Star Wars water bottle, aren't being cool themselves. You have an awesome mom who supports you so much.

    Good luck!

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    Dear Katie,

    I too, am a huge Star Wars fan. My dad was a fan, and growing up I got the pleasure of seeing Episodes 4-6 on the big screen many years ago. I am also female, and I was also made fun of in school for not liking what other kids thought of as 'normal'.

    However, instead of getting too upset, I realised that I needed to embrace who I am as a person, Star Wars, Geek Girl, and all. It seems like you are doing just that, and all of the love and support from your fellow Star Wars fans will help you know that you aren't alone in the world when it comes to Sci-Fi. You are not alone in being adopted (my father is my adoptive father), you are not alone in being a growing girl in a world where those who refuse to conform are harassed. We are all here for you, sweetie!

    I'm so proud of you, that you are letting the world know that it's ok to be a girl and love things like Star Wars is a wonderful thing.

    Your mother is just as courageous as you are for telling this story, good on you for posting this to your blog! All of this support for your beautiful daughter has to warm your heart even more than it does mine. :)

    Be strong, Katie, keep doing all of those good things that Jedi do.
    Force be with you!

    Jennifer - NY

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