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East of the River: The Cool Chicks of Future Past

By Katie East

I’ve always been “one of the guys.” I feel more comfortable with men than I do with women and always have. In high school I usually spent weekends hanging out in a parking lot sitting in a circle with a bunch of dudes instead of talking about crushes on a pillow top mattress. That being said, comic books scare and confuse me.

It’s hard to admit when you’re the cool chick and you don’t like a dude-centric thing. You want to be accepted, but you don’t want to waste a night talking about the difference between a graphic novel and a comic book.

Luckily, super hero movies have come a long way in the last 10 years. Batman Begins started a wave of comic book movies that were genuinely good films. You could follow the plot without having to understand the back-story that every 14-year-old boy was obsessing over.

So in recent years I’ve been able to enjoy a good blockbuster and hide my shameful secret of not knowing or caring about comic books at all. My boyfriend admitted that it was a huge turn-on that I suggested we see Iron Man 3 on our first date.

Jackpot. That’s what being one of the guys is all about. Ladies, if you want a down-to-earth guy, then look like you didn’t try too hard to get ready and talk about comic books or sports. Later you can let all your high maintenance issues out, but rein them in until you get that man! Sure, you have to put up with a lot of cargo shorts and talk of poop, but in the end it’s worth it.

Batman Begins, Dark Knight and X-Men: First Class were some of my all-time favorite movies. Naturally, I was super pumped to see X-Men: Days of Future Past this weekend. My boyfriend and my plans changed, and instead of going alone, one of his friends tagged along.

Uh oh, two dudes and me were going to a comic book movie on opening night; this was no longer a date. Surely my lack of nerd knowledge would come out. Everyone was going to know my “one of the guys” act was all a ruse!

We got to theater only 10 minutes before the movie started because I had to shower, like a girl. I thought we might have to split up our party of three and jokingly offered to sit alone if the boys needed to sit together.

“Yeah…we might have to,” my boyfriend’s friend said. He probably saw the look of panic in my eyes though I tried to play it cool.

Sitting without a man at a comic book movie!? Who would remind me of all the characters and explain the science elements to me? Luckily, we found a spot all together and we didn’t have to split the boyfriend baby.

I have to admit I was a little iffy on Days of Future Past. Even though I loved First Class,  I was straight up terrified of the new trailer. All my favorite characters were in it, but I felt confused already. There seemed like a lot of cyborgs and sci-fi things for me to get not understand.

What I loved about First Class was how it tied in the past with the storyline. I have always been a history nerd, and I’d much rather look into the past then to watch someone’s guess of the future. The only futuristic movie I could get behind was Minority Report because I love any murder mystery and protagonists with drug addictions.

Through out the evening my girl mentality was coming out all over the place.

“What X-Men mutation would you most want to have?” my boyfriend’s friend asked me.

“Uhhhh…” I said, trying to buy time. My answer was already wrong because I didn’t have a stock answer. I never even thought about it.

“Who is your favorite X-Men character?” my dude roommate asked when I got home.

“Ummm…I more like the character development in general. So…I guess Magneto and the Professor,” was my verbatim response. What a girl thing to say.

I guess when it comes down to it men and women’s brains are just different. As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to terms with my girlie-ness and can still hang with my guys friends without being too high maintenance. And luckily, I have a boyfriend who can quietly explain to me what a Sentinel is.



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