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Rosemont Alumna Feliza Casano Provides a Home for Female Geekdom

Feliza Casano, an alumna of color, pictured in a Main Line bookstore, surrounded by books, wearing a teal and grey sweater dress

Rosemont Alumna Feliza Cazano was spotlighted in an article published in Main Line Today. Please visit the link below to read the entire story.

Girls in Capes, a group founded by Feliza Cazano of self-proclaimed “geek girls,” meet at Main Point Books to discuss everything from sic-fi to anime.

BY MELISSA JACOBS/Main Line Today

Sitting in a Bryn Mawr bookstore talking science fiction isn’t everyone’s idea of Saturday-night fun. But just about every month, the women of Girls in Capes trek to Main Point Books to do just that. The club’s members are self-proclaimed “geek girls,” female fans of sci-fi, fantasy, comics, steam-punk, anime and other speculative fiction. Truth be told, Girls in Capes could give The Big Bang Theory guys a run for their money. 

Geekdom isn’t as marginalized as it once was. In fact, it’s gone mainstream. The Avengers, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead have millions of fans. Girls in Capes members are also fans of alternative authors like Catherynne Valente, Gail Carriger, Diana Wynne Jones, and Patricia C. Wrede, who write for niche audiences of geek girls. They craft strong female characters who—though flawed—won’t succumb to their worlds’ sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, or any other kind of hate-fueled stereotype. These books depict characters who fight to make the world the way it ought to be.

The women of Girls in Capes are mostly millennial and definitely femme forward. They’re longtime librophiles from all over our western suburbs. They were brought together by Feliza Casano. By day, she’s a project manager at Focus Forward, a transcription service in Wayne. By night, she leads the organization she founded in 2013 during her graduate studies at Rosemont College. 

Girls in Capes encompasses both the book club and a website. With its roster of editorial contributors, the site posts original content about three times a week—quirky, intellectual, well-reasoned stuff like “Not Like Other Girls: Toxic Archetypes of Young Adult Literature” and “Star-Cross’d Lovers: Romantic Relationships in Sci-Fi & Fantasy.”

Casano also helms the Philadelphia chapter of the international organization Geek Girl Brunch, so she’s the undeniable captain of her geek-girl squad. “We’re the Harry Potter generation,” she says. “Talking about superheroes, magic and other realms is part of our reality.”

Read more of the article about Feliza Casano and Girls in Capes in Main Line Today.

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