That's an awesome article.
While I wouldn't call myself a "mutant" in any definition of the term, I'm definitely not
like how some of my peers would like me to be. Example: (way) back in 2008, me and some coworkers from my unit were in a bar living it up when I suddenly got bombarded with questions about baseball
of all things. When I responded in ignorance, I got many looks of astonishment as to how I didn't know such things. Then someone outright asked, and I broke it down to them: I did not care
. I broke it down further, saying how I couldn't care less about baseball stats, who's going to win what gold medal in the Olympics, or which celebrity was fucking who. I was far more interested in Saints Row DLC, trying to break my high score in Ninja Gaiden 2, and reading about who the best character was in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. Needless to say, this didn't go over too well with some of my coworkers, but they eventually got over it and everything ended on good terms.
Like most others, I'm sure, it took a while to realize that I was a stranger in my own land. I didn't have the best clothes, from my speech habits it was obvious I was no kind of "thug" in any sense (hell, I used to catch flak for actually doing my homework
- got moved to a different class as such too), and most of my spare time was spent speed-running Sonic 3 & Knuckles and drawing [terrible] Dragonball Z fanart than playing basketball and trying to get a girlfriend.
I used to follow the lore behind the X-Men, and I think it was around the time I too noticed the symbolism behind the entire premise that I realized that I'm one of the biggest
nerds I've ever known. It wasn't until around high school that I was actually comfortable with it, and that wasn't until I came across fellow video game and comic book nerds who just recently embraced their cultures. We had a good time, making obscure sci-fi jokes, tripping over character tiers in fighting games, and going into serious discussions about the continuity of such things like Pokémon and and all the censoring they did in Sailor Moon. We found comfort in each other's understanding of geek culture.
I'm still a geek to the core, but I didn't realize that through reading about the eccentricities of the X-Men. But if I did, I met have accepted myself sooner... and probably would've pissed off my coworkers that much more.