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Fake Geek Girls, #1ReasonWhy, Sarkeesian Speaks

These three videos really sum up the past two weeks for me. Each provides its own perspective on the issue of sexism in geekdom, and each one is ultimately hopeful and inspiring. We need more of that in this discussion.

 

Fake Geek Girls

Angelina LB on the Tony Harris FGG screed and the phenomenon in general. Fabulous.

ALB is on Twitter and Facebook, too.

 

Sessler’s Something on #1ReasonWhy

Revision3 Games (Rev3) producer Adam Sessler uses his new show to shine a light on #1ReasonWhy. Very well done.

Follow Adam on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Anita Sarkeesian @ TEDxWomen

The pop culture critic and creator of Feminist Frequency explores the gamification of Internet harassment as she saw it in the hate campaign against her. Fascinating.

Follow Feminist Frequency on Facebook and Twitter.

Something’s afoot, people. I hear whispers from all over about meetings and events, missives and plans hatching…. The geek community is making 2012 the year we put our collective feet down with a resounding THUD! the ripples from which are making themselves felt and will continue to spread into 2013 and into the brave new world beyond. Welcome to the future, my friends. We have cake.

6 responses

  1. Evisceratus

    I fogot to add there is a wierd sense of paying your dues with older geeks.

    Back in the getting pushed into a locker and having your backpack dumped out days geeks definitely got a chip on their shoulder.

    We certainly changed the world when we came into power (we are now the ceos, the programmers, the lawyers, the software tycoons, etc.) and geek culture is in, but there is a in my opinion horrible tendency to feel that the geeks today didn’t suffer enough.

    It’s true that they didn’t suffer, but I don’t think we should make them suffer before we let them into the tent. That perpetuates a vicious cycle that we were on the wrong side of not too long ago.

    Not everyone feels the way I do.

    March 27, 2013 at 9:15 pm

  2. Evisceratus

    I only watched the Angelina video, and I think it boils down to the question of who owns geek (sub)culture?

    She says you can’t own it, but even if that is true it won’t stop people from trying to own it(this is America after all).

    Some older male geeks(I always liked the term nerd better it comes with it’s own candy) feel that they built it and they nourished it back when no one cared about it so it belongs to them. Tony Harris obviously feels that way.

    She also says that Elitists are elitists whether they wear glasses or Gucci and that is true, but Geeks have an elitist streak a mile long.

    I mean what other group gets accused of thinking they are a master race as a snide joke (this happened to computer gamers) and then claims it like it’s some kind of badge of honor. What other group starts listing off how many issues of avengers they own in order to settle a dispute?

    Geek culture comes with a curriculum. Do you actually know who the avengers are or did you just see the movie? Did you read the harry potter books or did you just see the movie? Do you understand why Stan Lee’s cameo in fantastic 4 is funny?

    There is also another question what is the point of geek culture? Are we just here as a reliable market share for hollywood to market superhero movies to, or are we a group of people who are experts in a very unusual body of knowledge in addition to being all around more intelligent than any two jocks put together?

    Finally what becomes of geek culture when it isn’t popular anymore? Being a geek was not always something you flaunted. It did get you pushed into a locker. Before spiderman was on the big screen making out with kirsten dunst it was not cool to be able to list all his enemies.

    The wheel turned and geeks ended up on top of the world, but will it turn again and when it does who is gonna stand with it and who is hop onto the next fad.

    There is no way to know until it happens.

    March 27, 2013 at 9:06 pm

  3. These are some great videos! I definitely feel like the sexism in the geek world boils over to the engineering world, especially in fields like computer engineering. I am hoping that all of these people speaking up do create a ripple effect in changing sexism in these very male dominated fields.

    December 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm

  4. Reblogged this on Hitchhiking Muse and commented:
    Such a good fucking blog.

    December 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm

  5. Permission to repost?

    December 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    • Always! :)

      December 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm

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