This is a theme I see popping up again and again.
No – Just no. This is the most trumped up shite I think I’ve ever viewed on Teh Interwebs, and that’s saying something.
S-Y-A-D and listen.
There was a rather eloquent response to this “women are oppressed in nerd culture” claim written a few months back. I can’t find it, and should have bookmarked it. Which is a shame, cause it was AWESOME.
You’ll have to forgive my poorly-worded, unwanted, and adopted version:
Quite simply, it’s bullshit.
…I did warn you it wasn’t going to be eloquent.
Those of you who are over the tendr* age of 25 may remember that geeky/nerdy things used to not be popular.
Those of you who are not: GEEKY/NERDY THINGS USED TO NOT BE POPULAR.
This was regularly the norm.
The Iron Man film changed everything for geeky things, and arguably CoD or Halo did the same for computer gaming. Oh sure, the
God Allah FSM Yoda-awful prequel trilogy started the ball rolling, but the MCU got it done.
Thankfully boardgaming and wargaming are still laughted at or shunned, so get off my geeky lawn you no-good kids.
I mean, think about it for a minute. If I came to you in 1995, 2000, or even 2005 and told you that there would be a movie franchise that will have 30 plus movies with interconnecting TV series you would have laughed in my face.
Then if I said it would be using Marvel properties including Rocket Raccoon, you would first have wondered who the fuck Rocket was, then probably died from being unable to breathe due to laughter.
Cast your mind back (those of you who are 25+) to when you were bullied for your love of Star Wars/Trek, Tolkien, D+D, Pokemon etc etc.
Because you were.
And now 20 years later everyone loves that stuff, even the fuckers who bullied you for it?!
The people who punched, tackled, spat at, and worse, at you for liking what you liked and nothing more, or for just being a little different.
The people who laughed at you for speaking.
The people who put their dick in your trombone’s mouthpiece right before practice – whether that was because I’m geeky or musical I’ll never know, but the end result is the same. Yes I still remember that.
That’s where the hate comes from- it has nothing to do with the presence or absence of a vagina.
It just so happens that more girls came into the fandoms during this time too.
“But what about the rape/violence threats?”
The ones only ever given via text on a screen? From someone you’ve never met, nor ever will?
If only there was a way to get rid of them, oh the humanity!
Report/delete and move on with your life.
The geek/nerd culture has been the most warm, open and inclusive (there’s one of my least favourite words again) groups I’ve ever seen. We have had to be; from “metalmouths” to people who suffer with autism and everything inbetween, we accept them all. Because society did not.
That annoying maths kid that was awkward as fuck? They were the best Rogue we ever had in our party.
That kid with tourettes ticks you all laughed at? One mean mutha at 40k, and his models are EPIC.
The girl with acne? “Pizzaface?” She plays clarinet like a dream. And she knows more about Star Wars than you.
Just as religion has nothing to do with someone’s morals, a male (or female for that matter) dominated area has nothing to do with sexism.
This ladies and gentlemen, is called a false positive. It is nothing more.
You see that mug of coffee/pen(cil)/mouse? It keeps away tigers. Yup, 100% tiger repellant. Pretty neat, huh? Of course it works, do you see any tigers around here?
OF COURSE you’re going to get SOME ASSHATS that actually behave like…ASSHATS, but by and large it’s the fakery that people are criticising or hating. This has nothing to do with them being a geek/nerd.
*A typo, but I’ve left it in for a tumblr related pun. I celebrate my dislexia.