Geek Masculinity and the Myth of the Fake Geek Girl
I’ve been thinking about fake geek girls–or, more, the tenacity with which the geek community has latched on to the bugbear of the fake geek girl. Even in a community with a reputation as argumentative, the intensity and volume of the vitriol directed at the fake geek girl is unprecedented. It’s flat-out weird.
Oh, hey, this is going around again. I wrote it a year and change ago in response to the sudden and intense flurry of fake-geek-girl-as-the-monster-under-the-bed articles and memes running around, but I think a lot of it still holds.
(Obligatory plug: Later this month, I’ll be talking about this, among other issues of geek identity politics, with an AMAZING lineup of professionals on the panel “Looking Past the Target Audience: Gender, Race, and Geek Identity Politics” at Emerald City ComiCon. If you’re so inclined, you can find more info on that—as well as the rest of my ECCC panels and itinerary—here.)