Geek Girls Aren’t a Problem So Stop Asking
Written on Fri, Dec 7, 2012 by Kyle
We at unshaven comics recently went over this topic on the Rant-Cast but I feel like I should address my own personal feeling on the topics of ‘fake geek girls’ and the recent outpouring of anger from some corners of the geek community. I won’t get into some of the specific fights that have gone on publicly in the last few weeks but I want to make my position, and just how ridiculous this all is very clear.
This is how I’ve perceived what’s been going on. Various members of the geek community (especially comic fans) fell that there are women (even attractive women) who are walking around at conventions and interacting with the geek community who are faking interest in order to garner attention. The common reasoning for this is that geeks have become sought after now that comic movies are popular and comics are getting more attention from the mainstream. I won’t say there’s been one universal negative reaction to women being part of the comic geek culture because there hasn’t. Like most responses there is a whole spectrum of responses from the internet trolls who rage about women stealing their hobby and making everything worthless to the ‘white knights’ who feel the need to spend all their free time championing the rights of poor downtrodden women who can’t defend themselves without these selfless protectors. Luckily most reactions fall in between.
Women have been a part of geek culture for as long as I’ve been actively aware/ a part of it (early 1990’s) and I think it’s foolish to say they can’t come in the club house now. The best way I can think to illustrate how much this isn’t a problem is with the worst case scenario. Imagine a girl attending a comic convention dressed in a Halloween costume of Supergirl she bought. She’s walking around a convention getting her picture taken and getting people’s attention despite the fact that she knows nothing about the character. Who does it hurt that she has no idea what Supergirl’s name is? What is the harm that she’s never looked through a comic in her life? None. It doesn’t matter how familiar/ obsessed people are because if dressing up and getting their picture taken at a convention is someone’s idea of fun, the second they purchase a ticket that’s their business.
As a last note, I’ve attended a few dozen conventions in my life. I’ve taken pictures of some peoples costumes and had my picture taken at a few I dressed for. I’ve never heard anyone ask the person any questions about the character beyond “Did you make that yourself?” or “Can I get a picture?” and that’s the way it should be. If you like what a person has done with their costume and how anyone (male or female) celebrates a character you like them tell them so. Feel free to ask for that photo giving a big thumbs up with Catwoman but if you think you really know what that person truly thinks and feels about things you’ve never spoken with them over then you need to get to city hall immediately and volunteer your amazing powers to the police because the city needs you.