So I was doing some searches on the internet and this piece of crap from two years ago came up: http://www.forbes.com/sites/tarabrown/2012/03/26/dear-fake-geek-girls-please-go-away/
First off—go fuck yourself. What makes you the arbiter of who’s a geek and who isn’t? Second, I’m really happy that geek culture and geeks in general are becoming more popular.
I take offense to this article because I’m a geek—and I’m not an expert in jack shit.
I consider myself a jack of all trades. I am interested in just about everything, I love learning just to learn, and there are so many areas of geek culture that I’m interested in that no matter what I do, I will never catch up. That list includes the stereotypical: comics, board games, video games. That list also includes stuff most normal people find annoying or rather specific: Bob Dylan, medieval literature (in the original, not translated text, mind you), pedagogical theory about service learning in the creative writing college classroom. Just because I don’t know every single thing about Batgirl from the moment she was created until now doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy reading Gail Simone’s current run. Just because I don’t know every kickstarter that exists for new board games doesn’t mean that I’m not interested in niche, indie board games that play through like you’re doing taxes.
And just because someone has a platform in Forbes doesn’t mean that she should be passing around this poison either. In case you hadn’t been keeping up with #yesallwomen on Twitter, this country is suffering a major case of sexism, racism, and classism, and geeks tearing other geeks down is a major contributor to at least one of these things. I have been very fortunate that I’ve never gotten the geek check, and that all of my male friends and acquaintances are so supportive of me and my interests. But there are many other people, not just women, who experience a barrier to these things that none of us really own, just for the sake of a few bitter individuals who ‘knew about this first’ or ‘did all of the research when it was hard.’ Should we judge five-year-olds coming into comic book stores and picking up something age-appropriate just because it’s not a particular Marvel run? Or what about people like me who took a while to admit that they would rather be weird than be miserable trying to fit in?
No, I can’t tell you each and every word of the Arkham Horror rule book. No, I can’t tell you every Jedi to wield a lightsaber. But I can tell you that I am a geek, and that every person who claims they are a geek IS a geek no matter their depth of knowledge. We shouldn’t be forced to “lower our freak flags” just because we want to enjoy something simply.
OMG just as a PS: So I looked at all of the articles that this writer has on Forbes, and one article is about women sticking together in the tech field. *facepalm* I hope she’s gotten it together.