Posted by : Wendy B Thursday, 25 August 2011
“Geek girls” and the problem of self-objectification and was a bit miffed by the overriding notion that females are only accepted into the Geekdom Boys Club if they are scantiliy clad in appropriate fantasy or sci fi attire. To be one of the boys, you have to cosplay your T&A to their hearts' content.
Too often, women in geek cultures are only welcomed if they are decoration, sexy versions of the things geek men love, not equal participants or fellow fans. Forever Geek […], for example, has, in just the past two months, posted with glee about female models naked except for high heels and stormtrooper helmets gracing skateboards, a car wash in which women dressed in sexy Princess Leia costumes washed cars, and Star Wars corsets. Geek communities love women, as long as their members don’t have to think of those women as people.Writes KJ in G+ discussions:
Who are these "geeks" the writer claims are only accepting "hot" chicks into the geek circle? Are they the target audience for G4 who apparently only cares about looking at Powergirls breasts and watching dudes throw up and get kicked in the nuts? Are they the same guys who say, "Dude, I hear there are chicks dressed as slaves at Comic Con, lets go and get wasted!" These are not real geeks and response to their acceptance is not a response worth having.
|Olivia Munn in the outfit at|
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|Do you think they have a favourite|
The problem, then, isn’t what women do, but a culture in which the only way that women can be recognized as a desirable part of the culture is when they participate by making themselves consumable sexy objects for geek men.Again, no. Guys might ogle the sexy female form, but in the end, they want to hang out with the girl, especially if the girl can hang out with them. The key word is "approachable." Face it. If we bust out the stereotypical geek-in-mom's-basement model, how many guys are likely to wander up to a sexy cosplayer and try to strike up a real conversation about whether Superman is faster than The Flash, knowing that there's a chance of being utterly shunned and humiliated? This is why we can all appreciate down-to-earth sexy geeks like Felicia Day or Aisha Tyler who don't need to flaunt their sexiness. Guys are just as likely, if not more likely to buy their geek-related products, instead of just a poster of them wearing next to nothing.
|Penny happily dressed as |