Girls-as-nerds is a hot news topic right now. One one side of the coin, GeekGirlCon is happening in October in Seattle, hoping to celebrate women in Geekdom and the blog Has Boobs, Reads Comics written by Jill Pantozzi is a comic news site from a woman’s point of view. On the other side are people like this person who wrote a blog post entitled “Having Tits and Liking Spiderman Isn’t Shocking Anyone” in which she proclaims that she’d like to punch the aforementioned Ms. Pantozzi in the boobs (really, she said that).
I understand why someone would question the need for female-centric geek media. When I first heard about GeekGirlCon, my first response was “why?”. Why do we have to have a seperate con? Isn’t this 2011? Doesn’t something like this make our geeky culutre even more segmented? Sure, I was made fun of for having Batman posters and reading TMNT when I was a young girl/teenager, but surely that’s not the case for girls anymore, right?
Then within the course of a week Nate told me that there is a girl on his school bus who was getting crap from the boys about playing her DS, the cashier at the grocery store asked Kitty if the Spiderman toothbrush she picked out was for her brother and I read about Katie Goldman a little girl who was bullied by some little boys for carrying a Star Wars water bottle.
So, yeah we need events like GeekGirlCon. And blogs like Has Boobs, Reads Comics, The Geeky Hostess, Total Fan Girl and GeekMom We need to rally around our girls and let them know that they can embrace their feminitiy while playing Magic: The Gathering, kicking ass at Portal 2 or playing with their chemistry set. We need them to know that it doesn’t matter what the boys, or anyone else thinks.
We’re not trying to shock you, Zooey at Synthesis. It’s not about you, it’s not about shocking/impressing a guy or another girl or anyone for that matter. We read comics because we love comics, we play video games because they’re fun and we love Star Wars because it’s awesome, and that should be good enough.