Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Femininity vs. Nerd-dom

This is a quick run-by link dump, to remind you I'm still alive.  The Day Job is demanding a lot of my time and focus right now, and PAX East planning is taking up some of my other time.  I promise, I haven't stopped writing or thinking!

The juxtaposition of these two posts fascinated me.

First, Lesley Kinzel on female stereotyping in geek / gamer culture.

Second: Jezebel, on MTV "getting it wrong" with a female nerd.

The pair came to me within about 24 hours of each other, and really struck me: once again, it's a no-win situation.  But the money quote from Lesley sums up what I hope to take with me, and take away from, PAX:
Dudes, be human. Ladies and other female-IDing types, be awesome, no matter what you’re into or what you look like. Can’t we all just kill each other and not be assholes about it?


  1. The link to jezebel does not work for me. The correct link appears to be http://jezebel.com/#!5762146/mtv-gets-it-wrong-with-nerds

    Frikkin fragment-based urls!!!! They should be burned alive!

  2. The whole "ima pretend to be a nerd" thing boggles me. Is this maybe something like how certain women use the phrase, "I'm so fat..." when they aren't?

  3. Ah, thanks for that. I haven't been able to get any of the Gawker Media sites right since their redesign.