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Fake geek girls

Why the idea should die

by Shelby Mitchell/News & Opinions

Graphic by Shelby Mitchell

Graphic by Shelby Mitchell

The stories are endless; male sci-fi fans who berate girls despite a woman being the first to write science fiction; “gamer girls” avoiding playing games like “Call of Duty” with the mics on for fear of harassment; a woman being told, “I bet you don’t even know the ending” of a game before she reveals that she, in fact, wrote it; an angry anon commenting on how “the picture of that stupid hipster chick in the Star Wars shirt needs to stop she probably hasn’t even seen all the movies” when the “stupid hipster chick” wearing the Stop Wars shirt was, in fact, Natalie Portman. . . who was kind of in the movies.

The female population is cursed with an idiotic notion – fake geek girls. Simply because we are girls, we apparently cannot simply enjoy something “geeky.” This idea does not really exist for boys, however. Very few males get accused of being “fake geeks” for something.  They do not have to prove that they are a “real fan,” they are just immediately welcomed into conversation about it. Boys do not go to conventions dressed as their favorite superhero and get called “sluts” or “attention whores” for it. The injustice goes on.

An especially fun notion is that “fake geek girls” are pretending to like “geeky things” for attention. This, of course, is stupid. When girls in video games and comic books – two of the main sources of this outrageous monstrosity of an idea – are constantly objectified – when many female characters in them wear skimpy, unrealistic outfits and are constantly posed in ludicrous but “sexy” fashions – why would any girl like them just for attention? Specifically, attention from males who often do nothing to earn girls wanting their attention, who often spend much of their time holed up in their bedrooms at their mother’s house, wiping Cheeto dust on their cargo pants. Clearly the “fake geek girls” are only doing it for your attention.

Here is an idea: regardless of gender, people can like a thing. They will like it whether or not someone else likes it. And even if they are not avid I-have-fallen-into-this-fandom-and-I-am-not-sure-how-to-get-out fans of it, they are still allowed to appreciate things from it and it does not in any way diminish their worth as a fan. Whether or not their knowledge of the thing matches your knowledge of the thing does not make them any less worthy than you. Everyone can be a fan of the thing, and sometimes, the most “unlikely” people will be one. And if you think “fake geek girls” is an actual problem, I hope one slaps you with their very real hand.

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