Okay, so I wrote and made this video for Buzzfeed called “Why The Doctor Should Be A Woman” and though BF is a lovely company, it is ALWAYS a struggle to get geek feminist content made. I really need this video to do well in order to keep being able to make the videos I want to make for you guys.

That’s the truth. So please, if you like it, share it, gif it, post it, email it to friends, reblog it, whatever. If you want to see a female Doctor or just if you want more geeky feminist content on Buzzfeed, this has to do well. IT WOULD MEAN SO MUCH TO ME. THANKS. YOU ARE ALL FANTASTIC,

No spoilers, promise.

That was the first time in a lifetime of near-constant consumption of cinema that I’ve been sitting in a packed, darkened movie theatre, watching some massive, bombastic blockbuster action movie, sensing the excitement, the rapt gaze of a predominantly male audience, and thought to myself… 

This movie isn’t just tipping its hat to women so we won’t feel excluded. This movie is *for women*. 

Fury Road features some of the most fierce and violent and brutal and vivid and compelling imagery I’ve watched in any movie, ever, and it also just happens to be one the most warmly and thoroughly feminist films I’ve ever seen, from any genre.

Miller made this for us.

When that realization hit me, I cried.

Unprecedented. What a lovely day.


Featured Geek:  Elicia Sanchez

[On being a female geek in a male dominated world] “While you think being a female POC who is also a nerd would mean you would have a large group of people that understand on some level what being an outcast or treated differently meant, turns out you still have to fight to even be recognized or allowed in geek circles with predominant male populations just because women make them uncomfortable and patriarchy/institutionalized racism is the only form of power a white male geek can hang onto in a world where he is ridiculed.”

Stand-up comedian Elicia infuses geekdom into her act and writing whenever possible; when you see her perform, there’s a good chance you’ll hear a Star Trek joke or two…or three. She’s been a geek as long as she can remember, reminiscing that she was “reading comics and watching Star Trek as a kid and the fact I was fat, weird and loud and had glasses and braces by the 4th grade didn’t really help.” As an adult, Elicia still obsesses over video games, comic books, and Star Trek, but has relinquished some of her fantasies, noting that she now understands that although she wishes there were dragons, that she’s now old enough to be “glad there really aren’t dragons.” Bonus Elicia trivia: after begging Greg Rucka to feature her making out with one of her favorite gay female DC characters, Rucka wrote her into an issue of DC’s Crime Bible (her character is a high-end prostitute named Elicia that falls in love with Renee Montoya).

Nobody hopped into a wardrobe to find Narnia; they hopped in, thinking it was just a wardrobe. They didn’t climb up the Faraway Tree, knowing it was a Faraway Tree; they thought it was just a really big tree. Harry Potter thought he was a normal boy; Mary Poppins was supposed to be a regular nanny. It’s the first and only rule. Magic comes when you’re not looking for it
—  Holly Smale, Geek Girl

Geek gatekeeping is about the variety of ways that geekdom is defined to exclude women.”

  • Girl stuff - not truly geeky.
  • Women are accused of being fake geek girls.
  • Women are assumed to be here with my boyfriend.
  • The assumption that women are geeks’ partners is a pervasive one in commentary on geek topics - rather than geeks in their own right.
    - Hence terms like girlfriend mode.
    - This leads some women to be reluctant to admit to genuinely having boyfriend-transmitted geekdom, because of stereotype threat!
  • At some tech industry events, women are presumed to be, and treated as, non-technical. (See Sarah Lamb talking about why she started Girl Geek Dinners)
  • Women trying to acquire professional credentials face a double bind:
    - In universities, computer science majors’ social groups are often hostile to women (see Reagle, “On being a geek” in “Free as in sexist?”), and social isolation is detrimental to success in any academia area.
    - It’s hard for women to be taken seriously if they choose to be self-taught instead of obtaining a degree in a STEM field. By contrast, male autodidacts can often achieve professional success (at least in software).

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