geek privilege


Dear Internet,

Remember how some of you freaked out about The Avengers: Age of Ultron last week? And how some of you, granted, an admitted small, tiny, minority of man-children, are crying about how Mad Max: Fury Road isn’t a guy movie, made specifically for you? And now, there’s a third group of  you bitching that the Supergirl trailer looks stupid and juvenile and doesn’t look anything like the modern comics, and why can’t they get anything right, and blah blah blah blah blah?

All of you, in whatever camp you have been kvetching in, are lacking perspective. You’re viewing this product, made by a corporation to be consumed by the widest demographic they can throw a marketing net around, with the most miniscule of lenses. You also seem to think that this is being aimed directly at you to wound, rather than to illuminate, or at the very least, distract.

This Supergirl thing? You’re overlooking something very important: it’s not grim and dark and gritty. It seems a lot more upbeat and light in tone, if not outright light-hearted. That’s an enormous step forward for Warner Brothers Entertainment. But hey, never mind that. Go back to pissing and moaning that “it’s not YOUR Supergirl,” and please, do it loudly, so as to dissuade anyone else with a passing interest from giving it a try. After all, we wouldn’t want other people to like the same things we like, now, would we?  And for Pete’s sake, please be sure not to watch it. Send the message, you know? Fight the Power.

And in six months, when you’re complaining that there’s no comics out there for young people, and especially girls, I’ll remind you about the canceled TV show that you pooh poohed.

Or, you could, you know, just grow up and pretend that it’s not all about you.

How we choose to engage or not with real fear, and real criticism, as opposed to trolling, says a lot about us as human beings - and creators.
—  Kameron Hurley, from “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: On Empathy and the Power of Privilege” in The Geek Feminist Revolution

I barely knew who Brianna Wu was until the GamerGate shitstorm commenced. Now I wish I hadn’t.

Geek Privilege is a thing. Somebody actually believes geeks somehow have inherent superiority like whites and males do. Somebody believes this is a social issue on par with racism and sexism. What. The. Fuck.

I may be anti-GamerGate and against anything that’s blatantly misogynistic, but Jesus Christ, woman. How dense are you? No wonder GamerGate is still fighting and/or flailing angrily, you’re feeding them so much bullshit for them to keep surviving.

Basically you’re saying geeks somehow have an advantage over jocks or whatever is the opposite of geeks because that’s what is explained whenever I hear white or male privilege. Never mind that I think the word “privilege” has lost all meaning after tumblr checked it to death; if you think Geek Privilege exists, please do yourself a favor, get off the internet and go outside.

While I mean it could do you some good, sadly these days going outside could probably give you a first hand look at things you really need to worry about than “geeks” having seniority over other social classes.

TL;DR, please go away, Brianna Wu. You’re just making an ass of yourself and, considering you oppose something that’s prone to making an ass of itself as well, it says a lot.