real geek girl

How to spot a fake geek girl...

• Did she seem really enthusiastic to talk about this topic, but then suddenly stop talking half way through?

• Is she sitting perfectly still, as if hoping that this way nobody will notice her to ask her any hard questions?

• When you brush against her on your way to the kitchen, does her whole arm come loose and fall to the ground with a clatter?

• Is her skin oddly shiny and unnaturally smooth?

• When you tentatively reach out to touch her other hand, is it cold and stiff?

• When you look into her eyes, are they glassy and unfocused?

• When you turn back to your friends to ask them what the hell is going on, do they also look back with those strange glass eyes?

• Do you try to remember when they last said anything and realise that they too stopped talking not a little while ago?

• Are you afraid?

• Do your fingers and toes feel oddly stiff?

• Is the numbness spreading up your arms and legs?

• Do you feel the threads of your consciousness unravelling like strands of morning fog and floating away into the ether?

• Do you remember why you are here? What you are doing? Who you are?

• Have your numb limbs and torso become so heavy that you collapse into your chair?

• Do you feel the numbness sliding up over your face?

• Were you ever real?

We were there too, the other geeks and weird kids whose lives were hellish at school, who escaped into books and computers, who stayed up all night scanning obscure forums, looking for transcendence, dreaming of elsewhere. We were there too, but you didn’t see us, because we were girls. And the costs of being the geek were the same for us, right down to the sexual frustration, the yearning, the being laughed at, the loneliness… We had to fight the same battles you did, only harder, because we were women and we also had to fight sexism, some of it from you, and when we went looking for other weird kids to join our gang, we were told we weren’t ‘real geeks’ because we were girls.
—  Laurie Penny, Cybersexism: Sex, Gender and Power on the Internet. 

Remember my big, secret project????

Well, Tumblr. I wrote a book for you!!!

THE FANGIRL’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY will be published by quirkbooks Spring 2015!! It’s a fully-illustrated guide to fandom, feminism, and feels, and I hope you guys love it.

Also, it has a lady author rep’d by a lady agent, a lady illustrator, and a lady editor. By geek girls, for geek girls.

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I just bought Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes

And decided that I’d show yall my current comic book collection. I have about 30 comics from DC and Marvel, mainly Young Justice (TV Show version artist: Christopher Jones), All Star Batman & Robin, Grant Morrison’s Batman, Deadpool, Spider-Man, Teen Titans, and Ms. Marvel. The only reason I’m doing this is to give comic book CEO’s a Giant Ass FUCK U for thinking females don’t read comic books (I am a dfab but I am genderfluid he/him they/them) because newsflash I know more females who are dedicated to reading a series of comic books than males. So yeah. Also Neil Gaiman’s writing is amazing!!!

adhdahri  asked:

It's like,what damage do "fake geek girls" even do,other than "not having a deep and continuous interest in games"? Nobody really gets mad about "casual sports fans" or "casual cooks",but all of a sudden if you don't play 50 hours a week you're not a "real geek girl". Part of which again,ties into the tendency to objectify and idealize women,who have to be perfect in every single way.

Exactly, someone with a casual interest is not fake. Even, in theory, that there are there throngs of women who HATE geek culture and are only pretending for attention, even if I suspend belief and agree it happen… So?

Like there is no way these guys have their lives affected in any meaningful way by that. But they are acting like they are actual fucking victims of that hypothetical scenario.

We were there too, the other geeks and weird kids whose lives were hellish at school, who escaped into books and computers, who stayed up all night scanning obscure forums, looking for transcendence, dreaming of elsewhere. We were there too, but you didn’t see us, because we were girls. And the costs of being the geek were the same for us, right down to the sexual frustration, the yearning, the being laughed at, the loneliness… We had to fight the same battles you did, only harder, because we were women and we also had to fight sexism, some of it from you, and when we went looking for other weird kids to join our gang, we were told we weren’t ‘real geeks’ because we were girls.
—  Laurie Penny, Cybersexism: Sex, Gender and Power on the Internet.