So this morning, with the Nerdist show in DC tonight, I was thinking back to the Christmas special. I love it, the guys are hilarious but I have to admit I was surprised at the joke about “Karen Gillan’s underpants”… and I remember wondering, does that kind of stuff offend her? I mean, we all know that there is a wierd type of separatism in the nerd world for girls. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to explain that I was the one that was into Star Wars or Doctor Who and not the men in my life. In fact, I normally would drag them into the fandom by coercion or force. But still it made me wonder. We all know she’s a tall drink of water, but does that make it okay??
So today I ran across the article “Nerds and Male Privilege Part 2”.
For the record, I’ve had a crush on Gambit forever but there are a lot of other things discussed in the article that I can agree on. I will not play with people I do not know online. If I play COD it’s not online. End of story. I know there are plenty of other women who feel the same since fatuglyorslutty.com came on the scene.
It is the reason that if I am going anywhere where there is going to be a higher ratio of men than women, I will show up in a baggy tshirt and jeans, even though I normally like to wear skirts, summer or winter. There are even times I will try to make myself invisible and as androgynous as possible in these situations, mainly because I don’t want to deal with the unwanted attention. Lots of times online I won’t admit I am female or post pics of myself. I remember getting catcalls by doing nothing and if I tried to just ignore them would get called a dyke…. Wait, because I didn’t fall over myself because of you?
I remember playing video games after school with Lela and other female friends. One friend always picked a girl who chose to fight in high heeled boots, a long skirt with a slit and a whip and we would laugh about it. We have no problems with sexy women, sexy times, strip clubs or even porn, but it seemed a big change to play these games with a group of girls and then move into a coed group. In the article cited above, Dr NerdLove specifically mentions Arkham City and really, I think he brings up a good point. I always liked Harley Quinn but what they did to her character turned me off of the whole game. Some games do that, but on the flip side…. oh wait is there one? I remember Metroid and being super shocked and supremely pleased that Samus was a female.
I don’t know where I was going with all this, I just remember thinking about the Nerdist Christmas Special and being taken back by the comment about underpants and then wondering, if I said something, will people tell me I’m taking things too seriously? Do I think I’m taking it too seriously? On the other hand, I did laugh at the Hermione being legal joke, so maybe I am going straight to hell.
So here are the other parts to Dr. Nerdlove’s advice blog.
I was on there for way too long reading through the blog. He seems to really know his shit and I hope he spreads the word far and wide, it needs to be heard.
Now, is anyone up for a game of sexism bingo?