Sunday, 12 September 2010

Geek and Gamer Girls

Earlier this week a video went online called Geek and Gamer Girls, and is dedicated to all those awesome girls who like to walk on the nerdy side of life. You can see the video HERE.

The video's a cute parody, yes, but more interestingly the video caused an interesting debate (it wasn't quite a flame war, let's be honest) on Twitter and elsewhere. Fundamentally, it seems to be a great big fight between pretty girls and ugly girls.

The ugly girls say 'they're not real nerds!'. The pretty girls say 'yes we are, we just happen to be ~gorgeous!'. There seems to have been a distinct lack of actual discussion of the issue at hand, which lies properly in the middle-ground.

I consider myself a geek, for example, but oh, guess what?! I wear make up and I like clothes. Who really cares? Wearing make-up doesn't make me any less of a geek, and being a geek doesn't make me any less likely to wear make-up.

But that's just it. It's got nothing to do with the make-up, the clothes, the high heels. The real issue at the heart of this, surely, is that these girls are scantily-clad, or naked. They're sexualised. They've produced the video themselves, and there's nothing wrong with that, but given the broader culture of sexualising women, then it's no wonder that certain women might start to get miffed that the best-known, the most widely recognised 'girl geeks' are all just that at some point in their careers.

Geekdom isn't a male-dominated world, if we're thinking about demographics, but frankly as far as the culture of geekdom is concerned, if you want to be a female geek and well-known? Chances are you're going to have to shake your ass for it. And that's what I, and others object to.

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