Picking up from where I left off, I touched on the geek community being a “Haven” for those who didn’t fit in. Now I want to talk about women’s role in the geek community. I already talked about the stereotype associated with geeks, and part of that classification is that no attractive women are into it. Meaning that if you;re a woman, you must either be obese and/or unattractive. Unless you take residence in the foul depths of Mordor (fitting metaphor I believe), you know good and damn well that this is only a myth. Everybody have different interests and nothing is exclusive.
I have put this off for a while and I hate doing that so for now I will post this and if I have more to say then I will.
If you grew up like me, certain things were expected of you. Prime example, your parents never went to college so they expected you to go in their stead. Now I’m not saying “Never go to college”. I’m just merely asking anyone who reads this to ask themselves one question: What do I want to go to school for. A common situation is that most people go straight to college right after high school. They may change their major a few times and end up spending some years in college. Of course there are the grand few who knew exactly what they wanted and went to school for it. If you’re like me, you had to go through some trial and error before some things clicked. For me some things still have not “Clicked” yet, but I feel like I am on the right path. Another thing I wanna say is that age does not matter when it comes to finding your passion. I thought that in my mid 20’s, I was a little “Too Old” to still be going to college and I know that that kind of thought process has stopped a lot of people from going back. But you HAVE to push thought like that out of your mind. We are not all made the same, everyone has their own individual journey in life. I’m not gonna let anything hold me back from finding my way, hope none of you do either.
You ever wonder about this world? I do, a lot. I often think of ways to improve this world, whether I’m in charge of it or not. But when I actually think about it, this world is almost perfect just the way it is. It not saying that it doesn’t have its faults cause it does, a lot of them. But here’s the thing, there is always somebody just like you in the world. Someone who will care about the same things you care about. It might not be a majority but there is always a niche of people who will care about anything. Whether its the environment, a favorite cartoon show, or even an obscure cause that not a lot of people know about. Point is, none of us can change the world, because I don’t think that it needs changing. Maybe tma little bit of tweaking but leaders change, civilizations rise and crumble and everything dies. That’s the truth. Just do your thing, long as nobody is being hurt, its all good like cake batter ice cream!
Today’s subject has been widely discussed in the nerd community for some reason. Everyone has their own thoughts on it, but I feel like its my time to chime in. Right off the bat I think that it the whole Geek community in both gaming and other geek culture has some more growing to do when it comes to accepting someone who they think doesn’t belong there. And this kind of prejudice/entitlement can apply to everyone on anything. But in particular I’m going to talk about women in geek culture. To be more precise, the archetype of the “Geek/Gamer Girl\Model”. There has been a not-so-silent mass conversation among the so-called “OG”s of the geek community about highly attractive women in different facets of geek\game culture. To my surprise, this have been a much more divided issue than I thought with some people expressing dislike or disdain for those who they consider “Fake Nerdettes” who only just want a modeling job or attention, to others on the opposite end expressing joy that their hobby is now hitting the mainstream and attracting the right kind of audience. The most common stereotype of the typical American Nerd is one who is an introverted, white male shut-in who is nonathletic and has absolutely zero social skills. Nowadays this stereotype has been debunked but another question has been ironically raised: I guess the question is: When did geek culture become Exclusive?
For those on the negative end of that spectrum, I don’t like the criticism, but I can understand it. It took a long time for geek culture to blossom into the main staple of pop culture that it is today. For a long time it was the culture for those who didn’t “fit” into the main society. In a world where is you didn’t look a certain way, act a certain, way, or showed interest in “acceptable” hobbies, then you didn’t belong with the “Normal” people. Nowadays with the booming success of superhero films and a thriving gaming community, it’s easier to get into the culture no more than ever. Not to mention all of the people that grew up into the culture. All these points makes it even more mind-boggling when certain people are accused of “Faking their geekness”. Writing that sounds as silly as saying it but that is the best way that I can convey how some of these people think.
Based on my current writing, I will be breaking this down into a couple of parts. Turns out I had more to say than I originally thought. Thanks to all those reading and if you like, then favorite and wait for more to come! :)