Tuesday, June 16, 2009

even male geeks are sexist

I've lost count of the number of times I've had showcase posts pulled from forums purely because they didn't fit a certain "geek ideal" - the male one.

The only girl geeks that seem to be accepted by male geeks are women that act like tomboys, the femme fatale or cute girl ie. certain sexualised stereotypes of women.

I am not a tomboy or a hyper-sexual woman. I'm just a regular girl who's into geeky things and I know that I'm not welcome in the sexist world of "male geeks" and I don't want to be but I'm still calling them out.

For a bunch of people supposedly shunned by the mainstream society, they are still able to wield their male privilege without much resistance. The "geek subculture" is a culture dominated by males and entails all the same issues that other male dominated cultures have.

- Still Not Wanted: Girl Geeks @ Shakesville 090616

- Gender difference in math ability variability @ Restructure 090609

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

the blogs I follow

A lot of the blogs I follow are about race and gender.

Race and gender are issues close to my heart. Although I believe race is scientifically gibberish rubbish, it exists in the way society treats fellow members of society and in that case it is very real indeed. I believe that people of various genders whether male, female, intersex and any other categories I've missed are all equal. We may not be completely the same but we are still all equal. Maybe it's my Catholic upbringing with the Holy Trinity, maybe it's my fascination with parallel universes... but I find the "different but equal" concept easy to swallow. I'm an agnostic and I don't think I'll ever do anything bad enough for the Church to give a whoopie doo enough to excommunicate me.

Discussions about race and gender seem to be a magnet for trolls and narrow-minded bigots. It upsets me very much. My medical *cough* mental condition means I tend to over-think... generally things like "I want to kill everyone" or "I want to kill myself" or a variation between those two thoughts.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I believe... in tiptoeing...

Whenever I decide to pop my silly head into discussions of "controversial and touchy subject matter", I'm always paranoid that people will assume the worse of me and reinterprete my comment as something utterly diabolical. Kinda scary feeling to be honest.

Long ago, I checked out http://www.fightdemback.org and then I decided to make a comment and then I was accused of stirring trouble and ARGH you know what let the stupid boys play in their stupid world, I don't like being freaked out.

Even though I am ANTI-DISCRIMINATION of all forms and a total GEEKY NERD...I just have this odd feeling that others who claim to be of the same leaning don't see that of me. *sigh* I just feel as though left-wingers and geeks hate me. Maybe I'm just paranoid.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009