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