So, I’m finding it really difficult to make a video about geek culture and feminism…
…mostly because the two intersect so rarely. Sure, there are a fair few niche communities where the two get on fabulously but my experiences of mainstream geek culture have been unyieldingly sexist and anti-feminist and that hurts.
My very first encounter with sexism came during my first Dungeons and Dragons game, I was told by another 10 year old that I couldn’t have high strength stats because I was a girl and that I wasn’t allowed to roll the die.
I remember someone telling me that I should dress as a Repentia Sister from 40K (space nuns who have fallen from grace and seek to repent by self harming and seeking a glorious death while wearing hoods that conceal their faces but not much else) on the way back from a Games Workshop con which, considering that I was 15, is overwhelmingly creepy. Not to mention the countless amount of times that I go to buy games or comics and get told by clerks to consider games that have slower action or fluffier comics. Then there’s the persistent internet bloc that scream until blue in the face every time a feminist criticises or even just points out sexism within films, games, comics or tv. And every character that I’m supposed to be able to relate to as a woman is either a sex doll or an emotionless robot or, most commonly, a problematic combination of both. Or they are Sigourney Weaver, which I can kind of deal with.
I have never been a part of a community that is so devastatingly misogynistic and it sucks because I adore just about everything else there is about the culture. So, yeah, sorry that I didn’t get a video up despite having lots to say. Can anyone recommend me something good to read where the artist has respect for women’s spines, please?
Ta muchly, I’m off to play Skyrim, loves ~Holly