“Imagine: You meet a girl, and you get to talking. You talk about your jobs, your neighborhoods; you talk about your interests. As it turns out, the two of you are into a lot of the same things. This is cool! Wow, she likes the same obscure slasher flicks and retro video games that you do. How lucky for you both! Wait. Be careful. This could all be a ruse. She could be… a Fake Geek Girl. Oh no actually, false alarm. Turns out she’s just a person who is into stuff to varying degrees. There’s no such thing as a Fake Geek Girl.”
Actually, there is. It’s the girl who dresses up like a geek, or puts on a front, to get gawked at by guys at cons and in comic book stores, to boost her ego. She doesn’t care about comic books, manga, video games, sci fy. She doesn’t know who Doctor Who is, that Bleach isn’t just a cleaner, and that Peach isn’t always in the castle you are. She’s there for purely selfish reasons, to take time from guys she’d never give the time of day otherwise.
See the point is actually that the threat of “Fake Geek Girls”, the ones who dresses up in costumes and just pretends to be nerdy so that nerdguys can lavish her with attention (even though she is too hot to speak with them outside the strange context of her Nerd Charade!! such is the frustrating duality of her sexuality!!) is like threat of the Soviet spies in post-war America. Their numbers were insignificant enough to border on the imaginary but the attempt to uncover them puts real geek women under an unfair, unneeded microscope, and means their intentions are constantly doubted thanks to the crime of their appearance. And for what? The people who wanted to unmask the communists were terrified of nuclear war, the people who want to unmask the Fake Geek Girls are afraid of… pretty women getting attention?
This needs to stop being a thing. It has to be about insecurity, right? The argument Kirk Hamilton gives above is offensive to everyone! This is making me inarticulate. So I made a t-shirt:
While people were partying in San Diego this past weekend, fans from all over New England and the NYC metro area hung out at ConnectiCon in Hartford, Connecticut. Here’s some of the best outfits I took photos of. Check back tomorrow for Doctor Who and BBC Sherlock cosplay pics:
Baby Princess Merida:
Top Gear’s The Stig:
Battle Of The Princess Meridas:
Luigi and Friends:
American McGee’s Alice:
Harley Quinn, The Joker, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy:
Sailor Neptune & Sailor Uranus:
Another pic of Aeris at Connecticon (Baby Princess Merida)! I wish we’d seen the other Meridas. But we passed our lunch table on to that DC Villain group and the Joker said “Awww, so cute! And that’s the only time you’ll ever hear the Joker say that.” Pretty much every single person we interacted with at the con was super.