Usually I try to follow a happy post/grumpy post pattern, one per week. But this week I am seriously grumped, so you get two grumpy posts. This topic sprung to mind when I was mulling over Monday’s Nazi post, but it is an unrelated behavior, linked solely by the fact that the offenders tend to… Read More Geek Girls Rule! #395 – If You Wouldn’t Let Someone Do it to You…
Ok, so over the weekend, in Charlottesville, VA a Neo-Nazi drove his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protestors to an “alt-right” (Nazi) demonstration. This is after a group of Neo-Nazis beat up a group of counter protestors at the University of VA the night before, and beat up more counter-protestors during the day. Now, most… Read More Geek Girls Rule! #394 – Why we Hate your Insistence on Playing Nazis.
So, by now I’m sure you’ve all heard the shit storm stirring around Geek Girl Con. Five volunteers from the Con Ops team quit, and on their way out behaved incredibly unprofessionally, and also misleadingly. Their email and postings on the way out accused the Executive Director of harassment, sexism, racism, kink-shaming and body-shaming of… Read More Geek Girls Rule! #393 – Looking at Whom you Give the Benefit of the Doubt
Ok, all I have to say about this one is “Wow.” Parable of the Sower, published by Octavia Butler in 1993 is startlingly prescient about the state of United States, and where those of us with a modicum of forward thinking can see it steadily sinking unless the brakes are put on really fucking quickly.… Read More Geek Girls Rule! #392 – Review: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Recently I talked about books that kept me alive in my turbulent teen years. Books that let me know I wasn’t alone, that gave me the strength to go on. But what about books you had access to real young that helped to make you who you are at a very fundamental level? I want… Read More Geek Girls Rule! #391 – Formative Books
Ok, so I have spent a huge chunk of my life both writing and consuming stories just loaded with plucky heroines. You know, the girl (or POC/Queer/Trans person, or some intersection of all those things) who has to work her ass off and do amazing things to be considered the equal of men who got… Read More Geek Girls Rule! #390 – No More Plucky Heroines
My apologies to the former President of the United States. But this is a sentiment I can whole-heartedly get behind. I guess a large part of this depends on what kind of geek you want to be. My version of Geekdom is inclusive, open, sharing, excited, committed to fostering growth and enjoyment of the things… Read More Geek Girls Rule! #389 – Be the Geek You Want to See in the World