Fake Geek Girl – Outrage Porn For The Modern Age

Fake Geek Girl

Fake Geek/Nerd Girl – A diversion from real sexism

Recently there have been a few articles floating around raging at the meme du jour, “Fake Geek/Nerd Girl”, claiming that it is purely a sexist meme perpetrated by basement dwelling trolls to disempower women. I’ve read a few, mostly became bored with the hyperventilating outrage at something that really drives us geeks nuts.

I really don’t get where the outrage is coming from, sure, there are some versions of the meme that have heavily sexist text applied, most, however are poking fun at those attempting to emulate geeks.

So why the outrage? Are we to crucify every joke, meme,  or idea that can be used to further sexism? Is it only ok for mainstream concepts to be hijacked by sexism & only the sexist remarks be targeted? Personally, I don’t care. What I care about is protecting geek culture from posers.

Us geeks have spent a long time building geek credibility: staying up until 7am trying to finish Max Payne’s “New York Minute” mode; stayed up all weekend staring at code just so this one part of one program/script/website will function correctly; spent our childhoods teased, ostracised, & tormented. It’s no wonder we’re rather protective of the term geek: we’ve earn’t the right to call ourselves geeks.

The idea that the “Fake Geek Girl” meme is about the girl is a misconception, it’s about being a fake geek. No matter if you’re male or female, geeks despise fake geeks. Shows like “Beauty & The Geek” draw the ire of geeks who see it as a blatant attempt to commercialise geek culture, even shows like “The Big Bang Theory” set geeks off with inconsistencies & the depiction of geeks in it.

So does this outrage against a meme have a point? In some ways, yes, but not in the way that some feminists see it. For me, pretending to be a geek because it’s the fashion du jour disempowers real geek girls, those like Felicia Day, Jessica Merizan, Pia Waugh, & even my fiancée. This is not about women proving they are geeks, but about geeks standing against the tide of posers & commercial interests attempting to cash in on a group of people who have become a certain way through hardship, determination, & many hours doing what they love.

What feminists should be targeting is sexism in the ICT industry: wage disparity, sexist remarks, even a distrust of solutions provided by women. For years my fiancée has had to deal with sexism as an ICT worker, to the extent she has come home in tears because of the way she had been treated by male colleagues. Where’s the outrage at this? Nowhere, that’s where. Instead of leading the charge to bring a level playing field to women, the outrage runs deep on something so superficial it removes legitimacy of the feminist movement.

So my message to those orgasming over the outrage porn of the “Fake Geek Girl”: slow down, don’t speak for geeks, & most of all, remember, it’s not about the girl, it’s about the bogusness of their geekery.

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  • Johnny B Gone

    I’d like to scratch a little deeper and ask, if you could define geek in a couple of sentences, what would it be?

    I wouldn’t identify with being a geek per se, but I do love many things that might be defined as geeky e.g. old (and new) comics, board games like Caylus and policy development. I don’t understand an iota of code but love what it can do.

    So a corollary question might be, who has the right to define and therefore defend the application of the “geek” mantle?

  • Matt Leigh

    here is a thought for you that may just completely turn you world upside down.

    I am a geek, and no i do not feel protective of the status of being a geek, i would rather not be called a geek or be grouped together with the other people called geeks. Mainly because of the bullying and stuff as you mentioned before.

    We havnt earned anything GOOD by being geeky, just a load of mockery.

    And you can can say its because we geeks have higher intelect (crap at spelling) and that society doesnt understand and doesnt have the right to be in this apparent exclusive cult…..

    but the truth is from where im stood. THE MORE GOOD LOOKING GIRLS WHO WANT TO BE CALLED GEEKS THE BETTER.

    because that means that being a geek will no longer be a bad thing in the future.

    ps. these kind of articles is what gives us the bad reputation ……. sorry mate but its true. who gives a shit about this stuff, i found it by clicking a link on facebook by accident, i diddnt even know there was an outrage at this meme…. i diddnt really know this was a meme at all.

    but your right about the feminists, as i like to think that feminists have lost all arguments in this modern age where men are demoized as raping gorilla monsters or spotty fat vampires, whilst women are to be respected and adored despite there increasingly slutty behaviour.

    and my advice to anyone who read this whole response, (including myself) GO OUTSIDE