Iâ€™m a longtime geek and feminist, but a newcomer to geek feminism. Iâ€™m glad I found this blog, because it gives me the opportunity to ask a question Iâ€™ve been pondering for a long time. Iâ€™ve seen a lot in geek feminist circles about anti-science bias in feminist circles, but what about anti-social science/humanities bias in geek ones?
Allow me to clarify: I do steampunk, listen to nerdcore rap, play online RPGs, and write (horrible) fanfiction. I love geek communities of all kinds. However, when it comes down to talking about women in geekdom, I feel a bit out of place. Although I love math and science (and have done a fair amount of coursework on the history of science), Iâ€™m not professionally or academically focused on a field in STEM. Iâ€™m a double major in music history and womenâ€™s studies. In geek communities, I sometimes see womenâ€™s studies (and other areas in the humanities) criticized or dismissed for being â€œanti-science,â€ and women in these fields called out for not wanting to be scientists.
Iâ€™m not anti-science (quite the opposite) and I didnâ€™t buy into some sexist pressure against women in STEM. I just want to be a feminist historian. I also happen to be a geek. I feel that this shouldnâ€™t be too difficult.