Metaneira is a 30 year old female currently in school for a masterâ€™s in public administration focusing on the non-profit sector. Meta has been gaming since she could hold a joystick, and has been blogging in one form or another since 1999. She currently co-hosts a site about mages and feminist issues in World of Warcraft at www.empoweredfire.com.
This post originally appeared at Empowered Fire.
By now you may have seen the video â€œG33k & G4M3R Girls,â€ a parody of Katy Perryâ€™s â€œCalifornia Girlsâ€ written by a few women involved with geek culture. (If you havenâ€™t, you can see it here: while safe for work, the video features women very scantily clad and has an aggressively cloying auto-tuned soundtrack. Watch at your own risk.) The four women â€” Milynn Sarley, Clare Grant, Rileah Vanderbilt, and Michele Boyd â€” form â€œTeam Unicornâ€ and were interviewed by the Official Star Wars Blog about the video. The author of the article says the ladies answer as one unit â€œcause thatâ€™s how they roll.â€ Fine: â€œTeam Unicornâ€ it is. Team Unicorn: youâ€™re doing it wrong.
Now, let me get a few things straight: Iâ€™m a geek. Iâ€™m a gamer. And Iâ€™m a woman. But none of those things are me: they are just parts of the whole. Having my entire personality boiled down to a list of nerdy references I get or things I enjoy doing is kind of absurd, but this is what the video promotes. From the very start, Seth Green asks, â€œHello friendsâ€¦ donâ€™t you want to meet a nice girl?â€ The video is not aimed at the women it is purporting to celebrate: it is straight-up pandering to the largely sexist, male-centric geek subculture. It is geek women served up for the male gaze on a shiny latex platter. This is not empowering.