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.
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.
WoMoz at FOSDEM: The nascent Women in Mozilla group will be at FOSDEM (6-7th of February 2010, in Brussels, Belgium), are figuring out their roadmap & plans, and need your suggestions
Can we ever stop fighting?: Ann Somerville describes the tension between slash fanfic and woman-authored original fiction about gay men as a free expression of women’s sexuality and as describing the real lives and issues of a minority group.
On writing: Jonquil points out that every word in such an invitation is important to writers, and in comments: "If they wanted to buy more work by women, they'd have just sat down with their slush piles and done it. "
If you have links of interest, please share them in comments here, or if youâ€™re a delicious user, tag them â€œgeekfeminismâ€ to bring them to our attention. Please note that we tend to stick to publishing recent links (from the last month or so).
Thanks to everyone who suggested links in comments and on delicious.
Karen Healey reviews Sarah Kuhn’s One Con Glory, a feminist geek girl novella featuring con hijinks including “delightful drunkenness, morning-after amnesia, Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, the beginnings of dealing with some inner demons, and me doubled up on the couch cackling to myself.”
TEDxVancouver gives an unfortunately fairly typical non-explanation explanation about why its speaker slate is almost entirely white and male. The comment stream rewards perusal.
If you have links of interest, please share them in comments here, or if youâ€™re a delicious user, tag them â€œgeekfeminismâ€ to bring them to our attention. Thanks to everyone who suggested links in comments and on delicious.