"fake geek girl pretending to be interested in a thing but doesn’t know anything about it"
have you considered. that maybe she is showing an interest in a thing you like because that is what people do - we share things. we make conversation. we ask other people about stuff they like, and tell them about the stuff we like
maybe. she is interested in your thing. and she doesn’t know anything about it. because she would like you to tell her about it?
I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…
When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.
Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.
Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.
…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.
So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.—
"What’s up with chicks and science?"
Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.
This was beautiful
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Interview with Geek Anthropologist Marie-Pierre Renaud on (Fake) Geek Girls
I follow StarTrek.com on Facebook and a few weeks ago, something caught my eye: an article about a study on the "fake geek girl" debate by Marie-Pierre Renaud. Renaud is a graduate student of sociocultural anthropology at Laval University in Quebec and is one of the founders of the fabulous blog The Geek Anthropologist.
For anyone not familiar with the issue, it really flared up online in 2012 after two key articles: one by Tara Tiger Brown at Forbes telling supposedly attention-seeking “fake geek girls” to “please go away”. A couple months later. Joe Peacock wrote an article for CNN called "Booth babes need not apply", in which he took issue with: “pretty girls pretending to be geeks for attention.”
The debate spiralled out from there, leading to a couple of different memes including the “Idiot Geek Girl” meme. It touched a nerve with a lot of female geeks (like me), who felt we were having our “geek cred” policed unfairly based on gender and appearance.
So as soon as I read Renaud’s article I knew I wanted to connect with her, as a fellow female Canadian Trek fan engaging with these issues. I was thrilled she agreed to take the time to do an intro for Trekkie Feminist.
In the intro to her research, Renaud says she was surprised that she kept encountering an assumption that women were historically rare in geek culture.
"In the rants against ‘fake geek girls’, a lot of the arguments that were invoked was that there didn’t used to be so many women in geek culture, and now that it’s becoming more popular, there are a lot more women. A lot of people who responded to the rants…wouldn’t really contest this idea that it was new for women to be involved in geek culture," Renaud explained to me.
She said overall there isn’t really research or hard data to support that argument.
"The fact that there are more women who are visible doesn’t mean there are more women than the past…we don’t have a census of geek culture. ‘Geek culture’ keep changing…it’s not something you can clearly define," she said.
Renaud got into geek culture at a young age by watching Star Trek: TNG with her dad, and her experience with the Trek fandom reinforced her feeling that the idea that women weren’t involved wasn’t necessarily correct.
"I would always be thinking back to documentaries like Trekkies I and II and documentaries about Firefly fans and fans of other franchises, and my experience would always be, well, there are women out there.”
"I titled the foreword to the series, 'As Always, it Started with Star Trek' because as a Trekkie, I know, like a lot of Star Trek fans, that one of the reasons the show was saved from cancellation in the 1960s was that Bjo Trimble started this campaign - with her husband - and she’s remembered as the woman who saved Star Trek,” Renaud explained.