qbnaith:

"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?

kalenea:

Sorry it took me so long

gifs / sixth doctor / everything from the weekend

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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.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

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This was beautiful

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smashsurvey:

Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception). 

Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularly,how do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them? 

Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format. 

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Contents Under Pressure

ruckawriter:

I rarely use this to just blog. I’m going to just blog now, so you can all just ignore this if it’s not to your liking.

Warning. Contents under pressure.

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THIS IS IMPORTANT

This is why women in fandom are still suspected of being Fake Geek Girls: because the history that supports our claim to geekdom is a history too many of our peers have never learned, and have in fact been actively encouraged not to seek. Until sufficient male support legitimises female-dominated fandoms, we are forced to accept a lesser, periphery status; but once the men do take an interest, then suddenly, the women were never there to begin with. Exclusion as Default: Female Geeks by Foz Meadows (via elissasussman)
heyashb:

@msjayjustice!!!

SHE LIGHTS UP AND MADE THIS IN 9 DAYS!!!

heyashb:

@msjayjustice!!!

SHE LIGHTS UP AND MADE THIS IN 9 DAYS!!!

Interview with Geek Anthropologist Marie-Pierre Renaud on (Fake) Geek Girls

trekkiefeminist:

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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.

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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.

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Johanna Westerdijk (1883-1961) (by Smithsonian Institution)
Summary: Botanist and plant pathologist Johanna Westerdijk (1883-1961) was one of the first women appointed as a professor in a Dutch university; she taught at the University of Utrecht from 1917 until 1952

Johanna Westerdijk (1883-1961) (by Smithsonian Institution)

Summary: Botanist and plant pathologist Johanna Westerdijk (1883-1961) was one of the first women appointed as a professor in a Dutch university; she taught at the University of Utrecht from 1917 until 1952

leafsfeelings:

choptail:

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HIT REBLOG SO GODDAMN FAST

leafsfeelings:

choptail:

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HIT REBLOG SO GODDAMN FAST

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carry-on-my-wayward-hunters:

My rogue cosplay debut at wondercon on friday! :) with my friend iamloubutt.tumblr.com who debuted her usami cosplay!