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Why The "Fake Geek Girl" Meme Needs To Die

The world of comics, gaming, sci-fi, and geekdom in general is under attack! Oh my god how dare you be a woman and enjoy geek stuff?!

What is the “Fake Geek Girl”? It is the accusation that women are pretending to be nerdy for male attention.

1. You know, because EVERYTHING women do is totes for the menz.

The ‘fake geek girl’ meme is basically this interaction.

It’d be nice to have a Fairy Gamer Momma in times like this.

Comic by Sailorswayze

In reality, there is no such thing as the fake geek girl.

“There is no such thing as a fake geek girl. There are only girls who are at different, varying levels of falling in love with something the society generically considers to fall under the nerd culture category.” - Youtube personality albinwonderland in her video “Fake Geek Girl”

But you can find it all over the place.

This ad was placed on the back of Scott Snyder’s Batman #13. Alienating women in a single bound!

It even comes from professionals in the industry.

Comics writer Dirk Manning posted this image on his Facebok page.

Tony Harris, a comic book writer who worked on Iron Man, Starman, and Ex Machina, posted this rant on his facebook.

tl;dr Women at conventions are imposters! And whores! I don’t respect any women and assume their entire existence is for the pleasure of men! Boobies!

2. It is incredibly sexist.

…and it’s not like geekdom isn’t mired in enough sexism as it is.

The Hawkeye Initiative is a project fans started to “draw attention to how deformed, hyper-sexualized, and unrealistically posed/dressed women are drawn in comics.”

Comic by Litebox

It’s really just absurd.

Comic by Dorktower

People are allowed to like *some* elements of a culture. In fact, this happens all the time!

Getting mad at women for liking what is considered a ‘superficial’ part of nerd culture but ignoring the fact that men also enjoy ‘superficial’ parts of other cultures as well? Oops! Your sexism is showing, again.

Comic by Radrangy

4. So instead of accusing people of being posers…

Not everyone has to like what you like in exactly the same way that you like it.

Kindly step off your ‘geekier than thou’ high horse.

And to all those out there who have been accused of being the ‘fake geek girl’…

…and get ready to feast.

Comic by Oxboxer

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