I just don’t understand where this concept of ‘fake geek girls’ came from. Like, AT ALL.
Cus when I look for fandom related stuff like 90% of the fan art and the fanfiction and the meta, zines, comics, etc. Like 90% of…
In college, I narrowed nerds down to “Enthusiasts” and “Obsessives.” I didn’t realize until this moment how strongly that breaks down by gender.
Enthusiast nerds love their interest for all that it is and express it in myriad ways. Obsessive nerds have forgotten why they loved their interest in the first place, and only collect and enumerate them, breaking them down to stats they can control. Star Trek becomes starship schematics and timelines, superheroes become power levels, battle boards, and continuity.
When a character’s direction is changed, an adaptation doesn’t STRICTLY adhere to the source, or something new is “revealed,” It’s almost always the Obsessives that cry out in anger and frustration. So great is their cognitive dissonance caused by a change to something fictional they NEED to be true, that they take for granted and do not want anyone to question, that they send harassing emails and write ranting blog posts.
[A corollary to this is when characters are being changed for marketing purposes, their changes redacted and their growth regressed, entire publishing histories reset to zero instead of moving forward, heightening and exploring what came before. (My personal biases against Brand New Day and the New 52. Woe betide all the children of superheroes whom publishers must never allow to remain.)]
Enthusiasts see their interests as a way to connect with themselves, with the creators they follow, with other fans, with new ideas. Obsessives see their interests as a protected refuge from a cruel and uncaring world.
And while I write this it all just sounds like privilege and all the more reason we should dislike Bronies taking My Little Pony from little girls.
Read this post thoroughly.
What interests me is that I have for decades, in other words, been describing Obsessive as a stage I grew out of to become an Enthusiast. That I went through my phase of pride in trivia known and adherence to “canon” in my fanfiction, and then grew to realize that trivia is what reference works are for and the story [or gag] is more important than keeping continuity with five or fifty years of screenworks. But while I can name many Obsessives I’ve know who have or have not grown out of it, I can’t think of any who are women.
"ILLNESS" OHHH MY FUFESDHHHC
"she just died of illness" like wow! helpful insight! anne frank did indeed die of typhus (or possibly typhoid fever; the records aren’t SUPER clear, you know, since she wasn’t necessarily given the HIGHEST standard of care). what a correct and thorough analysis, john green! as it happens, this occurred after she was forced into two years of hiding in a cramped attic, was deported to westerbork and auschwitz and bergen-belsen, was used for slave labor and slated for eventual murder via gas chamber, a fate which she only technically avoided because she first succumbed to one of the many diseases that ran rampant in the deplorable conditions of the concentration camps! in which she was imprisoned because she was jewish! this being because anne was a victim of the holocaust, you know, that little thing, you might have heard of it. but that’s all incidental, i’m sure. it’s whatever. "she just died of illness like most people." cool. good understanding of historical context. nice work.
OH MY gmfodidiooGgoGOIKDGOD
John Green is the worst human being
File under: mindless jerks.
pooh-bear and piglet ❤
THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE THING EVER!!
you could kill a man in any of these dresses, and pretty sure no jury would convict you. those are killing-men dresses, that’s what i’m saying
If the Winter Soldier was responsible for the Kennedy assassination and Magneto tried to STOP the Kennedy assassination then that must mean somehow Magneto lost a fight to a guy wITH AN ENTirE ARm MADE OF METAL
Rape has become endemic in South Africa, so a medical technician named Sonette Ehlers developed a product that immediately gathered national attention there. Ehlers had never forgotten a rape victim telling her forlornly, “If only I had teeth down there.”
Some time afterward, a man came into the hospital where Ehlers works in excruciating pain because his penis was stuck in his pants zipper.
Ehlers merged those images and came up with a product she called Rapex. It resembles a tube, with barbs inside. The woman inserts it like a tampon, with an applicator, and any man who tries to rape the woman impales himself on the barbs and must go to an emergency room to have the Rapex removed.
When critics complained that it was a medieval punishment, Ehlers replied tersely, “A medieval device for a medieval deed.”
- Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof
REBLOGGING THIS. x1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
A medieval device for a medieval deed - yes.
This is perfect
BLESS THIS PERSON
I BOW TO THIS INTENTION
Can we talk about how beautifully this turns rape culture on its head? Instead of “If they weren’t dressed like that they wouldn’t have been raped” THIS IS LITERALLY “IF THEY HADN’T TRIED TO RAPE SOMEONE THEY WOULDN’T HAVE SPIKES IN THEIR DICK”*
That bold bit~