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Apr. 17th, 2011 (UTC)

yeah, we love you too. Another impetus to start an open blog, as a geek girl who also works in fashion journalism.
I'm tired of seeing women interested in fantasy and SF portrayed as socially inept, fashion-challenged, dateless wonders who don't know what a tube of mascara is, and who don't have college degrees, frankly.
People need to be clued in: 1) We're smart 2) We look amazing, whether you see is at DragonCon, in the SCA, in Civil War reenactment groups, Steampunk attire, burlesque attire ( really there are so many types of crossovers) - or heading to work on your average freakin' Monday 3) W
e're largely better read and educated than the rest of the population and 4) We are not figments of your imagination.

Oddly, I find it's mostly insecure women who write about other women not having a place in fantasy and SF - perhaps because they don't like their significant other's interest in it? I read a terrible piece in a local alternative paper a couple of years back in which a "cool" girl grudgingly went along to DragonCon with her new BF - and proceeded to trash the experience and the people participating. She had the reverse effect to what she'd hoped for: Everyone was turned off by her complaining and whining.

I've also seen the male equivalent - best exemplified by books like "Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks" in which geek boys approaching middle age fear they'll never get awesome girlfriends because they like role playing games and fantasy movies. Wow. Insecure much? I beg to differ.

Maybe at some point in some upper crust or deeply entrenched middle class communities back in the 70s, it wasn't cool to be a girl who liked fantasy - or who admitted it. Well, that wasn't my generation... but from talking to fellow fangirls of all ages, I can honestly say anytime after 1980, near as I can tell, that stereotype went away.

I feel sorry for the women who don't let their imaginations take over once in awhile. Maybe Harlequin romances are enough for some - but what do you get but a rehashing of better fairy tales, without the magic or the wonder, in those tawdry love stories - and when do women actually get to be more than forlorn love objects?

No, thanks. I'll take my geek girl credentials any day.

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