As a geek girl myself, I've been accused of wearing a "Star Wars" shirt to "get attention from guys who actually care if Han shot first." I've been told to move to the side and let "real gamers" -- who happen to be guys -- play the demos at conventions. I've even been branded a panderer for saying I liked Godzilla, supposedly just to get a date with a man cosplaying as Gamera.
Lately it seems elements of the geek community have become a lot less of a welcome wagon and more of a judgmental Jedi Council that refuses to let newbies in, especially if they happen to be girls. In a community once known for celebrating outcasts and underdogs, it sometimes now seems like you have to take some sort of Voight-Kampff Test to prove your geekdom is legit. … Read more