To celebrate actual physical copies of TWO making landfall (pics to follow later today), why not check out this excerpt from Dr Emma Beddows’ piece on misogyny in geek culture.
Plus, there’s some gorgeous Kate Moon art included, to boot!
Good deal, eh?
“The recent rise in popularity of geek culture is undeniable; geek chic is in vogue. As bloggers rush to pledge their geek cred through witty reviews, inane cult knowledge and nerdy confessions, this once minority sub-culture is becoming subject to increased media exposure and public scrutiny…
The local geek community in Australia has been a source of joy, enlightenment, friendship and support throughout most of my life. Nonetheless, geek culture demonstrates some troubling social norms, particularly in regards to gender and sexism. As an active member of the geek community in Australia, I hope to use this article to discuss a very important and undoubtedly controversial issue: misogyny in geek culture. To be clear, I am not the first to write about this. In fact, there is a wide body of research and public rhetoric on this topic already (see Hern, 2013, 2012; shamlessmag.com, 2012; and Polo, 2013 for just a few examples). In an effort to reconcile my affection for the local community with the pressing need to discuss these problems in a public forum, the issue most worthy of discussion is apparently speaking out. Too often I have observed members from my community suffer unreasonable consequences for simply voicing their opinion on misogyny and sexism. Within the mostly egalitarian community of geeks there is a growing trend towards the censoring of feminist discourse and attendant thought-policing of dissenting views … Whilst the mass media has a lot to answer to, the perpetuating falsity that sexism is normal can only persist if reinforced by the community. This view is defended on a number of fronts, including the level of social interaction. My research has found that one of the most common methods used for defending misogyny in geek culture is the deployment of one of an arsenal of rhetorical devices, each of which has an indirect chilling effect on speaking out.”
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