In case you hadn’t heard, IGN posted a contest in which only men ages 17-24 were eligible. The irony of the contest is that it’s to promote District 9, a film about aliens landing on Earth and being forced into internment camps—basically, they’re discriminating to promote a film about how bad it is to discriminate against others. *facepalm*
To add insult to injury, the Los Angeles Times posted a “Girl’s Guide to ComicCon,” the focus of which was basically, “HAY GIRLS! THERE ARE GOING TO BE HOT GUYS AT COMICCON!!!!” It actually included this: “Women will be rushing the stage, offering to do star Jake Gyllenhaal’s laundry on those washboard abs that he acquired for the film, since he spends much of it fighting, shirtless or both.” Because you know how much geek girls enjoy doing laundry. (Especially in our pearls.)
io9 has a great post on the contest and the LA Times article, which really isn’t worth linking because of how useless it is.
Female sci-fi, fantasy, comic, video game, etc. fans have been ignored and insulted for a long time and frankly, we’re sick of it. We have just as much disposable income as men do and our money is worth as much as theirs is, so what’s up with ignoring us or treating us like ignorant fangirls who are only here for teh hot boys? I’ve been going to cons for about three years now, and I see plenty of women there who go for many different reasons. And while one of those reasons may be to go to panels, it usually isn’t to cry over men and ask to do their laundry.
And do they really want to pretend that guys don’t go to cons to ogle girls in costume or to drool over hot female celebrities? Do I really need to bring up the (insulting, untrue) stereotypes of geeky men who live with their moms and are terrified of women? Guys should be standing up for their female geek counterparts here, too. I’m more than happy to beat down stereotypes about awkward geeky guys, but I’d be even happier to do so if they’d stick up for geeky girls sometimes. Modern media and society try to drive wedges between us, but imagine what we could do if we would stick up for each other and get along!
The LA Times article made me feel stabbity beyond belief, but at least I found some good links about it:
– When Fangirls Attack
– Geek Girls: A Guide that’s Actually Helpful
– Like abs? Like laundry? You’ll love Comic Con!
– An Open Letter to the L.A. Times from a Geek Girl Best (off-topic) quote of this post: “I don’t want to be Bella. I read the bio on your blog that you have a passion for Twilight. That’s great. For myself, I can’t understand why any woman in her right mind would want to be an emo, sexually frustrated teen with a boyfriend who won’t put out.” WIN.
If any of you are going to ComicCon, I would suggest looking for bloggers who have actually been there (or to other cons) for survival tips. And also, I want to see pictures afterward. Lots and lots of pictures.