The Internet vs Joe Peacock

So, there’s been a lot of talk recently about women in nerd culture, and CNN has been a surprisingly good place to follow it. To recap quickly:

Joe Peacock attacks ‘booth babes’ at ComiCon

The internet explodes

Joe Peacock responds

Fark mod Genevieve Dempre responds

Geek-girl blogger Jen Yates of EPBOT responds

Ongoing and not directly related this kind of conversation is happening in light of SDCC.

So overall, this is a pretty big week for feminism in nerdery, regardless of one’s individual position on topics at hand (full disclosure: I am pro-girl-geek, anti-booth-babe*, anti-Twilight, pro-inclusive-geekery, and pro-debate (*booth babe here referring more to the poachers Peacock describes than the girls legitimately working cons as models, who aren’t at any kind of fault)). As many of the brilliant minds responding to this issue have noted, the issue at hand is less “booth babes” and more the persistent gender inequality of geek culture in particular, as taken separately from (if not unrelated to) our society’s. No one has really presented a solution, and I wonder if that’s because there isn’t an easy one, or any that don’t come across as “FemiNazi” to a people conditioned to only respond to issues when it’s easy enough.

I don’t want to turn this into a rant about gender politics within nerd-dom (we haven’t even covered the White Knight!), but I think it’s important at the very least to point out that this is a real conversation, happening right now in our world, and it’s a great opportunity to get out there, get educated, and talk to other people to effect positive change in our tiny corner of the world.


ProTip: At least two of those articles have embedded links to other stories that are almost all worth the read! Anything about the recent Felicia Day upheaval, Anita Sarkeesian’s Kickstarter, etc. are worth a look.



Filed under Feminerd

3 responses to “The Internet vs Joe Peacock

  1. I haven’t even heard of some of this. I heard about some of Anita Sarkeenian ….I don’t even know the word to describe it. It’s sickening. Thanks for educating me.

    I also want to add creamsicle to this discussion. It almost seems like the precursor to this conversation.

    • I think you’re right! (Know Your Meme has a pretty decent workup of the Creamsicle timeline and general idea for those who might not know) I think there’s a lot of this attitude out there, especially the territorial, defensive parts of it, trying to establish at least one area where being visually attractive isn’t a woman’s only or most important qualification. Or trying to prevent any given “safe” arena from being mainstreamed, thus flooded with “outsiders” or “cool kids.”

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