The Great Geek Sexism Debate
This post from io9 editor Annalee Newitz presents the rare opportunity to post something that addresses all three of my Simsian Review themes. In it, she presents episodes in three recent, major geek cons where gender disparities in publishing, atheism, and hacking (respectively) were on display.
Sexism in geek culture presents an interesting challenge. Somehow, geeks have made headway in moving from a denigrated position to one of power quite easily, at least compared to attempts to undermine male hegemony and obstinacy in any number of fields. Among geeks, I often find myself having to point out inappropriate comments or actions but I notice less resistance than with non-geeks. Of course, this amounts to anecdotal, and thus useless, evidence. Still, sexism among geeks is shocking in a way that it is not among business entrepreneurs. Perhaps this is just cognitive bias, as I obviously fit more easily into the former camp rather than the latter. History is replete with disadvantaged groups simultaneously seeking equality and instances of groups fighting each other as they also fight against existing power are always discouraging. I am thinking primarily of disparate worker rights groups fighting each other at the same time that they fight for extended rights and abolitionists and suffragettes at odd with one another. This is hardly the topic being addressed by Ms. Newitz, but I can’t help but feel disheartened when I see a group left out of the progress of a larger set to which they belong.
All of that said, please click-through and read.
I just got my 4th tattoo. It’s my second science fiction and first space tat. It is the beginning of a sleeve that will be mostly based on pulp cover art for Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish novels. Picture to come tomorrow.
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