The problem is, because you think you’re still in that Star Trek basement, heavily bullied, you have to defend this fragile culture – because if someone assaults it, even us, especially us, it will collapse like a house of cards. There just aren’t enough of us to get by, is the thinking, so we must accept everyone who wants to step into our tent. We’re the culture of refuge – when people are feeling battered by the outside world, they come into our sheltering arms, where we never judge.
The problem is, we never judge. And there are a lot of people standing underneath our tent, the kind of people who call people “faggots” while playing those videogames you love, slurring women…. and we tolerate it because hey, we’re just this tiny bunch of people, it doesn’t matter, we have no power and even if we did who is this affecting? Are women being objectified in gaming culture, women heroes often being presented as huge-titted rape victims or co-dependents? Well, we don’t like that, but what does that matter? We’re small potatoes, man…
My point, my friends, is that now that you’ve won, it’s time to decide who you are.
This is ABOUT the fact that female, queer, persons-of-colour, or otherwise marginalised geeks Are Still Marginalised.
This is a call to arms to put an end to that bullshit. To recognise it, and stop it.
Who do we want to be? That’s the point. It’s always the point. Whether marginalized or not, deciding what we stand for, why we stand up, and what we stand against is critical.