Take the nerd power back!
Rachel Edidin, editor of Dark Horse Comics staged a revolution to try and usurp the so-called “idiot nerd girl” meme. I find this delightful.
Sometimes I wonder if the dark side of nerd culture is purely an American thing. I’ve heard the stories of douchebag comic store workers, of guys harassing girls playing online video games, of all the above, I suppose, but being an Australian I’ve never heard of such a thing.
With a bunch of my friends we go to this place called King’s Comics in the city and while the majority of workers there are male, they are nothing but friendly and helpful, and honestly, better than stores not even remotely related to nerd culture, etc. They don’t make a point of someone who’s a girl liking comics - they don’t care - and if you’re new, then they’re excited that you’re getting into something awesome (and ridiculously expensive, yay).
Even more so, I attend a school that has a huge demographic of, to put it distastefully, bogans. There’s not a lot of nerd culture at my school. The majority of teens at my school would rather smoke pot and have sex than read a book or play a game. But have I, or any of my friends been bullied? No. While this could simply be the fact that Australians are too lazy to care about other people’s differences, I feel that the men in Australia are far more courteous of women - ironic since Australians are known to be loud and rowdy.
Eh, I can’t say. But I do know that in my English class, we’ve collectively decided that the society of America should just be ignored for being stupid. Take Fox News, for example. Take rape sympathising. Take blatant sexism. Need I say more?