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Links for Young Nerd Girls

A friend recently asked me for links for her 11-year-old daughter who is interested in getting into the gaming industry, so I put together a few resources. Not all of them are game-industry/nerd specific, not all of them are always 100% age-appropriate, but they’re all decent starting places to begin conversations with your daughter about women in nerd culture. (Obviously each parent should vet these individually based on their own daughter’s age/maturity.) In no particular order:

The Mary Sue (website, Facebook): Their tagline was formerly “A guide to girl geek culture” but since their merger with Geekosystem they’ve broadened (some have said watered down) their coverage. But still, very approachable writing about both silly and serious topics.

TeenSkepChick (website): The little sister of SkepChick, the flagship site in “a collection of smart and often sarcastic blogs focused on science and critical thinking.”  

GeekGirlCon (website, Facebook): A convention held in Seattle every year that focuses on geek girls but is an inclusive, safe con for anyone and everyone. They also link to great articles on their Facebook page.

Feminist Frequency (website, Facebook): The home of the brave and awesome Anita Sarkeesian's video series which examines the representation of women in games. 

Amy Pohler’s Smart Girls (website, Facebook): “Amysmartgirls.com provides a hub for teens, parents, teachers and fans of all ages to learn, to become a part of the greater Smart Girl community, and to participate in Smart Girl projects. The website has grown and evolved toward online campaigns to engage followers in volunteerism, civic activism, cultural exchange, and self-expression through the arts.”

Polygon (website, Facebook): Polygon has solid reporting on the gaming industry and gives voice to women and minorities in its posts. it’s not specifically female-focused but I prefer it to some of the other industry news sites. 

Women In Games International (websiteFacebook): WIGI is a non-profit organization that “promotes diversity in video game development, publishing, media, education and workplaces, based on a fundamental belief that increased equality and camaraderie among genders can make global impacts for superior products, more consumer enjoyment and a stronger gaming industry.” Not really geared towards young women but still a good resource of information.

In addition to these, there’s lots of great individual blogs written by geek women and women in the gaming industry, and many of the generally feminist sites like Jezebel and Feministing cover these topics as well.

Bonus links:
Her Universe, geek clothing for women and girls
The DoubleClicks, a sister duo from Portland, OR, who sing the fabulous geek girl anthem, “Nothing To Prove.”

Tags: Geek Girl video games gaming industry nerd feminism feminist parenting
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~ Tuesday, July 1 ~
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humansofnewyork:

"It was amazing to me how actors like Denzel Washington could reach out and affect people, even in The Gambia where I lived. So I decided I had to be an actor. My father prayed for me for 5 minutes on the runway. He was holding onto my hand and praying over and over, and I could see everyone watching from the windows of the plane. It was a little embarrassing but he would not let go. Finally he told me: ‘Now go to America. But do not forget where you came from.’ I first flew to Oklahoma, because I knew other Gambians there, but I was running out of money, and I was eating nothing but noodles, and one day it got so bad that my nose started bleeding. And I said to myself: ‘How am I going to be an actor in Oklahoma? If I’m going to be hungry, I’m going to be hungry in New York.’ So I borrowed money for a Greyhound bus, and I rode for two days on that bus. And for the whole ride, I had nothing but water."

humansofnewyork:

"It was amazing to me how actors like Denzel Washington could reach out and affect people, even in The Gambia where I lived. So I decided I had to be an actor. My father prayed for me for 5 minutes on the runway. He was holding onto my hand and praying over and over, and I could see everyone watching from the windows of the plane. It was a little embarrassing but he would not let go. Finally he told me: ‘Now go to America. But do not forget where you came from.’ I first flew to Oklahoma, because I knew other Gambians there, but I was running out of money, and I was eating nothing but noodles, and one day it got so bad that my nose started bleeding. And I said to myself: ‘How am I going to be an actor in Oklahoma? If I’m going to be hungry, I’m going to be hungry in New York.’ So I borrowed money for a Greyhound bus, and I rode for two days on that bus. And for the whole ride, I had nothing but water."


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Ok, look, Scully, I don’t wanna jump to any hasty conclusions, but, on the strength of the evidence that we have here, I think what we may be looking at, what appears to be a series of vampire or vampire-like attacks.

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belaquadros:

Goddess of Depression by Victor Nazarenko

belaquadros:

Goddess of Depression by Victor Nazarenko


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behindbobsburgers:

Tina meets with Dr. Katz (via lloydbryant)

behindbobsburgers:

Tina meets with Dr. Katz (via lloydbryant)


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cindymayweather:

Comedian Hari Kondabolu on David Letterman (x)


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weirdvintage:

A member of the Auxiliary Fire Service takes a break from the Blitz, Christmas 1940 (Scanned by WeirdVintage from Getty Images’ Decades of the 20th Century: 1940s by Nick Yapp)

weirdvintage:

A member of the Auxiliary Fire Service takes a break from the Blitz, Christmas 1940 (Scanned by WeirdVintage from Getty Images’ Decades of the 20th Century: 1940s by Nick Yapp)


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One of the major plot points of Revenge of the Nerds is Lewis putting on a Darth Vader mask, pretending to be his jock nemesis Stan, and then having sex with Stan’s girlfriend. Initially shocked when she finds out his true identity, she’s so taken by his sexual prowess—’All jocks think about is sports. All nerds think about is sex.’—that the two of them become an item.

Classic nerd fantasy, right? Immensely attractive to the young male audience who saw it. And a stock trope, the ‘bed trick,’ that many of the nerds watching probably knew dates back to the legend of King Arthur.

It’s also, you know, rape.

Tags: yesallwomen nerd geek misogyny misandry fake geek girl comics feminism feminist video games
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~ Wednesday, May 28 ~
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