Revenge of the Feminerd: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
Everything has its season: ET had to go home, Sisko had to go be with the Prophets, Yoda had to become one with the force, Professer Xavier and Magneto had to go their separate ways, and so too this blog series must come to an end.
I've enjoyed every minute I've spent interacting with you through this blog and I'd gladly do it again. If you'd like to keep up with my writing, you can find me at Gender Focus, at the Gender Focus Facebook Page, or on Twitter @jarrahpenguin.
For interest's sake, because we geeks love metrics, "For Girls Who Wear Glasses" was my most popular post in terms of Facebook shares (over 700 in 2 days), while "Nerd Hyperwhiteness" got by far the most comments. And this is a bit of a guess but I'm estimating "Barriers to Women in Science" was shared the most on Twitter.
Over the past two months we've celebrated feminerd heroines real and fictional, challenged some not-so-feminist corners of geekdoms, and looked at the gender and racial dimensions of the geek/nerd stereotype.
One of the big things I gained an appreciation for through writing this blog is the incredible diversity and depth of geek subcultures. Back when I was a guest contributor to the About-Face Blog I wrote an article on Lolita fashion based on a short documentary I'd seen, and was rightfully taken to task by feminists who identified with and practiced Lolita who felt I didn't fully understand the culture. You can't fake nerd interests and I was conscious of not wanting to repeat my mistake by writing about certain aspects of nerd culture with a tone of authority that I hadn't really earned.
I'm happy with the topics I covered, but some topics I wish I'd had more time to research/experience so I could've written on them are:
- Graphic novels
- Convention culture
- Class dimensions of nerd/geek culture
- Comic books, particularly Wonder Woman and a closer look at Jean Grey
Another area I did write on but wish I'd had more time to talk about was fanfiction. I would've liked to do a second post that was more for people already writing fanfic that could've looked more in-depth at Mary Sues and the history of fanfic in English Literature. While my blog at Gender Focus covers slightly less nerdy topics as well, I hope I'll get a chance to explore some of these subjects further there.
Before I beam on out of here, I wanted to transmit an extra special thanks to Kelsey Wallace and Kjerstin Johnson for their editing & tech help.
And to everyone else, thanks for reading. Live Long and Prosper.
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