After the brouhaha with Ginia Bellafante, you'd think this whole "Do girl geeks exist?" issue would be over and done with. Well, you'd be wrong.
The latest commentary on girl geekery comes from Vince Mancini, writer and editor of FilmDrunk. Mancini takes issue with "hot women pandering to nerds". By this, he means attractive female celebrities who assert their geek cred on late night talk shows. In particular, he uses the example of Rosario Dawson speaking in Klingon on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien". Of course, he immediately contradicts himself by saying she sounds "genuine". (Can someone explain how you can "pander" and sound "genuine" at the same time?)
Of course, the only reason female celebs (particularly the pretty ones) would deign to admit they like geeky stuff like Star Wars is so male fans will drool over them. It couldn't possibly be because they actually enjoy it.*
The particular comment that really raises my ire is this one: "And if a pretty girl is into geek stuff, let’s stop demanding that they prove it. Go ahead, be girly, we don’t mind. No harm, no foul." Listen bud, we can be "girly" and like geeky stuff ALL AT THE SAME TIME. I know it sounds like it takes immense talent, but somehow we manage.
These women, like their male counterparts, are on a talk show to promote their movies and share a piece of their lives. Occasionally, they may talk about liking geeky stuff . . . because they like it. Not because they want guys to think they're hot - they've already got that covered. Do you assume Seth Green is "pandering" when he talks about Star Wars or video games or comic books? I'm guessing not.
And, by the way, I don't care if liking Star Wars isn't "even nerdy anymore", it still freakin' rocks.
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*Obviously dripping with sarcasm