Final #FFF Fake Fangirl Friday: What ARE the Issues? Leias, Boobs, Thrones, and Gore!

Next Thursday, our “Oh, You Sexy Geek!” panel opens Comic-Con. Yeah, yeah, there are these “Ringer” and “Twilight” and other things that morning too, but I’m not in those.

Does displaying the sexiness of fangirls benefit or demean them? When geek girls show off, are they liberating themselves or pandering to men? Do some “fake fangirls” blend sex appeal with nerdiness just to appeal to the growing geek/nerd market, or is that question itself unfair? How about sexy fanboys? And what’s up with all the Slave Leias? Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill (ActionFlickChick.com, Geeks and Gamers Anonymous) asks Bonnie Burton (Grrl.com), Adrianne Curry (America’s Next Top Model, The Tester), Clare Grant (Team Unicorn, “G33k & G4m3r Girls”) Kiala Kazebee (Nerdist.com), Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Nerdy Bird Jill Pantozzi (“Has Boobs, Reads Comics”), Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazons, GeekGirlCon) and Chris Gore (G4TV’s Attack of the Show!) whether women can be sexy and geeky at the same time – and if they should!
Thursday, July 21st from 10:14-11:45 in Room 6AB.

What ARE the issues? Seriously, what have I left out? Give me questions. I WILL ask serious questions until we run out of time.
Some of you have offered additional questions as comments on previous posts – big thanks!

• How many people in this room have worn Slave Leia outfits?
• How many of you have cosplayed wearing less?
• Panelists: Who are you? And how geeky and nerdy are you?
• Do you cosplay?
• What are geeks and nerds?
Who’s Alyssa Campanella? How big a geek is she? And why isn’t she here?
• She’s not “just” a history geek. When she called herself that, some viewers thought that rocked – “One of us!” – but some said their first thought was skepticism. Why?
• How could calling yourself a geek in the Miss USA pageant be pandering?
Why do we care? Why are we discussing any of this?
Do fake geeks and nerds exist?
• Why do people argue so hard over this one as opposed to fake jocks or fake Scrabble lovers?
• Several people (on twitter, in blogs) commented that you can’t be a nerd if you haven’t suffered for it – and that beautiful people therefore can’t be nerds.
What’s up with all the Slave Leias?
What was the “Game of Thrones” controversy?
• And what does it have to do with this topic? (Everybody look at our friend Amy, who addressed this so well.)
• Why does Jill call her blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics?”
What was “Boobgate”?
What was the controversy – controversies really – over Team Unicorn’s “Geek and Gamer Girls” video?
• What’s wrong with women with geeky interests wanting to feel sexy?
Did the “pandering” video have a point?
• What is pandering?
• Why does it matter?
Is this really a gender issue?
• Why do people keep saying “geek girls exist”?
• Why do other people get sick of hearing “geek girls exist”?
• Why aren’t there more guys on this panel?
Why is Chris Gore here?

Previous #FFF posts:
* San Diego Comic-Con Day One Schedule! Sexy, Geeky Feedback
* MTV Geek and the War on Geek Girls – Reactions!
* Miss USA Alyssa Campanella Wins Crown, Forfeits Geekhood
* Geek Girls Exist! Do Fake Geek Girls Exist Too? Is It Fair to Ask?

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5 thoughts on “Final #FFF Fake Fangirl Friday: What ARE the Issues? Leias, Boobs, Thrones, and Gore!

  1. Wildride

    There used to be a number of things identified with nerds and geeks because they weren’t as popular (or at least openly popular) with other groups. Among these were things like SF, Fantasy, comics, video games and so on. Similarly some things like sports were most closely associated with jocks. Does liking football automatically make you a jock? Does liking video games automatically make you a nerd? Does liking hiphop make you black, or heavy metal make you white? Or should all these things be treated as unrelated, independent concepts with no bearing on personality or skin colour?

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  3. JennyPurr

    I don’t really give too much credit to self proclamations of social status. If you have to tell people you’re a geek/nerd/non-conformist/baller/player/anything-guru, you probably aren’t. The people who really are 1.) don’t need to label themselves, 2.) don’t really give a fuck.

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