Fake geek girl memes and insults are a
symptom of a bigger problem. Chris Hardwick popularized the phrase ‘Nerd on Nerd Violence’as a way to describe this general
nastiness towards each other. However
this isn’t confined to geek culture. Look at
any Facebook wall or Twitter feed. You’ll see posts about real Canadians,
fake athletes, real men and fake feminist. It’s almost as if they believe that the
only way to prove they are living well is by pointing out that everyone else is
doing it wrong.
There is a part of me that gets it. If
you are a geek of a certain age the odds are you were bullied. That history
might make you a little defensive. But that is exactly why we should be
rallying against the idea of Fake Geek Girls and the harassment of women in
general. We’ve been there. We know how it feels.
So why on earth would someone do that to another human being?
Courtney Lockhart lives in the west end of Ottawa with her husband and step-cat. She is polishing her skills to pursue one of her dream careers as either a costume drama character, Torchwood operative or executive assistant to a billionaire vigilante. You can follow her daily mission to DFTBA on Twitter@corastacy.