We’ve all seen the memes:
It’s something we geeks struggle with now that our culture is becoming more mainstream. But who are we to say they’re imposters? How is geek cred measured anyway? With so many spectrums of geek culture, it’s impossible to have a definitive way of measuring just how geeky someone is. And what about the concept of gate-keeping? (The idea of not letting someone label themselves a “geek” because their geek cred isn’t high enough). Maybe we feel threatened by those who used to bully us now labeling themselves as “geek?”
One group of very talented Geek Girls attempted to tackle the issue of the “Fake Geek Girl” at C2E2’s Exorcising the Spectre of the Fake Geek Girl panel. (Brought to you by the fine folks at Chicago Nerd Social Club).
C2E2 described the panel as:
This moderated panel will demystify the spectre of the “fake geek girl” that’s been haunting geek culture. Do “fake geek girls” really exist? If so, does it even really matter? Why is there the perception that they are invading geek spaces? Is it really about keeping geek culture “authentic” or about keeping certain people out? And who gets to define what makes one a “real geek” anyway? Six diverse and very opinionated Chicago panelists will tackle these questions and more by discussing some of the blog posts and videos that sparked debate over this topic last year. They will share their experience of what it’s really like to be geeky women navigating their way through the gates of geek culture.
The popularity of this topic was clearly underestimated. The fans lined up down the hall resulted in a completely packed panel room. (Yay!)
In the meantime, we encourage you to dive into this complex topic and check out Chicago Nerd Social Club’s interview with panelists Michi Trota (The Geek Melange and Full Moon Fire Jam), Dawn Xiana Moon (Raks Geek and her Official Site), Laura Koroski (Challenge by Geek), Jen Dollface (Razorblade Cupcake), Erin Tipton, and Karlyn Meyer. A special shout out to panel moderator and local artist Carlye Frank (Official Site), who was unable to attend the interview, but rocked it at the panel.
You can check out the interview HERE.
A special thanks to Michi Trota for filing us in on this fantastic panel and the pre-panel interview.