The truth is that this is the first time I am delving into this concept. Geek feminism. Geek feminists. I don’t think I am a feminist, but I do relate to some of the points mentioned in the blog post “Geek feminism as opposed to mainstream feminism?”.
The blogger, Mary, wrote down some experiences that geek feminists encounter. Here is one thing that stopped me in my tracks and got me thinking: Geek feminists live in a male-dominated world.
I suppose this can be true of “mainstream feminists” as well. However, if you limit the definition of geek to IT-related fields, then the chances are that there are more males in the work place. What made me think more were some specific experiences mentioned:
Hearing how some men talk disparaging about women (especially about women as sexual and romantic partners) when they’re in a space where they feel like they have enough allies.
I suppose that there will always be guy talk – just like there is girl talk (I told you I don’t think I am a feminist). Still, I totally get irritated when guys talk this way. Then again, they can be real idiots sometimes, so who ends up having the last laugh? You tell me!
Being used to being thought of as a woman first, and everything else a distant second.
I think I was lucky enough to have worked in my previous company as women are considered smarter and more responsible than their male counterparts. I understand this is may not be the norm, and there are places wherein geek females may be seen as women first, professional credentials notwithstanding. Does anyone have a similar experience?
Having experiences that are now thought of as “old fashioned” sexism, such as being spoken to slowly or with lots of kind references to cooking and babies, being asked by a customer if they can talk to “the technical guy now please”, being assumed to be at a geek event to accompany a husband, being asked to make the coffee or take notes, being treated as the “nanny” figure who won’t approve of drinking or swearing.
I hear a lot of this talk, and it irks me. But guess what? When it comes to a night of drinking, a LOT of women I know can hold their own. However, some guys have gone beyond this “old fashioned” sexism thing – good for them! (Okay, maybe I do have feminist tendencies.)
So, female geeks, what do you think about these experiences and the idea of geek feminism in general?