When I was asked to write a blog about being a female in geek culture, I thought long and hard for a good topic. For me, being a fan has never been about my gender. I grew up watching and reading science fiction, fantasy and horror, and it never occurred to me that it wasn’t what girls do. Many of my friends suggested writing about the whole fake geek girl phenomenon that seems to be so popular now, and while I think it’s a bit silly and overdone, I figured that would be a good place to start. The entire idea of one gender being more entitled to a fandom makes me want to laugh. I cannot remember a time in my life when Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who or any other show I love and grew up watching was not a part of my life. I read Heinlein and Tolkien in elementary and middle school and never thought once that it was weird. My father would take me to the comic shop when I was seven to buy the newest issue of X-men, Batman and Elfquest. He also encouraged me to read and watch what I liked as long as it was age appropriate for me. I am ever thankful for that. I believe that too often, potential fans can fall through the cracks because we put a gender on some fandoms: “Girls can’t like Spiderman because it is meant for boys.” “Boys can’t like My Little Pony because it’s for girls.” Who really cares what you like other than you? Yes people will always have their opinions of you. Because of the society we live in today they will make sure you hear their positive, and more than likely their negative thoughts on you, especially with people being able to hide behind the internet and the whole cyber bullying culture. Don’t let another person tell you what you cannot like, whether you are a girl, guy, young or old.
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