August 23, 2013 by Marie-Pierre Renaud
For almost a year now, I have been paying close attention to women’s experiences in geek culture: I have tried to map out their involvement in this (sub)culture, to obtain data about demographics, and to create a list of female pioneers of geekdom.
I also followed the intense debate around the notion of the ”fake geek girl”, documented various forms of harassment women face in geekdom or in geek related industries (technology or video games, for instance), and studied the discussions about sexism and gate-keeping on blogs, Youtube channels, through memes and elsewhere. Needless to say, it has all kept me very busy.
Through this process, I have felt the need to obtain clearer and richer data about geek girls: who are they really? Is their presence in geekdom really as new as people often think? Are they really less numerous than men in geekdom? These are all questions that people enthusiastically answer in various spaces on the Internet, and their opinions are plenty. But valid data is not readily available. Thus, I have decided to investigate further.
This is where you come in:
I am looking for geek girls and women to answer a few questions about their involvement in geek culture and their experiences with geek peers. Whether you are 16 or 50 years old, a trekkie, a pegasister or a browncoat, whatever your gender identity or sexual orientation is, or even if you consider yourself more of a nerd than a geek, I want to hear your story.
Confidentiality will be respected, so don’t be afraid to contact me!
-The Geek Anthropologist