This is the last installment of this series. You may read the foreword to this series, As Always, it Started With…
This is the second to last installment of this series. You may read the foreword to this series, As Always, it Started With Star Trek: A Study On Geek Girls, as well as parts 1, 2 and 3.
Why did the Fake Geek Girl debate reach such intensity in 2012?
For many years, whenever people would tell me that girls are rare in geek culture, my instant reaction would always be: well, no.
I would be surprised and a little puzzled at their assumption and would instantly think of all the women who were fans or contributors to the Star Trek fanchise.
Last November, when I started compiling the data from the Geek Girl Survey, I was delighted to find that the wonderful individuals who took part in this project took the time to provide dense material for me to analyse (as well as several Portal references). I took the time to sort through everything carefully and I improved the questionnaire as much as possible for a second round of data collection. I will soon make it available again, so if you haven’t filled it out yet or if you know geek girls who might want to contribute, be on the lookout.
Before I start publishing the results from the survey, however, I’d like to share with you a shortened version of the paper I presented last November at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting. This paper, titled (Fake) Geek Girls: Unicorns, Sluts and Nerds? serves as a good introduction to the Geek Girl Survey and will be published in two parts this week.
I will soon finish compiling data from the Geek Girl Survey I announced last August! Thanks to everyone who answered my call or shared it! I have been swamped with emails from enthusiastic geek girls of all ages, and I am delighted to have obtained a lot more data than I originally expected. So many people made Portal references that I’m considering creating a new slogan for this blog: something like ”For science”. It’s a work in progress.