The other day CNN let some dude named Joe Peacock vomit up an embarrassing piece on its Web site, about how how awful it is that geekdom is in the process of being overrun by attractive women dressing up in costumes (“cosplaying,” for the uninitiated) when they haven’t displayed their geek cred to Mr. They weren’t geek women, the definition of which, presumably, are those who have passed his stringent entrance requirements, which I am sure he’s posted some place other than the inside of his skull — and because they’re not They’re poachers. As a guy, I find it repugnant that, due to my interests in comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and role playing games, video games and toys, I am supposed to feel honored that a pretty girl is in my presence. This on the basis, one presumes, of his resume and his longtime affiliation as a geek. I’ve been writing this blog for fourteen years and was one of the early adopters of self-publishing one’s books online; additionally three books of mine (including one Hugo winner) have been of work originally published online. Or would a more appropriate response be to say “great costume,” and maybe her into the parts of geekdom that you love, so that she might possibly grow to love them too? For the moment, let’s leave aside the problem of a mentality that assumes that the primary reason some woman might find it fun and worthwhile to cosplay as one of her favorite science fiction and fantasy characters is to get the attention of some dudes, to focus on another interesting aspect of this piece: Namely, that Joe Peacock has arrogated to himself the role of Speaker for the Geeks, with the ability to determine whether any particular group of people is worthy of True Geekdom. I wrote a column on science fiction film for four years and have two books on the subject. Is the response to those facts to call her gross, and a poacher, and maintain that she’s only in it to be slavered over by dudes who (in your unwarranted condescension) you judge to be not nearly as enlightened to the ways of geek women as you? There are as many ways to be a geek as there are people who love a thing and love sharing that thing with others. My resume includes three bestselling science fiction books, three books nominated for the Best Novel Hugo, six other Hugo nominations (as well as Nebula, Locus, Sidewise and other award nominations), one novel optioned for a science fiction film, a stint consulting for the for six years and currently writing a game for Industrial Toys. Some people are n00bs, trying out an aspect of geekdom to see if it fits. It’s the major difference between a geek and a hipster, you know: When a hipster sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “Oh, like the thing I love.” When a geek sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “ZOMG YOU LOVE WHAT I LOVE COME WITH ME AND LET US LOVE IT TOGETHER.” Any jerk can love a thing. Let’s leave aside, for now, the idea that for those of this group attending Comic Con, spending literally hundreds and perhaps even thousands of dollars on Comic Con passes, hotels, transportation, food, not to mention the money and time required to put together an excellent costume, is not in itself a reason the women cosplayers are there is to get their cosplay on, in front of what is likely to be an appreciative audience. So what if she doesn’t have a geek love of the things you have a geek love for? What you can do is share your expression of geekdom with others.

You want to slap down people who you don’t feel qualify for geekdom? There are goths and horror geeks and steampunkers and academics. Some people are positively poly in their geek enthusiasms. It seems that woman spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars to show up in San Diego just to ruin some random, overly-sensitive geek’s day.

You are life experience as a geek, I have made the decision that I am qualified to tell you to suck eggs. There are LARPers, cosplayers, furries, filkers, crafters, gamers and tabletoppers. If there is such an unfortunate soul, should the fragile pathology of their own geekdom be the concern of the cosplaying woman?

There are lit geeks, media geeks, comics geeks, anime and manga geeks. Who, upon seeing a woman cosplaying without an accompanying c posted above her head on a stick, laying out her geek bona fides, says to him or herself “Everything I loved about my geekdom has turned to ashes in my mouth,” and then flees to from the San Diego Convention Center, weeping?

Anyone who wants to be, any way they want to be one. There are many affiliations and many doors into it. One other thing: There is no Speaker for the Geeks. If anyone tells you that there’s a right way to be a geek, or that someone else is not a geek, or shouldn’t be seen as a geek — or that you are not a geek — you can tell them to fuck right off. Go cosplay, or play filk, or read that Doctor Who novel or whatever it is you want to do.

What do you gain from complaining about her fakey fake fakeness, except a momentary and entirely erroneous feeling of geek superiority, coupled with a permanent record of your sexism against women who you don’t see being the right At all.

There is no leveling up required, or secret handshake, or entrance examination.

Anyone who tells you different, you send them to me.

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