(NOTE: Some revisions have been made in order to better explain my thoughts and opinions on the subject at hand.)
"Want to kill an industry without ever having to lift a finger? Just simply infuse a dose of identity politics into it, and watch how slowly but surely it grows into a cancerous tumor that takes root into what makes said industry great, and then rot it completely from the inside out. Leaving nothing left but a moldering corpse in its wake."
Now while this rant in particular has been cooking on the back burner of my brain for some time now, the ultimate catalyst for this raging stove fire was brought on by a YouTube video courtesy of a channel called Bustle. A video so eloquently entitled: 5 Things You Should Never Say To A Female Star Wars Fan
Ironic how a group that rejects labels handed down to them by society are now creating new labels for themselves to identify with. But I digress.
|"This is not an attention grabbing throwback."|
No darling, it's a fashion statement.
Have you ever wondered why newcomers into geek culture (both male and female) get "quizzed" sometimes? Because it's pretty easy to say that you're a fan of *insert geek related thing here* when in actuality you've only seen the movie or the show (A.K.A a casual). Regular geeks - such as myself - don't go around parading our geek cred like it's our only defining characteristic. We're rather nuanced in that regard.
We get quizzed when we build ourselves up as an expert in whatever it is we're a fan of, or especially when we wave it around like a newly minted driver's license. For example: I'm a fan of Bruce Timm and Paul Dini's DC cartoons. But I know practically next to nothing about the comics of which they're based off. Only snippets of information I have about them I got from friends who are regular fans of DC Comics. So I don't pretend to know about them when I don't. Doing so would just open myself up to the questioning of my legitimacy as a DC fan.
It pisses me off when people like this go around acting like they represent all women and minorities, when in actuality they don't. People like the two dunces present in the video, don't represent anyone outside of a small minority of folk who just so happen to be the most vocal (especially on social media). They don't speak for all women and minorities anymore then the hacks over at TheMarySue proclaim to.
In my opinion, ideologies such as feminism ultimately have no place in geek culture. It's an outdated and divisive ideology that only winds up causing rifts in a community of people who share common interests (Atheism Plus anyone?). And quite honestly, it really doesn't have much of a place here in the western world anymore. So why continue forcing it into a medium that neither wants it nor requires it?
The reason why I feel so strongly about this is because I care about geek culture, and I don't want to see it be torn asunder by these pseudo-intellectual jackoffs. Identity politics is a sickness. And the only way we can combat it is through staunch resistance, and staying true to our core principals as geeks. Because contrary to popular belief, geek culture is inclusive and welcoming. And most certainly does not need to "grow up" in order to be taken seriously. It doesn't require a sign up sheet, or anything complicated. All you need do is find something that particularly interests you, and start learning more about it. Whether it be movies, games, comics, or what have you. All you need is the drive and dedication to expand your knowledge of it. It's that simple.
And to the SJWs that come across this rant: Feel free to hand wave this as just me acting like the Gatekeeper. This is merely just my two cents on the matter. Take it or leave it. I don't care which.