Geeky, Girly, Gamer. All three of those words apply to me and can be incongruous with each other. I’m hoping to create a space for all of them; geek culture has come a long way in terms of being inclusive for women. I know so many women who love Star Wars, Star Trek, Magic the Gathering, Doctor Who, and the list goes on. Traditionally these things were geared towards men, with their marketing, merchandising, and advertising. In recent years this has definitely changed with more and more geeky becoming available to just women, which is AH-Mazing! Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go when things like this and this are still happening, but I think we’ve made great strides.
I’m a Gamer in the sense that I play a lot of board games and pencil and paper RPG’s (more about what these are in a future post). I don’t really play any video games. It’s not because they are not great, but mostly because I don’t have a console. I don’t really want one and already have so many other interests. The consoles and games can also get incredibly expensive if you are trying to keep up with the latest and greatest. I think for me a big part of the appeal for both board games and RPGs is the social and creative aspects of them. With board games I also get to indulge my competitive side, without letting it dominate me (I mean there was that one time I threw a monopoly dice at my best friend and cut her lip, but that is a story for a different time).
That brings us to Girly. I think of Girly as being things that are considered feminine in nature, eg makeup, hair styling, crafting and sometimes fashion. These things are important to me, but don’t always fit into the geeky or gamer cultures. Sometimes I feel like I can’t wear makeup to a gaming group, because people will think I am trying too hard or looking for attention (which is ridiculous because I have so many awesome game groups and also has to do a lot with my own insecurities) but I can’t be the only woman to ever feel like that… I hope… anyone? There are plenty of people who demonize the “fake gamer/geek girl” thinking she is just trying to get the attention of men, because everything women do is obviously to get the attention of men *huge eye roll*. I think we have finally come to a place as a culture where it is definitely more acceptable to be who you are; wear make up/don’t wear make up. Get your hair done/don’t get it done. There will always be a “standard of beauty” that main stream media puts forth as the ideal. The great thing about the internet is that now we have a place for the millions of other beautiful women to share their voices and experiences. They give other women who don’t fit into the traditional standards of beauty a place to see a reflection that is closer to their own, and know that they are beautiful and awesome. I hope I can share my recommendations, favorite tutorials, reviews, and much more for anyone who is interested.
I hope whatever your interests are, you can find something interesting here!