Who Gets To Be a Geek? Anyone Who Wants to Be. John Scalzi’s response to a self proclaimed Geek.
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. Peacock’s personal satisfaction. They weren’t real geeks, Mr. Peacock maintains — he makes a great show of supporting real 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 real geeks, they offend people like him, who are real geeks:
There cannot be enough “what he said,” for this post. Also amused/annoyed at the idea that cosplayers are not “geeks.” How many people in costume do you typically see at cons? People not only in “hall costumes” but costumes that they made especially for CONTESTS and costume balls? Costuming was totally a thing before it was named “cosplaying” for crying out loud!