Fake Geek | Real Geek - Reality of the Dichotomy
Okay, I got mad, so I’m going to leave my altruistic, optimistic “Come on guys, we’re better than this!” cheer for the moment and descend into the darkest depths of the catacombs beneath the Kingdom of Rant-opia.
So quite a images about the fake geek girl have been coming out. The ones that are making my skin crawl are the ones that show an attractive girl on one side, usually wearing no-pants and eating a controller, and a slovenly, unwashed, and spastic girl on the other with bugged out eyes and hunched over a keyboard or controller. The caption reads “Fake Geek | Real Geek” or some variation of such nonsense. (Notable examples: here and here) The concept being that a real geek has no time for hygiene or grooming or anything other than clocking more hours in Skyrim/kills in COD. This promotes the invalidation of any moderately attractive girl in any geek gathering and stigmatizes her as NOT-ONE-OF-US.
And while there are many reasons why this is total and absolute holy-mother-of-god-my-eyes-are-bleeding brand bullshit (all of which become will be invalidated because I would first have to justify why I brushed my hair this morning instead of starting the next chapter in Fire Emblem) I’m going to instead mention the fact that this lack of hygiene is precisely the reason why my most enduring shwag I collected from PAX 2009 was a furious case of H1N1, the precise knowledge of how much mucus can ooze out of my face per hour, and the memory of some seriously disturbing hallucinations including things that should never scare me about tile. So can we please stop promoting unsanitary body maintenance as a hallmark of our subculture? I CAN’T HANDLE ANY MORE INFECTION.
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