Fantasy Girls: The Perils Women Face In Geek Culture

Michael R. Colbert, Sherri L. Shaulis, Tanya Tate, Ela Darling #ccongeek CatalystCon West - 2014

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  1. A long-held stereotype of comic books is that women can only have super powers if they are also super endowed. But the misogynistic treatment of women doesn’t end on the pages. Female cosplayers and fans are hit on, harassed and even groped on convention floors and often referred to as “fake geek girls.” Women who work in the comics industry struggle to be seen as equals in an arena that until recently was very much an old boys’ club. Here, insiders of the comics and geek cultures discuss the issues and what movements, if any, have been made in bettering the environment.
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