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Calling all Geek Girls!

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/portrait_of_an_adoption/2010/11/anti-bullying-starts-in-first-grade.html

Visit the above link. Despair just a little. First-grade girl loves Star Wars, picks out SW-themed back-to-school stuff. Starts getting teased about it by boys who claim that "Star Wars is a boy thing". In tears, girl begins to want to conform to avoid teasing. Her mother writes this thoughtful article -- and encourages fellow female Star Wars fans to post comments in support that Katie can read.

Dammit. Yes.

STAR WARS IS A BOY THING???? OH HELL NO.

I am not fucking going back in time to 1978 to tell myself and all my girlfriends on the playground that no, we shouldn't be playing Star Wars during every recess, fighting over who gets to be which character, including girls playing the boy characters and droids and aliens (I always got to be Han *buffs nails* but possibly only because my friend really liked Luke better). I am not fucking going back in time to stop myself from enacting lightsaber fights with my cousins on the beach with Wiffle-Ball bats. Fuck no.

I don't know how much it will help. I feel for the kid. I was "different" in school, I got teased, and I coped in whatever ways I coped. I don't remember actually trying to conform, although I do sort of remember getting the message to withdraw and hide who I was a bit more. (Not so much "maybe if I wear pink and be girly, I'll be accepted", and more "maybe if I lie low they won't have so much ammunition".) But to be honest I think I was just the kind of combative "well, fuck 'em" child who did my own thing, regardless. I can't tell this young kid to just... do that. I don't know what her situation is like. I don't know what schools are like today. (Maybe there were just more tomboy girls around in 1978, to judge by the number of my fellow playmates. But the boys were still often poopyheads.) In the end, she has to go to school with THEM and live with them, not with us. But maybe it will do her some good to hear about other girls who are into geeky things. Maybe she really doesn't have any others around her in her school.

p.s. it does require registration to leave a comment, unfortunately. But you can go to the following to leave comments without having to register:

http://www.epbot.com/2010/11/geek-girls-activate.html

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okojosan
Nov. 19th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
It's funny, I don't remember much of my childhood, but by damn I remember 1977 and being SO EXCITED the night we went to see Star Wars. I kept talking about R2D2 and C3PO (I was really into the robots- my Han Solo love came later, in my teens. :D) My parents bought my sister and me TONS of Star Wars toys. I remember saving my money and being so happy to buy Darth Vader's Tie fighter (it even ejected him when you put him in the seat!)

I don't think I ever played the parts of the characters- roleplay was kind of never my thing (except for roleplaying animals.) But I certainly played with the toys and coveted more of them. Oh, and I had the Star Wars story record, which I played over... and over... and over, and I credit it with my knowledge of all the lines. :D

I will definitely have to leave a note at the second link.
jenlev
Nov. 21st, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this. And gah, humans can be such an awful horrid species. My friend B. (whom you've met that time when sal was here) and I talk about how being different in grammar school singled us out to be treated nastily by all the cool kids both boys and girls. Makes me headdesk to see, but quite happy that in this particular case the girl has such great evidence that she's not alone.
trickofthedark
Nov. 26th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
Aw. That girl needs to get together with these girls.
http://www.filthwizardry.com/2010/10/diy-star-wars-toys.html

(I saw that and thought of you.)
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