Sarah Cawkwell is one of my heroes. And this is just one of the many reasons why.
Originally posted on Sarah Cawkwell's Blog:
A recent news blog mentioned a ‘typically geeky’ hobby – that of war gaming and Warhammer in particular. No linkage, because he doesn’t need any more publicity. Also, I am on my phone and don’t have it to hand. So ner.
Anyhoo, the author of the piece asserted, confidently, that this was an exclusively male domain. That there was no place for women. A short-lived but ultimately satisfying Twitter request to my numerous female war gaming friends ensured that his perception was duly corrected by a brief deluge of Tweets. Despite saying he was happy to be corrected, he didn’t acknowledge this fact, of course. He did point out that he considers himself something of a geek anyway. It’s OK! He’s a guy! He’s allowed to be a bit geeky.
But to be fair, the whole thing runs deeper than a personal need to point out that he was wrong. It’s the perpetuation of an unfair stereotype – regardless of the fact it was by a self-professed member of that group. It’s just more ammunition for the playground and workplace bullies who delight in the endless ridicule of people who don’t conform to the presumed norm. They don’t need any more. Just… stop it. Because yes. Stereotypes exist. But people who enjoy geeky pursuits are not all mid-teen/twenty something boys whose glasses fog up at the mere mention of Megan Fox’s name. By the same token, I don’t automatically presume that all football fans are mindless thugs. But more specifically, let’s look at this point. Girls Who Game.