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Aug 13 2012

Geek Girl Con was a blast

This is only the second year for the completely volunteer-run Geek Girl Con, and I had a great time. There’s something liberating about going to a geeky con that recognizes your existence in its programming and its demographics. It actually feels strange for me to walk around a geeky con being part of the majority gender – a strange sense of security knowing that my odds of being randomly harassed or creeped on are greatly decreased. The most interesting part was probably listening to Anita Sarkeesian talk about the awful flood of harassment, rape threats, and death threats she has received…all because she made a Kickstarter to examine gender stereotypes in video games. I loved meeting random blog readers – thanks for saying hi!

I bought this delightfully geeky skirt from a blog reader, Tea Time Inc.

Pixel approves. I think.

I also bought some artwork from The Gorgonist Illustration:

 I ran into Seattle superhero Phoenix Jones:

And this little girl’s costume had to be my favorite:

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  1. 1
    smhll

    I totally want a tiara, a pink light saber, and a wookie companion.

  2. 2
    Sandiseattle

    Could do without Phoenix Jones. Really wonder if the guy is sane.

  3. 3
    Crommunist

    Glad you had fun! GGC got favourable coverage in our big local paper here in Vancouver too.

  4. 4
    coyotenose

    *facepalms* My wireless connection crapped out with only 1/4 of the first photo loaded, so I sat there for several very long seconds, eyebrow raised, thinking, “Is this a Boobquake joke I’m not getting?”

    The skirt is awesome, though. I have similar pajamas. :P But both make me sad for the same reason: the packaging features both male and female characters, but the product itself only has male characters.

  5. 5
    ACN

    What a marvel-icious skirt, and what a sweet piece of zelda art!

  6. 6
    Caliguy7281

    That cat is not amused.

  7. 7
    Mr. Creazil

    Pixel looks more angry to me. A DC fan, perhaps.

  8. 8
    Scr... Archivist

    I knew kids’ daemons could change shape, but I never thought they could be twice as tall as their people!

  9. 9
    adamgordon

    Pixel only reads Image.

  10. 10
    coyotenose

    Jesus, what a nasty thing to say about a cat. Did PZ put you up to that?

  11. 11
    adamgordon

    She told me herself. Her favorite series is clearly Chew.

  12. 12
    F [is for failure to emerge]

    What exactly is going on with that skirt? Captain America vs Godzilla? Whatever it is, it does look really cool.

  13. 13
    PatrickG

    Totally OT, but just found out today you’re going to be at KFC on 10/6! One of my favorite bloggers within walking distance of my house!!!1!eleventy!one.

    I’ll be the one with a giant foam finger and an idiotic grin on his face.

  14. 14
    PatrickG

    Also, SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  15. 15
    Darth Makenna's Mom

    Thanks for the highlight of Darth Makenna and Chewbacca. She had the time of her life at GeekGirlCon 2012 in Seattle. You can become her fan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DarthMakenna

  16. 16
    Eric RoM

    I covet that artwork!

  17. 17
    Chris

    I disagree. He may have issues, but he is not delusional. I kind of like the guy. I sincerely hopes he finds his place.

  18. 18
    TenGalaxies

    I had fun too! Seeing Anita Sarkeesian talk about the online harassment she’s received… and then Rebecca Watson… Amanda Marcotte… and then you… I’ve read about all this before, but hearing so many stories in person was still shocking. Some geek spaces (skepticism, pc and console gaming, comics) seem much worse than others (sci fi/fantasy lit, the tech industry) in terms of harassment. Wonder if they just happen to have better-organized harasser communities or if there’s some other difference.

    I’m used to going to slash fiction cons where there are zero to two men on average, so seeing a majority of women didn’t feel weird.

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    Sandiseattle

    Not that I’m a Law and Order guy, but I kinna keep thinking he’ll step over the line eventually. Time will tell I guess.
    (Totally really LOLd when The Stranger interviewed his “archenemy.”)

  20. 20
    Nikoel

    He already did! He pepper sprayed some girl in the face for fighting with her boyfriend outside of a club.

  21. 21
    Nikoel

    I so wish I could have gone this year! It was great meeting you on Friday, Jen. I was really glad you went to that.

  22. 22
    Polyergic

    In case you haven’t seen this already: http://singlevoice.net/redyellow-card-project/

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