The new “Geek and Gamer Girls” music video is entertaining, upbeat, and sexy–and, moreover, produced by the girls themselves and filled with references to geek and gamer culture. Sounds empowering, right?
Well… sorta. As one female fandom blogger points out, the women drastically sexualize their appearances in the video, even while bragging about pwning guys at Halo and using l33t sp34k to prove their geek cred. To revisit some of the issues I raised in my post on the “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury” music video, I think it’s important to ask what these depictions mean for the identities, body images, and sexualities of geek and gamer girls who may not fit into mainstream conceptions of physical attraction (and may not even want to).
I think it’s cool to praise geek and gamer girls as sexy for their brains and talent–and goodness knows, I’ve rolled some dice and read some manga in my day–but I worry when I only see conventionally attractive, scantily clad female bodies bearing this message.
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