I’ve never had a hard time being recognized as a geek, possibly because I emanate geekness from my very pores. But our society is still having a hard time coping with the concept that you can love science fiction, fantasy, and gaming even you have *gasp* girly parts. As evidence I give you the fact that my nine-year-old daughter loves Star Wars and Phineas and Ferb and The Avengers, but those T-shirts are only sold in the “boy” section of the store (and when she wears them to school, believe you me, her classmates have a lot of questions about why she’s wearing “boy” clothes). And God Forbid there should be a Black Widow shirt from the Avengers movie. Come on, marketers. Avengers was a major blockbuster. Black Widow was a major character. Where’s the love?
Given the fact that women dominated the social media conversation about Comic-Con in 2013, and that women bought 40% of the opening weekend ticket sales to Avengers, and that four of the six authors nominated for a Nebula Award in the 2012 “Best Novel” category were women, and that 40% of the people who attended Comic-Con in 2012 were women, and that men as well as women are fed up with the fact that this is still an issue (special thanks to allies Will Wheaton, John Scalzi, and Jim C. Hines), I’m hoping that my daughter’s daughters will find the above video to be cute but baffling. I am so sick of this conversation – but I’ll keep having it as long as I need to, until my daughter’s daughters can like what they want, when they want, where they want, without being judged on the basis of gender.