345 NE 175th St
Aug 23, 2014
Granite Falls Library
815 E Galena St
Friendly Fire on the Diversity Battlefield
We’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is we’re making great strides towards diversity in the gaming community. The bad news is that, as we get closer to our goals, in-fighting among those who could be allies flare up on how best to cross the finish line. Join us as we look at why this occurs, how to handle it without being a jerk, and talk about things like language policing & political correctness.
Benjamin Williams [Co-Founder, Queer Geek!], Sean Z Maker [President, BentCon], Rebecca Heineman [Olde Skuul, CEO], Erika Greco [Graphic Artist, Penny Arcade], Jennifer K. Stuller [Co-founder & Programming Advisor, GeekGirlCon], Toni Rocca [President, GaymerX]
WYVERN THEATRE SUNDAY 8/31 3:30PM – 4:30PM
Marysville Library Large Meeting room
6120 Grove St
Tacoma Library Main Library, Olympic Room
1102 Tacoma Ave S.
The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: Positive Portrayals of Women in Pop Culture
With so many damsels in distress, “fridged” girlfriends, and invisible women in popular culture, how’s a fangirl (or fanboy) supposed to find a lady to look up to? By banding together and making their own, that’s how! To discuss the best (and most disappointing) examples of powerful women in pop culture, Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak) has assembled a team of women and men dangerous in their own right: Lesley Aletter (Professional Stuntwoman), Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia Founder), Adrienne Curry (Host/Model/Tolkien Enthusiast), Jane Espenson (Husbands), Alan Sizzler Kistler (TheMarySue.com), Bryan Q. Miller (Batgirl), Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazon).
Thursday, 3:00-4:00 pm Room 7AB
Featured Speaker: “All That Matters Is What We Do: Fans, Community-Building, Love, Social Justice, and Other Activist Lessons From the Whedonverse.”
To accompany Renton History Museum’s exhibit, “Pioneers, Professionals, and Politicians,” the Museum presents Jennifer Stuller’s program on pop culture women who continue to break down barriers and forge new paths. From Wonder Woman to Buffy Summers, Emma Peel to Sydney Bristow, Charlie’s Angels to the Powerpuff Girls, superwomen are more than just love interests or sidekicks who stand by their men. This conversation will examine women’s representations in media and women’s roles as media makers, inspiring us to think more deeply about gender images and storytelling.
Feminist Geek Culture Sunday, November 10, 2013 10:50 – 12:05
“Now I’m the One That’s Cool”: The Power of Geek Feminism
*Amy Rebecca Peloff (University of Washington)
Celebration of the Female Geek
*Jennifer K. Stuller (GeekGirlCon; Ink-Stained Amazon)
Nerdlesque: The New Burlesque
*Jo Jo Stiletto (Jo Jo Stiletto Events)
This past summer, media critic Anita Sarkeesian experienced a shocking level of internet harassment in response to her “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games” Kickstarter project. The attacks (threats of sexual violence, criticisms of her appearance, misogynistic and racist name-calling, etc.) wound up highlighting the urgency for this type of feminist analysis and intervention in the world of video games. In response to similar concerns about both the harassment of women at geek culture conventions (such as Comic-Con) and the marginalization of women in geek culture, a group of women came together to establish their own con, which premiered in Seattle in 2011 as GeekGirlCon. The success of this event—both days sold out—and the overwhelmingly positive response from participants has ensured that GeekGirlCon will continue on and expand into the future.
These two events highlight the emergence of a new period of feminist activism in the geek world. While there has been a consistently vocal criticism of sexism (often, but not always, in tandem with critiques of racism and heterosexism), the fairly recent embrace of geek culture in more mainstream circles and the growing empowerment of fan cultures through new media practices have combined to create new spaces for feminist intervention.
This panel will include three presenters representing various engagements with feminist geek culture and will highlight both the history and significance of that culture, as well as the creation of new geek feminist spaces that simultaneously provide support for new visions and practices and challenge repressive paradigms.