The Unbearable Solitude of Being an African Fan Girl

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December 26, 2014 by JImbo

I’m not sure if this is an indictment if geek culture or pop culture pretending to be geek culture. Big Bang Theory us as realistic to white people as “Friends” was…ie not at all. There are quite a few minority folks in the groups around here. I have to stop and think to count them up because I don’t tend to see them as such. I don’t see Christine for example as a “black gamer.” She is “the woman who makes great steam punk outfits.” Or John the Asian dude who I just see as “the guy who likes dragons a lot.”
Not denigrating experiences, but sometimes it isn’t a group of people as a symbol but a group of people as PEOPLE that we have issues with. Get out and get your geek on. Doesn’t rake lits of money to have fun just the tight friends! 🙂

omenana

By Chinelo Onwualu

Being an African fan girl is a strange, liminal thing. You’re never quite sure that you exist, you see. A part of you is rooted in your culture and its expectations for how a woman ought to behave – church, family, school – but another is flying off into the stars carrying a samurai sword and a machete. Not one thing or another, you’re both at the same time.

It doesn’t help that you’re invisible. In all the representations of geek culture, in all the arguments for inclusion, it doesn’t seem like your voice can be heard. After all, shows like The Big Bang Theory which are supposed to be modern representations of geeks and their culture seem entirely populated by white people with plenty of free time and disposable income. If you don’t look like that, don’t have that kind of money or time, are you…

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