Just read a post (which I'm not linking to here) where one woman savages another for not being "truely geeky" enough -- including saying that she'd like to punch the woman "in the boobs." That imagery, of an angry female pundit literally punching another female in the mammaries, really says it all, and sums up why I don't involve myself in these debates and issues anymore. That constant tension between "true" fangirl feminists and anything that has to do with boobage. Dagger-eyes at the female artist who dresses with a geek/burlesque flair at a comic book convention. Women hinting that other women got their jobs or online fame "because they are sluts." Excuse me, I thought we are not in the 1950s anymore, and I thought we weren't living in a world where virtue (or "true geek cred") = covering up breasts with boob aprons.
I thought feminism is a woman-postive thing, which includes being proud of one's body and tolerating the lifestyle and sartorial choices of your fellow sisters. I thought "geeking out" on your fave fandoms should be fun and lighthearted and (at times, anyway) social -- not something that devolves into saying you'd like to punch a fellow woman in the breasts.
On the bright side, the young women who are currently being attacked in various blogs and websites for "not being true geeks" have a network of supportive friends and fans of both genders and will be just fine. Sure, they are getting their taste of how ugly it can get out there in the land of teh internets. But I hope the lesson they can take from it is to appreciate how many good friends and fans they have who are coming to their defense.
But good God, this sort of "Mean Girls" thing frosts my shit.
And speaking of frosting, what "Good Pie To Comics" post would be complete without: