Fangirls on Twitter: You Keep Doin’ Your Thing

Want to know what’s not new in the world? People ragging on girls liking things and the methods by which they choose to like things.

--via Giphy

—via Giphy

This old song and dance has been going on for as long as one could probably imagine, and we’ve all been witness to it: from the small microaggressions of people condescendingly calling girls “cute” if they express an interest in something to the more blatant, angry shut downs of those who don’t value the opinions of those who don’t fit into the typical boy’s club or adhere to their mindset. I know in my life one of the most blaring examples have been from the (slowly dying, thank god) Gamergate controversy, in which the experiences of female game fans and developers were getting talked over because the patriarchy in the gaming community might not have been as solid as sexist dudebros had come to believe. But really, it doesn’t take a fiasco like that to see what’s going on: girls have been called out as “fake geeks” ever since men decided to pretend that women didn’t like nerdy things as hard as they did. (Never will I forget being called a fake geek because I had an opinion on something about DC Comics—and I don’t even claim to be a fan of Western comics.) While these things are unfortunately expected in any sort of of group (movies, sports—it’s not limited to stereotypical geeky things), I would have hoped that at least semi-respected news outlets and the people who write on them would at least have the good sense to take a step back and consider that this kind of thing might just be a little fucked up. Unfortunately, sometimes they don’t. And just as unfortunately, sometimes we get articles like Radhika Sanghani’s, as was published on The Telegraph on August 2nd.

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Web Crush Wednesdays: Geeking Out with Kerri Doherty

 

Geeking Out is a kinda new talk show hosted by Kerri Doherty. In The show, Kerri interviews famous people but can’t seem to conceal her awkward social graces and fangirl tendencies in order to be professional for more than a few seconds.

The show airs on Thursdays on OfficialComedy on YouTube. The channel has other shows Monday-Wednesday, so maybe someday they’ll be future web crushes!

I found out about the show just this week because in the latest episode Kerri sat down with my favorite internet star, Grace Helbig AKA Daily Grace:

Everything good on the internet comes either from or in association with Grace Helbig.

The interviews are really fun to watch because Kerri makes it different from a regular interview by making it awkward and occasionally creepy with her fangirling. That may be a weird reason to enjoy something but it really is amusing seeing her play with her guests and watching them react in different ways.

Kerri has other videos on her channel geekingoutshow such as con trips and tips on stalking celebrities:

Like I said, I only started watching this week so this is literally a crush right now. I don’t know a lot about Kerri but I’m enjoying her greatly! Maybe someday this will become a full-on web love like I have for some of the other people I’ve featured in previous Web Crushes of mine, but for now I’m just enjoying my little crush. Kerri is very funny and makes cute videos that are super enjoyable. Check her out!

Is Supernatural: Sexist?

Alright, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to discuss whether or not Supernatural is sexist. I meant to have this written ages ago, but I have been having a hard time writing this particular post, because there are just so many factors to consider. Sexism is probably one of the most predominant criticisms of the show. Why? Because the women of Supernatural are often killed, portrayed as evil, or written off the show. Almost all of them are sexualized.

This is also because almost every female character on the show sleeps with either Dean or Sam, putting them squarely in the girlfriend category and thus, usually in the damsel-in-distress category. It’s true that the women Dean sleeps with have a higher survival rate, but they still tend to not do much and are often written off the show, though there are a few notable exceptions.

I used to think the survival rate of women on Supernatural was pretty low compared to the men, but one article has shown me that’s actually not the case. Gender Bias in Supernatural: The Cold Hard Stats goes through the meticulous effort to calculate how many women in the show have died, versus how many men in the show have died. Separate charts were used to show the difference between major and minor characters, and surprisingly more women survive then men.

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