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Fake Geek GirlsFandom, Gender, and the Convergence Culture Industry$
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Suzanne Scott

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479838608

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479838608.001.0001

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Interrogating the Fake Geek Girl

Interrogating the Fake Geek Girl

The Spreadable Misogyny of Contemporary Fan Culture

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Fake Geek Girls

Suzanne Scott

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on how intra-fannish policing practices do not merely work to position some fans as “good” or “bad,” but work to deny access to the identity of “fan” writ large on the grounds of gender. Addressing how longstanding gender biases within geek culture have set the stage for an entrenched understanding of digital culture as an inherently masculine space in which women are always already “interlopers,” this chapter homes in on one example of spreadable misogyny, the “idiot nerd girl” meme that emerged in 2011, and contextualizes it within broader “fake geek girl” discourses that grew in volume and scale in 2012.

Keywords:   spreadable misogyny, meme, idiot nerd girl, fake geek girl

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