I’m not sure how many of you who read my blog consider yourself “nerds” or into comics that much but lately there’s been this huge uproar over who’s a “real nerd” and how women can’t be and how cosplayers are just posers and what not. It’s frustrating and annoying, to put it lightly.
I’m new to comics. I have no problem admitting that. What’s sad is that it took me awhile to work up the nerve to go to a comic shop. How sad is that? How is a woman supposed to feel when all she reads and sees are articles saying who’s a “real” nerd or geek? What does that even mean? I finally sucked it up and went to a local shop in order to pick up Hawkeye #1 by Matt Fraction and David Aja. Why? Because after the “Avengers” I needed everything Hawkeye. I had heard about this comic, saw a few preview pages and needed it. Plus being new, I thought it was a good place to start.
And guess what? I wasn’t judged. I wasn’t bothered. I wasn’t treated like a 2nd class citizen because I was a woman. They answered any questions I had and I was in and out. It’s now my regular shop and whenever a new Hawkeye hits the stands, I stop on my way home from work. You want to know something funny? I was actually judged and treated like crap on my way into the shop by some assholes who drove by and started to yell lovely things at me.
The thing is, I’m not “just” a nerd. I’m a person. I have many interests. I love reading. I love attending Comic Conventions. I love taking pictures. I love action/horror movies. I love Marvel. I love animals. I love to travel. I love the beach. I love my family. I love sports. Whoa! A “nerd” who enjoys sports?! See, a nerd can be anyone who has any range of hobbies. It’s just one part of who I am, it’s not all that I am.
I know this post seems all over the place but I’m going to close it with a Tweet that Matt Fraction sent to me when I tweeted about my thoughts on this whole thing:
@sdccnerdsattack nobody gets to judge you for what you like or for how long you’ve liked it. you’re the best. they’re the worst. thank you.
— blankets o’smallpox (@mattfraction) November 13, 2012