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Workshop Notes: Not Another Fake N3rd Girl | Caitlin Marceau
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This is an impossibly big topic.
It’s impossible to cover every issue and every solution.
When the workshop ends, the work you do in encouraging inclusive pop culture and pop culture spaces begins.
Pop Culture Is…
The stuff we consume each and every day.
It’s the media we engage with, talk about, and seek out. From memes and movies to board and video games.
It’s all around us.
It’s the lense through which many people see the world.
Art inspires life, life inspires art.
Nerd or Geek Spaces Are…
… where people and pop culture intersect.
… physical locations (like a convention) or digital ones (like Reddit), and are recreational spaces as well as work environments.
… are often male dominated, and can be difficult for women and marginalized groups to feel included in.
Macro vs. Micro Level Obstacles
These obstacles are experienced on a macro and micro level.
Micro level obstacles are usually one-on-one encounters that impact us on an individual level.
Macro level obstacles are usually ones which impact society as a whole.
Micro Level Obstacles Can Include:
Macro Level Obstacles Can Include:
Sexualization of women in media.
And, more specifically, harmful depictions of female geeks in media.
The muting of women and diverse voices in media.
Restricting access to specific industries.
A bias in awarding accolades and recognition for female made and diverse media.
Macro Level Solutions Include:
Encourage young diversity in male dominated fields of interest.
Make resources, programs, scholarships, and opportunities in these industries increasingly available to women and diverse voices.
Encourage equal pay for equal work.
Encourage balance and diversity in panels, groups, and award nominees/judges.
Take allegations of harassment seriously.
Micro Level Solutions Include:
Don’t go at this alone.
Support other women and diverse voices!
Be inclusive whenever you can.
Is a vehicle for change by…
… and creating.
Being vocal about interactions which make you, or others, feel uncomfortable and excluded.
Being vocal about a lack of diversity or damaging representation in media.
Being vocal about exclusionary spaces.
Being vocal about harassment.
But please remember that you need to do what you’re comfortable with and feel safe with. No one should try and force you to do otherwise.
Being vocal about supporting diversity in pop culture and media.
Making new works which celebrate, and encourage, diverse voices and inclusivity.
Create female driven content.
Like Bridesmaids (2011), Ghostbusters (2016), and Wonder Woman (2017).
Be inclusive in your work, and aware of representation.
Encourage women and diversity in the arts and entertainment industry.
Both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
You might not see it immediately, but each time you use your voice you’re making change happen.