This WonderCon t-shirt is the nadir of sexist nerd culture humor.
OK, so we could talk about how this is indicative of the ingrained sexism in nerd culture and how it relates to the number of women who wind up getting harassed at sci-fi, comic, and gaming conventions, but seriously, instead, can we talk about how this joke doesn’t even make sense?
“I like fangirls how I like my coffee. I hate coffee.”
Who is the target audience for this sentiment, anyway? How tiny is the Venn diagram crossover for WonderCon attendees who hate women and coffee, and have really bad taste in shirts?
Can someone please name the shitstain booth that attempted to sell this shirt?
The photo I took didn’t include the name, but I’m looking it up so we can discuss on the show.
Check the show notes. It’s from Tankhead. I also found their response to the criticism: https://www.facebook.com/TankheadCustomTees/photos/a.606612806016446.1073741826.606607862683607/788934421117616/?type=1&stream_ref=10
Here is the text of their response (blockquote) and my rebuttal of their (shitty) response (italics):
Tankhead Custom Tees
So, we’ve apparently received some bad word on our fan girl shirt, with accusations of sexism being thrown at us from a certain few bloggers…
…who have completely ignored our other variant shirt on display or didn’t even bother to ask our take on it.
Your ‘take on it’ is not required. This shirt is sexist and elitist, and it’s a shitty (not funny!) joke aimed a large segment of your supposed demographic.
Apparently it’s only sexism if it is insulting to one gender. Woo double standards.
Uh, yeah, it is. That’s the definition of ‘sexism,’ bro. Sexism, like racism, classism, and all the other -isms, is prejudice plus power. In this arena, men have the power; therefore they can’t be victims of sexism. And your mocking tone isn’t really winning you points here.
Anyways, the fangirl/fanboy shirts can best be explained like this: fangirls/boys =/= fans. Fans are people who like and genuinely respect a fandom, and it’s creators. Fangirls/boys are like those creepy fedora wearing neckbearded bronies, or hetalia fanfiction shippers, who make us all collectively cringe in pain at what they do to the things we love.
Ah yes, let’s split fans into “good” fans and “bad” fans. Good fans are, of course, the people you are trying to sell your wares to (though I bet you’d take money from a brony just as quickly as anything), but those “bad” fans are gross. Not only that, but you’ve grouped slashers (overwhelmingly female-identifying, and generally younger) with a group of men who’ve taken a children’s show and made it all about their dicks. Good to know you’re homophobes as well as misogynists!
No one should ever defend these kinds of people. Seriously, they make the rest of us look bad.
Oh, golly gee! If I’m defending a woman who writes Hetalia fanfic, I’m making the whole geek community look like a bunch of gross perverts! Oh noes! I better quiet down and let the menfolk do all the talking for me, for the good of everyone!
oh and fyi: the ones who bought the shirt design, the fangirl one in particular, half were girls who bought it.
I see what you did there. “But hey, some girls liked it! If you’re pissed off, you clearly need to loosen up. It’s just a bit of fun! God, why do you feminists have to keep talking about this? It’s just a shirt.” (x)