Sarah Darkmagic - Posted on 05 October 2011

This weekend is Geek Girl Con in Seattle and I'm heading out to it. For those who haven't heard about it, the convention celebrates the contribution of women to geek culture.

This convention is really important to me. Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to attend jQuery Boston and MongoBoston. Both of them were great conferences for learning more about the technologies I use on a day to day basis. Both of them were also overwhelmingly male. This makes sense, I work in a male-dominated field. Heck, I play in one too.

But sometimes it's nice to get the chance to talk to women like me. I don't have to worry about representing all geek women when talking to other geek women. I don't have to worry about being knowledgeable enough or confirming my geek cred. Learning how other women deal with some of the upsides and downsides of being a woman in geekdom helps. And seeing the diversity of experiences and representations is just, well, awesome.

That's why I'm going to Geek Girl Con. It's sometimes hard to find all these awesome women at conventions like GenCon or PAX. And when I do, I'm often dealing with other messages at the convention that make me feel like I'm not the target audience or that I'm something special or rare. Let's be honest, while it's changed a bit over the last few decades, many games assume a heterosexual male audience and the artwork and advertising in particular often reinforces that. I'm hoping that at this con, some of that fades to the background.

Just as importantly, all geeks, regardless of gender, are welcome.

So, I can't wait. The fact I get to hang out for a week afterward is just frosting on the cake. So if you'll be at the con, let me know.

Long time reader, first time commenter. I just wanted to say I couldn't agree more and I'm going to be at the con as well - who knows, we may run into eachother!

Woohoo! That would be awesome. See you there!

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