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San Diego Comic Con - You Sexy Geek

10:45-11:45 Oh, You Sexy Geek!— Does displaying the sexiness of fangirls benefit or demean them? When geek girls show off, are they liberating themselves or pandering to men? Do some "fake fangirls" blend sex appeal with nerdiness just to appeal to the growing geek/nerd market, or is that question itself unfair? And what's up with all the Slave Leias? Action flick chick Katrina Hill (ActionFlickChick.com) asks Bonnie Burton (Grrl.com), Adrianne Curry (America's Next Top Model), Clare Grant (Team Unicorn, "G33k & G4m3r Girls"), Kiala Kazebee (Nerdist.com), Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Nerdy Bird - Jill Pantozzi ("Has Boobs, Reads Comics"), Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazons, GeekGirlCon) and Chris Gore (G4TV's Attack of the Show!) to discuss whether fans can be sexy and geeky at the same time -- and if they should! Room 6A

That sounded like a very interesting panel.

It was incredibly disappointing.

One statement in particular by Chris Gore needs to be called out. He came late to the panel, came up, looked at the rest of the audience, and said to the males in the audience that he was there to represent them because "...like all you guys out there, I want to put my penis in them."

Not cool, Chris. Completely and utterly Not. Cool. If you really don't understand why that's Not. Cool. and that you should apologize to the other panel members, I feel incredibly, incredibly, sorry for you. And any other female that you ever interact with.

Taking Chris out of the equation, the reason why the panel was disappointing was because this was not a 101 discussion, this was a 51 discussion. Other than Jennifer Stuller (and possibly Kiala Kazebee, she didn't speak much), the discussion was about how we want to dress like our favorite characters, it's not our fault that the costumes are so skimpy, and it's not appropriate to hate upon the women who dress like that.

True.

What the rest of the panelists missed was that we shouldn't have to dress in skimpy outfits just to dress like our heroine. That the artists should be giving them actual clothes, not strips of cloth that might, if they're lucky, cover their chests and groin. We should be telling the media how we want to be represented, not letting the media continually dictate to us how we should be represented.

We don't need to change the men's costumes to be scantily clad, as Bonnie Burton suggested. We need more of the women's costumes to be fully clothed. If I was out there fighting crime? I would have some kevlar costume over my midriff, not leaving it exposed the way Huntress does.

Seth Green also deserves a shout-out. He was in the audience, and started talking with the panel. He was doing his best to talk about how some of the problem is not that there's "Women coming to my Comic Conventions!", but how it's more of an oldbie's vs newbies. "I was at Comic Con when...." vs "This is my first Comic Con. Isn't it exciting!". The older fans need to be elder statesmen, not crotchety old men, waving their walkers and demanding that the kids get off of their lawn!
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