Ask any nerd about high school life, and they get weepy-eyed about how left out, how excluded they felt. They were (are) the outcasts. Like many groups of outcasts, they formed their own social communities as a reaction to rejection. And like most outcasts, they aren’t really great at being decent people.
Too often, the nerd counter/sub-culture fall prey to the same problems of mainstream society. Sexism is still an epidemic. Rather than learn from personal experiences, it is all to common that the nerd, now the gate-keeper, becomes as cruelly jealous of bestowing acceptance as the jocks once were.
Surely though, a meme named “idiot Nerd Girl” isn’t enough to justify such a statement. Just a few rotten apples ruining the basket. A handful of trolls demanding that female fans produce credentials can’t represent everyone.
Maybe not, but the problem goes deeper than that. You see, some people just can’t fathom the idea that women may actually be interested in those things, and be involved for their own edification. Big problem when it is fellow nerd-fans, bigger problem when it’s espoused by creators.
That’s Tony Harris, who worked on Iron Man and who can’t understand that what women are doing may not be for the benefit of men. And apparently can’t understand that the “most revealing costume ever” that these Succubi wear are designed by men, to fulfill male fantasies.
But hey, he’s just one guy involved in the business.
It’s not like Todd McFarlane, Mark Millar, and Gerry Conway all got together for a documentary on the history of comics and started saying stuff about how girls weren’t interested in comics and that comics don’t need to be be inclusive because neither is society.
And it isn’t as if when women like Anita Sarkeesian tried to make mention of this, they were the victims of online attacks.
But if it was, man, would nerds have a lot to address.