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Pinkwashing

I love the color pink. And I know some of you may think that it’s because I’ve been conditioned since birth to love the color pink because…you know…marketing. However, I can can confidently say that my love for the color pink was not a calculated branding move to sell more toys to girls. On the contrary, I grew up hating pink. I despised it. It wasn’t until I became a mom (or more accurately became pregnant with my daughter) that I began to see the color pink in a whole new way, and I began to realize that my loathing of the color was no fault of the color itself.

When I was little, my favorite toy was a yellow Tonka dump truck (back when they were all metal and not plastic.) My favorite toys were always model cars, despite having dolls like every other girl, I loved playing racing cars with the boys. I wasn’t an outdoors kind of kid. I didn’t like to climb trees, or play in the mud (I hated being dirty…still do.) I was perfectly ok spending hours in front of the TV playing video games just like I was perfectly fine making up skits with my dolls. But when I wanted to play with other kids, there were mostly just boys around and I liked cars.

I also loved the color blue in every shade. Baby blue, navy blue, aqua blue, you name it. If it had a bluish hue, I was into it. I remember when we first moved into the house I would grow up in, and my brother’s bedroom door was painted this nice cool shade of baby blue, and my bedroom door was painted this Pepto Bismol shade of pink. I hated it, but I took the pink doored room because it was the bigger room of the two, and by right as the older child, I got to get the bigger room.  I don’t think it was so much the shade of the door that bothered me (although it did remind me of Pepto Bismol) than it was the audacity of someone to automatically assume that me, being a girl, needed a pink door. Or that girl “equals” pink. That was a notion I was diametrically opposed to even at an early age. Girl did not ever “equal” pink in my way of thinking at all, and screw anybody who thought that way.

My daughter and I at the movies
My daughter and I at the movies

Fast forward a few more years (ok maybe like a couple of decades, but who can be bothered counting right now), and I have added purple and black to my team of most favorite colors (red, I will never like you.) I was in the beginning of my second trimester of pregnancy with my daughter, and adamantly refusing to get anything pink. I would get yellow things, and green things, and blue things, but never pink. I knew she was a girl too, I just had my mind made up that girl did not “equal” pink. Even if people would buy things or show me things that were pink, I would look at them sideways. I had even picked out a name for my daughter, but something didn’t feel quite right when I would refer to my unborn baby by the name I picked out.

I called my mom on the phone and discussed with her how I wasn’t sure of the name, and we talked about it (this is why I love my mom so dearly, because she gets me.) She asked me a very pointed question, “What colors do you see when you think of your baby?” I got quiet, I closed my eyes, I put my hand over my belly to feel her movements, and I saw…pink. But not pink in the way I had loathed it all my life, but pink in the sense that it was beautiful, billowing, frothy, and unique. And so, I was able to name my daughter, and actually feel comfortable referring to her by that name (although now, she tells me when she’s 18 she is going to change it.)

There are different forms of synesthesia, where a person will see colors associated with different senses, shapes, letters, numbers, or music. I’ve always seen color in music, as well as in letters, numbers, and shapes, but this was the first time that I had a color sensation from movement and touch. It was profound for me in the sense that it opened my eyes to how unfair I had been to a simple color, just because I didn’t want anyone to think that girl “equals” pink.

My daughter at her 10th birthday party at the American Girl Doll store
My daughter at her 10th birthday party at the American Girl Doll store

From that point forward I loved the color pink. It joined blue, purple, and black as one of my favorite colors, and when my pink little girl came into the world, one of her first words was pink. She wanted everything pink, and if it didn’t come in pink, then she didn’t want it. So, we had a lot of pink filled years together as mother and daughter. She has since gotten a little older, and has added blue, purple, and black to her favorite colors. She’s not into cars and video games, but she totally loves playing with dolls, climbing trees, playing outside, and getting dirty.

I guess the point I am trying to make is that it just doesn’t matter what other people think. Just because it’s pink, doesn’t mean it’s for girls, and just because you may not like what society says are “traditional” girl toys doesn’t mean that girls who do have been pinkwashed. Color is everywhere, and it’s wonderful. Don’t judge a color by the packaging. Embrace it simply as another color you get to paint your life with.

 

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To Be a Geek or To Be a Girl

BAM! We have arrived! Why can’t I be both? Why do I have to be anything? Why can’t I be everything?

It is only fitting that as I return to blogging regularly on Sundays, that I start off with a topic I have talked about so many times before. Can you be a geek and also be a girl? Is there such a thing as a geek girl?

It isn’t a question I am looking for exploration in answering. I already know the answer is yes, because I’ve lived the answer all my life. My mother lived the answer. I like to think that my mother ruined me for having normal conversations with people, because I found it so easy to relate to my mom due to our shared love of science fiction. But what is normal? Does normal mean not loving every aspect of the Star Wars universe and not having deep philosophical questions about it?

There was something I had to come to slowly in the last three years. Something that could only be revealed to me through working, writing, and sharing with others. I am not alone. I am unique, as there is only one me in this universe, and there will never be another me, however, I’m not alone. There are many others out there like me, and labels just get in the way of us truly being willing to come together as a community. The label I placed on myself as being “not normal” for loving Batman comics, reading Isaac Asimov, and watching the X-Files, prevented me from sharing with others because if they found out I liked all those things, they would realize I wasn’t a normal girl. What normal girl could sit in front of a console TV for hours and play Asteroids, or watch Lawrence of Arabia over and over again?I love video games

Being me has been easier since I have given up what it means to be normal. Putting myself out there and sharing myself with others has been easier since I stopped being afraid of others thinking I wasn’t normal. Life has become so much more enjoyable now that I have realized I don’t have to prove the existence of a geek girl.

When I started regularly blogging in 2009, I just wanted to share my point of view. As crazy or unfounded as it may have been on whatever subject I was talking about in that entry, I just wanted to be heard. And I was. When I decided to open GeekGirl World to other writers in 2011, I wanted to show the world that there were other girls out there like me who could be geeky and girly at the same time. And I did. Now its 2015, and GeekGirl World has a roster of 10 dedicated writers who passionately share their opinions and points of view everyday.

It's our world We are who we are and who we are is who we are. Just think about that for a minute. No preconceived notions, no competing voices to be heard. We decide who we are at any given moment. Whether others accept or reject that doesn’t matter. Being a geek girl isn’t a label for me. Normal are the debates I have with my friends on whether or not Felicity Smoak and Oliver Queen should be together. Normal is my daughter correcting me on the canon of a comic book versus a movie. Normal is getting all dressed up to go eat sushi with my friends just because. I geek out about food, I geek out about clothes, I geek out about hair and makeup, I geek out about just about anything, and I have met some amazing women along the way who geek out about those things too. I’m a geek and I’m a girl. This is my world. Welcome.

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When The Universe Speaks To You…

I totally don’t know which one of my friends did it, but who ever it was, I thank them.

I do try to keep up with new comics and manga, but mostly I get sidetracked, and have to be a responsible adult. (LOL) So it was completely out of the blue, that I got into a brand new series. Mostly my reading list consists of old established favorites. Particularly with comics, because I’m at the point where I don’t want to get into anything new, I just want to check up on my old friends, and especially with manga that I am just waiting around for it to end. (Yes, Bleach. I am talking about you!)

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But this picture caught my eye one day as I was scanning my facebook feed. I don’t remember who did it, but someone on my timeline changed their cover photo to this. At, first I thought it was a really cool piece of original artwork. The pic just seemed so intriguing, like I would actually want to know more about these characters, and why they were together.

Fast forward a week or so later, and I was spending time in a comic book store looking through the racks when I saw the first issue of Saga sitting there for only a dollar. It wasn’t just some really cool piece of original artwork! Again, I was compelled by the cover art, and now I knew there was a story to be read. I decide to check it out, because at least if it sucks, it was only a dollar right? It was a sign. The universe was telling me I needed to read this comic.

I buy the comic, and it sits at my house unopened for another couple of weeks. My daughter had already blown through her copy of the first volume of Sailor Moon I had bought her that day as well, and was begging for another one, but I hadn’t even cracked open my comic. It wasn’t until my husband started questioning me about my comic purchases, did I decide to sit down and actually read the thing. The universe was bugging me again and yelling, “Why aren’t you reading this!?”

I open the book, and I’m immediately invested into robot royalty, winged armies, horned armies, interstellar warfare, a quest for a forest of rocketships, star-crossed lovers, and a newborn baby. I mean, when I turn the pages, I literally feel like I am on another planet, and I am hearing the action take place! (Just a testament to how phenomenal Fiona Staples’ artwork is. It had me at hello!)

I’m sharing all this to say that this is what I think free comic book day is all about. You go there, and pick up a comic for free or deeply discounted, and find yourself immersed into a-whole-nother-world. A world that you couldn’t have even dreamed about yourself, because seriously, who thinks of robot royalty? (Brian K. Vaughan, that’s who, but I don’t want to get off track.)

Just thought I’d share that with everyone today, and if you find yourself at a comic book store today, I hope you find something that draws you in as well.

Saga is published by Image Comics, if you want to check it out!

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A Little Over A Year Ago

It has been a little over a year since I relaunched my personal blog as a website. Overall, I consider it to be a success and I am going to continue to build on that foundation and grow this site. I want people to see GeekGirl World as a portal for news and information from a feminine perspective; to let others know that there are so many smart, talented, savvy, and beautiful people out there in the world. I want people know that it is okay to care about pop culture, and still have your eye on the latest code platform. I want people to realize that you can still be a gamer, and still make time to be a wife, mother, a student. I want people to learn that caring about being fit and looking your best, doesn’t mean you don’t have a brain in your head. In short, I want people to know that girls can be geeks, and geeks can be girls! We are often overlooked, and hardly ever marketed too. My goal has always been to change that, and I continue on with that mission.

We have a new writers coming on board, and new things in store. So stay tuned to GeekGirl World, for more interesting things to come. Also if you are interested in writing for the website, please email webmaster@geekgirlworld!

Happy Birthday GeekGirl World! May the next year be even greater!

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Day 1 at NAB

nab-showNAB is the National Association of Broadcasters, and they have one of the largest annual tradeshows in Las Vegas. NAB focuses on the technical side of the television, radio, and film industries, offering its exhibitors a chance to show off new products and technology, and its attendees the change at information sessions and education to help them succeed in their fields.

Even though the crowds were large, we got in and got our badges printed fairly easily. There was so much to see. The Las Vegas Convention Center is like a small town in itself so there is a lot of ground to cover. We went to the big name booths like Sony, Panasonic, Canon, and JVC. Mainly the theme this year was 3D. With the huge resurgence of 3D films, and its perception change from marketing gimmick to actual movie feature, 3D is now becoming the big thing in television and online production as well. Everywhere you looked there were companies talking about how to do 3D with them.

GoPro, who produces the HD cameras Hero and Hero2 were showing off their 3D rig which is just two of their cameras in a case with one turned upside down. The 3D film it captured was still amazing, and it was really interesting to see the great quality 3D filming you could get with just two small cameras. Their booth, I have to say, was my favorite because not only did they have a great design and great product to show off, but they also had a Ford GT40 and a Porche 911, both racing editions sitting in their booth tricked out with their cameras and rigs!

Another theme this year has been the 4K technology. It seemed like all the 4k theaters were crowded and hard to get into, so I took a pass on the first day, preferring to just go through the booths, look around and test the equipment. Since NAB is here for 4 days, I do plan to go back and see at least one of the theaters because 4K is definitely a technology that is getting a lot of buzz throughout the industry.

All in all it was a great experience, and even though I am so sore for doing a lot of walking, XD I had fun! If you are going to be at NAB this week, let me know!

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Stop SOPA and PIPA

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I rarely talk about my politics online. Even though I am very interested politics and I pay close attention to what is going on not only in the United States but in other parts of the world, I just find that talking about politics online is pretty useless.

However, this is something that I feel has compelled me to act. SOPA and PIPA are bills that are about to be voted on in the United States Congress right now. If either of these bills are allowed to pass they will be detrimental to the freedom that has allowed the internet to grow and develop into the global marketplace that it is today.

The internet is ours. Don’t let lobbyists in Congress take it from us. Contact your representatives in both the House and the Senate, and tell them to stop SOPA and PIPA.

In protest, GeekGirl World will be shutting down for January 18th beginning at 1 AM PST and ending at 10 PM PST. This is a lot for a small site like us, but I want to add our voice to the growing large chorus that is saying NO!

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I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This

DARK-BURGER-QUICK

So in a promotional tie-in with the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, French burger chain Quick has created two Star Wars inspired burgers. Now, I love Star Wars promotional tie-ins as much as the next geek. I remember going to Pizza Hut just to collect the stickers and drink toppers that were promotional items when Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace first opened in theaters back in 1999. However, there is something about messing with my food, that irks me.

Now the “Dark” burger, looks like it will be an edible choice. It’s basically a double cheeseburger on a bun topped with black and red sesame seeds. But then you have the two other burgers that are part of this promotion; the “Jedi” burger and the “Dark Vador” burger.

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Why would anyone want to eat a burger that looks like it is stuffed between two large pieces of charcoal? Because that is what this “Dark Vador” burger looks like. The “Jedi” burger is kind of suspect because those look like marshmallows? They could be really huge roughly chopped onions, but either option is not appealing. Given the amount of suspect “white pellets” that you see in the picture, if those are marshmallows, then ewww, (which would offend me as a Star Wars fan because I think adding marshmallows to a burger inspired by Jedi implies that Jedi are soft!) and if those are onions, yuck and don’t kiss anybody after you have a bite of that!

I’m kind of glad this burger is only available in France for a limited time. I REALLY hope the fast food chains here don’t try to duplicate the idea. Fast food here is bad enough.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Update

So now we have November rolling on in. October was a pretty good month. I got a lot accomplished although I feel like I may have taken on too much. As a result, I wasn’t able to do a t-shirt design every day. However, I did manage to sell three t-shirts so that is $3 added to the $31 I already pledged to Susan G. Komen For the Cure. Not bad for the first time I tried this, and I hope that the wearers of those shirts spread the word about breast cancer and make others aware. I still plan to continue to donate a dollar for each of those shirts I sell, and I will also create more designs as time permits.

Now my mission for November is NaNoWriMo. I plan to write a novel this month. Hopefully I will be able to finish. I’ve attempted to write novels before, I’ve just never finished them. NaNoWriMo was established to create a network of support for beginning and emerging writers to encourage and challenge them to finish a novel in one month. Let’s see if I can meet that challenge! LOL!

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My Football Picks for Week 7

Looks like I’ve been skipping the odd week or too. Things have been so busy and hectic for me with many projects underway. I am, however, number 1 in the rankings for my league which is good for me. A win this week and a win next week and I am in the play offs! I was the number one seed for the playoffs last year, but I lost the championship and ended up in second place. This year I plan to win it all!

Anyway so according to week 5 with only 13 games my picks were 8-5 which kind of brings my average down a bit. I seriously think Seattle and Oakland winning on the road that week was a fluke, but maybe the Raiders are for real this year. Seattle definitely is not, but I’m going to go with them anyway. Hopefully I am better this week

Here are my picks in Bold

Washington at Carolina
Seattle at Cleveland
Atlanta at Detroit
Denver at Miami
San Diego at N.Y. Jets
Chicago at Tampa Bay
Houston at Tennessee
Pittsburgh at Arizona
Kansas City at Oakland
St. Louis at Dallas
Green Bay at Minnesota
Indianapolis at New Orleans
Baltimore at Jacksonville

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My Football Picks for Week 5

I was 11-5 again for my picks in week 4. A lot of those home teams I thought for sure were going to lose like the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals actually pulled through!

I think I spit the difference this week between HOME and AWAY teams. Let’s see if I can get a the same percentage or better now that we are down three games due to the bye weeks.

Here are my picks for week 5. Picks are in BOLD:

Philadelphia at Buffalo
New Orleans at Carolina
Oakland at Houston
Kansas City at Indianapolis
Cincinnati at Jacksonville
Arizona at Minnesota
Seattle at N.Y. Giants
Tennessee at Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay at San Francisco
San Diego at Denver
N.Y. Jets at New England
Green Bay at Atlanta
Chicago at Detroit

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