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You Must Be This Tall To Ride: Believing Harassment Victims Makes Geek Spaces More Welcoming, Not Less

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We have to believe victims of harassment, even in conditions that we’ve been taught should excuse us from giving a damn: what the victim was wearing, what they’d done with the harasser previously, whether we even like the victim personally, and, perhaps most importantly, who the harasser is.

We want an excuse not to believe, because it would release us from the unpleasant matter of figuring out what to do next. This is an especially thorny problem online, where we act as if we only have two options: join the angry mob with pitchforks, hounding the guilty party out of our spaces and off the web (or out of the industry) entirely, or… do nothing.

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Parting Shot: Clark Kent Was the Original Fake Geek, All Other Fake Geeks Are Just Posers

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Ever feel like you're being watched?

Geek Masculinity and the Myth of the Fake Geek Girl

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I've been thinking about fake geek girls--or, more, the tenacity with which the geek community has latched on to the bugbear of the fake geek girl. Even in a community with a reputation as argumentative, the intensity and volume of the vitriol directed at the fake geek girl is unprecedented

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