Author: Tara M. Clapper

5 Tips to Avoid Catching and Spreading the Flu at LARP

LARPs (live action role playing games) are something many gamers look forward to. In most cases, your favorite LARP doesn’t happen every weekend. Even if it does, missing LARP means missing out on plot, role play, experience, social interaction and stress relief. Flu season creates a problem for LARPers who share sleeping quarters, bathrooms, kitchens and other facilities. How can you avoid getting sick at LARPs? Check out these five tips for avoiding flu at LARPs. If you’re sick, don’t go. Unfortunately, it’s easy to spread the flu to others, especially when you’re sharing a tent and bathrooms. If...

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A Feminist Review of ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’

The third installment of the “Bridget Jones” movies, Bridget Jones’s Baby examines the life of Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) at age forty-three. She begins the movie in a realistic and familiar place: alone in her apartment with a glass of wine as she wonders how she came to celebrate her birthday alone. Her friends, of course, have obligations to their families and partners; her mother is running for office. And so Bridget resolves to get herself out of a rut once again. At this phase in her life, she takes action quickly. We find her already settled and confident...

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The Feminist 1960s Show We Were Waiting For: Amazon’s ‘Good Girls Revolt’

“Good Girls Revolt” is about women in Washington, D.C. who actively transform journalism into a more relevant, socially aware, and representative field. Creator Dana Calvo gives us a woman’s glimpse into the rapidly changing 1960s. In AMC’s “Mad Men,” women have significant places in the shaping of the story, but the male-dominated world of advertising is often seen through the man’s point of view. Enter “Good Girls Revolt,” the tale of women who work at “News of the Week” (yep, it’s basically “Newsweek”) in the 1960s. “Good Girls Revolt” highlights challenging and changing gender roles and the way journalism...

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Impostor Syndrome and the Geek Woman

I identify as a female geek. I’ve been a geek my whole life. I wrote Star Trek: The Next Generation fanfiction in middle school. I memorized an encyclopedia of dinosaurs for fun. I edit this website which is all about women in geek culture. And sometimes I see the perfect opportunity come up – the opportunity to edit an RPG rule book, a friend looking for a co-creator on a project, a new LARP initiative, a convention calling for panelists – and I don’t apply. My initial instinct is that I should apply, but I don’t. Why? Impostor syndrome....

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Response to ZacharyByronHelm’s ‘Why Cosplay Girls Annoy the Shit Out of Me’

This is a response to zacharybyronhelm’s “Why Cosplay Girls Annoy the Shit Out of Me,” originally titled “Why Cosplay Girls Make Me Stabby” (because it’s always okay to want to kill someone based on how they dress….) I wanted to post this as a comment on his site, logged in from my Facebook account, but unfortunately I got an error even though I was logged in. I decided to post it here instead. The comment follows below: It took you until the very end of your post to get to it, but you did: you were made fun of...

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2015 Women in Geek Culture: My Top 18 Heroes

2015 was an awesome year for women in geek culture! I learned some major life lessons from the women listed below. They inspired me to learn when to walk away from an argument, care more, care less, educate myself, educate others, when to head into workaholic mode and when to take a break. This is by no means a definitive list, but it does include a variety of women who have shaped how I see life as a geek. They’ve also had positive influences on their communities. My list includes women actively crowdfunding projects, journalists, authors, actors, LARPers, dreamers, roleplayers, writers, costume designers,...

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The Shipping Awakens: 8 Reasons to Let Rey Be Rey

I’m a shipper. I ship stuff pretty hard. And hey, eventually all shippers run into ships that aren’t canon ships. We still don’t know about lots of the latest possible Star Wars ships, but in the latest film, we do get to see newer characters Rey, Finn, and Poe interact a bit. And they’re all adorable, and their interactions are humorous and cute, so naturally we ship them! However, I don’t really want to see Rey (Daisy Ridley) in a relationship anytime soon. And no, that doesn’t mean I’m trying to hate on Rey x Finn x Poe or even...

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The 2016 Geek Initiative Reading Challenge

Welcome to 2016, TGI community! We’ve put together a reading challenge for 2016. We’ve come up with a list for comic book and graphic novel fans and for readers of fiction and nonfiction. Are you ready for the challenge? Try one part of the list or both! Try it out and let us know how you do. You can also print out a checklist here. Comic Books and Graphic Novels (For suggestions, check out our comic books section.) An issue #1 published by a small press or indie publisher An issue #1 published by Marvel An issue #1 published by...

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