The ‘Fake Geek Girl’ Stereotype and its place in LARP

The more I hear other women accused of fitting the ‘fake geek girl’ stereotype, the more I love my nerdy niche known as LARPing(live action role playing). While issues surrounding women in LARP do exist, most of them can be overcome in a safe, appropriate environment.

Negative stereotypes

Negative stereotypes do exist about women who LARP. I’ve heard multiple assumptions about female LARPers’ sexualities (ranging from “she must never get laid because she’s such a nerd” to “she’s probably a slut”) and personalities based upon their LARPer status. However, I find less of this treatment compared to other traditionally geeky forums:

  • In a comic book store, I was browsing through some “Thor” comics and was told by a male employee that I should ask my big brother if I want to get into comics. (What didn’t he realize? I was 31, wearing a S.H.I.E.L.D. shirt and professionally writing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe.)
  • My friend Tina is a console gamer who gets similar treatment when she pre-orders or purchases FPS games at some video game stores. Read more at Examiner.com.
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Tara is a lifelong geek and the founder and publisher of The Geek Initiative. Her interests were forged in an early appreciation for "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Jurassic Park," and many historical fiction and fantasy novels. Tara is a game designer, LARPer, and frequent convention attendee. The author of over 1,000 individual blogs, her content has been featured on HelloGiggles, nordiclarp.org, LARPing.org, and The Billfold. She holds a B.A. in English from McDaniel College and has attended many events as press (including New York Comic Con). Tara has a professional background in marketing and publishing. She lives in the Philadelphia area. A Marvel fan, her favorite superhero is undoubtedly Thor. View her portfolio at: tmc.pressfolios.com.

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