Being a woman/girl of color and also being into geek/fandom culture is definitely not easy. We don’t see ourselves represented in media unless you’re asian and also have porcelain skin. What I mean by this is: WOC playing characters who are geeky and or quirky. We have some representation in TV/film that have superheroes, sci-fi, or fantasy, but not as much as there should be. That conversation, I’ll save for another day.
Shows like the Big Bang Theory and New Girl have characters that you would definitely say are considered “geeky”, “nerdy”, and or “quirky”, but none of them are WOC, especially brown skin or black skin WOC. It’s as if people….Hollywood don’t think we exist. The only two black girls that come to the top of my head that have played the quirky girl is Zoe Kravitz and her mother, Lisa Bonet.
I used to hear a lot, and sometimes I still do, that “oh it’s cause you’re half white” as an explanation to why I enjoy superheroes, sci-fi, fantasy, and most of the music I listen to. That isn’t the case. I’m friends with plenty of black girls (who aren’t mixed) that love all of those things as well. And their personalities fit the quirky girl that we usually see being portrayed in film , TV, and written about in books. Yet again most of those characters are played by white women/white passing women.
Zooey Deschanel is Hollywood’s poster girl for the geeky-quirky girl. There is nothing wrong with her. But it is tiring to constantly see white women as these characters, or the default image in someone’s head as what the geeky-quirky girl looks like. And it’s frustrating cause WOC especially black girls who fit the characteristics of a geeky-quirky girl are seen as a weird anomaly.
Some people and Hollywood deeply believe that WOC especially black women/girls aren’t consuming media that have superheroes, sci-fi, and fantasy. They also don’t believe we listen to music genres such as: alternative , pop punk, punk, indie, singer-songwriter, classic rock, hardcore, etc. It’s automatically assumed we only like is hip hop, rap, and R&B. Or gospel music. Some of us do. Some of us don’t. Some of us have an eclectic taste in music.
Even people within the geek culture/fandom world don’t treat us like human beings. We aren’t taken seriously. Some of them don’t have a problem being flat out racist towards us in an attempt to push us away.
Why is it so hard to believe that black girls can be quirky and or geeky?
We exist. We are here. We deserve respect and to be taken seriously. We aren’t anomalies.