The Geek Feminist Revolution

The Geek Feminist Revolution

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"The book collects dozens of Hurley's essays on feminism, geek culture, and her experiences and insights as a genre writer, including "We Have Always Fought," which won the 2013 Hugo for Best Related Work. The Geek Feminist Revolution will also feature several entirely new essays written specifically for this volume."
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765386243
Branch Call Number: 814.6 Hurl
Characteristics: 286 pages


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Apr 01, 2018

There were some of these essays that I thought were very well thought out and made some excellent points.
And being a very big science fiction and fantasy fan, I liked her descriptions of the efforts she brings to creating interesting and unique characters. Because one of the things I like about these genres is they have always been a place I could find the heroines I wanted to read about.
There were other essays that came across as ranting, and I do get it, the author is angry and needs to vent. I've just never been that comfortable with anger, not my own or others. So these ones were less interesting for me.
I liked the book, though I thought it was more about the authors geek feminist outlook & life, rather than about an actual revolution.

VaughanPLKasey Nov 09, 2016

Hurley's essays combine intensely personal stories and strong feminist theory into a highly readable collection that gets at the heart of some very important ideas, and provides some much-needed encouragement to anyone who has ever felt like there is no place for them in communities like science fiction or fantasy fandoms, or writing communities in general.

FindingJane Aug 25, 2016

Ms. Hurley’s essays stir the blood. That phrase isn’t made lightly. These treatises get you angry, embarrassed, ashamed and startled. If such emotions don’t get the plasma flowing, what does?

She recalls the moments when she spoke up against omissions or inclusions in literature that hurt or bewildered her or simply got her so steamed up that she had to express her opinion. She remembers, in excruciating detail, when such statements were made to her. She freely admits when she made missteps, that she too has been guilty of overlooking her own gender in public and private life.

But Ms. Hurley makes it amply clear that she, like so many others, is a product of her times. We live in a world of almost unlimited access to information. But, when that information is skewed to appeal to the ruling demographic (white, heterosexual, male), then it doesn’t matter how much you learn. You’re only getting one side of the story.

Whether she’s talking about her uphill slog to become a prolific, well-sought-after and published author (Her advice? Persistence!) or about speaking up when two men start harassing another woman at a bus stop, she’s forthright, clear eyed and unabashed. She’s refreshingly open about her failures and her achievements. Yes, she does drop the f-bomb quite a lot. But if she were a man would we care?

If the label of “geek” means an outsider with outré interests not shared by the norm, then who doesn’t get tarnished with that label? Perhaps it’s time for all of us outsiders to claim that label. Be proud. Be loud. Speak up. Ms. Hurley wants no less of us.


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