Jerk Uses 'Fake Geek Girl' Advisory Stickers to Harass Women at RTX

July 9, 2013 -

Harris O'Malley who is known better by his internet alter ego Doctor NerdLove (he gives love and sex advice to geeks) handed out stickers to poke fun at "fake geek girls." No doubt you have seen the fake dating sites featuring alleged gamers and geeks and the pictures featuring professional models dressed up as geeks to titillate men.

According to Kotaku, O'Malley created a "Fake Geek Girl Advisory" sticker and handed them out recently at RTX this weekend. RTX is an annual fan events put together by the fine folks at Rooster Teeth Productions, in case you didn't know. All was well until O'Malley was approached by RTX guardians (event volunteers who staff the convention) asking him about the stickers.

Apparently some unidentified male attendee decided to use them to harass female attendees. According to the report, the unidentified individual was slapping O'Malley's stickers on women's butts. The RTX Guardians asked O'Malley to put the stickers away:

"After establishing that I hadn't had anyone else handing them out for me and that I'd left several out and about as freebies, they told me that somebody was taking them and slapping them onto women's asses and the backs of their costumes," O'Malley told Kotaku. "They asked if I could refrain from handing out any more until they got the matter cleared up. Evidently they had a description of the guy and had everyone looking out for him."

Ultimately the RTX staff expelled two people for inappropriate behavior - harassment. One of those people was the person using the stickers.

After what happened at RTX O'Malley is considering getting rid of the stickers altogether.

He has a lot more to say about the whole ordeal in the Kotaku report and you can see his reaction to what happened as events unfolded over the weekend on his blog.

Source: Kotaku

Image via Kotaku.


Comments

Re: Jerk Uses 'Fake Geek Girl' Advisory Stickers to Harass ...

I question the utility of relationship advice from someone who'd print stickers like that.

Re: Jerk Uses 'Fake Geek Girl' Advisory Stickers to Harass ...

It was satirical, actually (albeit not thought through very well). As he said it:

My idea was that since the Explicit Lyrics tags were essentially a joke in terms of effectiveness and a hyperbolic reaction to a non-problem, the Fandom Advisory design would carry the same implications - that it was a meaningless label for a nonexistent problem.

Re: Jerk Uses 'Fake Geek Girl' Advisory Stickers to Harass ...

Yeah, that smells more like a backpedaling excuse, trying after the fact to come up with a justification that doesn't sound so bad.  But even if that was his original intent, it's way too subtle.  99% of people are going to take it at face value and not think that deeply about it to draw that connection.

Re: Jerk Uses 'Fake Geek Girl' Advisory Stickers to Harass ...

Which makes sense, but I suspect the person did not adequately consider poe's law or how serious some people are about the topic or, how unlike 'video game violence', it does, in a backwards way, hit on a pretty real issue.

Re: Jerk Uses 'Fake Geek Girl' Advisory Stickers to Harass ...

I imagine that's the joke.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Jerk Uses 'Fake Geek Girl' Advisory Stickers to Harass ...

No doubt you have seen the fake dating sites featuring alleged gamers and geeks and the pictures featuring professional models dressed up as geeks to titillate men.

I'm pretty sure that's not the "fake geek girls" idea he meant to poke fun at with the stickers, but the ridiculous notion that any attractive geek girl is just faking being a geek to get attention, something he railed against in a different blog post.

 

Also: why does this story have a Gabe Newell tag?

Re: Jerk Uses 'Fake Geek Girl' Advisory Stickers to Harass ...

That was my thought too.  As more women have gotten into gaming I have been seeing all sorts of backlash to explain them away, with the 'fake geek girl' being a rather prevalent meme.

Re: Jerk Uses 'Fake Geek Girl' Advisory Stickers to Harass ...

The worst part is that there are women who genuinely have gotten into gaming, then some moutbreathing neckbeards scream at them for being fake about it.

Re: Jerk Uses 'Fake Geek Girl' Advisory Stickers to Harass ...

"Also: why does this story have a Gabe Newell tag?"

I'm going to guess James meant to select the "Funny (sort of)" tag which is right next to it in the list.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Jerk Uses 'Fake Geek Girl' Advisory Stickers to Harass ...

Ah. Yes, let's go with that explanation, not with "Valve brainwashed him as part of their 'Make Half-Life 3 not suck (like games that are delayed this long usually do) by making it happen in real life' plan".

 
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