Yesterday I got really annoyed about a Twitter war that our friend of the show, Simon Pegg was involved in with “feminist geek” Courtney Stoker.
If you don’t know of Simon Pegg, he’s the actor that was in Hot Fuzz, Shawn of the Dead and he plays Scotty in the new Star Trek films, and I’ve had the chance to hang out with him at a baseball game and he really is a great guy.
What happened was Courtney got upset that Simon tweeted this:
Simon Pegg: Also, I've got a thing about cosplay girls. They're like zombie stormtroopers, a glorious combination of beloved things. #SDCC”
*makes noise like Homer Simpson thinking of donuts*
Here is what Courtney wrote in response:
Courtney Stoker: “OMG @simonpegg, that is gross. Cosplayers do not actually exist to fulfill your sexual fantasies. #cosplay”
Courtney Stoker: “Female geeks, even Leia cosplayers, are a part of the geek community. NOT DECORATION. @simonpegg #cosplay”
I really wanted to go off on this but it seems that no matter what you do to defend a person who is being attacked, if the attacker is a feminist you will always look like the bad guy.
It also seems like some feminists have this force field around them so even though they might be wrong about something and being mean, you can never defend yourself because they can say whatever they want behind that feminist fence and claim you are against women.
It’s really unfair.
Even though I think his Homer comment is funny, I can understand how some people might not like how he said that, and that’s ok. There is no problem with that.
You can read the rest of their Twitter conversation here:
If you look at the women in the picture, they look like they are in good shape and seem like they would appreciate being found attractive especially by a fellow geek like Simon Pegg.
There is so much wrong about this whole battle; Courtney also writes in her blog:
“Here’s the thing: “sexuality” is not about objectifying women. Actual sexuality is *being sexual.* Drooling over cosplay women, calling them “girls,” and suggesting that their fandom and cosplaying are just there to get you off? That’s not sexuality. That’s just you being gross.”
Does anyone else see the irony of Courtney defending the honor of women who dress up in the costume of a character who was kidnapped and forced into slavery by an alien womanizer? The costume that said alien womanizer forced her to wear for his enjoyment?
I think Courtney’s anger is misplaced, and the reality is that some feminists can’t come to grips with the fact that those women freely and gleefully chose to wear that outfit…an outfit that was intended to titillate.