Good Wednesday everyone!
You know, I've had this thought bouncing around my head for a few days now, and it's something I'd like to share with you.
In short, when does a person's pride force them from being a believer in a cause, to being a militant actionist?
As many of you know, I'm a strong believer in Geek Rights.
I believe that being a Geek is more than just a life style choice, it's who we are. It's as much a part of us as a person's race, sexuality, gender and creed. And just like these other factors should have legal protection.
When someone commits a crime against a geek - because they're a geek - it should be treated as a hate crime. To me there is no difference.
Rewind back a few years, a certain child of a celebrity called Peaches Geldof had a talk show, and I remember in the very first episode she verbally attacked one young male, saying something to the effect of "all you Geeks are the same, lazy, greasy sofa dwellers".
I was shocked at the time, even more by how the audience laughed historically, in some cases standing and applauding.
Now just think for a moment what the reaction had been if it was aimed at another demographic, the person's skin colour or gender. That girl would have been charged with a number of crimes and at the very least made to do a formal apology.
However what happened? Nothing! This slur against an entire demographic was laughed off and ignored. In fact before writing this I even did a quick search and I am unable to find a single reference to this offensive comment.
Nothing, not a thing!
Just thinking about this injustice boils my blood and makes me want to demand vindication not just for the times I've been snubbed but for geeks everywhere.
And that's when I stop, I look at myself and I worry about my trail of thought, about just how far I might be willing to go to fight for an ideal.
I'm a Geek, and I stand for Geek Pride.
You see just the other week I was talking to a good friend of mine who was concerned that I would make their Geek interests public, and in essence "out" them as a Geek. They were genuinely concerned about the social repercussions that such an outing would have on them.
This worried me genuinely. I can't help but hear this and familiarise it with many stories I've heard (in some cases from people very close to me) who've struggled to come to terms with sexuality, and have been concerned with how the world would treat them to coming out as Gay.
In the end I think Geek Pride is something we need.
Just like everyone else we should be able to march into a public environment (not a closed off, hidden from view convention) and demonstrate to the world how proud we are of our culture and just what we bring to society as a greater whole.
I can't explain why we don't, and why we're happy to play second fiddle to every other social group out there, but I just hope that if we do, it's in a non militant manner.
Anyway, maybe that's just me. Maybe rather than a Million Man March, it's a One Man March.
I just think that as long as one person is still shamed to wear their Geekiness as a badge of honour, then something is seriously wrong with the world.
Stay safe, and I'll see you breachside.
- Your friendly neighbourhood Doctor Loxley