The Nerds Issue

Issue #69 | Winter 2016
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Gamer Geeks • Women on Mars • Queertoons


GEEKING OUT: Four Writers on Nerding While Black | Stephani Page, Vanessa Willoughby, Jamie Broadnax, Nyasha Junior

SCHOOL IS IN: Beyond the Feminist Classroom | Trish Kahle

REWRITING REALITY: A Forthcoming Speculative Fiction Anthology Asks Transgender Authors to Imagine New Worlds | Katherine Cross

MEET THE MARTIANS: Five Women from the Mars One Space Program Share Their Thoughts on Leaving Earth Forever |  Jessica Franken 

NO FILTER: Finding Chicana Empowerment, Community, and Art on Instagram | Barbara Calderón-Douglass

SAGES, VILLAINS, AND SEERS: Mapping Disability in Science Fiction and Fantasy | Charlotte Loftus

ALL MADE UP: How White Coats and White Lies Changed the Discourse of Beauty | Noël Duan


ON TV: Searching for TV’s Elder Stateswomen of Tech | Deb Nicholson 

ON THE INTERNET: In Between Revenge Porn and Sex Work | Sarah Jeong 

ON GAMING: Female Geeks Shouldn’t Have to Navigate Doubt and Derision | Megan Condis


ADVENTURES IN FEMINISTORY: Margaret Hamilton | Ronnie Ritchie


The Truth is Right Here: Five X-Files Episodes to Rewatch | Sarah Mirk
Key Words: Racebend
Reproductive Rights Corner: State of the Uterus | Kirstin Kelley and Michelle Avitia
Point/Counterpoint: Trigger Warnings in Academia | Lynn Comella and Alissa R. Ackerman
Electric Lady: A Q&A with Pamela Z | Jordannah Elizabeth
LGBT-Cute: Queer Characters in Kids’ and Electronic Music | Stephanie Yang


Bitch Planet by Sarah Mirk
“Dirty Old Ladies” by Alexxander Dovelin
A Mighty Girl by Jennifer Fenn
Opening Data by Michelle Avitia
Neurotic Neurons by Kjerstin Johnson
Letters to Tiptree by Kirstin Kelley
Kamala Khan by Alice Nuttal
Clue by Melissa Gray-Ward


The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future (Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, editors) by Andrea Plaid
Lean Out: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Tech and Start-Up Culture (Elissa Shevinsky, editor) by Tammy Oler
Unslut: A Diary and a Memoir (Emily Lindin) by Jess Kibler
Pregnant with the Stars: Watching and Wanting the Celebrity Baby Bump (Renee Ann Cramer) by Crystal Erickson
Teenage Rebels: Successful High School Activists from the Little Rock 9 to the Class of Tomorrow  (Dawnson Barrett) by Katura Reynolds
Queer Rock Love: A Family Memoir (Paige Schlit) by Cindy Widner
Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men (Jane Ward) by Heather Seggel
The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club (Eileen Pollack) by Allison Floyd 
The Internet of Garbage (Sarah Jeong) by Tina Vasquez 


The Armor of Light (Directors: Abigail Disney and Kathleen Hughes) by Leigh Kolb
A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (Director: Sophie Deraspe) by Tina Vasquez
Songs My Brothers Taught Me (Director: Chloe Zhao) by Xatherin Gonzalez
Suzy Lake: Playing with Time (Director: Annette Mangaard) by Amelia Ayrelan Iuvino
Code: Debugging the Gender Gap (Director: Robin Hauser Reynolds) by Lucy Vernasco
Violette Leduc: In Pursuit of Love (Director: Esther Hoffenberg)  by Leigh Kolb
Prophet’s Prey (Director:Amy Berg ) by Andi Zeisler
Dukhatar (Director: Alfia Nathaniel) by Fariha Roisin 


Divers (Joanna Newsom) by Alley Pezanoski-Browne
Raw (The Ghost Ease) by Hilary Saunders
A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons (Little Simz) by Stephanie Wong Ken
23 Live Sex Acts (Against Me!) by Claire Ashton
Inevitable (Natasha Kmeto) by Hilary Saunders
As Ever (Gemma) by Amelia Ayrelan Iuvino 
You Look a Lot Like Me (Mal Blum) by Hilary Saunders
Night Driver (Laser) by Claire Ashton


Illustrated by Yoswadi Krutklom

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