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The Geek Feminist Revolution by [Hurley, Kameron]
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A powerful collection of essays on feminism, geek culture, and a writer's journey, from one of the most important new voices in genre.

The Geek Feminist Revolution is a collection of essays by double Hugo Award-winning essayist and science fiction and fantasy novelist Kameron Hurley.

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 2014 Hugo for Best Related Work. The Geek Feminist Revolution will also feature several entirely new essays written specifically for this volume.

Unapologetically outspoken, Hurley has contributed essays to The Atlantic, Locus Magazine,, and elsewhere on the rise of women in genre, her passion for SF/F, and the diversification of publishing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (31 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015MP6VA0
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After reading this, i think that every storyteller, every person who reads, writes, publishes etc. should read the first collection of essays.

The Geek Feminist Revolution is a pretty decent starting point for people starting to get into feminist non-fiction. It takes on a more liberal feminist approach, but with points that really encourage you to think about,
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book made me rethink what it is to be a woman and a feminist 17 January 2017
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I've always considered myself a geek and I've always considered myself a feminist even when others would try to paint it as a bad word. What is a feminist but one who wants equal rights and pay for women all over the world. I know that white women in the United States make 79 cents for every dollar a man makes [Hispanic women make 55 cents and African American women make 60 cents. Asian American women make 84 cents.] but that does not really hit home until you read this book and see what the author goes through as a female writer of science fiction/fantasy novels. Also, I didn't realize how women still get looked over for jobs for various reasons even though they are unfounded. The example I will give here is when the author was working at a movie theater and was up for a manager position but was passed over because it was assumed she would not be able to pick up the sixty-pound film reels which were part of the job. The thing was, she could. Of course, she had no idea at the time that this was happening. I thought we'd left that stuff behind.

This book is about a revolution that is happening in the world of geekdom. Women have always been geeks but over the years our numbers have increased and some of the white boys are getting upset with the disruption of the status quo. "Women have gone from making up 25 to 30 percent of gaming audiences just ten years ago to over 50 percent of video game players, and 40 to 50 percent of creators. Forty percent of science fiction authors are female, as are 60 percent of speculative genres. Thier voices, their presence cannot be denied or explained away with talks of tokenism and exceptionalism. Women are here."

This author is the great-granddaughter of resistance fighters from France and studied resistance movements in South Africa for her Master's degree. She knows how to fight back and isn't afraid to do so. She also believes that she needs to in order to make things easier for those that will come after her. She's been fighting for over ten years now through her blog and in a way her books which broke barriers by featuring strong women characters and characters that are from the LGBT community. She has won the Sydney J. Bounds Award and the Kitschies Award for her first novel, God's War, and the Hugo award twice, once for a blog she wrote that is included in this book and has been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, and the Locus Award among many others. She is well qualified to speak on this subject.

The first section of this book is titled "Level Up" and deals with helping you to try to hone your writing skills. One of the most important lessons is persistence and that anyone can be a writer if you keep at it long enough. Also how the book business is, in fact, a business and a cutthroat one at that and you will have to be tough to survive it so make sure that this is really what you want. She stresses the importance of responsibility of writing. That what you write is important and you have to own it so make sure you are not reckless or get something wrong or perpetuate a damaging stereotype.

The second section is titled "Let's Get Personal" and lets you get to know her. She talks about why she writes what she writes, which is dark fiction and about how she has always been overweight and that that is just how she is built even though she eats healthy and excersises and how that has affected her life. When she lost a job after being very sick and put in the hospital where she found out she was Type I diabetic she needed to stay insured or risk having her diabetes being considered a pre-existing condition. So she paid a lot of money for private insurance while she looked for a job and eventually ended up living on the couch of a friend and using expired insulin and testing the minimum amount of times. Then she lucked out and got a job working at a company that paid for full coverage with no cost paid by her. She also writes about dealing with online criticism and being a rebel and fixing a broken system.

The third section is titled Revolution and it's just that: a call to revolution. It's meant to inspire you to be the hero and go out shake things up and do your part. Yes, she does do one essay on Gamergate and one on Sadpuppy. She also covers bullying and censorship online. And the bullying can take the form of trolls whose only goal is to upset you in any way they can with suicide the ultimate prize. Then there's those who call a SWAT team to your house, stalk you, and threaten your life and there's nothing the police can do or are willing to do about these people. They tell women to just stay off of the internet the way you would tell a woman to avoid getting raped to stay at home. Maybe the laws need to be more strict. Also included in this section is her Hugo award winning blog "We Have Always Fought: Challenging the 'Women, Cattle, and Slaves' Narrative". This blog focuses on how women have fought in wars across time and have largely been ignored.

This book really made me rethink what it is to be a woman and a feminist. It also inspired me to take up the banner and be a part of the revolution. The essays were quite interesting and if you are a blogger or writer you will definitely get something out of this. But even if you are only a geek this book is well worth reading.

It’s easy to pretend you’re “normal”, just like everyone else. But normal is a lie. Normal is a story.

-Kameron Hurley (The Geek Feminist Revolution p 104)

For every good you do, you do harm somewhere else. Maybe sanity is simply accepting this truth, and carrying on regardless, and doing the best you can.
-Kameron Hurley (The Geek Feminist Revolution p 197)

The truth is that who is good and who is bad is highly dependent on who wins, and whose point of view we’re writing from.
-Kameron Hurley (The Geek Feminist Revolution p 203)

Life is a series of unrelated incidents. It is the human mind that seeks to string them together into narratives, into story. It is the human mind that gives events meaning.
-Kameron Hurley (The Geek Feminist Revolution p 274)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The funny thing is 3 June 2016
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I've supported Kameron Hurley's Patreon for a long time. The funny thing is, I had never read any of her fiction. I've had a copy of God's War since io9 gave out free copies for their book club (doing a search on their site dates this back to 2011, good grief), but it was only a couple weeks ago that I finally read it. I supported her Patreon, and pre-ordered The Geek Feminist Revolution, on the strength of her Hugo-winning essay "We Have Always Fought." Every time I read it, I ended up with this swelling inside my chest. It is some powerful, pointed stuff.

I don't buy many books (I may single-handedly keep my library afloat) but when I found out she was publishing a book that contained not only "We Have Always Fought" but also a whole collection of other essays, I instantly pre-ordered it. I've spent the last month eagerly watching the calendar for the release date. I've devoured it already and I am so glad to have read her words. I keep reading reviews that note she is angry (Said with positive connotations! We have a lot to be angry about), but I found myself feeling less anger and more hope from her assertions that things can change, and we can be the ones to change it. Some of the reviews I've read make the focus of her essays sound much more scattered than it is in reality. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone, even people who don't consider themselves geeks. If you live in this world and consume any media, it's relevant to you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hurley calls herself a "grim optimist" in the epilogue to ... 19 January 2017
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Hurley calls herself a "grim optimist" in the epilogue to this collection of essays, and it is not only a realistic but hopeful descriptor that inspires.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I guess I thought this would offer more in-depth explorations ... 6 July 2016
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I guess I thought this would offer more in-depth explorations of the intersection of feminism and geek culture, but it's just a collection of blog posts almost solely composed of the author's views on the material. It was disappointing because it's mostly anecdotal. I don't know, I wanted it to be more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Important 3 February 2017
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This is an amazing, challenging, strengthening call-to-arms, peppered through with uncommon writing and life advice. Everyone should read this book, especially those who love geeky things.