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Grown Geeks: Geeks Who Kink

In exploring the relationship between geek culture and sexuality—which so far I’ve done here for nonmonogamy, asexuality, and gay geek women—it’s clear there is quite a bit of overlap when it comes to certain groups. As an example, an article at Vocativ last fall looked at the presence of the kink community within the renaissance festival, or RenFest, community. Corsets are everywhere at RenFest, so the large presence of kinksters in among festival-goers may not come as a huge surprise....

Grown Geeks: The Reality of Gay Geek Girls

In the previous installments of my Grown Geeks series, I’ve talked with local geeks about nonmonogamy and asexuality within the geek community. This time around, I’m taking a look at the experiences of gay- and lesbian-identified women in the community. In addition to discussing two interviewees, I will also reflect upon some of my own experiences with being a gay geek woman. Being a gay woman in any community can pose some challenges when it comes to things such...

Grown Geeks: Asexual in the City—A Look at Asexuality in the Geek Community

Grown Geeks is a series looking at marginalized sexual and romantic identities as well as relationship structures. In my first installment, I talked about polyamory and other types of nonmonogamy. In this article, I will focus on asexuality. The asexual community frequently flies under the radar of social perception and discourse, likely because we live in a society that places an immense value on sexuality and the sexualization of people, objects, and everything in between. That said, asexual people...

Grown Geeks: Nonmonogamy and Polyamory in the Minnesota Geek Community

Geeks, in general, seem to be largely accepting of alternative identities, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there is a large overlap between the nonmonogamous community and the geek community (like this article on openingup.net, for instance). Recently nonmonogamous relationship structures have been gaining more discussion in mainstream discourses, and the discovery of this overlap between geek communities and nonmonogamous/poly communities is one that I find very interesting and feel compelled to learn more about. First,...
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