Toxic Geek Masculinity in Media

Sexism, Trolling, and Identity Policing

  • Anastasia Salter
  • Bridget Blodgett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Anastasia Salter, Bridget Blodgett
    Pages 1-16
  3. Anastasia Salter, Bridget Blodgett
    Pages 17-43
  4. Anastasia Salter, Bridget Blodgett
    Pages 45-71
  5. Anastasia Salter, Bridget Blodgett
    Pages 131-156
  6. Anastasia Salter, Bridget Blodgett
    Pages 189-207
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-214

About this book


This book examines changing representations of masculinity in geek media, during a time of transition in which “geek” has not only gone mainstream but also become a more contested space than ever, with continual clashes such as Gamergate, the Rabid and Sad Puppies’ attacks on the Hugo Awards, and battles at conventions over “fake geek girls.” Anastasia Salter and Bridget Blodgett critique both gendered depictions of geeks, including shows like Chuck and The Big Bang Theory, and aspirational geek heroes, ranging from the Winchester brothers of Supernatural to BBC’s Sherlock and the varied superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Through this analysis, the authors argue that toxic masculinity is deeply embedded in geek culture, and that the identity of geek as victimized other must be redefined before geek culture and media can ever become an inclusive space. 


Digital Popular Culture Geek Culture Toxic Masculinity Identity Policing Hypermasculine Geek GamerGate

Authors and affiliations

  • Anastasia Salter
    • 1
  • Bridget Blodgett
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Visual Arts and DesignUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA
  2. 2.Division of Science, Information Arts and TechnologiesUniversity of BaltimoreBaltimoreUSA

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