Today is February 14, and you know what that means: GeekGirlCon ’20 is only 260 days away!
It’s also Valentine’s Day, a super fun holiday with no negative connotations whatsoever for anyone whose life isn’t playing out like a romantic comedy—or for anyone whose life is playing out like a romantic comedy, but who hasn’t yet made it to the happily-ever-after part.
Welcome to February, my fellow geeks! Cliché or not, this month is all about celebrating love in all its forms, whether it be for friends, family, partners, pets, books, movies, games, songs, foods, or, you know, even particularly great gifs.
Here’s looking at you, every image of Gina Rodriguez ever (Image Description: The actress Gina Rodriguez as the character Jane Villanueva from the television show “Jane the Virgin,” looking happy. Source: Giphy)
So, whoever or whatever you find yourself loving this month, consider checking out some of the amazing events coming up, and celebrate your interests, enthusiasms, and passions to their fullest!
A holiday once reserved for cheesy cards and chocolate has been transformed into a global movement.
This Valentine’s Day, one billion women from around the world will demand an end to violence against women by … dancing?
From Seattle to Singapore, the UK to Uganda, women (and men who want to join) will band together to host dance parties and flash mobs. They will be taking part in One Billion Rising, a movement to unite people to demand an end violence against women.
Why is the movement important? One in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is, one billion mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends violated. And that is not acceptable.
But imagine what these one billion women can do when they unite. Now that’s a revolution.
One Billion Rising transcends borders, continents, and cultures. With the tagline: “WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence,” it gives everyone across the globe a common rallying cry.
So, why dancing? From the One Billion Rising website:
“Dancing insists we take up space. It has no set direction but we go there together. It’s dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive. It breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere at anytime with anyone and everyone. It’s free. No corporation can control it. It joins us and pushes us to go further. It’s contagious and it spreads quickly. It’s of the body. It’s transcendent.”
Plus, who doesn’t like to let loose and dance here and there?
Check out this great video from South Africa for a little inspiration.
Want to plan a rising? There’s a user-friendly toolkit for that! Interested in joining a rising? You can search for one; it is easy for groups or entire organizations to participate.
On this globally recognized holiday, there’s no better way to counter violence against women than with love.
Howdy again, folks! In this round of “Ask GeekGirlCon,” we asked our staff who they’re going to celebrate with during Valentine’s Day. Here’s how they weighed in:
“My Geeky Valentine is my boyfriend Nick. He cooks me breakfast while I play video games and bought me the Mario Kart Wii system for Christmas. I also really look up to his first-person shooter skills; it’s true love! This is my favorite picture of him (he is gonna kill me).” – Melanie Howard, Customer Service Coordinator
“My Geeky Valentine is Andy Munich! During our relationship, we’ve done many nerdtastic things. The best thing is he’s run RPGs throughout the entirety of our twelve years together. For several years, he ran a game so I could play a thrill-seeking Filipino vampire slayer (pinay represent!), and for nearly ten years, a Star Wars RPG that has allowed me to play two generations of a Eurasian Jedi!” – Kristine Hassell, Twitter Administrator
“Rockin’ Robin/Lovin’ from Sugar Sugar Rune: He’s a witch, a rockstar, and he’ll steal your heart crystal. Ooh-la-la! Also, how can you go wrong with lavender hair? For being 6,800 years old (although he does use beauty masks), he has a mysterious way of singing his way into your heart.” – Tammy Vince Cruz, Design Manager and Vice President
“For all my talk about guys from my favorite geeky roles like Jamie Bamber (Apollo), Aaron Douglas (Chief Tyrol), James Marsters (Spike), and Ray Stevenson (The Punisher), my one true valentine is my husband. He may draw the line at watching SyFy Original Films, but I can count on him to come along for the ride on most other geeky events. He believes every guy should see Miss Representation. He seeks out speculative fiction by female authors. He is my partner in life, and also in making sure we get a copy of each new release on Free Comic Book Day!” – Adrienne Fox, Copywriter
There’s a sample of who the staff is geeking out about for this year’s Valentine’s Day. How about you? Is there anyone IRL or in your fandom that you’d “take an arrow [of love] to the knee for?” Leave us a comment about who makes your heart swoon!
Shubz K. Blalack
PR Content Producer