Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Preparing for September 25th - #TrueLove

Trigger warning: link to a post describing what should be considered sexual assault

On September 25th, 1987, one of the most important movies of my generation premiered. It's had tremendous influence on geek culture, although not as blatantly as (for example) Star Wars. That movie is a wonderful ode to action, adventure, and True Love. It is, in a title, The Princess Bride.

Returning to the internet after a holiday-weekend absence, I was appalled to read about something that happened during a party connected to PAX Prime (which is rapidly becoming one of the biggest geek-culture conventions). [Edit: In looking up the link for the post describing the event in question, the victim makes it clear that party had no kind of official connection to either the convention] A woman was, in effect, sexually assaulted by another attendee at the party, and the security guard her friends tried to get involved gave a reaction along the lines of, "What do you expect me to do?"

There's a connection between these two things, I promise. It's this: as somebody who's been happily married for 14 years, I know that not all geeks are socially maladjusted. I know that we have the ability to be in stable, reasonably healthy relationships, and that many of us appreciate just exactly what True Love can be.

So, I propose to the geek community that on September 25th, we all tweet, post, and otherwise put onto all of our social media sites of choice our appreciations of True Love, in an effort to make it the top trend of the day across the Internet. Who's with me?

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