Later in life it was my love of video games. If I was able to beat a boy at Street Fighter, I was obviously just mashing buttons. I was even told at one point that I was not allowed to sign up for a video game tournament at a gaming store by the owner due to the fact that his customers, "...won't be happy about losing to a girl." This of course is not where this bullshit ends. When I worked at a comic book store it was assumed I had no in depth knowledge concerning comic history. Customers would often turn to male employees without even bothering to ask me questions at all. How the hell did they think I got that fucking job?
Another love of mine throughout my life has been stand up comedy. I've been watching both live comedy and stand up specials since I was very young. I always wanted to be a stand up comic, but besides various reasons as to why I hadn't tried until recently, there was always one glaring problem I had with comedy in general. I understand that comedy is a reflection of societal structures and beliefs and a lot of those beliefs I don't agree with, but it is still hard for me to watch people that I have admired my whole life tell me that because I am a woman, I am beneath them.
I've had to endure this treatment with everything I enjoy. I know this is a symptom of the sexist society we live in, but I'm fucking sick and tired of it. I'm not making these statements about my interests to in any way say that I'm "cooler than most girls" or that I don't consider myself a "girlie girl." I am a girl. No matter how many comic books I read, video games I play, monetary things I don't give a shit about, girls nights I don't have, cats I don't own, Sex in the City movies I don't see or periods I skip I will always be a girl and I'm not the only girl like this.
So stop telling us that all women "do" or "say" "this" bullshit. I'm tired of these generalities about women. IT'S NOT FUCKING TRUE and most importantly, IT'S NOT FUCKING FUNNY. I'm tired of being lumped into a certain brand of comedy just because of my gender. Please do not call women "female comics" and PLEASE do not use the word "comedianne." Do so and expect to get a used tampon thrown at your face.