Let me start by saying it is no secret I adore Emily Graslie. I fell in love with her after she led Hank Green on a tour for one of HIS videos and I supported the resounding masses in saying, “GIVE HER A CHANNEL!” I’ve written about her and other Geeky female YouTubers here. I link their videos on Facebook and Twitter regularly. I show them to my kids. I am very supportive of the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Women on YouTube yet…YET…I never comment. Because to me? YouTube comments are full of A) Teenagers and B) Creepy Men. And I am neither of those.
Then I watched her most recent video. And I became ASHAMED. Here is the woman who I adore. I make my daughter watch a LOT of her videos to give her a good role model and yet…YET…I’ve never (rarely?) commented on one of your videos. Instead…she’s getting THIS TOTAL BULLSHIT. I mean, the environment is so sketchy to me that I don’t even comment…how must if feel to the people in the videos themselves? Awful…obviously.
My daughter is growing up under the influence of YouTube. And if Nikki wants to do AMAZING videos like Emily does? Or like Vi Hart? I want the support in the comments to be overwhelming and the creepy sexist/bullying/weirdo comments to be rare and isolated and not something that deters her from doing these amazing things. So, I’m going to join the masses. I’m going to start commenting on YouTube. I’m sorry to all of the women I’ve watched but never supported. I’m sorry I didn’t add my positive voice to all of the negatives. I have been blogging for 10 years, I know how one negative comment can carry more weight than 10 positive ones. But for me? Over here on this small blog? The positive ones are resoundingly the majority. On YouTube it’s not always that way, and I now accept some of the blame.
So…Women on the Internet. Go! Watch Emily’s videos and leave supportive comments so that our daughters, nieces, and granddaughters will have a safer and more supportive place to work if they choose to make amazing videos on the interwebs. Let’s make our voices heard. Let’s leave resounding support for these STEM Women so that we drown out the creepy comments from the sexist jerkfaces.
ARE YOU WITH ME?