Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.
Joe Peacock's latest opinion piece for CNN Geek Out caused quite an uproar. We saw more than 700 comments and at least hundreds of tweets about the article, which expressed a complex point of view blasting the phenomenon of beautiful "booth babes" at fan conventions including San Diego Comic-Con. At the same time, Peacock also said he supports women's increased acceptance within geek society.
Booth babes need not apply
The article spread far and wide, and got mentions on Jezebel and Bleeding Cool. Some of our readers thanked CNN for publishing the piece, while others found a few sticking points with Peacock's reasoning.
One of the most notable people to talk about the article was none other than actress and writer Felicia Day, who is mentioned in the post. She in turn got numerous replies from other Twitter users.
@feliciaday Since the amount of geeks has increased, the definition of 'geek' is vague. Also, geeks of all genders are awesome.— Robin de Voh (@RobinDeVoh) July 25, 2012
@feliciaday Since the amount of geeks has increased, the definition of 'geek' is vague. Also, geeks of all genders are awesome.
Peacock writes about Day, "Not only does she put her money where her interests are, she creates things that further the community."
@feliciaday the issue shouldn't be "these fakers vs. those with arbitrary cred," it should be "why aren't you comfortable being yourself?"— The Finn (@tekkah) July 25, 2012
@feliciaday the issue shouldn't be "these fakers vs. those with arbitrary cred," it should be "why aren't you comfortable being yourself?"
Peacock contrasts her with "models-cum-geeks like Olivia Munn and practically every Frag Doll," whom he sees as examples of corporate attempts to hire people who "act quirky and sell this marketable geekdom" to a lucrative audience.
The Frag Dolls, for those not in the know, are a team of female gamers deployed by Ubisoft to promote and support women in gaming. FULL POST
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