No Man Camp For Me


Dear Jennifer Sullivan (and your casting company):

Thanks so much for reaching out to Geeks OUT in regards to your upcoming show, Man Camp. The fact that you found us makes me happy to know that we're registering well with Google's search algorithms.

On that note, it seems that you failed to realize a few details, not the least of which is that we're a community organization for queer geeks. That means a lot of things, particularly that not all of us are men. Furthermore, those of us who are men like other men. I know that this is (to you) a crazy new idea that may take some time getting used to. No problem! Geeks OUT has been to a few conventions in the New York City area (just back from New York Comic Con and boy was it fun!) and the group encounters people like you all the time. You probably have this idea in your head that...No, wait, you've already told me what you think a geek is. It's someone who: 

"Really struggles with confidence and is unable to bond with other men, talk sports, or throw back beers."

"Is a lonely guy who hasn't been on a date in years and spends way too much time in front of the computer."

"Is a little too in touch with his feminine side and needs to get back in touch with his masculine side."

"Still lives with mom and dad and really wants to find a way to get out."

Wow. Not only do you think I'm straight, but you think I'm lonely, depressed, and...have trouble drinking beer? Well, I guess beer guzzling could be evidence of one's masculinity? Gosh, if that's true then, I'm by far one of the most manly men I know...

Personally, I really take offense to your third item, about being "too in touch with his feminine side." I won't go so far as to call you homophobic but, and I can't believe I'm saying this, but, in the words of Honey Boo Boo, "ain't nothin' wrong with bein' a little gay." (I'd even go so far to say that there ain't nothin' wrong with bein' a lot gay, but I digress.) So what if I walk with a swish? Who cares if I get a manicure? And that lisp some of my friends have? It's adorable. But regardless of my characteristics, have you seen Jersey Shore? The Situation and Pauly D spend more time in front of the mirror than any of the other cast members. Really, your ideas and images of masculinity in this day and age are outmoded and unnecessary.

Anyways, my point is that us geeks are fine just the way we are. As a community, we're gay and straight. We're tall and short. We're male and female. And yes, we read a lot and know more about television shows, comics, and movies more than the average person. We are who we are and we're proud of it. We're so proud, in fact, that we started this group just to make sure people like you know that we exist. We sure as heck don't need a "camp" to "man up" at and turn us into people we don't want to be in the first place. And trust me, gurl, you don't know what "camp" is until you've seen the first few seasons of Dark Shadows.

Whoa! It does feel really good to get all of that off my chest. Thanks for the opportunity to help me reaffirm why Geeks OUT needs to be around, and best of luck with the casting! I know that I'm forsaking THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME and A SIGNIFICANT PRIZE, but chances are you'll find someone willing to participate and I guarantee you that they're not here. 


Patrick Yacco
Geeks OUT Board Member

on October 17, 2012