What do i do in the instances i have highlighted? Generally i move away, look down and keep quiet. I have learned from experience that engaging does not always work out the best way. The mere fact that i feel like i have to subjugate myself and keep quiet, lest i experience a greater reprimandal force is shameful enough.
It kind of reminds me of the sexism i encountered when i first started gaming properly.
The year was 1998 and apparently there were 'no girls on the internet'.
Or when people meet me being told i don't 'look' geeky. I've LARP'ed. I am currently about to embark of a Star Trek RPG (dice, gamemaster styles) with some friends.
God i started my first guild in Diablo II in '99. I remember being excited about Myst and kicking ass in Unreal Tournament, fuck i bought the normal and collectors edition of Quake 3.
But apparently, i don't look 'geeky' enough. I am slut shamed if i cosplay characters i like. It is not my fault most comic book females are drawn to appear sexy.