Oh, My Pop Culture Jesus: Nuns in Geek Culture

This is an excellent article on nuns in pop culture which includes the story of St. Hildegard of Bingen.

Lady Geek Girl and Friends

nuns and gunsGeek culture really has a thing for nuns. Specifically, Christian (mostly Roman Catholic) women who have made vows to live in community with one another in order to pray and do good works while living a chaste, simple lifestyle. But geek culture doesn’t like nuns for the right reasons. Whenever nuns pop up in geek media, they almost always function as some kind of trope-filled plot device. They look more like the writer’s idea of what a nun is, and less like real nuns. If nuns were depicted accurately, they’d be a great source for feminist characters and plotlines.

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5 comments on “Oh, My Pop Culture Jesus: Nuns in Geek Culture

  1. David A says:

    Ugh… trying to shoehorn feminism there…

    Besides that, it was informative for people that isn’t aware about media depictions of nuns. She even mentioned the nuns as mikos from anime.


    • Yeah, they post very interesting and informative articles on that site, even if I don’t agree with some of their conclusions. The articles can get weird though–like the one which seemed to advocate a woman’s right to become a prostitute. But, I think that was written by a different author than the one who wrote the article I posted here.


      • David A says:

        I visited the site… lots of sjw style articles… the worst part? some of the writers are Christian.


      • Yes, you will be more alarmed to know that one is seeking a higher degree in Catholic theology. But, they still write very creative and interesting articles.


  2. David A says:

    Not surprising considering the situation of many Catholic institutions.


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