Mail Bag: Nerdy feminist companies?

The editors received an inquiry from a reader, and since I don’t know the answer I decided to open it up to our great community in hopes that you all have some suggestions for Arthur:

I was wondering if you knew of any sort of online list of feminist-friendly businesses which cater to nerd interests. I’m very big on supporting companies with feminist policies. Liz Claiborne, for example, has set the standard for corporate policies about domestic violence. I learned that when I did research project in high school. But they aren’t exactly Steve Jackson games, which as far as I can tell isn’t what I’m looking for either.


Thank you for your time,



What say you, readers?  What companies do you think that are nerd-friendly and supporters of feminist issues?  One suggestion was Her Interactive, the developer of the Nancy Drew games.

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6 Responses to Mail Bag: Nerdy feminist companies?

  1. Brendan says:

    ZaReason, a San Francisco-based laptop manufacturer, is both super-geeky (their machines run Ubuntu and avoid proprietary components) and feminist, as indicated by this Geek Feminism interview with CEO Cathy Malmrose:

  2. Arthur says:

    Specifically, I’m looking for companies that make nerdy products and games. The company doesn’t have to be “Hey! Look at us! We’re feminist!” But their products have to be objectification-free and feminist-friendly. Like, Steve Jackson Games makes munchkin (among other things) and most of the art that depicts women has them much less dressed than the male characters. To start. What would be a table miniature wargame or a competitive card game or a tabletop roleplaying system without any art that’s objectifying or misogynist? What’s a good video game production company with female characters that are fully-realized as characters and not objectified? What’s a video game RPG that passes the Bechdel test? These are the kinds of things I’m looking for.

    Now that I know ZaReason exists, I’ll probably get my laptop from them once I’m ready to buy a new one. But it doesn’t answer the question I meant to ask.

    • Maverynthia says:

      I know the Pokemon TCG is probably the most feminist TCG out there with most of the art being of the pokemon or items, unlike other games where female “monsters” are all objectified.

  3. Lyndsay says:

    I don’t know if this is too self-promotion tastic, but I’m a Border House/Geek Feminism reader who is nerdy, feminist and runs a business. Does that count? I make the dice bags over at I am in wholesale agreements with game stores run by women, and I collaborate with a lot of geeky female and male bloggers and business owners, which is something I’m proud of. My business twitter account is fairly standard and non-political, but I often talk about how to bring gender equality to tabletop gaming on my personal twitter page.

    I’m a geeky feminist handmade business owner, and I’m damn proud!

    • Daniel says:

      Your dice bags are awesome!

      Ontopic, I don’t know if it counts, but how about Adafruit Industries, which sells arduino boards and components for home robotics projects? Its CEO, Limor Fried, also runs, which is Creative Commons-licensed and a good place to get started on open source objects…

      (Admittedly, it’s relatively easy to be non-sexist when you’re selling Arduino boards, but it is blessedly free of “Make a warbot, because you are a manly man who makes!” kind of stuff…)

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