It was all of the hubub on the Internet about women not being part of the hobby at all. Day in and day out, I can see that’s an utter lie. I see customers walking in my door who are female and of different ages every single day — everyone from women in their 60s to teenagers. I see lots of daughters coming in with their moms and dads, and they love the stuff.The above, by the way, is Brian Jacoby's response to the first question.
Perhaps I'm being unfair to CNN, but it seems to me that this whole story could have been avoided if someone had simply walked into a comic book shop, spent more than three seconds inside during "rush hour," and then went home to report, "Women enter comic book shops. Myth busted. Goodbye."
Of course, CNN's correspondent (Erika D. Peterman this time around) had to ask this question:
Why do you think the idea that women don't read comics persists?
Jacoby responds by referring to the lack of demographic studies on the comic book industry. I think that has something to do with it, but I also think it has a lot to do with the fact that comics have been and continue to be seen as the "domain of men." By saying that, I in no way think such opinions are accurate. In fact, any assumption that a "thing" can be the "domain of men" should be taken with a grain of salt (or as patriarchy trying to announce its existence the same way a racist announces him or herself by saying "I'm not a racist, but").
That's what I want to know. How about you?