L.A. Times discovers women go to Comic Con!

The most annoying “article” I’ve read so far this week: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-girls-guide-to-comic-con-pg,0,4051009.photogallery?1 

Here’s what I love: Apparently, Comic Con isn’t “just for nerdy guys anymore.”  No, that’s right!  GIRLS can go too!!  And thankfully the L.A. Times fills us in on just why GIRLS may want to go to Comic Con.  Is it for the overwhelmingly female readership of Manga?  No, silly! It’s for Jake Gyllenhaal! “Women will be rushing the stage, offering to do star Jake Gyllenhaal’s laundry on those washboard abs that he acquired for the film, since he spends much of it fighting, shirtless or both.”  Wow.  I mean…WOW.  Women doing laundry?  I am not some person who spends their time finding sexism in every statement, but this is just…yeah, I’m kind of speechless.

We girls might also like hunky-hunks like Joseph Fiennes (Flash Forward), Alex O’Loughlin (formerly of ‘Moonlight’) or OMG OMG OMG *** NEW MOON *** Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson (we are cautioned he might not make it to the Con due to filming schedule).  Brad Pitt!! (Inglorious Basterds)  Robert Downey, Jr!!! (Iron Man 2)  Vampires galore (True Blood, OMG OMG ** NEW MOON ** OMG OMG, Vampire Diaries…did we mention Alex O’Loughlin?)  There’s even a page for “The CW Hunks.”

Oh, but wait, ladies — there’s more!  Comic Con now has more GIRL POWER than evah!  Witches of Eastwick!  Ass-kicking Whedon heroines!  Yvonne Strahovski on “Chuck”…I mean, do I hear a choir of angels (lady angels of course) yet?

So let’s recap: Women can now go to Comic Con because of a) hot guys in ‘nerd’ movies and TV shows, b) Butt-kicking GIRL POWER! c) Vampires and d) OMG OMG ** NEW MOON ** OMG OMG

Not one mention of COMICS in the article.  Or perhaps the women who write/direct some of these films and TV shows (hot actresses get a mention though – Angelina Jolie!)  Caprica is mentioned, but not for showrunner Jane Espenson.

“Battlestar Galactica” taught us that there are girls galore watching sci-fi. “Caprica” adds an element of family drama and even soap opera addiction (it’s been called “Dynasty” in space) that may even be able to build on the greatness of mourned “BSG.”

THAT’S what makes it girl-friendly…more SOAP OPERA??

I’m now contemplating my own guide to Comic Con — gender neutral.

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This post was written by Shawna on June 17, 2009

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3 Comments so far

  1. emily blake June 17, 2009 8:46 am

    Oh for Christ’s sake.

    Do you think they even know how patronizing that is?

  2. Jake Gyllenhaal June 17, 2009 9:17 am

    I don’t care for girls.

    Can cute boys to do my “laundry”? Please?

  3. David June 18, 2009 7:33 am

    Wow — these days the -isms tend to be more subtle, but this? Who are these people?

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