- Posted by Johanna on November 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Kate Dacey asks (link no longer available) why the most recent of those “trick your woman into liking comics” (as she puts it) columns didn’t include any comics created by women or any manga. There’s a simple answer to that.
Most of the guys who ask and answer “how do I get my girlfriend to read comics?” don’t really mean it. What they’re really asking is “how do I get my girlfriend to like the comics I like?” So of course they’re not recommending manga — they don’t read it themselves. And they don’t want the girl they like to know about comics they don’t understand.
I think there should be a new rule: any such “how do I get a woman to like comics?” column MUST be accompanied by a matching column about “how do I get a man to like knitting/ scrapbooking/ quilting” or other feminine craft of your choice. Yes, it would be about as pointless, but reading about a geek trying to crochet a Transformer would amuse me.
Update: I forgot to say, although it shouldn’t need saying, that the main reason those articles are silly is that there is no magic comic everyone female likes. Some read Sandman, some read Witchblade, some read Strangers in Paradise, some can’t stand any of the above. The best way to introduce anyone to a new medium is to figure out what other entertainment they like and go from there. Consider what movies or TV shows or books someone enjoys, and then target your individual recommendations appropriately. In other words, think of them as a person, not a gender.