So, You're A Woman, Then

By | Monday, August 25, 2008 1 comment
Elizabeth Malloy discusses comic book retailing with Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics, Salt Lake City) and Nancy McCann (Comics Unlimited, Westminster)...

The interview itself is interesting and insightful, but what sticks out to me in an incredibly positive way was that, despite the interviewer and the interviewees all being women, the issue of gender does not come up in any way at any point in the conversation. Not that I don't want to hear about women's issues in comicdom, but I took it as a positive sign on all the parties' parts that it was NOT an assumed discussion point. "Well, we're women, so we have to talk about 'women's issues.'"

Yes, there absolutely should be discussions about women and minorities in the medium. More power to the Friends of Lulu and But the fact that it doesn't always need to be a discussion suggests that things have improved. There was a time, not that long ago, that your first question to Marie Severin or Wendy Pini was invariably something along the lines of "What's it like working in a boys' club?" While there's still progress to be made -- certainly in light of recent molestation incidents at comic cons -- we can now have conversations and get input from women about subjects OTHER than being women.
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I really have to agree with you, it's wonderfully refreshing to have the whole 'but we're girls' or the issue of being female bought up.