Gail Simone’s latest hashtag mocks the idea that girls don’t read comics

Think women don't read comics? Here's a hashtag for you.

Mar 1, 2020, 10:03 pm*

Internet Culture

Aja Romano 

Aja Romano

Earlier today, Gail Simone launched one of her famed satirical hashtags to tackle the hilarious myth that girls don’t read comics. 

Despite ample research showing that the fake geek girl is a myth, women in comics can’t catch a break from detractors trying to argue they don’t really exist. 

The most recent argument is about new statistics claiming women now make up 47 percent of the comics market. A spate of denials from readers of Girls Like Comics prompted a discussion between the blog owner, Jessica Maybury, and other members of the comics industry, including lauded comic writer Simone:

Maybury’s tweets referred to two posts where she talked about the latest statistics for reader demographics that show the number of women buying and reading comics is on the rise.

Measurements of the industry from Comics Beat in February show that 47 percent of self-identified comics fans were female. Last week, Businessweek reported on May research from Publishers Weekly that found women ages 17 to 33 were the fastest-growing group of North American comics consumers. This makes sense with other recent news about the massive popularity of comics like Ms. Marvel

Still, in discussing these stats on Girls Like Comics, one commenter insisted that the research itself was opinionated and that “no research has been done,” despite studies being done on multiple fronts.

Her tweets prompted a discussion of the presence of women in the industry by baffled Twitter users.

Later, Simone came back with a vengeance.

The satirical hashtag instantly took off on Twitter, with many people joining in to play up the ridiculous assumptions about gender inherent in the idea that comics aren’t for girls.

Other participants took the hashtag a much more sardonic route, turning the joke inward to analyze the inherently gendered and troublesome aspects of comics, like fridged women

…and attempts to distance manga readers from “real” comics readers, and the well-documented mistreatment of women in real-life comics shops.

A small minority of participants took the tag literally, and not everyone was positive.

With women comprising the largest growth sector of the marketplace, it seems women are making their presence known where it counts—in the stores, and, of course, on Twitter.

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*First Published: Sep 8, 2014, 6:52 pm