The main point I want to get across when it comes to comics is that girls can read and enjoy comic books too and it's totally okay! I should be able to walk into a comic store and feel normal and accepted. Fortunately my local comic shop is phenomenal (the bad experiences were in other shops) and is full of happy people who are willing to be helpful and friendly regardless of gender. I don't want to get too into the topic of cons. If you'd like to hear the opinions I agree whole-heartedly with on the topic of sexism in nerd culture in general, click the third and final link above. They do a great job explaining why girls can be nerds too, girls can dress as skimpy or not-skimpy as they want to in cosplay and shouldn't get harassed regardless and anything else you can think of on the matter. Basically, go watch that video. You won't regret it. It's great.
Now, within comics things are a little different. Because comic books have been for a long time a strictly-male readership, it makes some sense that they would be targeted towards men. Comics are full of mostly male characters and (although a lot less than video games) lots of scantily clad ladies. Women in comics are often portrayed solely as secondary characters or love interests. And, often times those characters end up being treated badly or killed off. I would be lying if I didn't make a point to say that comics have really stepped up their game over the past years. There are lots of female heroes and main characters now who are portraying women in a great light and making the changes necessary for growth. But, to say that things have changed completely would also be a lie. More or less, I think thing are looking up, but it's all a matter of how much time it will actually take for things to change.
In my post, I talked exclusively about comics because it's just what I've been into lately. Also because it's something I relate to a bit more as a female comic fan. But, that doesn't mean I'm not interested in the other side of things! I would love to hear what you all have to say about gender bias and sexism in books in general. Did you make a post that dealt more with text-only books and focused more on sexism against men? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts! Make sure to link up below or comment with your opinions. Also, don't forget to come back next week when we discuss Advanced Reader Copies or ARCs! See ya then!