I, luckily, have had favourable experiences in the comic book store I go to (run by men who treated me like the fellow superhero lover I am), but I’ve had to deal with some of these “dudebros” mentioned who think I either don’t belong in “their world” because I am a woman or think I need to conform to their standards of a “girl-geek.” I was actually sneered at once by one upstanding gentleman when I wore a Green Lantern t-shirt because I was “all prettied up” (I’m blond, had my hair curled, had some fantastic — if I may say so myself — makeup rocking and was wearing my usual array of jewellery). He said (in the most eloquent way possible, of course) “Uh…so you’re some tomboy who’s into superheros? But you’re some girly-girl? Fuck, would you just PICK A SIDE already?” Or I’ve had girls accuse me of only wearing my superhero shirts (there are many) and then do my hair/makeup because I’m looking for attention from guys. Or if I can’t name all Green Lanterns or recite the entire Flash storyline, I’m accused of only wearing their t-shirts because I’m jumping on the Big Bang Theory bandwagon (no, my Big Bang Theory appreciation t-shirt is my purple Bazinga one). It’s an ongoing circle of hate that I am frankly sick of and Angelina hits it right on the head and I have nothing further to add to her reply.
Reblagging for discussion purposes. Have any of you had experiences like this?