UPDATE: Above, the cover to the Juice cover story (Thanks, Steve Stahl.)
Johanna comments on a particularly dopey “trick your woman into liking comics” article entitled Can women learn to enjoy comics?:
Kate Dacey asks 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.
As someone who was encouraged to read comics by a mother who was a cartoonist and a grandmother who also read comics, I’m always amazed by all the “CAN women read comics?” rhetoric you still hear out there. It seems to be such a important belief STILL to a few people that women must read comics differently, or must be TAUGHT to like them, like they must be TAUGHT to drive stick. As Cat Yronwode wrote a long, long time ago, “When you create comics for everybody, everybody will read comics.”