The L.A. Times’ Guide to Sexism and ‘Nerds’

Blogging about a male-only film promotion contest at San Diego’s Comic-Con, Charlie Jane Anders (io9.com, 6/15/09) also notices the “L.A. Times published an insulting ‘guide for girls‘” about the convention–which

starts out by assuring readers that contrary to what you might believe, the event “is not just for nerdy guys anymore. And it’s not all just about the influx of squealing Twilight girls, either.” Wow, really? You mean women can be into genre entertainment other than Twilight? Apparently so. Because there are more vampires, from True Blood and the upcoming show The Vampire Diaries. And there’ll be “ass-kicking heroines” from TV shows like Dollhouse, plus maybe Brad Pitt will be there and you can ogle him!

Plus maybe Jake Gyllenhaal will be there for Prince of Persia: “Women will be rushing the stage, offering to do star Jake Gyllenhaal’s laundry on those washboard abs that he acquired for the film, since he spends much of it fighting, shirtless or both.”

Noting that the guide’s “write-ups for other upcoming science fiction franchises assure us that they feature an ’emotion-driven storyline’ or ‘bittersweet tears,'” Anders distills the Times‘ message: “So girls, don’t feel intimidated by Comic-Con. You can do Jake Gyllenhaal’s laundry!”