I hate that every time I point out sexism in the comics industry and fandom people immediately accuse me of hating men. I DON’T hate men. I’m married to a man that I think is wonderful and I’ve talked to countless men on this website who I think are smart, funny, and respectful people. What I DO hate is misogyny and the people who perpetrate it.
During the time that I have been blogging about Batman, I’ve received several messages from girls who tell me that they are made to feel uncomfortable or even had male fans act hostile towards them because they are women who enjoy comics. THAT is the kind of behavior that I want to eliminate and destroy. No girl should ever be afraid to read a comic book or voice her opinion on it because she’s worried that someone will make fun of her or call her slurs. That is unacceptable and disgusting and we need to work together to make sure that it doesn’t happen anymore. We need to start treating one another as equals and calling out people who perpetuate hatred towards women.
So no, I don’t hate men. I hate the sexism that permeates nerd culture and makes it an unwelcome, hostile environment, and I fully support anyone of any gender who works to dismantle it.