A more thoughtful article at Refinery29 points out that SDCC is hardly a
bastion of feminism yet.
“What we’re calling fangirls here covers an
admittedly wide and amorphous group of women. They’re cosplayers, comic
book collectors, sci-fi nerds, steampunk enthusiasts, booth babes,
Lolitas, and more….And they are vocal: When the proportion of female
writers and artists for DC Comics plunged from 12 percent to 1 percent
in 2011, female fans started a petition for DC to hire more women. DC
Comics responded by promising to try.
Female fans from a group called
the Carol Corps. were also instrumental last year in pushing Marvel to
announce plans for a movie about Captain Marvel, a super-powered woman.
In other words, fangirls are engaged and numerous, making up a
significant portion of the audience that shells out hard-earned dollars
to support their pop culture passions. And yet, despite that, this group
remains the third estate of the comics / fantasy world."