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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Ladies Are Leading The Conversation About SDCC’13

Proving once again that women can in fact be nerds, Networked Insights has analyzed the social media discussion of Comic-Con, and has determined that women are in the majority when it comes to discussing the event. Based on 3.5 million social media conversations, it appears that 54% of the people talking about SDCC related T.V. shows, actors, movies, comics, and other relevant topics were women, while 46% of those talking about SDCC were male. The study was weighed most heavily on information from Twitter, and clearly shows that women can be, and are, interested and engaged in comics, science fiction, and fantasy communities just as much as men. Obviously, this is something that we have known for quite some time, but it’s always nice to have the numbers on your side.

Based on the SocialSense software that companies and advertisers use to determine what’s popular in the world of social media, Network Insights determined not only that women took the majority this year in Comic-Con buzz, but that there were several topics, actors, and comic book characters that trended. Women discussed The X-Files, The Walking Dead, and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD more than any other SDCC related topics, looking forward to the landmark anniversaries for the first two, and more news on the pilot of the third. It would seem that females who follow the events of or are attending Comic-Con, just like the males, are most excited for promising and dramatic shows that have complex characters and strong sci-fi story lines.

Among both genders, the most talked about topics were Divergent, The Veronica Mars Movie, and Captain America: Winter Soldier. It may not go unnoticed that two thirds of these stories feature a female lead, but continue to be of interest to both genders as Comic-Con wears on. Meanwhile, Catching Fire, Ender’s Game, The World’s End, LEGO Movie, 300: Rise of An Empire, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 all became trends in conversation as well, though the study makes a point of mentioning that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America 2 were both highly discussed at least in part because of aggressive marketing campaigns. After all, it’s been hard to avoid spoilers about Jamie Foxx‘s Electro and Spider-Man‘s many villains with all the material the movie has already produced.

The study ranked many of the other trending topics, with Scarlet Witch topping off the most talked about superheroes, followed by her twin Quicksilver. The pair were likely at the center of the buzz because of their role in the upcoming Avengers sequel, and rumors that Marvel might finally announce the actors who have been cast to play the two. Ultron, Aquaman, Daredevil, Dr.Strange, Ghost Rider, The Punisher, Superman, and Deadpool finished off the list.  Meanwhile, the actors most in demand on social media surrounding the Con have been Shane West (Nikita), Aly Michalka, and Dule Hill (Psych), and the most popular movies discussed were overwhelmingly the many Marvel movies set to be released in the next year or so, but with Divergent and Veronica Mars sneaking in at the second and third spots on the list.

With more women than ever discussing SDCC this year, and with some of the most talked about projects featuring complex female leads, perhaps we can finally put the cries of “fake geek girl” and “women aren’t nerds” to rest, and see even more women led TV shows, movies, and comics. The interest women have in comics, video games, science fiction, and a myriad of other nerdy topics should not have to be proven, but once again, it has been, and creators should take note. Maybe now that Wonder Woman film is looking less “tricky” to DC.

(via Mashable, Social News Daily, image via Eurobeat Kasumi Photography)

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  • Anonymous

    Could someone please forward these stats to the writers of The Big Bang Theory?
    I stopped watching after I grew tired of that show’s incessant banging on about women in comic book stores being as rare as sightings of unicorns and cosplaying at cons being something done solely by pathetic man-children.
    But you know – “with a heart”
    Spare me.

  • Elwyne

    It just goes to prove that no matter how often they are shown to be false, some beliefs are just stubborn.
    It’s ALWAYS been women. Women formed the fan clubs, wrote the fanfic, produced the fanzines, organized the letter-writing campaign that got Star Trek: TOS its third season. How many years has that been? And the willful blindness persists.
    We do what we can.

  • Aeryl

    I don’t watch it, but I swear EVERY episode I’ve seen has been all about breaking Penny down, and I just can’t STAND IT.

  • Anonymous

    It took a lot of recommends from friends to make me watch the first series, as I was in eyeroll overload at the gendered premise. I can enjoy it, but it annoys me in places and I end up shouting at the TV. Why doesn’t that alternate universe exist where who we are is acknowledged and reflected without our reality offending someone else’s lazy-ass bigotry?

  • Anonymous

    It’s nice to see women tipping the scale in Social Media and I hope it’s one step closer to a day when a fan can be a fan despite their gender.

  • Anonymous

    Yes. What you said. Speaking of unicorns, the show even treats it’s main characters as if they were some kind of rare and maladjusted aliens. My fiance is a physicist, and as soon as I tell people that, they ask, “Do you watch the Big Bang Theory? Is he more like Sheldon, or like Leonard?” And then make absurd assumptions about what “I have to put up with.” I don’t like that BBT has become short hand for the personality traits of smart people. What if, every time someone introduced me to their friend, —, I asked, “Have you ever watched the show Friends? Which one are you?”

    Actually, I think I’ll ask that next time.

  •!/scarletsherlock elliekitty

    I’m still seeing tons of “fake geek girl” comments on other sites, as well as general gross, disgusting commentary on all the female cosplayers. Very disheartening. But it’s all in the comments, not the actual content of the stories.

  • According2Robyn

    Well… Women may be 54% of the people talking about Comic-Con, but they’re probably all talking about casual Comic-con, not real Comic-Con.

  • Anonymous

    Its like men like to pretend we don’t exist and take all the credit for things that we do. You know, like everything in life?

  • Anonymous

    My Parents watch that show, and its annoying how they talk about it when I try to ‘share with them’ my interests in fandom. I don’t know if its better than before when they just thought I was being weird and childish with my fandom interests. Or now after the Big Bang has influenced them into looking at Geek related things in the manner of ‘Oh my daughter is like a person on the Big Bang. HaHaHa.’ Either Action is horribly condescending. Because even though it taught my parents that my fandom interests are relevant in today’s world, they they still look at it like one would look at a Dog with booties on its feet. Its necessary for the Dog and helps them walk around, but its really funny when they slip up and fall everywhere, and even though the dog only slipped up once they will always talk about ‘that time he slipped up like that dog on TV.’ (Does anyone understand this metaphor? I apologize I listened to 20 Episodes of Night Vale last night and lost all meaning.)

    At least they stopped watching Two and a Half Men.

  • Anonymous

    Uhhmmm…casual Comic-Con? So are you saying that women can’t be “real fans”? Or what??

  • Anonymous

    Say, that’s swell! Now how many of those movies/TV shows/books were produced, directed, or written by women? Go ahead, take your time. I’ll wait.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I believe that was meant sarcastically, harkening back to our “casual gamer” discussion on here recently.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad all those women who are interested in SDCC aren’t just as interested in all those female led comics that are tanking. ::cough:: Katana::cough::FearlessDefenders::cough::cough::

  • According2Robyn

    No, no, but I figure the haters are going to find some way to rationalize that statistic away, so I thought I’d beat them to it.

  • Anonymous

    My neighbour has a brother who works at CERN, and he does watch the Big Bang Theory. Blew my mind. I mean, forget about physics, how does anyone like it as comedy?

  • Anonymous

    And have they adjusted their statistics to compensate for posts about luring innocent nerd boys with their cosplayer feminine wiles? I mean, we have to be empirical here.

  • Charlie

    I made a small noise of amusement.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Let’s not forget Raj, who’s “cute quirk” is apparently believing that women are a completely different species, and only being about to speak to them while drunk, when his inhibitions are lowers, and he invariably makes inappropriate sexual comments at any female in his line of sight.

    He’s adorable!


    So true!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah! And X-Men and Saga and Batgirl and Lazarus…nobody’s buying those either, right?

  • Mina

    Yeahhh. I’m still watching it, and I do enjoy some things about it. But that part of it has started to annoy me more and more. It feels like it’s gotten a little worse in recent seasons. Or maybe I’m just noticing it more. Either way, it definitely gets irritating.

  • Ashe


    Population: 92% women

    8% males being laid low by the matriarchy

  • Ashe

    Y’know, every new thing I hear about this show makes me want to watch it less. I think I’m in negative digits now.

  • Jayme

    I just wanna say how freakin’ awesome that cosplay group is. So fantastic!

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Aren’t they? Those are a few friends of mine doing their Superhero Disney Princesses, we posted them in one of our cosplay galleries from last year’s SDCC:

    I believe yesterday they premiered Supervillain Disney Villains!

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I know, right? Just the other day, me and the other men were out playing ‘women don’t exist’ (our favorite game to play in the park), and it was so much fun until Johnny tagged Steve and Steve fell and skinned his knee.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Why can’t more people stop watching The Big Bang Theory because it’s an insulting show about a bunch of mean-spirited dicks?

  • Ross Van Loan

    Oscar Wilde–I’m so modest!–would have said something like, ‘I despise all generalizations!’

  • Anonymous

    Okay, if those are your friends can you please tell me who the woman to the left of Belle is supposed to be? I posted that picture to a Once Upon a Time website and we can figure out everybody but her.

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  • Anonymous

    I’m sure all comics led by a male hero that happen to be tanking just now are doing so because not enough men read comics.
    I mean, it can’t be because *some* comics just aren’t any good, regardless of the gender of the heroes…

  • re M

    Of the 8 panels I saw over the course of 4 days at SDCC ’13, there were only 2 female producers, Kelly Kulchak for Psych and Sue Vertue for Sherlock. As I sat through panels yesterday in Hall H to see Dr. Who & Community I noticed that Supernatural, Breaking Bad & Dr. Who were all males and one female (actress) and all white. Community had the most variety on their panel and they gave us swag! Well, it was a cup that says Community on it but it was still cool! ;)

  • Ms.Brown

    A bad comic is a bad comic no matter who is leading the charge