Why Don’t Chicks Do Comics?: A Study Of Those Who Have, Those Who Are, How They Do It, Why They Do It And Why They Don’t.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/608502
Title:
Why Don’t Chicks Do Comics?: A Study Of Those Who Have, Those Who Are, How They Do It, Why They Do It And Why They Don’t.
Authors:
Doran, F. (Fionnuala)
Affiliation:
Royal College of Art
Citation:
Doran, F. (2015) 'Why Don’t Chicks Do Comics?: A Study Of Those Who Have, Those Who Are, How They Do It, Why They Do It And Why They Don’t' TRANSITIONS 6 – New Directions in Comics Studies, 31 Oct 2015, Birkbeck College, London
Conference:
TRANSITIONS 6 – New Directions in Comics Studies, 31 Oct 2015, Birkbeck College, London
Issue Date:
31-Oct-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/608502
Additional Links:
http://www.ccl.bbk.ac.uk/transitions-6/
Abstract:
This paper examines the history of women’s contribution to the comics industry, and looks at the reasons why they are presently and historically underrepresented as creators. Through an examination of the major publishers I demonstrate how few women are currently being published, set against the make-up of the contemporary creative industry. By studying the available data on women as comic readers and buyers, I establish that this underrepresentation is not reflected in consumption, nor in participation at entry points to the industry. I outline the difficulties of establishing demographic data among comic readers, and identify the slowness of the comic industry to adopt market research as a factor in their complacency towards women. Data is presented on the proportion of women at entry points to the industry, and participation in industry events, establishing that women are not as underrepresented at these points as they are within the ranks of established, published creators. Women’s participation in the comics industry is set in the wider context of women’s participation in the workforce. Specifically, studies growing out of Cotter, Hernsen, Reeve et al’s seminal “The End of the Gender Revolution”, which examines the reasons why women’s employment equality has stalled over the past 30 years. The exclusion of women from comics mid-career onwards is placed in the context of the larger creative industries, and I identify common factors across that weigh against women’s participation. The paper also provides a brief introduction to gender theory in relation to comic production. I look at Freudian, Structuralist and other sociological interpretations of gender, and advance their common precept that Western definitions of gender are a social construct rather than a biological absolute. I speak to women creating comics and leading women-specific advocacy, before summing up by suggesting strategies for greater inclusion that have been proven within other industries.
Type:
Meetings and Proceedings
Language:
en
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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. For full details see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ [Accessed: 06/05/2016]

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dc.contributor.authorDoran, F. (Fionnuala)en
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-06T12:19:34Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-06T12:19:34Zen
dc.date.issued2015-10-31en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/608502en
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the history of women’s contribution to the comics industry, and looks at the reasons why they are presently and historically underrepresented as creators. Through an examination of the major publishers I demonstrate how few women are currently being published, set against the make-up of the contemporary creative industry. By studying the available data on women as comic readers and buyers, I establish that this underrepresentation is not reflected in consumption, nor in participation at entry points to the industry. I outline the difficulties of establishing demographic data among comic readers, and identify the slowness of the comic industry to adopt market research as a factor in their complacency towards women. Data is presented on the proportion of women at entry points to the industry, and participation in industry events, establishing that women are not as underrepresented at these points as they are within the ranks of established, published creators. Women’s participation in the comics industry is set in the wider context of women’s participation in the workforce. Specifically, studies growing out of Cotter, Hernsen, Reeve et al’s seminal “The End of the Gender Revolution”, which examines the reasons why women’s employment equality has stalled over the past 30 years. The exclusion of women from comics mid-career onwards is placed in the context of the larger creative industries, and I identify common factors across that weigh against women’s participation. The paper also provides a brief introduction to gender theory in relation to comic production. I look at Freudian, Structuralist and other sociological interpretations of gender, and advance their common precept that Western definitions of gender are a social construct rather than a biological absolute. I speak to women creating comics and leading women-specific advocacy, before summing up by suggesting strategies for greater inclusion that have been proven within other industries.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ccl.bbk.ac.uk/transitions-6/en
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. For full details see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ [Accessed: 06/05/2016]en
dc.titleWhy Don’t Chicks Do Comics?: A Study Of Those Who Have, Those Who Are, How They Do It, Why They Do It And Why They Don’t.en
dc.typeMeetings and Proceedingsen
dc.contributor.departmentRoyal College of Arten
dc.identifier.conferenceTRANSITIONS 6 – New Directions in Comics Studies, 31 Oct 2015, Birkbeck College, Londonen
or.citation.harvardDoran, F. (2015) 'Why Don’t Chicks Do Comics?: A Study Of Those Who Have, Those Who Are, How They Do It, Why They Do It And Why They Don’t' TRANSITIONS 6 – New Directions in Comics Studies, 31 Oct 2015, Birkbeck College, Londonen
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