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DC Ends Minx

thejanes

I believe that there is a market for girls who read comics, I know this because I met a bunch of them, and I do believe that it's just a matter of time when all of that will sort itself out.

(From Cecil Castellucci's Livejournal.)

I'm so sorry to hear that DC has decided to end its barely one-year-old Minx graphic novel line, which was geared towards girls. It had some good stuff, especially my girl Castellucci's PLAIN Janes series (well, just a duo now, I guess). I'd like to be as optimistic as Cecil, but I'm afraid that the rest of the comic industry won't be - I'm afraid this will be taken as proof by a lot of people that girls just aren't a viable comic audience. Although I have my own serious doubts at how well Minx was marketed and promoted, not to mention the fact that they only gave it little more than a year's time to experiment. It's just too bad.

Invest in a Girl and She Will Do the Rest

Not only is it a cause I'm behind one hundred percent, but The Girl Effect is also a beautifully-designed campaign with plenty of easily-shared links and media. Well done.

Alpha Girls

Harvard Magazine takes a look at Dan Kindlon's book, Alpha Girls: Understanding the New American Girl and How She Is Changing the World:

What girls are saying, adds Kindlon, is, "I have flexibility that no other woman has ever had in history, or certainly not in any numbers, and I can play any role—'Bring it on.'" As one "hybrid" alpha (now at Harvard) told him, "I can wear high heels to my linear algebra class. I can be sexy or I can be feminine, or I can also blow the boys away in this really tough class. I can do anything. I don’t see it as inconsistent to be wearing high heels. I don’t feel like I’ve got to dress down or dress like a man to do this class. I can still be a woman and do all these other things."