Kathryn Hemmann over at geekfeminism.org looks at how policies of comic stores disallowing bags can act as a subtle deterrent to women and girls.
Our local comic store–which is awesome, by the way–doesn’t have a policy like this, as far as I can tell. Though admittedly it’s been a few years since I carried a backpack and looked like a teenager. They definitely don’t ask adult women to leave handbags at the door, at any rate.
Oh, and did I mention they almost always have at least one woman (sometimes even, gasp, two!) working there? Because, yeah. They do. Funny how those things work.
(Actually, all the comic stores here have and always have had women working in them. The Original Comic Store we used to go to, back in the late 90s early 00s, before comics were A Cool Thing, was this dingy, dusty little hole-in-the-wall with a faded painting of Thor on the sign that was1 both run by and named after a woman.)
- And is; according to Google, it’s still around.↩