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What's worse than a guy being sexist toward women? A woman being sexist toward women. In this case, me. Obviously.

About a half hour ago a call came in at the store and I answered it.

"Hi, I have a question about comic collection and grading. Can I talk to someone who works there that would know something about that?"

Potentially a sexist comment, but who knows...she could just be making sure to save herself time. I kind of groaned inwardly about it but answered: "Yes, I can help you."

"Ok, I have a comic that I bought that was claimed to be near mint, but some of the pages are higher than the others by a quarter of an inch or so."

"Yeah, that doesn't sound Near Mint to me... It sounds like a printing error and usually that will reduce the rating of the comic."

"Oh, ok. That's what I thought. Can I talk to someone there who can give me a CGC rating on it, or someone that collects comic?"

"Well, we don't give CGC ratings, you have to actually contact them to get that done."  Duh...they charge a ton to get that done...

"Oh...well, I know that. I mean, can I talk to someone that collects comics?"

Bingo. The line I was waiting for. I could tell in her voice that she wasn't so much taking me seriously, and that question just confirmed it. Why else would I be working at a comic book shop if I didn't collect comics? Seriously, what would be the point?

"I collect comics."  She'd have to be pretty obtuse not to catch the cold tone in my voice.

"Oh, well, I'm just wondering what it would be."

"With a printing error like that, most collectors would see it as lower than Near Mint, even if the rest of it is in very good condition. Printing errors like that or ink blotches tend to freak them out."

"So you think it would be a lower cost."

"Probably to most collectors, yes."

Ugh... It's so incredibly annoying not to be taken seriously by men, but it is so much worse when another woman does it. You'd think someone subjected to the same sexist crap wouldn't take part in pushing the sexist image that only men would know the answer to something like that.

Then again, I shouldn't be surprised. It's certainly not the first time at the store, nor the first time for me at all. When I was a troubleshooter, I had women with sexist attitudes, both in terms of following instructions ("Well, I'm not a man, so I don't know what to do about it.") or thinking I know little on it ("Is there someone else I can talk with about this?" ie "Someone not a girl").

Still, regardless of the fact that it's not a surprise, it's still annoying as hell.


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Jul. 7th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
oh, the stories we could trade...
Jul. 8th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sure! Hrmm...It would be actually interesting to have a community set up for stories like this. I mean, big_wired a few comments down just mentioned the Customers Suck! one, it would be cool to have one about sexist crap. I'm sure there are many who can't really rant anonymously about things that happen.

*Goes off to do just that*
Jul. 7th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
I find that incredibly bizarre, honestly. But if it makes you feel better, the girl was just a moron trying to find the answer she wanted. I mean, it sounds like she knew the answer already and was calling to find someone to tell her differently. I'm not a collector and even I know that wouldn't be considered mint.
Jul. 8th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
Well, it's certianly not the first time it's happened. Even women who are first time customers will go to the guys working there, even wait for them to finish with someone else instead of asking me even though I'm not busy. I doubt it was anything other than "can I talk to a man?".
Jul. 8th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Ok, that's bizarre. The only time I purposefully seek out a specific gender in a store is when I'm buying bras. Not that Penny's usually has men in the lingerie section.
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Jul. 8th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can't see how people think it's only comics, or how it doesn't matter. I think it's just more of people trying to bury their heads in the sand, either because they don't want to change, or because they don't want whatever system they are in to change.
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