I know, it's another "girl power" piece on Cinematical, but where there is ranting, the Geek Beat must weigh in.

Last Friday, you may have come across the LA Times "Girl's Guide to ComicCon." You may also have come across the ranting it inspired on Gawker's Jezebel and io9. Now this list ... it was cheesy, I'll grant you. The LA Times (or more accurately, Zap2It) suggested that girls might really like ComicCon because there might be beefcakes there. They hinted at panels for Twilight, The Prince of Persia, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and so on. Yes, there were some insulting comments suggesting women wanted nothing more than to gawk at Jake Gyllenhaal's abdominal muscles ... but it didn't bother me. In fact, it bothered me so little that I did a goofy piece for my other gig at MTV that echoed and quoted it.

Did I betray the geek sisterhood? When I saw the furious headlines, I suffered a real moment of salted slug stomach, and decided I must have. Perhaps it's out of a feeling of self-defense, or maybe I'm just contrarian, but once the cold sweat passed ... I realized I hadn't felt that way when I wrote the MTV piece. I saw it (and its LA Times original) as retaliation against years of booth babes and "Hot Chicks of ComicCon" lists, a bit of tit for tat. I see nothing wrong with encouraging girls to gawk at Nathan Fillion or Jake Gyllenhaal because the boys have been doing it at con for years.