It's surprising how many stories on the sister site, Not Always Working, have shop assistants arguing with women buying computer games that girls don't play them. I can't believe those stories are real.
My dh collects comics. Comics are delivered once per week on the same day. It's IMPERATIVE to my dh that he get those comics on the day they arrive. One week, he's out of town and can't get the comics, so he asks if I'll pick them up. Sure, no problem.
I go into the comic store -- that, mind you, I've been in approximately 1 million times before with my dh -- and make my way to the racks. Before I can get there, clerk RUNS across the store and inserts himself between me and the racks. I mean, honestly, it was like he was sacrificing himself to the rulers of the universe.
Him: "What do you want?"
Me: "To read them."
Me: "Why not?"
Him: "Girls don't read comics."
Me: "Newsflash. Some girls read comics."
Him: "Well, you don't look like the type who reads comics."
Another clerk comes over says to clerk #1: "She comes in all the time with her husband. But I bet she doesn't read the comics. I bet she's just here buying them for HIM!"
Me: "Are you going to let me buy the comics or not?"
Clerk 2: "How about you tell us what you want and we'll get them for you."
Me: "So I can't TOUCH the comics?"
Clerk 2: "We'd rather you didn't."
Me: "Oh, I see. Girl cooties. Well, guess what. I'd rather not give you my money."
Clerk 1: "Okay with us."
This incident was not a lone incident in comic stores. As my dh says, "Comic store geeks wonder why they don't have girl friends. Let me start listing the reasons..."
Dh has repeatedly heard how comic store geeks (as he calls them) bash women in the most misogynistic manners. He has often commented on how reading comics with the exaggerated female body has affected the expectations these guys have of women in terms of physical attributes, but has somehow managed to leave them utterly unconvinced that women have any power, strength or intelligence.