As I was looking over the July books (see post below), I noticed something that I guess I knew but never really registered before.
Viz charges girls a dollar more.
Why? Is it more expensive to translate Hikaru No Go than Crimson Hero? I seriously doubt it. And it’s not like there is a big difference in print or paper quality, at least not that I can see. As for demand, Naruto just cracked the USA Today top 30, yet it’s one of their cheapest manga. It seems like a shrewd business model would be to charge top dollar for the hottest properties.
I realize that this isn’t a deeply significant issue, and also that some girls read shonen and some boys read shoujo. But I’m really, really tired of getting charged more for girl stuff. My husband and I go to the same hairdresser and get essentially the same haircut, yet I pay $10 more. Men’s clothes are consistently cheaper than women’s for the same level of quality. And we have to pay more for our manga as well? Boooooo!!!
I’d like to say we’re going to boycott Viz, but they’re too addictive. And the books are still cheaper than Tokyopop, which are $9.99 all across the line. But I’ll be checking a little harder with inter-library loan before I shell out that extra dollar for a Viz book, because with the quantity we buy, the price of sexism gets high in a hurry.