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Proof positive that Borders is for women

By johnboy 18 January 2009 51

[First filed: January 17, 2009 @ 11:39]

Back in 2006 I theorised that the Borders bookstore in Civic is set up to sell to women and not to men. Some of you foolishly poo-pooed me.

Yesterday, while trying to find my girlfriend in Borders amongst a crowd of other women who look unsettlingly like her (no rushing up from behind for a tickle attack in this heavily decoyed environment), I discovered conclusive proof of my theory.

In the section clearly marked as “Rugby” I struggled to find a single book on the sport.

There are books on Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Darren Lehman, Steve Waugh, Andrew Symonds, and lots of Wisden publications. Dan Carter has somehow snuck in amongst the cricketers, but he cuts a lonely figure in there.

Case closed.

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Skidbladnir 12:52 pm 19 Jan 09

Are my opinions really always that unpopular?

Apparently not always, but people are just routinely suprised when we agree with you…

http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&q=site%3Athe-riotact.com+%22Jakez+is+right%22+OR+%22with+Jakez%22&meta=

peterh 12:24 pm 19 Jan 09

Skidbladnir said :

I’m with jakez for once…
If the next article from Jb is about the price increase of scatter cushions, though…

LOL!

jakez 12:23 pm 19 Jan 09

HAHA why does everyone always say ‘I’m with jakez for once’? Are my opinions really always that unpopular?

AngryHenry said :

Can women have intellectual hard-ons?

– Sorry I had to ask.

Only in Thailand.

Skidbladnir 12:12 pm 19 Jan 09

I’m with jakez for once…
If the next article from Jb is about the price increase of scatter cushions, though…

AngryHenry 12:05 pm 19 Jan 09

jessieduck said :

AngryHenry said :

Can women have intellectual hard-ons?

– Sorry I had to ask.

Yes.

Well then, does that make us all d*ckheads?

jessieduck 12:01 pm 19 Jan 09

AngryHenry said :

Can women have intellectual hard-ons?

– Sorry I had to ask.

Yes.

AngryHenry 12:00 pm 19 Jan 09

Can women have intellectual hard-ons?

– Sorry I had to ask.

jakez 11:57 am 19 Jan 09

The irony of this thread is how girly the complaint is.

OH NO heaven forfend, the rugby section is out of sorts. Whatever shall we do.

Borders gives me a gigantic intellectual hard on. The range of books is fantastic and if that makes me a woman, well give me a skirt and a handbag.

peterh 11:33 am 19 Jan 09

Skidbladnir said :

justbands said :

Regardless, it’s not only Borders that is for women when talking retail.

Bras and Things is also clearly woman-targetted-retailing.
If it was male-targetted, it would just be called “Bras”.

I doubt it would even be called “bras”, perhaps frilly lacy things?

AngryHenry 11:32 am 19 Jan 09

lux said :

My disinterest in sport is not due to my gender. I know plenty of women who enjoy watching and playing sport with the same enthusiasm i’ve seen in men. I also know many men who could not care less about either cricket or rugby.

I’m trying to push home MY point that johnboy’s original conclusion (that some poorly organised shelving of titles indicates that it’s a shop pandering to women) is inherently sexist.

Nah, it’s just one blokes observation I reckon. Based on generalistation of course, but statistically I think you’ll find it is fact that men enjoy sport more than women (maybe moreso watching sport as opposed to participating) and there seems to be a pretty pathetic sports section in Borders so whilst you might see his article as ‘sexist’, I would say that it’s fair.

And it’s especially fair in the context of trying to instigate some kind of conversation on the topic.

peterh 11:31 am 19 Jan 09

Skidbladnir said :

Depends.
Are any of them bodice-rippers, or Jane Austen?

what is wrong with jane austen?

I read it, and so does my wife.

not because it is jane austen, but because it is one of many books i am currently wading through to enjoy for myself.

no bodice ripping, though.

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