Though its far from the only reason, one of the less discussed factors that plays into maintaining the GirlShowGhetto is the perception created by LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek, and WomenAreWiser. The expectation here is that a show featuring a female lead might be preachy and/or tend to bash men a lot, and this perception is not without merit.

Take the Big Three of Creator/DCComics: {{Franchise/Superman}}, {{Franchise/Batman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman. Superman and Batman, whether their stories have depth or not, tend not to be allegorical or political (at least until Superman's 2011 reboot). But WonderWoman has strong feminist themes. She comes from an island entirely populated by female rape victims where men are forbidden to set foot and stories focused on her outside her own title (and sometimes in it) will take pot shots at men (though WonderWoman is shown to be above doing so herself, the writer will inject these themes into the narrative).

This creates a clear impression in the minds of potential male readers that if you pick up an issue of Wonder Woman, you can expect to be preached at. How many fans do you think are beating down the doors of their local comic book shop on shipping day for that opportunity?

[[AC: Anime]]

* Males who enjoy {{Shoujo|Demographic}} works are often looked at askance. Sometimes inverted with women that like {{Shonen|Demographic}} being treated like they're all {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s. Shoujo anime in general is subject to this.

[[AC: Comics]]

* DC Comics It's very largely a 'boys club'. Of the initial ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' reboot, a quick count shows 27 titles focusing on a male hero, 6 focusing on a female hero (3 of whom have 'Bat' or 'Super' in front of their name) and a number of team books which are predominantly male (with ''Birds of Prey'' being an exception and the flagship ''Justice League'' title being 85% male).
* Over at Creator/MarvelComics, there are no female characters that are as well-known as Franchise/WonderWoman.
** Back in the Nineties, the closest frontrunner was probably ComicBook/{{Storm}}.
** In the 2000s, Comicbook/MsMarvel started getting promoted as the company's big-name superheroine after ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'', and the promotional push only got stronger when she was relaunched in 2012 as the new ''Captain'' Marvel.

[[AC: Western Animation Film]]

* In the early 2000s, Walt Disney Animation Studios started to make noticeably boy-oriented movies, featuring {{Disney/dinosaur}}s, [[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove emperors]], [[Disney/TreasurePlanet pirates in space]], and [[Disney/BrotherBear bears]]. ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' had a princess in it, though it was more about adventure in undersea caverns than romance; ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' had female animals as main protagonists but was the last 2-D animated film for five years and flopped ''badly''. In fact, this whole run of films constitutes a major DorkAge for the company. ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' managed to avoid the ghetto for the most part, despite its female main characters, and was the most profitable Disney film of this period. However, this may be due to the marketing focusing exclusively on Stitch, a presumably-male alien.
** This ignored the fact that alleged "girly" films such as ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' and ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' were the highest grossing animated films of their times. Clearly there were at least some boys out there watching them; the Franchise/DisneyPrincess franchise hadn't yet been established, so boys back then probably didn't associate watching both of those movies as being girly. Also, ''Princess and the Frog'' was released the week before ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' opened, with ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' and the ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' sequel following on its heels...
*** Not to mention the bad publicity stemming from the leaked early draft of the script, which was loaded down with UnfortunateImplications and a serious case of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor if you've ever thought the Francise/DisneyPrincess line needed an African-American member.

[[AC: Literature]]

* This even extends to the authors themselves, as the many women who have used a MoustacheDePlume can attest.

[[AC: Music]]

* Happens in music quite often. {{Boy band}}s/{{Teen Idol}}s (usually aimed at girls) usually end up gaining a huge PeripheryHatedom, with people sometimes literally sending death threats, but a GirlGroup probably won't have as much of a problem, because of all of the {{fanservice}}.
** It helps that, in North America at least, [[GirlGroup girl groups]] tend to have a much shorter run, whereas pop idol soloists are often women. Hence: [[ContractualPurity contractual purity]] and associated tropes. Male pop singers face backlash from AManIsNotAVirgin and are expected to transition from "cute" to "adult" without losing their audience, much in the same way female pop idols are required to become HotterAndSexier. It's then that [[DoubleStandard double standards]] kick in, as the male musician who sheds his "cute" image will be praised, while women will be accused of relying on their body, abandoning their values, etc.
** Even outside the pop landscape, female-fronted music tends to garner less acclaim and recognition from critics than male-fronted music. This could probably be attributed, at least in part, to the fact that [[MostWritersAreMale Most Critics Are Male.]]

[[AC: Toys]]

* Dolls in general were only seen as being for girls. In more modern times however, where toy architecture has evolved beyond plastic, the woman is the most prone to be freaked out by them.

[[AC: Video Games]]

* Video games may perhaps be the hardest one to have been hit by the ghetto in Japan, mainly due to many of the founders of the Japanese video game scene being male. This extended itself to the sheer idea that while a girl could play a game, she could never program one. This assumption was considered true until 1989, when the very first video game companies with female programmers started appearing and begun programming video games. The (Western) game industry is ''notorious'' for refusing to break out of the idea that all gamers are 18-25 year old heterosexual white men, at least if you're planning on making a non-casual title.
* This trope and the confusion between {{light novel}}s and {{visual novel}}s (the latter has gameplay, the former doesn't) likely contribute to a significant amount of PeripheryHatedom for visual novel games and their players. Visual novels that have become successful, such as ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' and ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', will immediately attract a flock of players who insist that the games aren't actually visual novels, because visual novel games are a "girl" thing. Ironically, the two most successful visual novel franchises are centered on male playable characters.
** This is horribly ironic, given that visual novels more prominently fall under AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles. It's hard to see how ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' can be considered a girl thing.
*** On the other hand - considerable amount of women (some surveys put it at around 40%) ARE interested in porn, but with almost all of it being shamelessly targeted towards men, they probably have a huge problem finding something to their tastes. Visual Novels, on the other hand, notoriously elevate PornWithPlot to actually decent stories, partially BECAUSE they apply romantic girly novel standards to them. What about numerous H-game Visual Novels getting "clean" rereleases/sequels because plot was good enough.

[[AC: Western Animation]]

* Somewhat inverted with ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''. The original show, despite having a female major character, it attracted a mostly male fanbase, so the sequel series gave also more spotlight for Gwen and added a love story between her and Kevin to try to appeal more to both genders, and although it got more girls to the show, it's still mostly preferred by boys, so the third sequel, ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' put Gwen and Kevin on a bus an focused in the wacky adevntures of Ben and his male alien partner, Ruk.
* Many people think the main character of ''WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie'' is a girl due to his pink jacket, and claim it's a girls' show due to the fact. Even in France, the show was aimed at preschool girls and had the main character's [[ShesAManInJapan gender changed to be female although the name was the same!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CareBears'' is assumed as being for girls and very little boys despite being unisex.