Marc Aronson- Diversity in Librarianship
I mean yeah there are no POC but you know what’s really important? The fact that there are no men. Let’s add men. White men. We’re the ones who really suffer.
Is it any wonder I dislike my program so much?
As an adult male—a white one, at that—I’m well aware that if I bring substantially “new ideas […] to the field,” it’ll be in part because too many folks who look like me will only begin to listen to an idea when it comes out of my mouth, even as I literally explain to them that I’m repeating something I read from bell hooks, Wendy Brown, Rosi Braidotti, Lisa Nakamura, Samuel Delany, etc.
Sure, many patrons might be drawn to librarians who look like them.
But that doesn’t magically turn the larger issues (i.e. structural racism and the shift away from funding resources that benefit the community in indirect-yet-highly-quantifiable-ways) into issues that can be solved by merely bringing more phalluses to librarianship’s yard. Certainly not when, as Andy Woodward recently pointed out, 75% of the bloggers and columnists of Library Journal and American Libraries are male.
Of all the problems facing librarianship, our gender gap barely registers—and if it does, it’s as a symptom rather than a cause. However, the underlying issues that perpetuate it, and that render a female-dominated field less respected/funded, do actually merit sustained work.
Let’s use our time addressing important problems, not distractions that are simple to count.
Exactly! Ugh. Thank you.
The case of the clueless dude who doesn’t get that the true gender disparity in librarianship is how even though we are a female dominated profession the highest earners in positions of highest power (Directors etc) are disproportionately male.
Dude voices are in libraries and are often, in fact, the loudest. Also commentary above about racial disparity and underlying structural issues is spot on.
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