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Contributing to the Stereotype, or Otherwise?

:: Recently I learned of two developments of which I am less than thrilled (despite have one great sense of humour, really!)

1) A librarian doll has appeared, manufactured by a Seattle-based company called Accoutrements. The doll's right arm moves up to the librarian's mouth, executing a silent "shush". More details are available here.

2) Steven Cohen plans to update a 1970s article on librarians marrying librarians. Response has been very positive, and more details about the project have appeared.

To me, these developments are a step backwards, or sideways at best, as we continue to naval gaze within our profession. I hope the doll is a best-seller (or do I?), and I wish Steven much success with the article.

The doll looks like it stepped out of a 1940s time-warp. Could the dress be just a little longer, please? I can see ankle, just above the sensible shoes. I've read that a sense of humour is needed to go along with this new "action figure". Er, I have a great sense o' humour already, remember. In the meantime, let's continue fostering the librarian stereotype, 'kay? 'Kay.

In the 1970s, when the first article appeared on librarians marrying each other, my reaction then, as now, was something like, "wha----?" Why would we care? How can such a subject make the cover story for American Libraries? I'm no more interested in lawyers or pharmacists marrying each other than I am librarians. I have librarian friends in Edmonton and beyond who co-habitate, and I don't want to know anymore about them than I do other couples who live together. My response to Steven is here, if you'd like to read it. Meanwhile, please contact him if you want to contribute to the project.

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