In an effort to “illustrate the gender gap” as it applies to which sex writes more fiction, employees at an Ohio bookstore took to the shelves and turned all of the books authored by men backward.
Only the spines of books that were written by women are now visible.
In honor of National Women’s Month, the all-female staff of the female-owned Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, spent two hours on the project, according to a recent article in PJ Media.
“I was looking for an event and activity to commemorate Women’s History Month, but I grow weary of doing the same thing over and over again,” said owner Harriet Logan, noting that she didn’t come up with the idea of reversing the male-authored books.
“Just reading from great pieces of literature didn’t seem participatory enough, and this activity doesn’t require anything.”
Logan said that she is “highlighting the discrepancy between the number of male versus female authors.”
However, Loganberry Books is a secondhand bookstore, so its inventory may not be the best indication of which gender writes more books.
“Truly, this is a metaphor of silencing the male voice,” Logan said, adding that her customers have been thrown off by the new way books are displayed “at least for this month.”
The article made a salient point, noting “If there is a problem of too many men being published, it’s worth keeping in mind that the publishing industry is made up of mostly liberal women,” according to a recent study.
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