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Librarians are cool.

June 28, 2010
Especially the ones at my old secondary school, although I’ve only realised that recently. The upper school library had Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room, Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch* and The L-Shaped Room trilogy by Lynn Reid Banks. I’m also fairly certain that both Oranges are not the only fruit and Tipping the Velvet were on a list of recommended books they gave out. Those are just the ones I remember.

In retrospect, I’m really grateful that I was learning in an environment were the reading of those kinds of books was not just permitted, but actively encouraged.

*Some of the views she puts forward in this work, and some of the ideas I got from it are really, really problematic. But I have to admit that it was an important influence on my feminism.

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