Ohio bookstore engages in equivalent of book burning in honor of Women’s History Month

Ohio bookstore engages in equivalent of book burning in honor of Women’s History Month

Looking for a copy of “Slaughterhouse 5” or “The Great Gatsby” or “Nicholas Nickleby”? You won’t find one at Loganberry Books in Cleveland during the month of March. Correction: You won’t find one easily.

That’s because these books are written by (ugh!) men. March is Women’s History Month, and to give the fairer sex its due, owner Harriet Logan has turned every book by a man with its spine facing the back of the shelf.

A congratulatory article at ABC News explains that Logan’s goal is “to highlight the disparity between men and women in publishing,” adding:

Of the 10,000 books that were combed through at Loganberry Books, more than 60 percent were turned around so their spines face inward and only the pages show. That left about 3,700 books, all written by female authors, as the only ones whose titles are still readable.

Fine. Men are published more than women. But is this the result of some conspiracy to avoid publishing great literature written by women. Logan seems to thinks so. She told ABC News that men’s greater prominence “in the professional world of letters … is not by talent, choice, or even popularity, but mostly through industry favoritism, social opportunity, and habit.”

That may have been true once. But if it’s still the case, women have only themselves to blame. A study carried out in 2015 that was meant to show a lack of racial diversity in publishing (another country heard from) also happened to reveal that 78% of the staff jobs in America’s publishing industry are held down by women.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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