How Cute! Distracting Ourselves from Political Realities of Librarianship [Munch & Mull Digital Scholarship Discussion Group]
"How Cute! Race, Gender, and Neutrality in Libraries" (Schlesselman-Tarango, 2017) explores the role of white women who work in libraries and participate, to varying degrees, in the construction of the library, and librarians, as ahistorical, performing a type of childlike innocence/cuteness as a way to disengage politically. Schlesselman-Tarango looks specifically at the intersection of a certain construction of femininity and de-politicization of race in libraries. There remains a larger question of how this “cuteness” or avoidance of politicization may operate in other domains of librarian work: for example, librarian salaries, policing of gender in libraries, or emotional labor done at public-facing service points.
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