She was about 5’6″, nondescript, and had always treated me very well when she visited the library.
“Sure. What is it about, so I can get it to the right person?”
She waved her arm at the floor around me: “There aren’t enough women in here.”
It’s hard for me to picture a scenario where I would disagree with that statement, wherever it might be uttered or written. As I looked around I did agree with her.
My library, at least, is heavily skewed on the male:female ratio. I’d guess it’s about 3:1, but that might be conservative.
“Do you have any suggestions?” I asked her. She really didn’t, beyond getting rid of all the “creepy men.”
For the rest of the afternoon my imagination ran wild. How would I change this public library so that more females were attracted to it? I polled other employees, who predictably suggested flowers on the desks, air freshener, “fewer men” came up several more times, putting a princess cap on the building itself, painting the walls pink, and there were plenty of jokes about stringing more lace and doilies ruffled dust jackets for the books and everyone talking about their feelings constantly.
Some were tongue in cheek, some were quite serious, and all of them made me wonder if there was really a way to do it.
So, for the ladies who are reading this–although I’m aware there might not be any, as I get hit on by men a lot more than I do by women–let your imaginations run wild!
How would you attract more women to the public library? And I suppose I should ask, if the men are the problem, how would you distract them out of the building quickly so you could then lock the doors behind them?
I am half-joking. I will leave it to you to decide which half.
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