"In essence [we are] not just highlighting the disparity but bringing more focus to the women's books now, because they're the only ones legible on the shelf," [Harriett Logan, the bookstore's founder and owner said]. She added that although she had conceived the display to make a point, when completed it had an even stronger impact than she had expected.Sounds very effective!
...Loganberry is a feminist bookshop that retails new, used and rare books with an emphasis on women's history and literature. The move is intended to be a conspicuous illustration of the current representation of women in print.
Naturally, some of the responses to Loganberry's move have been amazing. And by "amazing," I mean "totally predictable and absurd."
However, not all reactions were positive, with complaints that Logan should be running a "men's history month" to balance the promotion, and that the display was not about women's voices, but about "hating men."He's STUNNED!
Editor and writing coach John Ettorre tweeted: "Simply unbelievable. Promoting women's voices by symbolically silencing men's. By an independent bookstore! Shame on you, Harriett." He added: "Did they settle on this path after deciding burning books by men was just too over the top? I'm stunned."
Obviously, my favorite of these was the call for a "men's history month." Missing the point award.