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Past prejudices

How women’s libraries and bookstores are dealing with historic but problematic second-wave feminist writing


THE VANCOUVER WOMEN’S LIBRARY, while not a bookseller, was founded to fill a gap left more than a decade ago by the closure of Women in Print and the Vancouver Women’s Bookstore. On Feb. 3, protestors representing trans women and sex workers, as well as indigenous, black, and other marginalized groups, disrupted the opening-night party for the volunteer-run space. Among the issues listed on a pamphlet distributed to those in attendance was the need for the library to include more titles representing a greater diversity of women’s experiences. The protestors also called for the removal of 21 titles in the collection that were “written by non-trans women and non-sex workers that dehumanize, speak over, and advocate harm.”

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