What Do Women Want?
So I was quite interested to see what this J. McFee had to say. The sexualization of the librarian does not stand alone in our cultural erotics, nor can it be cleanly separated from the whole structure of American possibly Western sexuality. Dewey was a strong advocate for the use of women as librarians, not out of any sense of gender justice but because, as proprietor of a company that sold a system of receiving, cataloguing, shelving, finding, and checking out books that promised to transform the library into a hyper-efficient book-lending machine, he felt that men would chafe under the monotony of the job. Women, he felt, were ideally suited to the mindless task of working in a modern, Dewey-ized library.