The geeky among you should have already heard of xkcd, for those who haven’t, they did a strip today about librarians. [thanks mike]
Why is it that librarians are always portrayed as females? Plenty of us are guys, and we work just as hard as women.
Yes, well, 80% of us are female (in the United States, anyway). I think most people are aware of this on some level, so portraying a librarian as a woman is useful shorthand. If it makes you feel any better, there’s a funny strip out there called Unshelved. The main character is a male YA librarian:
Now don’t I feel better… http://www.penny-arcade.com/images/2007/20070803.jpg (from http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic).
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