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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Loaning lesbians

I think this is a pretty neat idea: Library offers imam, gypsy, gay person for 'loan'.

If you think all lesbians are sexually frustrated or all animal rights activists aggressive, then a Swedish library project that allows you to 'borrow' a real live human being may provide some useful insight.

Ulla Brohed, of the Malmoe Library in southern Sweden, says the Living Library project will enable people to come face-to-face with their prejudices in the hopes of altering their preconceived notions.

"You sometimes hear people's prejudices and you realise that they are just uninformed," she said.

Nine people, including a homosexual, an imam, a journalist, a Muslim woman and a gypsy, will be available at the Malmoe Library for members of the public to "borrow" for a 45-minute conversation in the library's outdoor cafe.

"Maybe not all journalists are know-it-all and sensationalist, just unafraid and curious," Ms Brohed said.

"Maybe not all animal rights activists are angry and intolerant but intelligent and committed."

Mr Brohed says the nine "items" on loan were not hard to find but admits that they will be paid "a small sum" for their efforts.

If the experiment is a success, the Malmoe Library may repeat it later this year.

- AFP


What a neat way to help decrease ignorance.

And here's another link about this same event.

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