Borrow a Homo?

I just saw this bizarre story over at LISNews:

Too Real

Apparently, it’s all the rage in Europe to “borrow” a specific “kind” of person for 30 minutes from the library… I particularly like the ad pictured above pitching “your prejudice” to patrons. Can you imagine the American equivalent? I can see this going horribly wrong in these here parts… Good in theory, BAD in practice.

If only enlightenment was that easy…

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~ by Woeful on April 21, 2008.

14 Responses to “Borrow a Homo?”

  1. hmmm…to include this in my GLBTQ resource paper or not…!

  2. Hello hipness! This is a bizarre little news tidbit to be sure. I give then an “A” for pushing boundaries, but we just aren’t there yet in today’s World. Personally, I think it would be a great learning experience, but there are too many people who would approach this with evil ulterior motives. Not many people are all that accepting these days. It’s really sad.

    Thanks for commenting!

  3. At first, I thought they were describing one person at the top of the flier.

  4. LOL… Yeah, I did too on my first read through VL! Actually, if they stick to “safe” things like fireman, teacher, truck driver, policeman, etc… it would work well. I can just see a gay bashing incident in the making… Or a despicable act of violence against a person of a particular religion.

  5. I saw that story a while back. It was someplace in Europe, tempted to say some Scandinavian country. You are right; here in the US, it’s just one bashing incident waiting to happen. However, we could always add the following to borrow:

    member of the Ku Klux Klan
    a creationist
    a Holocaust denier

    you get the idea I am sure. After all, we do want to be “equitable.” Seriously, it makes a sad comment on this nation we have to worry about a hate incident because someone may want to talk to a gay person (or any other person).

    (And for those who may not get it, yes, I am joking with the list above).

  6. That is hilarious and horrible all at the same time.

  7. That is a seriously interesting concept. I would love to be involved in something like that. But you’re right, Woeful…the logistics don’t really work out.

  8. Sounds surreally interesting and at the same time disturbing. Sad to realize that it no way would it work here.

  9. There’s an article by one of the ‘books’ here: http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/the_way_we_live/article3790377.ece

  10. It can be an extremely useful service, though the pitch is a bit crass. I can’t believe that they’re so naive as to advertise the service at Swiss Cottage Library.

  11. Thanks for responding everyone! I do like this idea (in theory). I think it would be great to sit down with an atheist and have a chat, or a Muslim, or a homosexual. However, like some people have pointed out, it’s sad that many people would take this opportunity to bash these people instead of trying to glean some understanding from the experience.

    BTW, Dances… One of the first things that I thought about was a 30 minute meeting with a Klansman, so we seem to be on a similar wavelength.

  12. A 30 minute meeting with a library manager…

    …I’ll get me coat.

  13. Yeah, I already get that… “How do you move the cursor?” Use the mouse. “Mouse?” After 30 minutes of this I need whisky.

  14. I like the idea. Unfortunately, my fellow Americans wouldn’t.

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