Are ladies of let­ters left out?

TWIT­TER ROW ERUPTS AF­TER BOOK­SHOP STAFF MEM­BER RE­VEALS SEX­IST COM­MENTS

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by FREDERICA MILLER frederica.miller@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Fred­diAMiller

UXBRIDGE Water­stones sent Twit­ter into melt­down af­ter it re­vealed its male cus­tomers of­ten refuse to read books writ­ten by women.

The tweet posted on Thurs­day (May 24) claimed that while woman cus­tomers never say “I don’t read books writ­ten by men” male cus­tomers will of­ten say they will “not read a book by a fe­male au­thor”.

The post, which went on to de­scribe men as “ridicu­lous crea­tures” has been liked nearly 13,000 times and retweeted more than 3,000 times.

Twit­ter users re­acted to the post with vary­ing lev­els of out­rage, mock­ery and of course memes.

@Popquiz daily wrote: “rec­om­mend me one.”

While other Twit­ter users took to list­ing their favourite fe­male au­thors and books. @gator­bae wrote: “Mary Roach if you love learn­ing weird in­ter­est­ing things about his­tory science and death, Jhumpa Lahiri, Elena Fer­rante if you like pop­u­lar pop­corn dra­mas, Maya An­gelou if you want to cry, Me­gan Ab­bott is in­spired by noir and writes some crazy-fun sus­pense stories.”

@Skul­l_Be­neath wrote: “I worked in a pub­lic li­brary for nine months and the same thing hap­pened. Sev­eral times. Men re­ally do just vol­un­teer this in­for­ma­tion.”

But some Twit­ter users were in­censed by the claims.

@Kieran­iteFM wrote: “I’m p****d off you just de­cided to gen­er­alise, when you knew bug­ger all about what you’re talk­ing about. How many cus­tomers do you have a month? I would say it’s safe to say thou­sands. Two or three, likely re­cur­ring cus­tomers at some points, does not rep­re­sent men.”

Water­stones Uxbridge later apol­o­gised for brand­ing men “ridicu­lous crea­tures.”

It added: “Of course, I apol­o­gise - not ALL men are ‘ridicu­lous crea­tures’. Hope that helps clear things up.”

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