High Street Bookstores: Return To Sanity?
One of the things I first noticed when I arrived in Blighty is the “Gay and Lesbian” section in every bookstore. Perhaps they were already there in Germany, but if so they were hidden. In England, it was shouted.
I could not avoid wondering how such a tiny part of the population – even for those who can’t see homosexuality is a perversion – should have deserved such a vast attention. Granted, it is widely believed homos have on average a higher disposable income than non-perverts, but I still can’t see the logic: if the married part of the population has less disposable income because they spend for their children, then it is still better to try to sell more children’s book, I would say, than running after tiny minorities of perverts.
The fact is, I think, that in this country bookstore managers tend to be rather leftists, and many of them possibly perverts themselves. The amount of books about Obama, for example, stood in sharp contrast to the book about Bush; which, when they were there, were almost invariably bitterly critical.
It was, therefore, clear to me bookstore manager in this country do not put on their shelves what they think will work, but what they think you should read. Like every leftist, they are nannies wanting to educate you, and let you become as bad as they are.
Then the recession came, and the chicken came home to roost. “Books etc.” went to the dogs, and “Borders UK” followed suit. The biggest one, “Waterstone’s”, was threatening (or promising, as the case may be) to go the same way, when a completely new management took over several months ago.
Very recently I visited a Waterstone’s bookstore, which shall remain unnamed. I was, I must say, very pleasantly surprised.
There was a huge (and I mean: huge) children section, as someone must have understood that in this country there are still many more children than perverts; and though I have looked for it for very long, I could find no “gay and lesbian” section. I am rather sure of that, because I walked through the entire store three times, to the point I attracted the attention of several salespeople. I do think it very probable that it was just not there; but if it was, it was hidden in such a way as to make it very difficult to find it. The bookstore being placed in a rather conservative part of this once great Country, I cannot exclude it was felt parents and grandparents would not bring their children in a bookstore with a “gay and lesbian” section. Interesting, uh?
It can be this is the initiative of a single bookstore manager, rather than a generalised return to sanity. But even if it was only one example, it goes to show when political bias – or outright faggotry – threaten to destroy a business going back to sanity suddenly becomes a compelling business proposition.
I will, from now on, perform the same exercise in every bookstore I visit, and will systematically refuse to buy any book whatsoever in a high street bookstore with the “gay and lesbian” section. Alas, I know Amazon has it too, so please let me know of any generalist internet bookstore – preferably in Europe – whose owners prefer to make business in a decent way.
For now, I salute this very small – but inconceivable only some years ago – return to sanity.