New LCSH!

As always — check out the full approved list


A couple notes before we begin:

Male privilege was rejected by the editorial meeting [notes of the editorial meeting] with the following summary:

A proposal for White privilege appeared on Tentative List 10 (2016) and was not approved because LCSH does not include specific headings for groups discriminated for or against, and because other headings have been assigned to works on the concept. The proposal for Male privilege is analogous. Numerous other headings cover the concept of male privilege, including Sexism, Androcentrism, and Male domination (Social structure). The proposal for Male privilege was not approved.

So as the person who proposed Male privilege, I feel responsible for it — here’s my problem with their response.

LCSH absolutely does include “specific headings for groups discriminated for or against”

Some examples:

Discrimination against caregivers.
Discrimination against intersex people
Discrimination against overweight persons
Discrimination against the homeless
Discrimination against the mentally ill
Discrimination against people with disabilities

this is just a small set, there are lots. 

So that reason doesn’t hold water for me.

 

The other half, that there are already sufficient headings to cover the subject doesn’t wash either.

I don’t want to analyze each term they offer, but none quite capture the concept of male privilege. Some may be decent RTs, but not the same concept. At the very least LCSH needs to acknowledge that it’s an increasingly used term, and consider adding it as a UF. We do not serve our users by denying them an entrance into the catalog.


 

Birds of Prey (Fictitious characters)

picture from DC Comics' Birds of Prey
Note: Your alias doesn’t have to be a bird

Child ninja

I'd say that's worthy of FULL bars
I’d say that’s worthy of FULL bars

Closet drama, French

R. Kelly's Trapped in the closet
Oui, I am a sexual predator.

Commercialism

I came here to catalog and chew bubblegum
I came here to catalog and chew bubblegum

Database management in libraries

Sob.
Sob.

Diamond marimba

diamond jewelry in shape of a xylophone
I know it’s a xylophone, but STILL

Introduced corals

Hi coral!
Hi coral!

Kunoichi

I've never played Yu-Gi-Oh!, I have no idea what's going on here
I’ve never played Yu-Gi-Oh!, I have no idea what’s going on here

Phenomenologists

And people say *Library Science* isn't a real degree!
And people say *Library Science* isn’t a real degree!

Second-born children in literature

Why it's Jaehaerys II of course! Don't tell me you don't know your Targaryen line?
Why it’s Jaehaerys II of course! Don’t tell me you don’t know your Targaryen line?

Ships in motion pictures

Sure it's a lesser Hemsworth, but i'm a sucker for time travel movies
Sure it’s a lesser Hemsworth, but i’m a sucker for time travel movies

Women ski jumpers

wow! jump skis are super long...or maybe that's regular? I've never skied
wow! jump skis are super long…or maybe that’s regular? I’ve never skied

 

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3 thoughts on “New LCSH!

  1. Let me be the first (at least here) to thank you for proposing White Privilege, even if it didn’t get approved. I’ll never understand why some headings (like second-born children in literature…) are approved, and yet others like white privilege are thrown out so quickly.

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