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I've been reading 'Trans', by Helen Joyce, and just happened to be on a city tram, and pulled it out, not thinking anything of it.

After a few minutes, I noticed a youngish edgy looking man with a skateboard peering at the book cover. I don't know what he was thinking - maybe 'This is a hateful Terf', or 'This looks interesting'

But anyway, I think publicly reading GC books like 'Material Girls' or 'Trans', is a good way to encourage others, without direct communication.

If someone does approach, you can always say - "I'm just trying to learn more...have you read it?"

I've been reading 'Trans', by Helen Joyce, and just happened to be on a city tram, and pulled it out, not thinking anything of it. After a few minutes, I noticed a youngish edgy looking man with a skateboard peering at the book cover. I don't know what he was thinking - maybe 'This is a hateful Terf', or 'This looks interesting' But anyway, I think publicly reading GC books like 'Material Girls' or 'Trans', is a good way to encourage others, without direct communication. If someone does approach, you can always say - "I'm just trying to learn more...have you read it?"

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"I'm just trying to learn more...have you read it?"

I would rephrase this because the "just" makes it sound like you think you're doing something wrong and are apologizing for it. You are doing nothing that needs an apology, and the other person doesn't have the right or authority to demand one, so it's unnecessary to prompt them to believe you are or they do. "This is an interesting topic; have you read this book yet?" may be a better approach.

I think we need a masterclass here on how women often undermine ourselves with the words we use and how to avoid it.

[–] Tq231442 Cervix owner 7 points

I read JK Rowling books in public transport but just because I spend a lot of time on public transport and like reading. I hadn't thought about it emboldening people who see 🤣

You are braver than me. I didn‘t dare read it on public transport and was even hesitant about logging it as „read“ on Goodreads. I did, though, and afaik nobody unfollowed me because of it.

May try to be bolder with Material Girls in the future.

[–] bellatrixbells No flair. 🙁 0 points Edited

I don't know to what extent this helps. Maybe if you "confront" the person, it might start a conversation. But just showing you're reading a "bad" book, I'm not sure ? What do you think it achieves ?

Edit : Really fucking pathetic that I'm getting downvoted for saying I don't understand what a poster means. Wtaf.

I'm with OP. If I saw someone else here in Wokeville reading Trans I would feel a ton braver. Might even try to make friends!

[–] bellatrixbells No flair. 🙁 1 points

So she meant that she was hoping seeing her openly reading a "bad" book would embolden others to speak out ? Makes some sense.

Well, I think it garners curiosity. It also undermines a taboo. In the left-wing city I live in, the bookshops don't stock it, and look at you as a bad person if you ask about it.

I remember when bookstores were places where it was normal to inquire about a broad variety of controversial subjects. Late teens/early 20s me had no trouble getting copies of books that were critical to understanding important political movements and it was not a rare occurrence for me to have an engaging conversation with the shopkeeper about a topic I was obviously researching at the time. It was only deeply irrational, bigoted people who would see a person reading a book on an unpopular ideology and conclude that the reader was irreparably tainted by contact with the material and must be shunned or destroyed -- and indeed, it continues to be deeply irrational, bigoted people who believe that.

[–] bellatrixbells No flair. 🙁 0 points

Ok, I see what you're getting at. That's something to think about. I can't believe we are at that point. How did we get there.