This post is part of our Summer Slowdown repost series, and is revisited in solidarity with 15 year old Reddit user Lunam who met a deluge of sexist bullshit in the atheism subreddit after daring to post a photo of herself holding a book. Comments on the original version of this post in October 2008 showed how often a dim view is taken of women reading in public.
How many of you always carry a book to read?
Do you find that your commute time is actually the time you can have to yourself to get that reading done?
Is your ideal lunch-hour finding a park bench all of your own, or a spot in the sun, and devouring a few chapters?
When you went on holiday as a child, were your parents always telling you to get your nose out of that book?
Is the fact that you’ll have more free time for reading still the best part of going on holiday? (Judging by the many photos of stacks of books titled “Holiday Reading” on Flickr, we are far from alone!)
And finally, the two big questions:
- Have you ever kept on reading while travelling, even though you were getting motion sickness, to the point of actually throwing up because you didn’t want to stop turning the pages?
- Have you ever actually flipped your wig when someone has interrupted your reading in public to have a conversation, on the assumption that you must only be reading because you were bored or lonely and would much rather be chatting to a stranger? Or have you just always gritted your teeth and borne it?
Image credits: all pictures found on Flickr – click on a photo to go the the photographer’s photostream