The Human Library; Don’t Judge A Person by its Cover

The Human Library; Don’t Judge A Person by its Cover
October 24
14:00 2017

The Human Library; Confront your prejudice by borrowing a person:

The Human Library, or rather human library organization, is a danish organization that is trying to fight stigma and prejudice. They do this in the most ingenious way. Based on the idea of the library and cleverly building on the metaphor, of people being books.

With this they confront people’s prejudice, by taking the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” to a whole new level. The people who are brave enough, can come to a location, where this organization hosts an event.
There they can take out a book, or in this case a person. This person can be any of a great variety of stigmatized groups; from an immigrant, to an autistic person and indeed a tattooed/body-art person.

Then whoever has borrowed a person, can sit and hear about what it is actually like, being tattooed, or autistic etc. From a person that actually lives with it every day. Thus their prejudice is challenged, through them actually meeting a person that inhabits, whatever prejudice they may have, for example being tattooed.

Final Comments:

To be honest, we here at Mediazink love what this organization has been and is still trying to do, fighting prejudice in such an ingenious way. We are surprised this organization hasn’t gone international, with their beautiful project, hopefully this might happen someday in the future. The Human Library Organization/Menneske Biblioteket is a non profit organization. So they need and deserve every bit of support people can give them. So please find them on their website or on Facebook.

Take a chance and challenge your prejudice with this awesome organization. Or just follow their example and get to know people, instead of judging a book by its cover. We hope you enjoyed this article, please don’t forget to follow us on FacebookYouTube and Instagram (@Mediazink_Official), for more awesome articles and other content.

About Author



Mads W. K. Masters of science in Sociology (Cand. Scient. Soc.), from the University of Copenhagen, who specializes in embodiment sociology, but especially in tattoos and tattoo culture etc.

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