Submitter: We’d like to submit a lovely tome we unearthed in our library collection as we were shelf-browsing for kayak-related material. This just solidifies that, after our rush of summer reading program activity, we need to focus on a systematic weeding intervention, and fast! My staff all breathed a sigh of relief when we found out even “country kids” (as well as old ladies and fat men) could succeed in drownproofing themselves. The illustrations are downright unsettling, the text is apparently meant for white people (who knew the color of your skin affected your ability to be drownproofed??), and there are even ethical discussions about, should you want to take up the yoke of drownproofing others, whether you believe it’s ok to tie people up in the water so they might have the true drownproofing experience. Let’s start weeding!
Holly: Yeah, very few of these techniques would be approved by the Red Cross or any other survival/safety association these days. Mary – let’s tie you up like the guy in the last picture (below) and see if you drown! No? Weeder!