A few months ago our stacks manager asked me if I could do some weeding around HF 5001. Among the few business periodicals my library still binds are the Harvard Business Review and Business Week. Both are shelved at that call number, and open shelf space is running out. So last Friday I went up to the 6th floor with a tall book truck to weed some monographs.
There is quite of hodgepodge of topics in HF 5001, including old entrepreneurship books. One of those books caught my eye:
How to Prosper in Your Own Business: Getting Started and Staying on Course (1981)
While skimming through this book quickly, a few words at the end of the two-page introduction caught my eye. I read the introduction and wow!
Last November at the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization national conference, there was a discussion at my lunch table about the sexism on display there (coming from a 60-something featured speaker, not any of the students), but the conclusion of this book’s introduction moves all the way into creepiness:
“Sticking to our intended theme, then, the following story will drive home our advice to anyone thinking about getting into their own business:
A young man in his late teens was discussing his problems inherent in dating the opposite sex with his father. Although this usually touchy subject was being handled easily and without embarrassment to either party, the son was apparently anxious to bring up one particular subject. Finally, during a lull in the conversation, the son cleared his throat and asked his father what his opinion was of the son’s deflowering his girlfriend. The father said simply, “Son, if you don’t do it, someone else will.”
(The author dedicated this book “To Elizabeth, my daughter”.)