The 2nd Class 'library' was really a lounge which contained in addition to the usual furnishings a glass-fronted cabinet fitted with bookshelves. There was a similar cabinet in the 1st Class lounge, with the same facility for borrowing books. See the 'Libraries' thread for more info.
The "Libraries" topic deals w/just that -- libraries. It doesn't address where a male FC passenger would read a book. This thread asks a question about the Reading/Writing Room being a female enclave. The question hasn't been answered yet.
Just as women wouldn't be welcome in the Smoking Room, I'm wondering if men were turfed out of the Reading/Writing Room.
>>I'm wondering if men were turfed out of the Reading/Writing Room.<<
Jon, in what was known as a man's world (and still is, to some degree, although it's changing), there undoubtedly were very few places that a man, especially one of wealth, wasn't allowed to go (one being the bridge and places designated for crew only). There were places, however, where the men preferred not to visit, or had no interest in visiting, but that's a different thing altogether. Unfortunately, I cannot say the opposite, or reverse, case was also true, as societies run by men tended to provide certain privileges for men and not for women. Of course, this wasn't an 'absolute' rule regarding everything.
Just my thoughts anyway, although I will no doubt be 'challenged' and/or 'corrected' by some here hehe.
BY THE WAY, please let it be understood by everyone that that the above statement by me is not my endorsement to said policies or practices. I merely describe things as I have seen them. I am totally for equality between the sexes and the races, but conditions are not and were not that way. There's a difference between what I believe/advocate and what actually is/was. Please keep this in mind when responding to this and the previous post.
I was wondering if a female would go to the R/W after lunch or if she would prefer the Lounge? I've been hearing that both places were used for ladies to gossip but I think that conversations wouldn't be allowed in the library, because it was an area reserved for reading, so silence would be required, wouldn't it?