Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, and He’s Putting Hallmark on the Naughty List

41 ALL-SIS Newsl. 4 (Winter 2022)

Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming

2 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2022

Date Written: January 26, 2022


So why does all of this matter? Is it just me trying to justify the hours—ok days, perhaps even weeks—of my life that I’ve lost in the mind warp that is the Hallmark Channel? Absolutely. But, all of this also matters because representation matters. We have seen this time and time again in pop culture where representation of diversity—whether it is diversity of race, gender, religion, sex, economic status, or pretty much anything—can help bring about change and acceptance. I would love for a librarian to be distinguished as more than someone who reads and puts away books or for a movie to highlight that there is a difference between a public librarian, an archivist, and a rare book curator. The more the public is aware of our profession and what we contribute to society, the more likely it is that we’ll be able to draw more types of people into the profession. We are more than our pop culture stereotypes, and the way we beat those stereotypes is to push back against them.

Keywords: librarian, archivist, representation, stereotypes, depiction, movies, pop culture

Suggested Citation

George, Christine Anne, Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, and He’s Putting Hallmark on the Naughty List (January 26, 2022). 41 ALL-SIS Newsl. 4 (Winter 2022), Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

Christine Anne George (Contact Author)

New York University School of Law ( email )

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New York, NY 10012-1099
United States


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