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I’ve been a fan of shoujo manga for 20 years, and for much of that, I’ve been fighting to get other manga readers to take it more seriously. I even started a podcast, Shojo & Tell, where I talk to other fans and industry professionals about it. Even so, the word “shoujo” for me evokes knee-jerk stereotypes and assumptions that I have to consciously fight against.
As conversations about worker rights and collective action become increasingly common in various industries, it felt like a good time to put together a small primer. This is far from an exhaustive list of sources or union collectives, but it will hopefully give people curious about labor unions but unsure where to start a jumping off point.