Over at Pomegranate, That Girl has written a post about the difficulties she’s always had with science and her pleasure at finding some bloggers who are hoping to set up a popular science magazine that she thinks she – and hopefully, some day, her daughter-to-be – will be able to get into. A magazine aimed at making science more accessible to non-scientific types, and even scientophobes – that’s got to be a good thing, right?
Well, the trouble is that this planned magazine isn’t aimed at non-scientific types, as such. It’s aimed at women.
"We want to launch a new popular science magazine aimed at women. It will cover interesting and timely science stories, with an emphasis on topics that appeal to women, such as medical research and the environment. We hope it will be intelligent, engaging, inviting, stylish and appealing. We’re all qualified and mostly experienced science journalists and we think we’ve got a winning idea."
Why, indeed, yes. Because women can’t possibly be expected to be interested in science in general terms, and need suitable human interest stories to be hand-picked. Unlike men, who are obviously going to be into science and so don’t need anyone to smooth their path to it. And, of course, those stereotypes aren’t quite prevalent enough already. Thank goodness we have those lovely girls at Inky Circus to reinforce them for us!
Do excuse me – I must just go find a spider to scream at.