Monday, September 15, 2008

Actual sexism

I recently received an email for fundraising from a friend's child's school. It includes a link to a web site that's selling magazines. The usual deal is that the school gets some cut of the subscription price and the kids get crappy "prizes" from Oriental Trading. So, I clicked on the "Children" section link and was almost immediately struck by two magazines offered:

  • Boys' Life, with a cover on future manned missions to Mars, and
  • Discovery Girls, with a cover touting stories like, "Jealousy ruined my friendship" and "Mix & match fashion".
Is it any wonder that so few girls make it through middle school with their natural interest in science and mathematics intact?

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