Wired’s boob cover (which we linked to here) has been discussed a good amount by female science writers recently.
Cindy Royal had a really good post that took the conversation beyond just that cover, to Wired’s history of … interesting choices when it comes to women on their glossy front. So good, in fact, that Wired editor Chris Anderson actually responded to it in the comments, and Cindy was able to reply. It’s a lot of the same whining about not being able to find a “good female cover subject,” which is not sufficient justification for putting blatantly misogynistic images on there instead, but at least he’s willing to engage in the discussion. It’s worth reading the exchange, as it really does highlight a big problem in journalism: selling magazines at all costs, even if that means reducing women to sex objects.