Wired Thanks Women. Twitter Reacts.

In the August issue of Wired magazine, under the rubric “Colophon,” is a note to readers headlined “Wonder Women Who Helped Get This Issue Out,” which thanks, among many others, the Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the actress Elisabeth Moss, the former first lady Michelle Obama and “my eight-months-pregnant CrossFit coach.”

“This reminds me of when Jon Stewart responded to Jezebel’s criticism by having his fem support staff sign a letter saying he was not sexist,” said Emily Nussbaum, the Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic for The New Yorker, in a tweet that was later deleted.

In a brief phone interview, Nicholas Thompson, the editor of Wired, described the Colophon column as a group enterprise among staff members.

“This is a group of liner notes by the staff,” he said.

“Wonder Women Who Helped Get This Issue Out” was written as a list. In addition to those mentioned above, it included: “my acupuncturist”; “senior editor Lauren Murrow”; “Thelma and Louise”; the actress Constance Wu; “Coconut the dog”; “the superheroic all-female Wired photo department”; and “the moms working at Saigon Sandwich.”

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Had the interpretation been different from the one Mr. Thompson expected when he signed off on the page? “Yes. Completely,” he wrote in an email.

Driving the reaction, presumably, is the subject of female representation that has vexed every facet of the technology industry, including the publications that cover it. As Ms. Aschwanden noted, the four main articles in the August issue’s feature well were written by men. In addition, a politics column was written by Clive Thompson, who is Ms. Nussbaum’s husband.

Perhaps the unsung women were pleased to be mentioned. Perhaps not. An employee of the Saigon Sandwich shop in San Francisco, where Wired’s headquarters is located, confirmed that “moms” work there but declined to be quoted because she does not speak English fluently.

An article last Sunday about Wired magazine’s Colophon note from its August issue misstated the city where the Saigon Sandwich shop mentioned in the note is located. It is San Francisco, not New York.

 

August 08, 2017

Sources:` New York Times

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