I am a little miffed at the National Educator’s Association (better known as NEA). I am a member of NEA and I recently received an email that promised big savings on the top magazines.
You probably do not know this about me, but I love magazines. Magazines have assorted snippets about an assortment of topics than can be read in a short of period of time. They are like the Internet, but they choose the topic for you. And the topic could be one you would have never set out to learn about, but now that you read about it you find it oddly compelling. It is like the surprise in your Cracker Jack box, you never know what you’ll get until you open it.
I order far more magazines than I can ever fully read. They pile up for a long while around the house in areas where I relax. Sometimes they sit around so long I cannot remember which articles I have already read. Eventually, I conduct a massive cleanse and promise to cut back on my magazine subscriptions, but that never lasts long. The promise of the newest edition is always beckoning.
That is why I checked into the magazine site NEA sent me and that is where I became miffed.
Here is where it started, innocuous enough.
The offer of up to 86% off was enough to keep me clicking. First, I checked on the link for women. This is the type of offerings I got. I was underwhelmed.
Here are the subcategories I found under women.
I wasn’t feeling the selections in the women’s section, so I clicked to see what they had under men.
Here are the subcategories they have under men.
If you look closely, you will see one of my favorite magazines in the middle of the top row – Popular Science. I thought it curious that NEA put Popular Science in the men’s section. They had it categorized under hobbies. I went back to the women’s section and searched all the subcategories, but there was no sign of Popular Science or any science (other than makeup science).
This rubbed me the wrong way.
I did some further investigation. I looked in the education section thinking that there would be crossover between sections. They had all kinds of great stuff in that section but they did not have Popular Science.
I looked over and over at the magazine offerings under the different headings on the site to confirm that I had not lost my mind. With every click I became increasingly irritated that NEA’s Magazine Service had Popular Science only in the mens section.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I know there are bigger things in the world to worry about than the categorization of Popular Science as a man thing as opposed to a woman thing. But I feel compelled to admonish NEA for this lack of judgment. Women like science too, sometimes even more than cooking, makeup, or celebrity gossip. Imagine that NEA!
Oh I know, NEA probably just slapped their name on a standardized magazine offering website and did not give another thought to what magazines were there. Alas, I am not willing to give them a pass on this. An organization for educators should not have this kind of mistake – it is antithetical to the whole notion of the power of education to eliminate boundaries. Popular Science is unisex. It is not the same as Men’s Health or GQ. It does not belong solely in the mens section. Why was there even gender specific sections at all, why not just the subcategories? Can’t men enjoy celebrity news or home and garden?
Arrgghh!!!! This makes me a little crazy. I am going to go read an article in my health magazine about the calming effect of meditation. I need to go to my happy place…the place where women are naturally as interested in science as men.
Another day in the new forty – obla di obla da