Dear BBC, why is this picture part of this story?

muscles working, apparently What does this very well-muscled young man have to do with an exciting innovation in nanotechnology?

Very little, but apparently because the new nanotech engine is similiar in size to our bodies’ own “engines” that make our muscles contract, BBC News decided to show muscles to illustrate it. Of course, because it was about muscles, this meant for once that a bare torso illustrating a news story belonged to a man rather than a woman.

I know that one picture of this sort is not a big deal. It’s the drip, drip, drip of always having our news media use any excuse to parade sexy flesh, especially female flesh, but also always having such illustrations oh-so-safely gendered, that is the problem.

Categories: gender & feminism, Science

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