The July 11 cover of Sciencegot a lot of press coverage last week. You can read about the variety of responses here, here, here, here or here (to name a few). But if you haven’t heard, Science chose to feature transgender sex workers from Jakarta on the cover of their “Staying a step ahead of HIV/AIDS” special issue, allegedly to highlight this “at risk” group. Unfortunately, the choice felt mostly like objectification and/or exploitation to some because the image was sexual (high heels, short skirts and the women were head/face-less). After a Twitter storm – including some pretty unprofessional responses from a Science editor – Science issued a short apology (cover image can be seen here too).
I’ve been wondering what the masses really think about this.
(survey now closed – results are here!)
… for people to please answer as honestly as possible. Basically, how well chosen do you think the cover art was and how much do you care?
Thanks you guys! I’ll post the responses in a week or so. Did I mention please answer? There are even “I don’t know” and “I don’t care” options, so everyone can participate!
PS – All the “Staying a step ahead of HIV/AIDS” articles are open access! Check ’em out!