Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Whilst I'm sure many hen-pecked husbands would not raise much objection to the adjective 'toxic' being used when referring to their better halves, comparing an angry wife to radiation may be going just a little too far.
Yet this is precisely what a Japanese research agency did, at least until they were shown the error of their ways.
In a campaign aimed at educating women (!) about nuclear safety, the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency devoted a page on its website to an effort to "make the hard words used in the nuclear power industry" more easy to understand, particularly for women (who are obviously too stupid to understand such words). The page, which included the above cartoon of an angry, fist-waving wife and her husband (who looks to me like he is about to blow a fuse), compared the wife's scream to radiation, her anger to radioactivity, and the wife herself to radioactive material.
The page was removed on Monday, after the agency received 'dozens of complaints'. An agency spokesman admitted that it discriminated against women, "which is inappropriate".
Still, at least we are all better educated now about radiation.
Or maybe not...
[Story found on Boing Boing.]