A while back I read an interesting article at the Christian Science Monitor online about how Finland’s generous social welfare system had revolutionized its economy. I was dismayed, however, by the caption on a table comparing maternity benefits in different countries. The caption read: “Want months of paid leave? Have a baby.”
Now, I am not a mother myself but I know enough to know that having a baby can in no way be described as a holiday! So I politely chastised the editor by e-mail and, although I never got a response, the caption has been changed! And at the bottom of the article is this note (originally in light grey):
[EDITOR’S NOTE: THROUGH A PRODUCTION ERROR, THE ORIGINAL GRAPHIC CONTAINED AN UNEDITED HEADLINE.]
Production error, huh? I expected a tad more accountability from the CSM but at least they “edited” the offensive remark and hopefully learned not to mess with motherhood!