womyn's climb­ing?!

Climbing - - THE APPROACH -

When did Climb­ing be­come Womyn’s Climb­ing? Con­sid­er­ing that women are a tiny mi­nor­ity of the climb­ing pop­u­la­tion, and that if most male climbers are like me and want to see ar­ti­cles that in­ter­est them, it seems that you have a se­ri­ous prob­lem. Don’t buy into this, “We need more rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in climb­ing be­cause … well, be­cause it’s right!” No, your job is sim­ple: Cre­ate a mag­a­zine that will ap­peal to sub­scribers who ap­peal to ad­ver­tis­ers. If 90 per­cent of the climb­ing pop­u­la­tion is male … well, you do the math.

If things con­tinue this way, when my sub­scrip­tion comes up for re­newal, I will pass. You will have lost a sub­scriber since 1974, and not be­cause he died. That should count for some­thing. PS: I just re­ceived the Dec/Jan 2018 is­sue. It sucks. PPS: Get off of “Bears Ears.” No­body lives there; few go there. We do not need and can­not af­ford any more “wilder­ness” in this coun­try.

—Robert Branch, via mail

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