What on earth is this shit? Australia gets its first female Nobel prize-winning scientist, and The Age runs with the following headline on the front page of  its print edition:

What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing with a Nobel Prize?

Perhaps its meant to be all very po-mo and “oh look we’re so not sexist that we can actually pretend we are sexist in an ironical kind of way, ho ho”. And it is written off the first para, which says that this was what Elizabeth Blackburn was once asked by a family friend.

But as a front page splash, it demeans the story to the level of cute human interest, rather than serious breakthrough. It leaves me thinking:

What Are Nice Boys Like You Doing With a Newspaper?

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