Crain’s New York Business Editor Revisits ‘Side Boob’ Cover

An Editor's Note about the Oct. 19 issue.

Maybe that definition added last year by Oxford Dictionaries needs to specify that side boob can be glimpsed not just from the flank side but also the middle side. A reader disputes this morning that the following qualifies as “side boob,” but we think – like Crain’s New York Business editor Jeremy Smerd – that it is.


Crain’s got a couple of phone calls from readers in the wake of the Oct. 19 cover, and Smerd took the time to speak with one of those folks. The longtime female subscriber in Boston told him she thought the glimpse of breast was gratuitous and that if the topic had been male-focused, it would have been more discretely presented. From Smerd’s Editor’s Note:

I told her that we had discussed the photo among a group of both male and female reporters and editors before publishing it. We thought the picture captured the essence of the story, which was about the business of natural childbirth and the women behind it. To be sure, we received plenty of positive feedback from readers who said the image was body- and female-positive. Even the subject of the picture emailed to say: “We’re thrilled to see it and will be excited to eventually show our daughter her first magazine and centerfold debut.”

The cover story by Samantha M. Shapiro is well worth reading. Meanwhile, Smerd’s NYT colleague Matt Chaban via Twitter had a funny POV on the whole matter.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
It’s Alright, Ma (Crain’s New York Business Is Only Redesigning)

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
Publish date: October 28, 2015 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT