Dear Ensign (we can’t be what we can’t see)
I have enjoyed many of your articles this past year. It’s great to see the familiar word: “Ensign” in my mailbox each month. I appreciate the steady stream of articles on the Savior, the family, and the Sabbath Day. Even more, I appreciate the broadminded articles that go deeper into difficult problems like pornography – or deeper into church history like the seer stone article in October of this year.
I just received my January Ensign and am looking forward to reading Elder Holland’s article on the Godhead and the article on fast offerings.
I noticed that the authors of the articles are by both men and women – and that the artwork represents both men and women. I believe this variety adds richness to the messages we see and read.
Perhaps you could take one more step in the good work you do on gender equity. Headshots. In the January Ensign there are 5 articles by men and all these authors have a small square headshot with their article. The eight articles written by women have no headshots, but many do have a quote by a male general authority with his headshot.
A good example is the article “I Thank Thee for this Body” by Starla on page 62 of the January Ensign. Starla does not have her headshot, but there is a headshot of Elder Gong on the opening spread of the article with his quote. On first look, it appears that Elder Gong wrote the article, rather than Starla. Because all the headshots in the Ensign are male, it appears as if only men are writing.
Would you be able to get headshots of all authors to accompany the articles you publish? It would be much appreciated.
We can’t be what we can’t see.