DiChristina, who has been serving as acting editor-in-chief since June, says,
I have two young daughters; one of them wants to be a scientist, and the other one wants to be the editor of Scientific American. I think anybody who is a position of leadership should feel a sense of responsibility. And I don't know if mine is any greater or less because I'm a first for the magazine. I know I'm very honored and grateful.
So will a female editor-in-chief cramp the style of Scientific American writer Jesse Bering, who once called out Jezebel commenters as an example of female bitchiness? Actually, his recent article on the female orgasm finds him on relatively good behavior. Bering still loves him a sex joke ("I wish there were a climax to the story, but as you see, the tale of the natural origins of female orgasm is a messy one."), but his analysis of various theories on the function or non-function of female sexual climax is generally pretty measured. Then again, there's this:
Twin-based evidence shows that orgasm frequency has a modest hereditable component. That is to say, uncomfortable as it may be to think of your flushed-faced grandmother writhing and moaning in ecstasy, there is a definite genetic contribution to female orgasm. (To help "unsee" these unsettling images shivering on the branches of your family tree, think on the bright side: female orgasms tend to decrease with age, so we're talking mostly about only young, still-hot grandmas.)
Jesse Bering, ladies and gentleman: perhaps battered, but not broken.
Scientific American Names First Female Editor-In-Chief [Mediabistro]
Reopening The Case Of The Female Orgasm [Scientific American]