Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Reader's Diary #1168- Masaharu Takemura: The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology

I picked up Masaharu Takemura's The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology not out of a burning desire to learn more about molecular biology but more from a curiosity about how manga would treat such an advanced topic.

Starting slow, I thought I'd be able to keep up. But things got complicated fast. This is not to suggest the book failed (in that regard anyway), for there's only so much dumbing down Takemura could have done. And, had I real interest in retaining the information, I would probably have dissected it more. I also believe that anyone truly interested in studying molecular biology would likely find the book helpful...

if they can get past the lame frame story and unexpected sexism. Those two girls on the cover are Ami and Rin. They're failing Professor Moro's (a male) molecular biology class because they keep skipping class. He invites them to his island lab to attend make up classes at his lab-- though he has to lie and pretend it's a tropical paradise before they commit. When they get there they're annoyed to discover the truth until they find out that the hunky lab assistant Marcus will be their guide. As he shows them the inside of a cell-- by using virtual reality, I might add (if Moro had such an exciting device, why didn't he use it in the first place instead of boring lectures???)-- the girls ask stupid questions and make silly comments, get grossed out, and one of them falls asleep when it gets too complicated.

Sadly, it looks like the the others in the Manga Guide series are also tainted by sexism.

1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

What a shame! I AM really interested in molecular biology but this just sounds offensive.