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October editorial

Let me start by saying I am not a grey-suited actuary and that I am very open-minded.

I found the issue raised in the October editorial to be worthy of comment. However, I consider the inclusion of references to ‘vaginal quotient’ to be inappropriate and indeed it cheapened the article. In these times of close scrutiny of actuaries, although we do not want to appear aloof, we must retain a professional appearance at all times.

I remember on my professionalism course being told that should my name appear in the newspapers because I had been, say, drunk and disorderly I would be letting the profession down. The editorial seems somewhat at odds with that statement.

It also reminds me of the outcry there was, perhaps 15 years ago, when there was a series of jokes which appeared, in the forerunner to The Actuary, along the lines of ‘She was only an actuary’s daughter but she knew her embedded value!’

The editor writes: The concept of vaginal quotients appeared in an article in Cosmopolitan that our author was citing as an example of nonsensical mathematics. We would hope that any non-actuary reading our editorial would heap any opprobrium upon Cosmopolitan for printing such an article rather than upon the profession for our having read and ridiculed it.