I guess it goes without saying that Kim Jong Il’s daughters were never candidates to become North Korea’s leader after their father’s death. This is true, I suppose, because the Jan. 8 front-page article, “N. Korean leader’s rise leaves brothers in dust,” about Kim Jong Eun’s invisible older brothers, barely mentioned them.

Forgive me for missing what must be abundantly obvious, but I would like to read reporting on what legal, social or cultural norms, physical infirmities or mental incapacities made it impossible (apparently) for these women to lead North Korea.

In such an insular, regressive, repressive country, rationales for not considering or selecting a woman are bound to exist. But accurate, progressive reporting should include these, rather than leave readers to take for granted what the reporter did. Information may be lacking, but the article didn’t shy away from speculating about reasons why the older brothers weren’t selected. (Being “effeminate” seems to have left one out of the running.) Why not extend the same “analysis” (if one can call it that) to the female siblings?

Rachele Valente, Burke