I hear you. The vast majority of articles on SSC are technical, or closely related, and I think that's appropriate. The editorial space is different, but not without limits. For instance I'd be reluctant to see politics discussed there, as much as it does impact all of us. It's up to Steve (our editor and my friend) to find the balance and decide what risks to take with this hugely visible place in the SSC culture.
It is also up to me what I write about of course. I like thinking and writing about people, because its all about people and too often we try to reduce things to a formula. Which isn't to say everything I write is successful, or a good fit for this space (for example, I have a recent blog post at sqlandy.com about building a table using iron pipe). This particular editorial is a feel good story, but I liked the embedded themes. Dads teaching daughters and Dads not forcing daughters into "girl" activities, plus the part about female soldiers is a real and important topic. We can't expect girls to grow up believing they are equal if we don't model that. I'm not advocating rules or saying every set of soldiers has to be 50/50 gender (and the same is true of race, etc), just asking you to think about it...indirectly. Editorials should make you think, help you grow, help you see blind spots, sometimes entertain you, sometimes capture you. I hardly ever write to inflame - rarely productive and not my thing.
Possibly I didnt write it as well as I might have - happens all the time! Possibly you're right, that's its too much. Possibly you just have different expectations about this space and the use of your time which is certainly fair.
In any case thanks for reading and commenting.