Scientists are not famous for their social tact. Granted, I do not know how often the “nerd who is a genius but can’t figure out people” stereotype is true, but I imagine it applies to several people in the field. These people are more concerned with knowledge and discovery than they are with hitting the club, and I commend them for that. Whether looking for a cheap hook-up or serious wife material, getting laid involves a lot of time and effort, and this minority chooses to prioritize other things, even if they do get around with the chicas when they get the chance.
Humanity has recently landed a rocket on a comet 300 million miles away. Considering that we’ve done precious little space exploration since the Cold War, this is exciting. Comets obviously move very fast, and this must have been very difficult to pull off. A driving force of this feat known as the Rosetta Mission is an English scientist named Matt Taylor. On Thursday, his day of triumph, perhaps the greatest day of his life, he wore a goofy shirt that a female friend had made for him. It had women in very sexual clothing and poses, including bondage.
Social justice warrior-ing women let all hell loose. This man with his y chromosomes and male anatomy performed a miracle of human ingenuity, and women complained. Yes, I’ll agree that his shirt was in poor taste. Taylor should not have worn it on a public interview. But women, consistently being outdone in the STEM fields, chose to focus on the incidental.
Like the attention whores that are modern women, they immediately rushed to Twitter with a #ShirtStorm and #ShirtGate. They compared wearing a tasteless shirt to Richard Nixon committing a felony. They even made Taylor cry when he apologized the next day. Have they no compassion or mercy for such a deserving man?
Nick Denton once said that “Hypocrisy is the only modern sin,” but I would argue that being seemingly prejudiced is more accurate. These people preach the importance of a woman’s self-esteem, but they have no concern for a man’s.
And what did the women complain about? “This discourages women from entering science fields!” It appears that equality and comfort is more important than achievement and innovation. One of the world’s smartest men is made to feel stupid and evil for an oversight.
This man is not your ROK breed of male. He seems like the type who is genuinely concerned about fairness and cordiality. Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society Nick Howes said, “Matt is a decent guy, and from time spent with him, no misogynist.” I kind of admire Dr. Taylor, considering my friends’ constant complaints that I’m intolerant and elitist are answered with a resounding “meh.”
Taylor has no reason to apologize with the sorrow he had, weeping and calling it a “big mistake.” Myself, I would be flipping the world a bird and daring them to put a rocket on a comet, but there’s a reason they don’t allow me on tv. I cannot fathom why he would feel such shame at the instigation of others. He has accomplished greater things than most people ever will.
Also of note is that women often claim that they should be able to wear whatever they want wherever they want. Woman wearing a low cut top and booty shorts in a dark alley in the Bronx? No problem. Feminist with a shirt denigrating men? Fine. Man with a t-shirt depicting sexual fantasies women indulge in? Hang him!
50 Shades of Grey is a #1 New York Times bestseller, much to the accolades of women everywhere, but as soon as they see it in real life on a shirt, suddenly they are all chaste and pure. Far more people read 50 Shades of Grey or whatever feces is on the magazine stands than follow groundbreaking scientists. Ironically, the world would have largely ignored Taylor’s achievement had he not worn the shirt.
One woman actually said that she did not think Taylor was a misogynist.
This is why feminism is important…I’d like to think that if Taylor were a bit more knowledgeable he would have known the demoralizing message he was sending to young female scientists with that shirt.
Are young women really that sensitive? The other day, a young girl bragged to me that women were smarter because they have more college degrees. I could have felt demoralized and went home, deciding to give up on career success due to the hostile nature of the world. Instead I laughed her down and tried to explain to her why she is wrong before she turned away to start a conversation with someone else.
You see, if young female scientists had any real drive and ambition, they would not let a shirt hold them back. Even if the science community was as hostile towards ambitious women as they claim, they would still fight and claw their way up, because that is where their dreams are. If you really want something, you do everything in your power to achieve it and then prove your value by being awesome.
If women want respect in the science community, accomplishing amazing feats of human ingenuity would be more effective than trying to ban shirts and make men cry. Marie Curie did not have a large lab in a university. She was working in a tiny shed with a leaky roof because science was her passion, and she would not allow any glass ceiling to keep her back.
But there is a good sign in all this. In addition to the numerous retweets of Taylor’s friend who made the shirt, there are many writers on the internet drawing attention to this misfocus of women. Props to USA Today.
It seems to me that if you care about women in STEM, maybe you shouldn’t want to communicate the notion that they’re so delicate that they can’t handle pictures of comic-book women…Thus, what should have been the greatest day in a man’s life — accomplishing something never before done in the history of humanity — was instead derailed by people with their own axes to grind.
USA Today also wrote that this is why fewer and fewer Americans are claiming to be feminists.
When you act like what pioneer feminist Betty Friedan once called ‘female chauvinist boors,’ you shouldn’t be surprised to lose popularity.
Feminists and other social justice warriors, drunk on hubris, continue to fly towards the sun. But as we are seeing with GamerGate, the closer they get, the faster their wings melt. In due time, their ideology will sink into the sea.
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