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Feminists Ruin Major Scientific Success

November 15, 2014

European scientists just landed a probe on a comet traveling at tens of thousands of miles per hour.

What did feminists care about? The shirt the chief scientist was wearing in a TV interview.

Is it any wonder that “feminist” is currently winning a Time Magazine reader poll for words to be banned in 2015?

My Legal Insurrection colleague Kemberlee Kaye has written a must-read post on the subject:

5 Reasons “feminists” can’t complain about comet scientist’s “sexist” shirt

Glenn Reynolds has also written an excellent column on the subject for USA Today…

1 small shirt for a man, 1 giant leap backward for women

So how are things going for feminism? Well, last week, some feminists took one of the great achievements of human history — landing a probe from Earth on a comet hundreds of millions of miles away — and made it all about the clothes.

Yes, that’s right. After years of effort, the European Space Agency’s lander Philaelanded on a comet 300 million miles away. At first, people were excited. Then some women noticed that one of the space scientists, Matt Taylor, was wearing a shirt, made for him by a female “close pal,” featuring comic-book depictions of semi-naked women. And suddenly, the triumph of the comet landing was drowned out by shouts of feminist outrage about … what people were wearing. It was one small shirt for a man, one giant leap backward for womankind.

The Atlantic’s Rose Eveleth tweeted, “No no women are toooootally welcome in our community, just ask the dude in this shirt.” Astrophysicist Katie Mack commented: “I don’t care what scientists wear. But a shirt featuring women in lingerie isn’t appropriate for a broadcast if you care about women in STEM.” And from there, the online feminist lynch mob took off until Taylor was forced to deliver a tearful apology on camera.

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. Will we stock our Mars spacecraft with fainting couches?

READ IT ALL.

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