Yesterday the European Space Agency landed the Philae spacecraft on a comet, a powerful step forward for humanity and science alike. However, slightly before the big moment, coverage of the event reminded us how much progress remains to be accomplished back on Earth.
A number of the scientists involved on this incredible project were interviewed in the hours leading to contact by Nature Newsteam. One of those Rosetta scientists was Matt Taylor, who chose to dress, for this special occasion, in a bowling shirt covered in scantly clad caricatures of sexy women in provocative poses.
"This is going to be a very long day but a very exciting day," said Taylor. "I think everyone should enjoy it because we're making history."
No one knows why Taylor chose to wear that shirt on television during a massive scientific mission. From what we can tell, a woman who goes by the name of Elly Prizeman on Twitter made the shirt for him, and is just as bewildered as he must be that anyone might be upset about her creation. Taylor apologized on Friday during a live ESA broadcast for wearing the shirt, stating that "the shirt I wore this week... I made a big mistake and I offended many people, and I'm very sorry about this." Still, Taylor's personal apology doesn't make up for the fact that no one at ESA saw fit to stop him from representing the Space community with clothing that demeans 50 percent of the world's population. No one asked him to take it off, because presumably they didn't think about it. It wasn't worth worrying about.
This is the sort of casual misogyny that stops women from entering certain scientific fields. They see a guy like that on TV and they don't feel welcome. They see a poster of greased up women in a colleague's office and they know they aren't respected. They hear comments about "bitches" while out at a bar with fellow science students, and they decide to change majors. And those are the women who actually make it that far. Those are the few who persevered even when they were discouraged from pursuing degrees in physics, chemistry, and math throughout high school. These are the women who forged on despite the fact that they were told by elementary school classmates and the media at large that girls who like science are nerdy and unattractive. This is the climate women who dream of working at NASA or the ESA come up against, every single day. This shirt is representative of all of that, and the ESA has yet to issue a statement or apologize for that.
Das ist der Stand des Artikels zum Zeitpunkt 16.11.2014, 10:33 Uhr. Muß man ja angeben, der Text verändert sich so mit der Zeit. Alle Hervorhebungen sind von mir.
Es ist also wichtiger, korrekt angezogen zu sein, als eine Sonde auf einem Planeten zu landen. Jedenfalls als Mann, als Frau kann man durchaus sexistisch angezogen und gefilmt werden. Ich frage mich, zu welchen Höhenflügen der Dummheit diese Möchtegern-FemistInnen sich noch steigern. In den Kommentaren zum entsprechenden Youtube-Video hat eine Frau einen präzisen Kommentar zu diesen SJWs abgegeben :
I'm sure a tacky shirt is what keeps women out of science, not the fear-mongering about science being an unwelcoming space for women and the total disregard for the excellent work and scientific breakthrough to focus on a PIECE OF CLOTHING. As a scientist this makes me sad. I had many women colleagues and we competed and worked with men on equal footing... Sincerely, instead of focusing on clothes and writing negative articles we should be giving voice to women in science, look at things in a positive way and show people the good things women can do.Update : Andere Blog-Kommentare Ellie Prizeman, the (female) Designer No women were harmed in the making of this shirt…
26.11. : Man glaubt es kaum, aber man kann die dümmlich-inkompetente Arroganz tatsächlich noch toppen : http://aas.org/posts/news/2014/11/aas-issues-statement-shirtgateshirtstorm
Nicht nur wird vorgeschrieben, was man zu denken hat, nein, auch die Unterhose muß das politisch korrekte Farbmuster tragen.