Tacky attire eclipses scientific achievement

Photo courtesy of newstatesman.com

Photo courtesy of newstatesman.com


Landing on a comet is more important than fashion
Melanie Buskirk
Staff Writer

This past week, news stations and Facebook feeds that should been buzzing with the story of a scientist who lead an experiment that accomplished what mankind has never done before, landing a probe onto a comet; but instead, they have been obsessed with the shirt that the scientist was wearing during an interview on national television last Wednesday. The scientist Dr. Matt Taylor, wore a shirt featuring scantily clad cartoon women holding guns.
This caused an outrage amongst radical feminists claiming that the shirt was offensive and oppressive, spearheaded by a tweet from Atlantic journalist Rose Eveleth, “No no women are toooootally welcome in our community, just ask the dude in this shirt.”
Dr. Matt Taylor made a tearful public apology this past Friday, “The shirt I wore this week, I made a big mistake. I know I offended many people and I’m really sorry.”
Dr. Taylor is the European Space Agency’s leading project scientist for the Rosetta project, an operation that began in 2004, with the main objective to orbit and then land on a comet. This project is a first for mankind and opens the way to hundreds if not thousands of potential discoveries and scientific advancements.
According to the ESA, comets are the oldest and most primitive bodies in the solar system, preserving material from when our system was still a nebula. Comets carry volatile elements as well as organic compounds, and are speculated to have played an important role in the development of Earth. The spacecraft Philae is carrying a several sets of data-gathering equipment to take and analyze samples from a comet and transmit them back to Earth.
The comet that Philae has landed on, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is only 4 kilometers (2.48 miles) in diameter hurtling around the sun at 135,000 kilometers per hour (83,855 miles per hour). The amount of hard work it took just to land the craft onto the comet is amazing within itself.
Unfortunately, the hard work and accomplishments of Dr. Taylor and his team do not mean anything to the radical feminists who have ostracized him. The tacky shirt that the scientist wore meant more to them than his contribution to mankind. These radical feminists believe that the shirt represents the oppression of females and their participation in scientific fields. However, a study by the American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center published in August 2013 shows a steady growth of women faculty members in physics and astronomy departments across the nation since 1998, and is expecting the trend to continue.
The shirt in question was given to Dr. Taylor by a female friend. Elly Prizeman, a tattoo artist who also created the artwork on Dr. Taylor’s leg of the Rosetta probe. Prizeman had sewn the shirt herself and given it to Dr. Taylor as a birthday present. In order to thank her, Dr. Taylor decided to wear the shirt on the biggest day of his career. Prizeman, puzzled by the uproar, posted on Facebook, “I don’t think I can cope with all the social media stuff! They landed on a comet! That’s a much more interesting and bigger achievement than buying material and sewing it together!! Overwhelmed much!! Yaaaay Matt!!”
Just to put this into perspective, this man helped land a spacecraft onto a comet, something no one has ever done, to conduct experiments to advance mankind, and no one cares because of a poor clothing decision. If a scientist’s choice of clothing matters more to the people than their accomplishments, why bother conducting experiments? Why bother trying to discover more about our universe? Why try to advance mankind?

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