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It’s a shirt

November 15, 2014


For days now, I have been reading piece after piece about this guy’s shirt. The latest from a magazine called “The Verge” has annoyed me immensely. [No, I will not link.] All it says to me is: we shall gloss over the instant and apparently earnest apology, because we had already written 400 words and need clickbait for our advertisers.

Of course, I do see the interconnectedness of it all. There are absolutely legitimate grievances against objectifying images. It is mind-boggling that nobody thought to stop him from appearing in something so tasteless. The equivalent of a titty calendar on the wall of the Rosetta offices is a symptom of the domination of sciences by men and, perhaps, a marginal contributor to its perpetuation. What is lacking is a sense of proportion. It seems to me that everything on social media has to be ERRMERRGERD THAT’S THE WORST THING THAT A HUMAN BEING DID EVER LOLZ.

“This is the sort of casual misogyny that stops women from entering certain scientific fields”, the piece claims.

Really? This idiot’s shirt does that? Not the fact that in countries with population representing more than two-thirds of the world educating girls is either frowned upon or illegal? Not the fact that we, as parents, buy girls pink plastic kitchens instead of chemistry sets to play with in our millions? Not the fact that university faculties are run by old grey men who overtly discriminate against female scientists?

No? It is this guy’s shirt? Wood. Trees. *searches The Verge for ANY article on female genital mutilation; finds none*

There are big ticket items and superficial stuff and I just get frustrated with keyboard warriors’ unerring ability to obsess about the latter while ignoring the former.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2014 11:55 am

    I have in the past apologised for my choice of shirt,for no reason other than it was a horrible shirt.
    I’m just glad it wasn’t my fashion faux pas, that over overshadowed the historic Rosetta comet landing.

  2. November 16, 2014 10:56 am

    Can only agree. So I do.

  3. November 16, 2014 11:16 am

    In addition, I think you should all see this
    It’s by Emily Prizeman, the woman who made the shirt for Dr Taylor for his birthday.

    I am an out and out feminist and at most, yeah I can see why it was possibly not the best wardrobe choice for the day that defined his career and one of the greatest scientific achievements since putting a man on the moon.

    But on the same day/the day after (?), Jess Ennis-Hill started receiving rape threats on Twitter for daring to make it known that if Sheffield United sign convicted rapist Ched Evans, she would like her name removed from the Ennis Stand. Now THAT is something to get angry about.

  4. May permalink
    November 16, 2014 11:30 am

    It is a lot easier to focus on small details like someone’s clothing choices (men OR women, just look at the amount of rape-apologetics based on short skirts or low-cut tops) than to work on dismantling systematic injustice. If you kick up a fuss about something trivial, you can claim to be part of the movement without actually having to do anything.

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