like, ok, look. the guy (and not a team of scientists, because scientific achievements are definitely accomplished by exactly one person only) landed a probe on a comet. That’s, y’know, really cool. And important.
BUT ALSO: he wore a shirt that’s really sexist. So, y’know, that’s… that’s not really cool. And also very important. Because wearing that shirt to work makes a statement. That statement is, “I am ok with the public sexualization and objectification of women, even in a work environment.” Yeah, you’re… you’re definitely making that environment safe and not uncomfortable for ladies. Ladies who already have to deal with sexual harassment because our society has normalized it, AND furthermore, ladies working in the STEM field, which already has a sexism problem. A+. I mean, if you need further proof of that, consider that no one thought to stop him before he, y’know, wore a shirt with barely-clothed ladies to a fucking interview. like. how. how did people think this ok.
And people like to be like “wah wah it’s by his female artist friend and therefore” like shut up. Ok look. Let’s say I give my friend a shirt with a ton of buff, almost-naked men on it, for her personal enjoyment. Doesn’t mean she should take it out and wave it around in public, much less in a PROFESSIONAL SETTING. Just cause someone gives you a gift b/c they know you like it doesn’t necessarily mean it should ever see the light of day. Some things that are ok to indulge in in private are deeply problematic if they’re ever brought out into public, where they can y’know affect other people who aren’t you.
(Also: some people have been equating the whole shirt thing to the “should be able to wear whatever we want without being sexualized” thing feminists do. Like, how can anyone with half a brain think those two are remotely equivalent. How? How.)
And guess what? You can be lauded for the whole landing stuff on a comet (which, again, definitely a one person thing) - which doesn’t need any additional help, obviously - while at the same time being condemned for another thing because they’re not super related. That’s a thing that can happen.
tl;dr: stop pretending like helping to land a probe on a comet cancels out misogynistic behavior, because it fucking doesn’t. stop pretending that sexism is OK as long as you achieve something great. stop trying to stifle discussion about an act which actively upholds issues of sexism in STEM fields (and even science reporting!) that discourage women from getting into them.
shut the fuck up
(Hell, the fact that he was involved in such a high-profile project means that he should doubly be taken to task for this because the scientific community needs to be shown that this shit is 100000% unacceptable.)
(P.S. quoting someone who wrote about the rigid observation of gender roles? I’m sure there’s no irony here…) nevermind this is kind of unfair to Confucius