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Scientist Bullied to tears by feminist after helping comet landing

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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.

 

http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/13/7213819/your-bowling-shirt-is-holding-back-progress

 

 

He also made an apology last week and was brought to tears cause people attacked him for wearing the shirt.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/video/2014/nov/14/rosetta-scientist-matt-taylor-breaks-down-apology-offensive-shirt-video

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You gotta admit though, that was a REALLY bad shirt to wear..

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The fact that he had to say sorry for something stupid like this makes me want to wish everyone who had problem with his shirt to shut the fuck up and die

 

Great shirt, hes kind of hot, dumb motherfucking cunts

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Not the appropriate shirt for an occasion like this, it's simply unprofessional, but tbh it's not the big fucking deal the article is making it out to be. As if true aspiring female astronauts will give up on their dream because of his ugly shirt. brit4

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I feel terrible for this poor man. Imagine having one of your life's most important accomplishments tarnished by the ridiculous outcries of an extreme feminist. 

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Women can be so fucking judgemental sometimes. BILLIONS of dollars spent on this and the only thing "feminists" care about are his fashion choices...way to break the mold for women girls, ignoring a major scientific break through and focusing on his fashion...

 

What holds women back are the women that react like this. And yes ladies i will say it, hysteria. x

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That poor scientist.. He explained the whole thing with so much ambition and passion and gets bashed for something soo irrelevant.

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You gotta admit though, that was a REALLY bad shirt to wear..

 

Quirky shirts are sort of his thing though. He wears something kind of off kilter to every press conference he attends.

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That is why many people are starting to think feminism is a negative thing. 

He wasn't wearing it for the specific purpose of objectifying women, this is as always blown out of proportion. 

It's a bad shirt, but many people totally read into things too much.

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I swear I've seen more news about his shirt than the fact we actually landed a probe on a moving comet ew2 I honestly despair at the human race sometimes gaycat1

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