No, I don’t oppose the fact that Matt Taylor, an incredibly accomplished scientist, wore a controversial shirt on Wednesday, November 13, during the live stream showing Philae landing on a comet.
In case you haven’t heard, Matt Taylor was a leading scientist in the Rosetta Mission, which managed to send back the first ever image from a comet. This feat is a huge step in the scientific world, as comets can contain information from different worlds and times. Humanity is once again at the cusp of unlocking the secrets to the universe and its past because of Matt and his team, but a certain group of people chose to notice something else about him. Feminazis, as they’re appropriately named, launched a massive attack against Matt’s shirt ,which was made by his female friend, a tattoo artist, and featured pictures of scantily-clad women. The group intimidated and bullied Matt all over social media to the point where he apologized in tears on a subsequent interview.
It’s clear to see that this attack was far out of line. Considering Matt’s sincere apology, he obviously didn’t wear that shirt in order to objectify women or prevent them from pursuing a career in science. Moreover, seeing as his friend created the shirt for him, it had sentimental value, much like a grandmother’s sweater. Women unequivocally overreacted and amplified an honest mistake out of proportion.
In a perfectly fair world, the criticism would have had some reason behind it. However, Matt Taylor’s shirt is quite conservative in comparison to other objectifications of women. Take Robin Thicke’s music video for “Blurred Lines,” in which he appears to be harassing almost nude women. Take Nicki Minaj’s music video for “Anaconda,” which inflates men’s expectations for women and their bodies. Last but definitely not least, take Kim Kardashian’s picture featuring a photoshopped version of her gluttius maximus titled “Break the Internet.” None of these blatant onslaughts on people’s image of women attracted significant retaliation from feminists, nor did they lead to an apology from the oppressors. Yet, for some sickening reason, it seems that someone who has completed his enterprise after years of sedulous work deserves to be chastised more than those creating ephemeral forms of entertainment.