It may be beginning to sound as if I’m a bit obsessed with comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and that would be accurate, I am, but this isn’t precisely about that. But, agenda driven people find their agenda everywhere.
This time it’s the feminists. I have no disagreement with feminism, at least in the broad outline. I believe that all people should be treated as individuals, with respect, fairness and compassion. Professionally, I think people should be judged on their capabilities, and any job a person wants and is capable of doing, they should get. I think women’s boxing is a bit weird, but I’m not going to see it so I can hardly be bothered that it exists.
But, this is a bit much. One of the scientists who helped make the whole mission happen, Dr. Matt Taylor, was being interviewed about it on TV. I’m sure he said lots of nice, inspiring things about space, and the quest for knowledge, and how this mission is absolutely awesome because the idea of landing a robot on a tiny little rock which is roughly shaped like 3/4ths of a peanut, 3 and a half billion miles from Earth, deep in the frigid emptiness of space is bold, and brilliant, and incredible.
Probably something like that. I’ve no idea what he said. Feminists are in an uproar (well, some feminists) about the fact that he was wearing a Hawaiian style shirt with some scantily clad ladies pictured thereupon. It was really a mild sort of shirt. You see far more misogynistic things every day. Slogans on T-Shirts and random things posted on facebook.
Personally, I think Dr. Taylor should have just told them all to get bent (he could pull that off – He’s British, you know) but, instead, he issued an apology, “I’m sorry if I’ve caused offense….” and so on.
Feminists 1 – Casual dress at work 0