Seriously, guys and gals: It's a shirt. A shirt. Should I start saying that a woman wants to be sexually objectified if she wear a sexy outfit? Whether it was because it was the first thing that he grabbed in the morning to head to work because he was late, or if he wanted to be seen on TV wearing it in honor of the Female friend that gave it to him, doesn't matter. It's a shirt. The guy successfully landed a probe on a comet, this guy should be a goddamn hero in modern science, and instead people are villifying him because of his taste in fashion?
I don't wanna be human anymore.
No no no no no no no no NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO.
"The guy" was part of a team
of hundreds if not thousands
of people working on this project. People need to stop holding him up as some unassailable paragon of humanity. He was basically their PR guy
and we're acting like he's the next Einstein.
And you know what? Landing a probe on a comet was not even all that difficult. And they still managed to screw it up. You know what it takes? Mathmatics and engineering, and they still managed to: Land in the wrong spot; the harpoons they sent didn't work; the probe is now in darkness and can't recharge; only part of the science conducted even comes from the probe
. Something like 20% of the total data collected, if everything had gone perfectly, would have come from the probe. It's not like we established a successful colony on Mars or something. This is a drop in the bucket of the scientific community.
And "It's just a shirt guys come on!" is "Boys will be boys" with different window dressing. And that shit is not okay.
So let's stop erasing the entire team who was behind the guy, let's stop defending a sexist as hell shirt(And if I see "but a female designed it" one more time I'm going to puke), and let's actually hold people accountable for their actions.
Because you know what? He was part of a team who landed a probe on a comet. That's something we've never done before
. Is it cool? Yes. Is it an achievement for science? Sure.
And we can be proud of that.
But that doesn't mean we have to ignore his shitty shirt. These things are not mutually exclusive.