As opposed to the message that it doesn't matter what you do, you'll just be judged on your appearance instead?
Or the message that wearing something someone disapproves of is three times more important than doing your job to the best of your ability?
Yes, as opposed to that - the vast majority of feminist coverage of this (in fact, all of it that I've seen) has been "Fuck yeah, science! Look at this awesome thi-oh. Well, that's an issue that detracts from it. He shouldn't have done that. But fuck yeah probe on a comet!"
The coverage I've seen, not counting replies to the ridiculous backlash, has been at worst
equally divided between the mission itself and the issue of the shirt. "Three times" strikes me as pretty damn disingenuous. And again, it's not about "wearing something someone disapproves of", it's about "sending harmful messages to an already-disadvantaged group."
1) He was in a PR role
(and should have been conscious of this), but is a full-fledged contributing member of the team. No particular argument there, and I'm not sure where you saw it. (It's possible I'm overlooking or forgetting something here.)
2) Not my argument; Kythia can speak for herself and probably do a better job of it than I can.
3) and 4) Okay, let's look at broadly international stats on women in astronomy. Statistically indistinguishable from men, says you. Bullshit, says the IAU.
Or perhaps you'd rather drill down to the level of the Rosetta team
itself: Notice anything about the male:female ratio there?
5) "Constructive dismissal" is, to my understanding, something that an institution does as an unspoken but deliberate course of action. This is distinct from what Steampunkette is talking about, and thus a non-sequitur. Even if it weren't, "reasons sexual harassment and assault are vastly underreported" is its own topic - the short and relevant-to-this-discussion version is "no action in court does not mean nothing happened".
6) Be... because beards and tattoos (depending on the content of the tattoo, of course) don't objectify anyone? Are we really having this discussion?
7) No, because calling this shit out is how it stops
, and because the people fighting it are also encouraging women in STEM.
Perhaps you've heard of the Ada Initiative
, for example? This is a blatant "sit down and shut up" argument against discussing sexism at all. Focusing on the men to the exclusion of the women? Yes, that's a problem - one that I'd rank above the shirt, to be honest, though they're on the same spectrum. Let's fix that, if only in a small way.
(Please note that this, literally the only coverage of the project's women I could easily find, is also by someone citing the shirt as a problem issue.
8) Yeah, that's hyperbolic, no argument there.
9) This is a Gish gallop. Which of the extremely large topics you've brought up here would you actually like to discuss in depth?
10) You... you realize that you opened this post by quoting a discussion about an article written by a kink-positive sex-positive feminist
, right? Feminism and BDSM are not remotely enemies; the focus of mainstream feminism is on consent
, not on what consensual activities are taking place. Further, even if this were an issue, it's completely irrelevant to the topic at hand.