Drowned out

Conservative blogger Glenn Reynolds is mad mad mad mad mad about .. well, I’ll let him tell it:

After years of effort, the European Space Agency’s lander Philae landed on a comet 300 million miles away. At first, people were excited. Then some women noticed that one of the space scientists, Matt Taylor, was wearing a shirt, made for him by a female “close pal,” featuring comic-book depictions of semi-naked women.  And suddenly, the triumph of the comet landing was drowned out by shouts of feminist outrage about … what people were wearing.

Drowned out!

Let’s sit with that a minute.  I just searched for “Philae” on Twitter and you know how many tweets I had to scroll through before I found one that mentioned Matt Taylor and his shirt?  32.  That sounds about right — I’d say 3% of the coverage I saw of the comet landing had to do with Matt Taylor’s shirt, and 97% had to do with the fact that we awesomely landed a robot on a comet.

But for Reynolds, the 3% drowns out the 97%.  3% is too much.  1% is too much!  Any little speck of feminist content is like the pea under the mattress for these guys. They can’t rest because the 3% is digging into them, it keeps them up all night, the feminism is still there, I can feel it, make it stop make it stop!

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4 thoughts on “Drowned out

  1. Jessamyn says:

    Matt Taylor seems to be a right-on guy who made a bad choice and I think it’s okay that for some people that was what they chose to talk about that day. It’s super weird for me watching people push back against that as if you’re not supposed to somehow notice that sort of thing. I mean that shirt, it was noticeable.

  2. The funny thing is, it’s not long since cultural conservatives would have been up in arms against a shirt like that themselves (and decrying the tattoos as well). But as soon as it’s criticised on progressive grounds, they’re falling over themselves defending Taylor’s inalienable right to lewd casualwear…

  3. Kevin says:

    In Reynolds’ defense, this is your first and only post about Philae.

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