In Defense of Dr. Matt Taylor (An Editorial)

File under: When the PC warriors get ridiculous.

First the internet millennial ‘feminists’ attack accomplished artist Milo Manara over his Spider-Man cover earlier this summer. Now it’s most likely the same group of internet millennial ‘feminists’ who are attacking a man known as Dr. Matt Taylor. Dr. Taylor just happened to do something really amazing with a project called the Rosetta Mission. In short, he helped put a probe on a comet in space, traveling at 35,000 mph.

Yet on a day which should have been the happiest of not only his career, but his entire life, was unfortunately ruined by people proclaiming that the shirt he wore to his conference was too “offensive.” Nearly undercutting all his hard work and accomplishments. Over a shirt with which had a sexy women pattern.

Scientist Doctor Matt Taylor and his now infamous shirt.

Scientist Doctor Matt Taylor and his now infamous shirt.

Let this sink in for a moment.

It is exactly this kind of attitude that gives these ‘feminists’ a very bad reputation. Just another excuse for men who hate feminists chime in their ignorant opinions. In addition, this sort of attitude these internet millennial feminists have is totally disrespectful to all the first and second wave of REAL feminists. Personally, I’m much more concerned with equal pay, rape laws, sexual harassment, LGBT politics, a women’s right to chose, etc., than to focus on a bowling style shirt with pinups.

I fail to see the hoopla over the shirt in question. What is so offensive about it? It’s just space girls. Not even pornographic. Looks like artwork from an early ’80s Heavy Metal issue. BTW, did you know that the shirt was given to him by Elly Prizeman, a woman?

If you ever read Margaret Atwood’s book ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, she warns us about this. In the story, it was exactly the crazy pseudo-‘feminists’ that inadvertently gave power to the totalitarian conservative takeover of America. Which led to women being forced to be either a concubine, a frigid officer’s wife, a prostitute in secret military brothels, or to sent to the camps to be worked to death. The country becomes a bleak, fundamentalist, rigid society. So next time you get all worked up over what someone wore, think about your rights to express yourself as a human being. Censorship only leads to a completely repressed society. Do you really want the right to express yourself taken away?

We should be concerned with actions. Not what over someone wore.

Let’s chose our battles more wisely.

The only attention we should be giving him is on his work, not his wardrobe.

If these internet politically correct warriors need a Twitter punching bag, may I suggest Eminem? The rapper has made a whole career based on misogynistic imagery through his lyrics. Afterwards, they can help raise awareness about forced female genital mutilation. But no, that will never do. That’ll be too much work.

In addition, there were two women on on the Rosetta project. Kathrin Altwegg and Claudia Alexander. Altwegg alone did 23 publications relating to this Rosetta mission. This should encourage young girls to be interested in science and technology. Instead, we have these know-it-all internet bloggers go on and go about “that shirt.” Thus diverting the attention away from the accomplishments of Altwegg and Alexander. Thanks. What a way to show gratitude to brilliant, talented women actually working in the science field.

On a more positive note. If Dr. Taylor had not worn that particular shirt, perhaps all the scrutiny wouldn’t have brought to light about this Rosetta Mission. It sure beats having to hear about Ebola paranoia or Kim Kardashian’s ass. It’s definitely more uplifting than the low voter turnout in the most recent midterm US elections.

Doctor Matt Taylor should have never apologized for wearing that shirt. Maybe he should have said something along the lines like “I’m sorry YOU felt that way about my shirt….” but he should have never apologized for actually wearing the shirt.

Looking at his photographs, clearly this is a man who loves working in his field. His tattoos reflect this. He’s not at all concerned with scientific stereotypes. Considering what he’s managed to achieve, let’s cut him some slack.

That’s what life is supposed to be about. You’re supposed to live it, and enjoy the best way you can. And with that, Dr. Matt Taylor has become a new hero of mine (along with Kathrin Altwegg and Claudia Alexander.) You wear that shirt Dr. Taylor, and you wear it with pride.

Scientist Doctor Matt Taylor and his now infamous shirt.

Scientist Doctor Matt Taylor and his now infamous shirt.

  7 comments for “In Defense of Dr. Matt Taylor (An Editorial)

  1. November 15, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    But… but… it’s too porny. It’s not Metal Hurlant or Drulliet etc (which I loved) or even trashy 50s space girls at all. It’s a bit more, er, modern than that. You can’t see it in many of the shots/photos, but there’s one particular image that was ridiculous – barely covered shaved crotch ridiculous, suddenly catching your eye while listening to a nice, relaxing, pressure and twerking-free bit of awesome science news. It goes beyond ‘sexy fun’ to in-your-face… well. Never mind any feminist aspect, it was just a bit too rude for worldwide prime time telly. But don’t blame the excited science guy who probably forgot what he was wearing, blame the twats behind the camera, who probably was smirking with glee at the future clickbaiting and knew exactly what she or he was doing – at the expense of his and everyone’s dignity.

  2. November 15, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Well said indeed!

  3. Bob
    November 15, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Matt is just another man being run down by the media. They can’t do it to minorities, they can’t do it to “moms”..the only thing left to attack are white males. Sorry… but true

    • November 17, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      I don’t necessarily agree with white males are the only thing left to attack. And unfortunately the word ‘feminism’ got viciously attacked in response to this situation. Women get attacked online all the time. Anyone can get attacked online at any given time, regardless of background. There is however, an overly sensitive PC mindset that’s been polluting everything. Which will has already backfired in certain cases.

  4. November 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    I am looking for a world with more freedom… freedom as in expression of thoughts 🙂 All because democracy is not a fiction served. If it is then why our habits and mannerism are calculated on gender biased approaches?

  5. November 17, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Reading about Doctor Matt Taylor, he sounds like a brilliant yet absent-minded individual. After all, as has been said, he can land a space probe on a comet but he frequently forgets where he has parked his car. In other words, he is literally a genius but he is not nearly as good at coping with every day minor problems that most other people take for granted.

    Keeping all of that in mind, I think it is very likely that Taylor wore that shirt because it was a present from a friend and he thought it was cool. It probably just simply did not occur to him to ever consider that some people might find it offensive. To him it was just a cool shirt.

    I think “marinecreature” has a good point: some of Taylor’s colleagues or the television people could have suggested to him that he might inadvertently cause offense and that it would be a good idea for him to change his shirt.

    But, yes, as Michele explained in her post, there are so many other very tangible, significant problems facing women: being denied access to reproductive choices, income disparity, the prevalence of rape and the difficulty in deterring or punishing sexual predators, women literally being sold into slavery or murdered for the “crime” of attempting to gain an education… those are the offenses that should be stirring our outrage and motivating us into action, rather than a scientist wearing a silly, tacky shirt.

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