Last week, an international team of scientists landed a probe on a comet. Any reasonable person would have seen this as a triumph in human scientific accomplishment. Feminists, on the other hand, are more concerned about a shirt that one of the scientists wore.
I can think of no better reason feminism should be kept out of science. Scientists do real work expanding the frontier of human knowledge. Feminists are obsessed with meaningless issues like a man’s shirt and are a force against human knowledge. Just look at the bio of Matt Taylor, the scientist who wore the shirt:
Matt Taylor was born in London, gained his undergraduate Physics degree at the University of Liverpool, and a PhD from Imperial College London. His career has focused on the space plasma measurements, working in Europe and the US on the four spacecraft ESA Cluster mission, leading to a post at ESA which started in 2005 working as the project scientist for Cluster and the ESA-China Double star mission. His studies have focused on energetic particle dynamics in near-Earth space and in the interaction of the Sun’s solar wind with the Earths magnetic field, particularly focusing on how boundary layer interactions evolve, leading to 70 first or co-authored papers. Most recently he was appointed the Project Scientist on the Rosetta mission.
Does any feminist have a bio like this? Has any feminist done work like Dr. Taylor’s? The answer to both questions is HELL NO. This is another reason why effort’s like Maria Klawe’s to replace men with women in STEM is so dangerous. Instead of expanding the realm of human knowledge and improving the world like they are now, more feminism in science and engineering means that scientists and engineers will be too busy going to “women in computing” conferences and worrying about their clothing to get anything done.
Dr. Taylor made the mistake of apologizing for his choice in attire. He should have gone on the offensive and defended science against feminism. There’s a perfect quote from Confucius (especially if you replace moon with comet) that he should have used to defend science:
“When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.”