GH Reynolds: Dear ESA, Welcome to #Gamergate

Update: Meet the internet’s newest sexy science star, Mohawk Guy

Sure, ostensibly you stayed up to watch Curiosity land. But you just couldn’t keep your eyes off the handsome specimen with the star-spangled ‘hawk. Seven minutes of terror? Try seven minutes of HELLO, NURSE.
As always, the internet means knowing you’re not alone in whatever you’re into, even if what you’re into is Inspector Gadget/Pokemon slash fic or something. And you were definitely not alone in swooning over Mohawk Guy, who is in fact awesomely named Bobak Ferdowsi (Bobak and Ferdowsi: coincidentally also the two stars of my Pokemon slash). In fact, by the time the East Coast woke up, Ferdowsi already had a fan Tumblr with multiple fanart submissions. Next challenge for NASA: figure out whether internet fandom actually moves faster than light.

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Yes, that’s right. After years of effort, the European Space Agency’s lander Philaelanded 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. It was one small shirt for a man, one giant leap backward for womankind.
The Atlantic’s Rose Eveleth tweeted, “No no women are toooootally welcome in our community, just ask the dude in this shirt.” Astrophysicist Katie Mack commented: “I don’t care what scientists wear. But a shirt featuring women in lingerie isn’t appropriate for a broadcast if you care about women in STEM.” And from there, the online feminist lynch mob took off until Taylor was forced to deliver a tearful apology on-camera.

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via 1 small shirt for a man, 1 giant leap backward for women: Column.

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