Ana Kasparian of the Young Turks weighed in on That Evil Shirt, and she got everything wrong: she ranted about feminist extremists, and how you’d have to be really weak to give up on science because of one shirt — it was an embarrassing exhibition of non sequiturs. I was disgusted, and would have let it go, but a youtube commenter (!) named florzinnha3 did an excellent job answering it, so I thought I’d just steal her comment and post it here.
Oh Ana, sometimes you are so disappointing.
If a woman says it doesn’t offend her people say “see? It’s not sexist!”.
If a woman says it offends her then she’s admitting she’s “weak”.
It’s a ridiculous simplification to think a woman would say “a shirt kept me from my life’s dream of being an engineer!!” .
Literally no woman would say this. No woman.
That is a ridiculous strawman.
That shirt is a representation of the “boys club” environment of the STEM fields.
A “boys club” systematically and by definition keeps women out. This is done by both large and overt attacks, as well as subtle even unintentional actions. This is simple sociology.
The STEM fields are dominated by men, with few women. Which is why that sexist shirt resonated with a lot of women because it is a clear example of the little things that tell women, each day, in STEM and other male-dominated fields, “this is a boys’ club, you’re not welcome”.
It’s not rocket science, Ana.
I do have to add one more thing: these idiots raving about “feminist extremists — they’ve gone too far!” Let me ask you: what did people do in response to Taylor’s shirt?
Did they riot in the streets?
Did they demand that he be fired?
Did someone shoot him?
Did swarms of people send him messages telling him he should die, he should be raped?
No, they did none of those things. They complained. They spoke out and said the shirt was tasteless and disrespectful to the women on the team and in the audience. That’s all. They just spoke up, nothing more.
But apparently that’s just too much radicalism. The only thing less anyone could do is sit silent…but I guess that’s what’s wanted of women.
It really reminds me of all those complaints about “radical” and “militant” atheists whose most terrible act was writing a book or giving a speech.