Matt Taylor's shirt has instantly become one of the modern symbols of the fight between science, achievements, freedom, dedication to one's work, and meritocracy on one side and oppression, bullying, parasitism, feminism, humorlessness, cruelty, and superficiality on the other side.
The feminist bullies have apparently broken Matt Taylor, a scientist-in-chief of the Rosetta mission that succeeded in sending a module to a comet and in drilling it – all the data from the drilling got back before the battery went to the standby mode. But the legend has it that the poor guy said "and yet it moves". And even if he hasn't, you know very well that it moves, anyway, don't you?
The feminist bullies have concentrated their attention on Matt Taylor – their goal was nothing else than to turn his life to hell – and they won the battle. But they may have actually helped to lose the war. I hope that the days when feminism will be treated on par with Nazism are getting closer. Most of the reactions in the media have been negative towards the off-topic reactions. See e.g.
1 small shirt for a man, 1 giant leap backward for women: Column (by Glenn Reynolds, USA Today)But there are many, many others sensible texts out there.
Matt Taylor's sexist shirt and the day political correctness officially went mad (by Tim Stanley, The Telegraph)
In defence of Rosetta mission scientist Dr Matt Taylor and his controversial shirt (by Siam Goorwich, Metro)
Now, the good news is that you may still buy the shirt that Matt Taylor got from a close female friend. It's called "New Gunner Girls" and the precise color variation that Matt likes has been sold out. But there's an almost identical, slightly more bluish shirt
"Gunner Girls" (alohaland.com)which may be bought in 12 sizes – times in men's or women's type. Just to be sure, it's a fancy shirt so it's in no way cheap. The price is in between 45 and 95 dollars.
... more pin-up girl shirts here ...
Incidentally, some of you may "like" a new Facebook page of Matt Taylor's fans trying to get to 10,000. Now it has 6,600. (Update on Monday later, 24 hours later: the "likers" have almost doubled and jumped above 11,000.)
The comet is actually singing! The signal was amplified 10,000 times and it sounds like crickets of a sort. It is not clear to me whether this is really an audio signal or a radio signal. It seems that they were originally electromagnetic waves. There are some hints that the ESA folks knew about the mysterious radio signals from the comet for years and it was actually one of the motivations to go there. Maybe we will learn something shocking! ;-)