#Shirtstorm Feminists Attack Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds


The European Space Agency made history when their Philae lander touched down onto a comet. This was a major accomplishment, not just for science, but for humanity. The comet, 67P, is only 2.5 miles wide and can travel tens of thousands of miles per hour.

But unfortunately — albeit also unsurprisingly — feminazis cared not a whit about what an incredible achievement this was, and zeroed in on one thing: the shirt that Dr. Matt Taylor was wearing in an interview:

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The shirt is clearly famous women in science fiction, such as the 50 Foot Tall Woman and Wonder Woman — and was made for Taylor by a female friend of his. But because the shirt had women sort of scantily clad, it was apparently unacceptable — and the Atlantic writer Rose Eveleth kicked off the feminazi mob when she sent out the following tweet:

The femisogynists talk constantly about how women are so interested in science, technology, and engineering, but when there is a major, groundbreaking story involving those exact subjects, the only thing they can do is whine about how a shirt hurt their feelings. The mob was relentless, until Taylor actually broke down in tears apologizing, at a time when he should have been celebrating the greatest achievement of his life.

In response to this ridiculousness, Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds penned a column at USA Today that was nothing short of brilliant:

It seems to me that if you care about women in STEM, maybe you shouldn’t want to communicate the notion that they’re so delicate that they can’t handle pictures of comic-book women. Will we stock our Mars spacecraft with fainting couches?

Not everyone was so censorious. As one female space professional wrote: “Don’t these women and their male cohorts understand that *they* are doing the damage to what/whom they claim to defend!?”

No, they don’t. Or, if they do, their reservations are overcome by the desire to feel important and powerful at others’ expense. Thus, what should have been the greatest day in a man’s life — accomplishing something never before done in the history of humanity — was instead derailed by people with their own axes to grind. As Chloe Price observed: “Imagine the … storm if the scientist had been a woman and everyone focused solely on her clothes and not her achievements.”

Yes, feminists have been telling us for years that women can wear whatever they want, and for men to comment in any way is sexism. But that’s obviously a double standard, since they evidently feel no compunction whatsoever in criticizing what men wear. News flash: Geeks don’t dress like Don Draper.

Because Reynolds committed the ultimate sin of using a feminist’s own words against her, the bully mob set their sights on him next, because how dare anyone do such a thing?! The lunatics clearly had nothing they could say to rebut Reynolds’ argument, so they resorted to flat-out lying, claiming that he had “doxxed” her a la Anonymous, or published Eveleth’s personally identifiable information. It wasn’t even remotely true, of course, but that didn’t stop them from making it up and doing everything they could to smear him and ruin his reputation.

The problem here is that everything Reynolds said was right. Feminazis relentlessly bark about how empowered women are — thanks to so-called feminist leaders like Eveleth, Jessica Valenti, and Amanda Marcotte, of course — yet they lose their minds because, oh no, someone wore something that they didn’t like! A woman that actually was strong and empowered wouldn’t act like a Victorian-era woman fainting because they saw too much skin somewhere. And they’re hypocrites about it too, considering that they organize Slutwalks and encourage women to dress as skankily as possible — but heaven forbid a man wear a shirt that they don’t approve of.

Even worse is a man making them look like the shrill, hysterical harpies that they actually are. That’s unforgivable. Wear something or say something that the feminazis don’t like, and they’ll set out to destroy you, all because they can’t actually make a coherent, logical argument defending their ridiculous behavior. It’s especially ridiculous considering that there’s no room in feminism for perpetually offended whiners who get their panties in a wad over imagined sexism and fake misogyny when there is actual real misogyny and oppression in the world. When is the last time that these “feminists” were concerned about Yazidi women being sold as sex slaves? Or the injustices visited upon Middle Eastern women on a daily basis because they have to live under sharia law? There’s a rape epidemic in India, women are dragged off the streets and forced into late-term abortions in China, and women are executed for killing their rapists in Iran. Yet the people who claim to be fighting for women’s equality are raising hell over a shirt that a scientist wore and because someone quoted them accurately and made them look like the nutjobs that they are.

It almost makes me embarrassed to be a woman — but then I remember that only about a third of all American women identify with these raving lunatics, and I feel so much better. No wonder they have to invent reasons to be offended. It must be hard to realize that you’re utterly irrelevant.

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