Righteous Feminism versus brilliant Science

Ayaan Hirsi Ali pings the handbag hyenas for pursuing “trivial bullshit”. 

I noticed the extraodinary wailing and subsequent humiliation of Dr Matt Taylor, project scientist of the European Space Agency who managed the remarkable feat of landing an exploratory spacecraft onto Comet 67P for wearing a colourful shirt at his press conference.

His sin was to wear a pop-art style shirt with pictures of “gun-totting women” dressed in what otherwise might have been classed as “sisterhood approved burlesque“. But no.

With the whiff of complaint by the sisterhood, the American Astronomical Society (AAS), The Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA), the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), and the American Geophysical Union all caved in to the Barking Spiders and fell over backwards to apologise. The RAS even added, just in case we hadn’t got the message, that behaviour such as clothing choices “can discourage women from pursuing careers in science.”  Ouch.  Of course.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a harsh critic of Islam’s treatment of women, speaking at the American Independent Women’s Forum Women of Valor recently reminded the guests that “once upon a time, feminists fought for the access — basic right — access of girls to education.”

But now she feels they have squandered this victory with “trivial bullshit”.

“What we are now doing with the victory, and I agree with you if you condemn that and I condemn whole-heartedly the trivial bullshit it is to go after a man who makes a scientific breakthrough and all that we as women — organized women — do is to fret about his shirt?”

“We must reclaim and retake feminism from our fellow idiotic women.”

Hirsi Ali has a rather broader perspective than our spoilt middle class feminists. Talking of her own life as a young girl in Somalia she explained:

“If something wrong were to happen to me, and where I come from that happened all the time — you were groped, you were harassed, you were raped — you had no recourse because you weren’t supposed to be where you were.” You were married off as a child and you had to obey the person that you were married to, it was just your luck.”

Indeed, trivial bullshit. But I feel for Dr Matt Taylor and his pillorying by a humourless and embittered feminism gone wrong and also by scientific institutions that quake at the slightest accusation of political incorrectness.

One Response to “Righteous Feminism versus brilliant Science”

  1. Iain Hall Says:

    Reblogged this on Iain Hall's SANDPIT and commented:
    Well put Andrew , the thing that annoys me about so many feminists is their complete humorlessness, they see the world througgh the cloak of their claimed victim hood and do their very best to suck the joy out of so many aspoects of our lives with their utter bullshit. This is just one sad example and another is the “campaigns against Games like GTAV and “gendered” toys

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