The Trial

In the third chunk of the novel, the trial of Jim Williams takes place. Jim Williams, the wealthy owner and antiques seller is put on trial for the murder of his houseboy, Danny Hansford. For this trial, Bobby Lee Cook is working the defense for Jim Williams while Spencer Lawton is the prosecutor.

Jim Williams seems relatively unruffled by his impending murder case. Even when he is convicted and sentenced to time in the Chatham County Jail, he maintains a composed stature, still impeccably dressed and maintaining a gentleman, suave personality. When he is talking about his trial, he cares more about the antique furniture being loaded off of his truck rather than the time he would have to spend time in jail. Additionally, even when he is in jail, he is still maintaining his antique selling business by rerouting calls from the Mercer House. To his customers, his guise of poise and elegance is maintained because many of them are not even aware that he is in jail.

However, the guise is just what it is…a ploy. On the inside, Jim Williams is deteriorating due to the subpar standards and treatment in the jail cell compared to the luxury he is used to living in his house. However, Jim Williams is determined not to let his issues deter him from maintaining his status.

Analysis of Danny Hansford

In Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, Danny Hansford is described as a “nameless presence” (Berendt 128), someone who is well known in the tiny secluded town of Savannah, but also does not need to make a large scene to make his presence known.

Corinne, an art student who lived in the top floor of a townhouse in Savannah stated that Danny is a “walking streak of sex” (Berendt 129) and that she was attracted to his immense sex appeal. Danny is known for giving off a laid back yet still aggressive vibe, with his cocky strut, muscular body, tousled blond hair, T-shirt that says ‘Fuck You’ and tattoos.

When Corinne hangs out with Danny, he shows her Jim William’s beautiful house. During the tour of the house, Danny states that everything in the house actually belongs to him – the expensive cars, jewelry, roulette table, guns, etc. Corinne, despite knowing that Danny is lying, plays along with his charade because she wants him in her pants.

The ruse that Danny plays with Corinne – and actually thinking he can get away with it – shows that deep down, Danny is actually insecure despite his “bad boy” exterior where he seems like he has little feelings about other people. However, on the inside Danny yearns for having material wealth like what his boss, Jim Williams, has. Therefore, despite his seemingly aloof personality, Danny Hansford is actually insecure.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – Jim Williams

In the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, there is a quote that states “He was tall, about fifty, with darkly handsome, almost sinister features: a neatly trimmed mustache, hair turning silver at the temples, and eyes so black they were like the tinted windows of a sleek limousine – he could see out, but you couldn’t see in.”

This quote is a good set-up for the rest of the novel, because it gives the reader a brief glimpse of the type of person Jim Williams, the protagonist of the novel, is about.

  • Sinister – implies that Williams may not have the most pure or innocent intentions
  • Neatly trimmed mustache – he is a cultured man (similar to that of of a Southern gentleman) suggesting he is not only evil but intelligent
  • Limousine analogy – he leads a private life, but he is observant of those around him

All these traits suggest that Jim Williams is a power hungry man. This side of him is shown in the novel as it progresses. In the quiet, secluded town of Savannah, Georgia, the wealthy and ostentatious generally keep to themselves. However, Williams throws the most desired and massive party once every year, and this attracts people from the town left and right. People fight for an invite, and it gives Williams great pleasure knowing that he has the power to control who is able to go to his party. He can choose to kick someone off the list at a moment’s notice, and he enjoys this power.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter, and journalist
  • wrote The Chronicle of a Death Foretold in 1981
  • popularized literary technique of magical realism
  • won 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature
Garcia Marquez. Source

 

Compare how Garcia Marquez has explored the themes of judgment and punishment and with what effect.

  • explores themes through Bayardo San Roman & Angela Vicario’s failed marriage
  • Pura punishes Angela when Pura finds out Bayardo returned her daughter after finding out she wasn’t a virgin
  • Angela’s brothers, Pablo and Pedro, vow to kill the man who took their sister’s virginity and disgraced their family to restore honor in their family
  • Vicario Family worried about judgement bestowed upon them with the failed engagement

Why did Garcia Marquez do this?

  • extreme measures of judgment and punishment create magical realism effect of novel
  • regular society wouldn’t have such consequences for having sex before marriage
  • Pablo and Pedro’s response of killing Santiago Nasar is also unwarranted

 

Want to read a similar magical realism story about a dog that helps a family in need? Click here.

 

Evolution

Recently in biology class, my classmates and I learned about the unit of evolution. Obviously, we went over the basics: Charles Darwin the father of evolution and cool beards, evidence for evolution, etc. But what really struck me was that every complex organism on the planet all started from one small, seemingly insignificant cell that decided to somehow become alive. And from that pioneer cell came dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, blue whales, dragonflies with 8 feet long wingspans (which are, thankfully, now extinct), carnivorous plants, and possibly the most complex of them all, Homo sapiens.

It really amazes me that from a cell with no nucleus, came incredibly complex features that are present in so many animals today. I’ve decided to list a few:

  • DNA – I think it’s very impressive that every organism has some form of genetic material. How did the thing that codes for everything in life really come to exist?
  • Brain – one of the most mysterious things known to man still; amazing how something that controls the movements and actions of every organism under the Chordate phyla came to be
  • 4 Chamber Heart – before the 4 chamber heart beating inside of you right now evolved in humans, there were species with 3 chamber hearts…and 2 chamber hearts.

What amazes me more than the evolutionary developments that have occurred over billions of years is the fact that they happened. If DNA Polymerase III didn’t mess up when adding nucleotides to a certain organisms’ DNA millions of years ago and therefore caused a mutation in the genetic material that therefore changed the way a certain protein was produced and therefore caused the organism to be more adapted to its environment, there’s a good chance humans would not be here today. For example, all people with blue eyes stemmed from a single person that originated in Europe a few thousand years ago; if that person’s genes didn’t mutate, then there wouldn’t be people with blue eyes today. This is a seemingly insignificant development, but this occurred to every trait seen in every organism on this planet. It’s really mind-blowing to realize how improbable it was for humans to have come onto this planet, yet it still happened.

Human Evolutionary Tree Link

Overall, I wanted to share my amazement over how impressive evolution is, because it really is incredible how humans and other species evolved into the incredibly complex organisms they are today from single-celled organisms.

 

Due to some recent comments, I’ve decided to include some evidence for evolution, because I feel as if there are many uninformed people reading this blog post:

– embryology: many organisms have similar structures when they are embryos, signifying they evolved from a common ancestor

– fossil records: support punctuated equilibrium, with transitional fossils showing evidence for intermediate species when the environment changed

– homologous structures: if bird and humans were created in different sects, the explain why they have similar vestigial structures and pentedactyl limbs

-universal nature of the genetic code: did God just get lazy when he was writing the genetic code for all the species on the planet, and that’s why humans share 50% of our DNA with bananas and nearly 60% with the Drosophila melanogaster, aka the fruit fly. Did God just copy and paste the genetic code of bananas and add a few more C, T, A, and G’s to make the amino acid sequences for humans?

– endosymbiotic theory: mitochondria and chloroplasts came to be because they were devoured by other prokaryotic cells through endocytosis. Evidence includes the fact that they have their own DNA and 70s size ribosomes along with having double membranes, supporting the statement that eukaryotic cells were created through endosymbiosis.

– selective breeding: the cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts all descended from the mustard plant. Selective breeding is evolution occurring RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES!! Thousands of years ago, corn and apples were not the way they are today; corn used to be hard and inedible, and apples used to be tart and small. Through selective breeding, these staples in today’s’ society evolved into what we know them as today.

– Natural selection: If any of you biblical lunatics have ever read the Origin of Species by the father of evolution, Charles Darwin, you’d know that there is ample evidence for natural selection, which is direct evidence for evolution (antibiotic resistance in bacterial species, like methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, and the peppered moth, along with every other species that traversed the Earth in its 4.6 billion year life span)

If you still have any other doubts on evolution, please produce some substantial evidence for me to analyze.

YMCA SC Nationals 2015

This blog, I am dedicating less to my views and more to my experiences in the past week. The past few days have been quite interesting, with each day holding new experiences, despite the fact that I haven’t been in school at all (or maybe that is the reason why?). Last week, I competed at YMCA Short Course Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina, which is a massive swim meet hosted by the YMCA that attracts swimmers from all over the country. Most people train their entire seasons for this meet, unless they’re faster and can move on to Junior Nationals or Olympic Trials. Anyways, this allowed me to skip an entire week of school (well, 4 days because Friday we had off) which sounds like a lot of fun until I take a look at my agenda and realize I have a butt load of work to make up before the marking period ends in a few days.

For me, Nationals is the two weeks (one week in April for short course, one week in August in Indianapolis for long course) of my year that I truly look forward to. I’ve decided to come up with a list why this week produces some of the best memories of my life.

  • No parents – self explanatory
  • 1 week with good friends – I’ve become good friends with swimmers on my team, but since I live so far away from them, it’s hard for me to hang out with them out of the pool; however, at Nationals, I get to spend time with them 24/7
My team - Ocean County YMCA - is a little weird.
My team – Ocean County YMCA – is a little weird.

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  • meeting friends from other teams – swimmers are social creatures, and seeing friends from Florida or other places is always exciting; usually, I only get to see these friends on social media or a few times a year at swim meets
3 different teams.
3 different teams.
  • parade – Nationals parade is some of the most fun I’ve ever had: everyone dresses up with the theme of the meet (this year was outer space, last year was neon) and we dance around the pool
Each state had a sign. And yes, we were wearing tutus (they lit up).
Each state had a sign. And yes, we were wearing tutus (they lit up).
  • finals – watching your teammates swim at finals, which is quite an accomplishment, and cheering on them is an incredible experience. I’ve had the pleasure of watching a few of my teammates become national champions, which is an awesome feat.
  • I also met Ryan Lochte, a famous Olympic swimmer who has multiple gold medals and world records…I was starstruck
Ryan Lochte
Ryan Lochte

The only downside of this meet is the 10 hour road trip we had to go through. One the 10 hour drive home, our bus broke down, and we were stuck on the side highway from 11 pm – 2 am on a bus without circulating air and people who were all tired and missing home. The bus smelled like the human waste that had been on the bus for a week (since our bus was equipped with a porta-potty), and personalities started to clash, since everyone was getting tired of each other. We ended making it to a rest stop at 2 am, but it was a sketchy truck stop, with dozens of massive trucks parked nearby, and we were warned to stay away from them and travel in groups of at least 5 people. We remained there, dining on Starbucks and McDonald’s until 9 am the next morning (if the bus hadn’t broken down, we would’ve been home by 6 am). Needless to say, it was quite the experience…

Despite the makeup work and vehicle issues, if I had a choice to relive the past week, I would do it in a heartbeat. The camaraderie and feeling of freedom makes the weeks of Nationals some of the best of my life.

How Significant Are You?

Sorry to break this to you, but not very much.

In the eye of the universe, humans are negligible. Humans aren’t even a microscopic dot on the cosmic scale, since the universe formed about 13.7 billion years ago, and the earliest organism that resembled a human walked our planet a mere 2.5 million years ago. Even relative to Earth, which is 4.6 billion years old, humans have barely scratched the surface of time. And this is just from the perspective of the fourth dimension. In a three dimensional sense, the Sun is the size of 1.3 million Earths, and the Sun is only a medium star.

Our Earth in comparison with our Sun. link

 

The Sun, which spans a mere 1.496 x 10^8 km wide, is about 2100 times smaller than the largest known star in the universe, VY Canis Majoris. If VY Canis Majoris were to be placed in the center of our universe, it would extend farther than Jupiter’s orbit…feel small yet?

Here’s a good comparison. link

I’ll keep going. Let’s move on to space instead of objects of mass.

  • Our Solar System is a decent sized solar system, located at one of the tails of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
Our Solar System is a tiny dot in the Milky Way. link
  • In the Milky Way, there are believed to be around tens of billions of solar systems
  • In the Observable Universe, there are an estimated one hundred billion galaxies
  • and we can’t forget about physicists’ theories about the multiverse (infinite parallel universes)…

Here is a cool link that puts everything in perspective, from an atomic level with quarks, strings, and bacteria, to a cosmic level with planets, galaxies, and finally the observable universe.

To me, this is all quite mind blowing. And I can’t help but reach the (arguably pessimistic) conclusion that humans are useless. One day we will all cease to exist, and everything we have ever experienced, believed in, and accomplished in life will be forgotten; this is a morbid and macabre thought, but it is indisputable. When we are all gone and every remnant of human life on Earth has returned back to the universe, the universe will not miss us. Our annihilation will not cause be disruptive on the flow of cosmic life, nor, in my opinion, will our decimation be something new or special in this universe (there is a really cool article explaining artificial intelligence that details the Fermi Paradox: why we think foreign species have never made contact with Earth, since the vast size of the universe would make it likely that at least some other living organism is out there; one of the theories was because the other advanced species have been wiped out by “The Great Filter”).

It’s quite depressing to actually think about how replaceable everyone is; even the phrase “you’re one in a million” means that there are 1,000 people just like you on Earth, since there are over 7 billion people living on this planet currently. And since approximately 107 billion people have ever walked this Earth, and yet only a select handful have ever survived and been remembered through history (I’m talking like Isaac Newton, King Henry VIII, etc. people), the likelihood of you being remembered past a few generations by more than a few people, like close descendants, is highly unlikely.

Despite all of these thoughts that may invoke a feeling of emptiness, there is some degree of uniqueness that lies in every person: the fact that you are actually alive is quite spectacular. You might not be too important, but the probability of you making it to this point in time at this exact instance, reading this blog post, is infinitely small. Evolution had to work a specific way to get you to this point: if Earth in its infant rock stages hadn’t been sucked into the Sun’s gravitational pull at this exact distance, you wouldn’t be alive; if the first cells hadn’t undergone symbiosis, you wouldn’t be here; if the dinosaurs hadn’t gone extinct and the Cambrian period hadn’t occurred, you wouldn’t be here; if Hitler hadn’t invaded Russia in the dead of winter, you probably wouldn’t be here; if your parents hadn’t met by some random incident, well, you probably wouldn’t be here.

Although the universe is unbelievably gigantic, and humans are so irrelevant on the cosmic level it hurts to think about, you should still feel special that despite all the insurmountable odds, you’ve actually made it here. Congrats on being alive!

The Illusion of Choice

The illusion of choice.

If you haven’t heard of the previous sentence, it is likely that you are living under a fog established by the corporate-driven media. The phrase refers to the sad fact that most of the companies that we buy our household products from are all owned by a 6 major companies. Makeup brands, clothing brands, candy brands, food brands, high end, low end, you name it. The ice cream you curl up with at night while watching Netflix may or may not be produced by the same company that makes the mascara or cologne you’re wearing (Unilever owns Ben & Jerry’s and Breyers, Dove, Axe, St. Ives, and Vaseline).

If you have the time to look over this image…you’re bound to be amazed.

Basically, everything that you use daily is owned by one of the following corporations:

  • Mondelez: fomerly known as Kraft, which, to many people’s surprise, don’t just make that macaroni and cheese that you can’t stop eating despite its overly-processed, fresh out of the microwave, this-isn’t-real-cheese taste
  • Coca-Cola: yeah, they don’t just produce that drink that makes your teeth decay
  • Pepsico: similarly, they don’t just produce the drink that turns your teeth into nothing and give you diabetes and probably an early onset to terminal cancer
  • General Mills: nope, not just cereal
  • Kellogg’s: likewise, they don’t just produce the early morning breakfast American’s love, because who doesn’t love pouring diabetes into a bowl and spooning it into their mouth?
  • Mars: no, they don’t just make the candy that kids scarf down by the pound after Halloween
  • Unilever: who knew they had a monopoly on both the deodorant and cologne pubescent girls and boys use before they reach college?
  • Johnson & Johnson: I thought they just made the stuff Kim Kardashian uses in her photo shoots…
  • P&G: maybe I’m extremely ignorant, but I had never really heard of this corporation
  • Nestle: they don’t just make the foods that put holes in your teeth and are probably responsible for so many people in America succumbing to obesity and type 2 diabetes?

This image primarily fascinates me because I didn’t realize that much of American society is controlled by so few corporations: from the shower, to the closet, and especially to the kitchen. In my opinion, this phenomenon was incited by the wants of certain companies, private individuals (nowadays probably a board of directors) if you will, to expand customers and generate more revenue because humans are innately greedy. In short: free enterprise.

This is similar to a country wanting more land or imperial colonies. Say you’re Unilever, and you’re starting off small, maybe just a simple company that produces body wash targeted towards women. You merge with a company that maybe produces body wash for men, but you keep the name (similar to a country letting its conquered territories keep its religion, so the people don’t get upset) to keep the customers. Then you expand, maybe, to the frozen foods industry. Move on to the cleaning industry. Move on to the candy industry. Keep expanding until you’re a multi-billion dollar company that generates a net income of 6 billion dollars a year. Yet, you manage to keep your company generally on the down low; I bet if we took a poll around a regular high school, more people could name the logo of Victoria’s Secret than Unilever. If you ever inspect the labels of all of the products you use around the house, you’ll catch a glimpse of the major corporations’ logo on the back, probably very small, easily overlooked.

See the Unilver logo? Tiny, compared the the Olay logo, huh? Link

Another reason why corporations choose to have an umbrella over so many companies instead of absorbing them into one name is to give customers, well, the illusion of choice. Customers like thinking that they have a variety to choose from. There are also different types of customers. The hipster, vegetarian, romantic-comedy loving person that goes for Ben & Jerry’s might not also go for the ice cream brand named after a condom company (Magnum)… Similarly, having different company names enables large corporations to market to different audiences; the women-empowering, everyone-is-beautiful campaign of Dove is shamefully juxtaposed by the hyper-sexual, embody-the-MAN-inside-of-you advertisement strategy of Axe (both are owned by Unilever). Media hypocrisy is one byproduct of the illusion of choice.

So how can you avert the oppressive dominance of blood-lusting companies who just want to shake the hard-earned money from your pockets? Well, in my opinion, you can’t. Without running into the middle of the country and being a self-sufficient hermit. There really is no way to prevent the influence of such large corporations that are found in every nook and cranny aspect of just about everyone’s lives. If you just walk down your local grocery store, you’ll see hundreds of brands, many basically making the same thing, owned by just a few companies. There’s no way to negate this effect. The best you can do is be aware that it exists around you and manipulates your entire life.

In this article, I talked about the illusion of choice among organic industries, but here are some other cool pictures I found of the illusion of choice in other industries. Another big one is media.

In media…90% of the news you read, watch, and listen to are controlled by 6 companies…SIX!! The magnates of these companies are the Genghis Khan of media! Link
Car industry

Media Nonsense: STOP MAKING STUPID PEOPLE FAMOUS

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Just your typical tabloids

Have you ever scrolled through your Facebook or Twitter feed, and actually paid attention to the nonsense headlines that spews out of the posts or tweets?

When I was younger, I liked a lot of fashion/teen magazine pages on Facebook, and today I went through my feed for a few minutes on January 7, 2015 and found these:

  • “um…what Kim Kardashian said to her sister is NOT nice” – Seventeen Magazine
  • “Watch Old People’s Hilarious Reaction to Kim Kardashian’s Naked Paper Magazine Photos” – MTV
  • “This is not a drill – Justin Bieber is actually modeling for Calvin Klein” – MTV
  • “OMG! EWWWW OUCH! What happened to Farah Abraham’s lips? #teenmom” – Z100
  • “Blake Lively’s baby name is SO Blake Lively” – Nylon, Sidereel, Seventeen Magazine, B96, VH1, MTV, every major twitter account

And the question that popped into my mind was: “why do people care so much about the lives of celebrities?” Why do people care so much about the personal details of people they’ve never met before, or probably will ever meet?Why is every insignificant detail about a celebrities’ life blown completely out of proportion and made into a big deal? In the media, celebrities’ lives are scrutinized under the media microscope, whether it’s through stalker-esque twitter accounts, magazines reporting on tabloids (most of which are false and only written to capture the reader’s attention when they’re browsing at magazines in the checkout lines at Walmart), or other social media websites such as tumblr or Facebook.

I am angry over how the internet makes stupid people famous. For example:

  • Kim Kardashian or any other socialite

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  • Terio

    Terio living an easy life after producing one famous vine.
  • Alex from Target

    Alex from Target ended up on Ellen for looking good while bagging groceries

None of these people contribute positively to society…none of these people do anything that requires skill or hard work and discipline to accomplish…none of these people worked hard to earn their status besides some luck or backdoor means. In my opinion, only a foolish, callow, and insolent person could revere such a person. Also, with all of these people eating the spotlight, people are unable to appreciate true contributors to society, such as:

  • Rosalind Franklin: backbone to the discovery of DNA, leading to the discovery of an infinite amount of genetic diseases and possible cures for illnesses such as cancer and AIDS
  • Nikola Tesla: inventor of AC current and helped make electricity readily available for commercial use
  • Elon Musk: co-founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors, Space X, Hyperloop, and Solar City and is working on commercializing space travel and is a pioneer in the pursuit of futuristic-elements to human life, such as colonizing Mars or creating high speed travel around the world
  • Alexander Fleming & Jonas Salk: invented Pencillin & the vaccine for polio, respectively, saving the lives of countless individuals around the globe from the 20th century to now
  • Karl Marx: genius who instigated the communist thoughts of men who changed the course of history, such as Mao Zedong and Joseph Stalin

What do socialites, Terio, or Alex from Target do? Socialites gained their fame either through their wealthy parents or making stupid decisions in life. What kind of example does that set for children? Terio is a young boy who doesn’t do anything besides take pictures with scantily-clad women while throwing up gang signs. Alex from Target bagged groceries and then was instantly turned into a phenomenon. None of these people spent long nights at the lab setting up experiments or writing books or making executive decisions. Yet they receive more fame than people who deserve the applause. The most they have to offer are decent looks and an ability to exploit the population’s provincial interests. At least with singers or actresses, they are working hard to perform a task, whether it be writing an album or filming a movie. However, many are still blown out of proportion and more famous than they should be because they’re always featured on tabloids for doing stupid things or having children, such as Miley Cyrus, Amanda Bynes, or Blake Lively. People are blind to the fact that bad press is still press, and continue to promote celebrities, even if they are chastising their actions (like swinging naked on a wrecking ball).

Kudos to Jon Hamm

The repercussions of this debacle is that many children are influenced into wanting to be famous through un-intellectual means. They think it’s easy to rise to fame through singing and acting – especially nowadays with talent shows such as American Idol or The X Factor – and want the glory of people lauded by millions of fans around the world. They think that by being attractive, they can live an easy life as a VS model like the ones on the fashion show and in the magazines. There is no glory in being an engineer or researcher. Most don’t achieve fame. Most people could probably name more singers or actresses than scientists or CEOs of large companies. Why be a scientists dressed in a white lab coat hunched over a lab rat and petri dish when you can live the glamorous life of a model traveling around NYC, like the people portrayed on social media?

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Matt Taylor’s Shirtstorm with Feminists

On March 2, 2004, Philae, a robotic European Space Agency (ESA) lander departed from Earth left for its target: comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to allow humans to receive pictures of a comet’s surface for the first time ever. Philae is also sending data back to Earth to help scientists at the European Space Operations Center determine the composition of the comet’s surface. On November 15, 2014, over 10 years after its initial launch and travelling almost 400 million miles from its starting point, Philae successfully reached its destination. During the semi-successful landing of Philae – there were some complications that resulted in Philae being unable to receive enough sunlight to power itself…but that’s besides the point – the events occuring in the ESA control room were being live-streamed; this gave viewers a glimpse of Matt Taylor’s, a prominent scientist who was crucial to landing Philae onto comet 67P, attire. Feminists were outraged by Taylor’s shirt, which includes provocatively-clothed women wielding guns.

The shirt Taylor was wearing while being interviewed for his incredible feat link

Many feminists ostracized Taylor for his provocative clothing, saying:

  • “I don’t care if you landed a spacecraft on a comet, your shirt is sexist and ostracizing”. – Chris Plante and Arielle Duhaime-Ross
  • women who dream to work at NASA or ESA are surrounded by people who believe that their jobs are nerdy and unattractive, and Taylor’s shirt embodied all the sexist obstacles women in science have to overcome in order to stay in the industry.
  • The article, found here, went further to say that some women are called “bitches” at bars by their fellow science college students, and are therefore discouraged from continuing their major and switch their professions.
  • “A shirt featuring women in lingerie isn’t appropriate for a broadcast if you care about women in STEM” – tweeted by astrophysicist Katie Mack

The feminists motto? One small step for man, three steps back for mankind.

My reaction? This.

Here are my arguments for this controversy and why I think Feminists are completely missing the point of the Philae landing:

  • A man landed a spacecraft on a comet almost 400 million miles away from Earth. This feat has been equated to landing a fly on a speeding bullet. This accomplishment proves that humans are evolving at speeds that were unimaginable 50 years ago. But let’s all forget about that and focus on how Taylor is  “degrading women” through his choice of raiment.
  • The shirt Matt Taylor was wearing was designed by a woman. She was delighted he wore it.
  • I think Glenn Harlan Reynold’s statement in USA Today sums everything up: “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.”
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Taken from here.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a prominent feminist political figure has released the following statement (which I whole-heartedly agree with):

Would Feminists be happy if Matt Taylor had shown up to work wearing this?

For the Conservatives...
For the Conservatives…

or this?

For the even more conservative!

For the even more conservative!

The Friday after this incident, Matt Taylor apologized, where he actually burst into tears saying “I made a big mistake and I offended many people and I am very sorry about this.” No, Matt Taylor. I am sorry that your incredible achievements were overshadowed by the irrational abuse from Feminists.