Feminist disturbing shirt worn by scientist is sold out

There is an oft-quoted saying in public relations to the effect of I don't care what you say about me; just spell my name right.  Whether true or not, the shirt worn by space scientist Matt Taylor celebrating the successful landing of a space probe on a comet after many years of traveling offended the fashion sense of a writer from the Atlantic Monthly.  Venting on Twitter, she complained that the sight of scantily clad ladies on the shirt offended her delicate eyes, making her feel she would be unwanted in the world of science.  A Twitter-storm #shirtstorm that is still continuing erupted with pros and cons.

And that has made an enterprising company very happy; the shirt is sold out!  Obviously not everyone, female and male, is offended by the shirt.

And for those easily offended, have I got a shirt for you!  Showing women happily clothed head to toe, it can serve as an example of proper clothing to wear by a feminist daring to walk the streets of New York for 10 hours whose ears would be easily offended by verbal greetings from men of different socioeconomic, ethnic backgrounds.  Or by feminist scientists.

Feminists – or whatever they are – who are intimidated by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg's casual male attire in the scientific/hi-tech workplace can also wear this garment or the attire depicted thereon.  Yes, by the way, since you undoubtedly are asking, there are so-called feminists who are intimidated also by Zuckerberg's crumpled gray shirts and the late Steve Jobs's black turtleneck. 

 Zuckerberg's simple response to a simple question on his gray t-shirt uniform – "I feel like I'm not doing my job if I spend any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous about my life" – triggered these contorted reactions from insecure non-male fashionista women.

Zuckerberg Explains His Gray T-Shirts, Sounds Pretty Sexist

At a recent Q&A session, someone finally asked him why he seems to have a lifetime supply of inoffensive, poorly fitting gray tees.

His answer: “I’m in this really lucky position where I get to wake up every day and help serve more than a billion people. And I’d feel I’m not doing my job if I spent any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous about my life.” Burn, Zuckerberg! Is it just me or does the mindset of the Silicon Valley Power-Schlub imply that caring about clothing or how you look invalidates your ability to work? Of course, male CEOs are far too focused on changing the world or building the next Big App to care about something as “silly” or “frivolous” as dressing professionally — they’ll just leave that to Marissa Mayer.

Huh!  And calling someone a schlub?!  Isn't that sexist or ethnicist or something?

Meanwhile,  another contorted whine:

Mark Zuckerberg's Simple Defense of His Clothes Reinforces a Sexist Double Standard

There's nothing wrong with gray T-shirts.(snip)

But Zuckerberg's comment, particularly with the word "frivolous," echoes a double standard heard too often in media: That women's focus on "unserious" things such as fashion preclude them from focusing on more important things — and it prevents others from taking them seriously.

It's the same double standard at play when female CEOs like Yahoo's Marissa Mayer are criticized for posing in fashion magazines or expressing a love of style. (snip)

Zuckerberg's explanation for his gray T-shirt was based largely on psychology and his own day-to-day efficiency.

"There's actually a bunch of psychology theory that even making small decisions around what you wear or what you eat for breakfast, things like that, they kind of make you tired and consume your energy," he said on stage.

Nothing wrong with saving up energy. But the CEO's phrasing, purposeful or not, underscores a lurking stereotype about females who choose to embrace certain mundane daily decisions and draw joy from them. Male CEOs, politicians and leaders are rarely criticized for low-brow interests (we rarely hear a peep when President Barack Obama expresses his love for NCAA basketball and Modern Family). We should leave space for fashion-loving women to embrace similar unserious interests, including style, without branding it as frivolous.

Utilizing Barbie Doll's insight "math is hard" as an excuse for seeking deeper meanings in Zuckerberg's t-shirt-wearing to further rationalize your failure to secure a job in the hi-tech industry just won't cut it.  Ladies, study math and science, wear a gray t-shirt with male muscle men or Navy SEALs to your hi-tech job, and let Marissa Mayer do her job in her power clothes if she so desires.