For those of you following along at home, there’s been a big kerfuffle on the internet about #ThatShirt (or #ShirtGate, #ShirtStorm). Lots of really smart folks have posted great commentary on the situation, and so I’m not going to do that here. What I will say, is that I understand what Matt Taylor was trying to do (though not how he did it!). I get the urge to portray scientists as hip, cool, fun, and creative.
So in that spirit, I started #scishirt. This is the opportunity to do what Taylor was trying to do, but in an inclusive way. All week long, folks are tweeting pictures of themselves wearing their favorite fun, creative, geeky, or even everyday, non-sexist outfits. I see this as an opportunity to help start a conversation about diversity in science, and public representations of scientists. It’s also an opportunity to have a little fun after what has been, for many of us, an extremely harrowing weekend. So, dig out those galaxy tights, your shark socks, your nerdy T-shirts, and your fossil ties, and have a great week!