Let me preface this by saying people are entitled to their opinions. I came into the YouTube universe knowing that 1. I was very very new at it and there would be a learning curve, and 2. People are rude on the Internet, and I have to steel myself against their negativity and basically realize that haters gonna hate. Fine. Done.
What I do have a problem with are comments like these: not because they are focused on or directly for me, but because they are about women everywhere. I make it my objective to be a role model for young people (especially women) to feel as though science can be an accessible field that they have the ability to be successful in — something based entirely off of their talent and intellect, and not focused at all on their gender or looks. These comments insinuate that the viewers are only listening because I’m a woman on a science channel, not because the content is interesting, and whatever is coming out of my mouth is second only in importance to the objectified body that’s saying it. I don’t care that people don’t like my clothes — I care that young women will see these comments and feel as though they can’t be ‘good at science’ or smart or revered or respected unless they look attractive, or play up their sex appeal. As if we have to appeal to the male demographic by being sexy, or risk being unheard.
I’m not going to go away or be deterred, and I’m not going to change my clothes or dress sexier to get more viewership. I am, however, without a doubt going to spend every fiber of my being celebrating young women and men in encouraging them to follow what drives them, motivate them to research what they are passionate about, and support them in making the world a better place… one un-sexy cardigan at a time.
I have very little to add…Emily is awesome, some other people are not, and sexism is really weird and annoying. You can her debut as a host of SciShow News here.
I really, REALLY want the phrase, “Making the world a better place one unsexy cardigan at a time” on a shirt. if it could fit. Or hey, a cardigan. Or a sticker. Or on my goddamned forehead.
LoL @ Melissa. Emily is like a t-shirt idea factory.
In related news, the ENTIRE comments section of that video is now replies to one of the original jerk-face commenters. But mixed in there, a herpetologist working in Madagascar who has discovered EIGHT SPECIES of reptile commented…and all of the arguing buried his comment. So here it is, thumb it up!
And let’s stop the argument, because the guy obviously doesn’t understand where self-esteem comes from or what clothes are for or why his relationship with females is broken…but we’re not going to fix him in YouTube comments…because that’s now how people get fixed. Let’s let the comments be about the content and stop feeding the troll.
I think Emily is sexy as she is, in her own unique weird little way. And for me, a lot of that sexiness comes from the fact that she is so incredibly smart. Also, there is something to be said for leaving something to the imagination.