Ernie wrote:No, that's not really it. This isn't some awkward nerd thing. Most of the time it's intelligent, well spoken people who think that rules are below them and they can to do whatever they want. They're landing a probe on a fucking comet, who are you to question what they're wearing? The message is that women should just man up and get on board because we just have no time for bullshit.
It's not exactly a new attitude, I suppose, but where it's occurring is somewhere new and opposite to what people's pre-conceptions of what the tech industry is.
I'd say these people are just a bunch of awkward nerds who have needed to deal with the public in the 10+ years the project has been in operation. Taylor however is part of this group that is trying to embrace this 'rocker-nerd' style (for lack of a better term) that is seen through most STEM fields now, but particularly physics and software.
Similar to how tech companies are trying to shed the corporate culture because it doesn't matter what you wear so long as the job gets done. For some that isn't enough and you need to actively go against any concept of a corporate dress and appearance code. So to get back to Taylor you have a guy who wore shorts and a shirt that was likely not picked with malice towards women, but because it was the most 'non-corporate' shirt he had that could also show off his tats and show us that 'scientists can be cool too.' Instead we see the big awareness gap between people, even leaders, in the field to one of the more pressing issues in STEM.