Ever read/like/repost things from the Facebook page I Fucking Love Science? It's highly likely you have, since the page has 4.2 million "Likes" and posts smart, interesting, funny science facts and stories multiple times a day, in easy-to-digest meme-style images that get shared thousands of times apiece. They show up in my feed all the time.
Well, this week, the admin of the page, Elise Andrew, posted a link to her brand-new Twitter feed. If you didn't just LOSE YOUR MIND when you noticed that's a female first name, congratulations! You win the internet today. Thousands of commenters on her page, however, appear to have nearly died with shock. A woman?!? Who likes science?!? Also: She appears to be young and pretty. OH, SHIT.
From the Guardian (she's a Brit):
The post provoked an onslaught of comments discussing her gender and looks. "F.ck me! This is a babe ?!!" wrote commenter Can Durace. "holy hell, youre a HOTTIE!" wrote Douglas Pistone Linares.
Lou Forbes said: "you mean you're a girl, AND you're beautiful? wow, i just liked science a lil bit more today ^^"
When she reposted that Guardian story on Twitter, it went like this:
@Elise_Andrew: A Guardian blogger wrote about all the sexist comments I got on my post earlier, check it out.
@charlespratt: @Elise_Andrew A lot of those comments were just compliments. I mean you are an attractive woman. Doesn't make it sexist, dear.
Good lord, jerks. This shit is tiring. But Andrew seems wonderful. A recent tweet: "Bored of the whole sexism thing. For the rest of the day I will only be tweeting photos of nudibranchs."