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Meet Dr. Thaddeus Pixel, Inventor of Science

Dr. Thaddeus Pixel, Inventor of Science. (Detail of poster from Chateau Heartiste)

Dr. Thaddeus Pixel, Inventor of Science. (Detail of poster from Chateau Heartiste)

So the other day some of the fellas over on Chateau Heartiste — one of the internet’s top destinations for racist, misogynist pickup artist wannabes — ran across a little graphic celebrating some of the lesser-known “[w]omen in science that you should know … and probably don’t.”

Apparently offended by the reminder that, yes, women have actually had some influence over history, one of Heartiste’s readers decided to make a graphic similarly celebrating the men of science. But while the original graphic contained pictures of only 12 women, this new graphic featured a vast sea of male faces, as if to rub in just how male dominated the world of science has been, and still is.

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Looking at the graphic, Heartiste also thought he spotted another demographic anomaly: a preponderance of white faces. “That’s one pale looking pastiche,” he wrote.

“The Men in Science poster. A Snowvalanche of Whiteness,” agreed one of his commenters,”Bwahahaha.”

Huh. That’s weird. because when I look at the poster I don’t see a lot of white. I mean, if you blow it up a little you can see that the spaces between the various squares are white, but the squares themselves are all sorts of colors. Red. Pink. Black. Brown. Blue. Green.

Are a significant portion of the Men of Science from Mars?

And there’s another odd thing about this not-so-pale pastiche: it’s full of repeating patterns. If you look closely, you’ll discover that this isn’t one vast sea of male faces. It’s a small pond, endlessly repeated.

Specifically, it’s this bit (from the upper left-hand corner) pasted over and over.

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Also, when you look closely at these alleged “scientists” they turn out to be real blockheads. Yep, if you zoom in a little further you don’t find an assortment of tiny Einsteins and fig-sized Newtons. You get this:

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All hail the founding pixels of science!

Heartiste, you may want to get your eyes checked for bigotry.

Thanks to dashapants for bringing this wondrous graphic and its repeating patterns to my attention.

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Posted on March 11, 2014, in all about the menz, antifeminism, are these guys 12 years old?, gross incompetence, heartiste, I am making a joke, idiocy, irony alert, men created civilization, men invented everything, men who should not ever be with women ever, misogyny, patriarchy, PUA, racism, reactionary bullshit and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 111 Comments.

  1. It’s funny because earlier tonight I introduced my friend to this awesome dubstep mix of lines from The Room.

  2. Things like this, ALWAYS make me laugh. When I was in year 12, I got a perfect score in sports science. Pretty awesome achievement I thought, BUT MISANDRY! I was the first female student to do this & the male teacher didn’t want to give me the award for being the best student that year. Cos only MALE students had achieved this in the years before. However, the next student down was also female so he was kinda screwed. But it was a big deal & he only ended up giving me the award as I had family who were teachers who knew the results & that I was the top student. So women CAN do *science* and *sports*

  3. It’s always highly amusing when the MRAs start vicariously putting themselves in the same category as the men who have contributed great things to the world, because we all know that the majority of men who have ever inhabited the planet have invented or discovered something, and the kind of time, effort and work that goes into such endeavors equals working a joe-job by day, and whining online about how women won’t do as they want by night.

  4. You can’t make up this shit. Leave it to the Manosphere to make parody redundant.

  5. I always find it pretty funny when MRAs and assorted dickbags bleat on about how science is for manly men and primitive ladybrains can’t handle it. I am on a biomedical science course at my university and the lectures/lab sessions are, like, 80% women (faculty staff are a bit more evenly split probably closer to 60% or so) and my university is by no means unique or even unusual in that. As for being “fugly” I don’t really spend much time checking them out (not when there is SCIENCE! to be doing) but I don’t think they look significantly different from any other random sampling of the population.

    That said there is a tendency for a lot of these dudebros to become latter-day Rutherfords and start shifting the goalposts by narrowing the definition of “hard science” to specifically exclude biology or to refer only to physics and engineering. It’s transparently desperate as a tactic, though, and completely laughable when you remember the closest these guys ever come to any sort of scientific discipline is when they’re sharing biotruthy evo-psych just-so stories.

    Also, yo. Long(ish) time lurker, first time poster. All that.

  6. I can tell you it’s fake. I know some of those pixels.

  7. Heartiste model of scientific career:

    1. Read books and learn stuff. Now, lots of people engage in some amount of self-education like this (real manly men and womanly women don’t, though), but you need an extraordinary level of book-learning. You need to know ALL THE THINGS.

    2. At some point, probably after wasting much of your life in full-time reading, you know everything. This makes you smart enough that you can invent new stuff from scratch. (In the time of mammoths, men could easily invent new stuff without reading, but nowadays all the easy stuff has been already invented, and there’s only hard real science stuff left.)

    3.????

    4. Profit!

  8. @Katz

    How’s this for a first verse:

    In iron ranks we march to the attack
    With measured stride and with determined speed
    Our mother city always at our back
    Towards the battlelines, our captains lead

  9. Buttercup Q. Skullpants

    I can tell you it’s fake. I know some of those pixels.

    That minty green one looks familiar. It’s on the tip of my tongue.

    Wasn’t there a commemorative postage stamp honoring its achievements?

  10. Buttercup Q. Skullpants

    This is what happens when you design posters in Minecraft.

  11. So,even assuming for a moment the Fartiste’s friend is right and pretty girls don’t grow up to be scientists, why would it matter whether a scientist is conventionally attractive or not?

    Oh, wait a minute. This is Fartiste so any woman who doesn’t please his penis is utterly worthless and shouldn’t be seen in public. We must think of the poor menz scientists forced to see such hideousness! /snark

  12. @Katz

    I took some poetic license, but this is the gist of it:

    In steel ranks we file into battle
    Our footsteps fall hard as we tread
    We leave our hometown behind
    And march to the frontline ahead

    We shan’t tremble in fear for our city so dear
    For our Moscow, our birthplace, our home
    We shall become its walls, indestructible force
    We shall strike down and destroy our foe

    We march in platoons in formation
    The ground rings under our feet
    We march in defense of our nation
    Its factories, red stars, and fields

    We laid every brick with our own hands
    For joy, and we shall not think twice
    For each broken stone in its pavements
    To exact a terrible price

    Our name shall be legion uncounted
    We’ll thwart them with fire and blood
    And bury them out on the battlefield
    And Moscow shall go on unharmed

  13. @Katz, a slightly cheesy verse 2:

    To keep her safe, we shall not fear the fight,
    Our capital, our birthplace, dear Moscow
    A wall of steel, we’ll stand against the night.
    With lethal fire, we will destroy her foe

    I’ve tended towards a rather old fashioned style so looking forwards to seeing what Fibs does with the same lines.

    I can see the lines about the Kremlin are going to be difficult …

  14. @katz verse 3:

    Our captains march before us without fear.
    The ground beneath us trembles as we go.
    Behind us stand our homes and factories dear.
    And over all the Kremlin’s red stars glow.

  15. Last verse (yes, I know I’m missing one but this one came more easily, I’ll go back to the penultimate one):

    No force can crush this army of the brave.
    As on our foes, our dreadful fire rains.
    For every fascist, we have dug a grave.
    Dead, they shall lie in Moscow’s misty plains.

  16. I can confirm that 8 hours a day of scientific journals does indeed result in brain running out of nose and ears – that’s a time management mistake you only make once (ok…maybe three times) during your BSc…

  17. Here, it’s difficult to get the right idea but I gave it a crack.

    To the attack, in steel ranks
    Our marching pace is firm
    Our beloved birthplace behind us,
    Our leaders the line confirm

    We shall not recoil in the battle
    Our capital, dear Moscow, defend
    Foes fight against us, the bulwark
    Yet we will never relent

    Our leaders lead from the forefront
    Earth shakes under our boots
    Behind our shields lie the shop fronts
    The Kremlin’s red stars, our roots

    For happiness, with our hands
    we built our birthplace city
    Every paving stone broken
    becomes bullets for enemy lands

    This force of heroes form walls around Moscow
    invulnerable, unbreakable, strong
    We have dug grave for the fascists
    They’ll fill them all before long

  18. @katz, the penultimate verse has gone a but Tolkien on me. Sorry.

    With eager hands we raised our city tall
    Where we were born, a joyful city made.
    For every broken stone, each toppled wall,
    We’ll see there is a bloody ransom paid.

  19. Although I guess I really doubt singing marching russians during world war 2 would make a reference to a store front…

  20. @Fibinachi, you stuck much closer to the text.

    @katz, what are you planning to use it for (in your novel, I assume)?

  21. I’m disppointed not that my effort didn’t mention the shop fronts. ;-)

    In iron ranks we march to the attack
    With measured stride and with determined speed
    Our mother city always at our back
    Towards the battlelines, our captains lead

    To keep her safe, we shall not fear the fight,
    Our capital, our birthplace, dear Moscow
    A wall of steel, we’ll stand against the night.
    With lethal fire, we will destroy her foe.

    Our captains march before us without fear.
    The ground beneath us trembles as we go.
    Behind us stand our homes and factories dear.
    And over all the Kremlin’s red stars glow.

    With eager hands we raised our city tall
    Where we were born, a joyful city made.
    For every broken stone, each toppled wall,
    We’ll see there is a bloody ransom paid.

    No force can crush this army of the brave.
    As on our foes, our dreadful fire rains.
    For every fascist, we have dug a grave.
    Dead, they shall lie in Moscow’s misty plains.

  22. Completely OT, but my sister just sent this pic of her new Furrinato.

    Silly kittehs! The cute is NEVER off topic!!

    And thanks for the picture of that prosh little guy, your sister is very lucky indeed!

  23. It seems even Russian martialism is more sympathetic than Fartiste’s drivel.

  24. Octo, they were defending their country from the invaders, why shouldn’t they deserve sympathy?

  25. So he didn’t even try to make a real collage, just a prototype of what it would look like to prove a point. Such activism! The quote at the bottom is a nice little touch: random, pointless, and off-message (the point of the graphic is “men are better at science”, while the quote is about how women who do science are ugly). So this is pretty much a typical MRA poster, huh?

    Bonus points for the anti-intellectualism of the quote. The only reason for a woman to spend time learning is to gain something from it – nobody does science because they actually enjoy their subject, or want to do awesome things for humanity, or anything. It’s just a crutch for the girls who can’t get anywhere on their looks.

    I’m in an office room right now and the grey kitty is staring at the back of my head. X_X It’s cute but kind of unnerving.

    Don’t move! They can’t see you if you don’t move.

  26. Women Are Obsolete

    The picture is one of those stereograms (3D images): if you cross your eyes, you will see three rectangles popping out of the picture; I don’t know what they are supposed to represent.

  27. TWO versifications? My cup overfloweth! Titianblue, Fibinachi, you guys are both amazing. Except now I have to decide between them. Fuck! (Yes, they’re for the novel, natch.)

  28. I’ve done a little digging and I discovered that Roosh used to be a microbiologist and threw it all away to be a pick-up artist. But Roosh aside, most PUA/MRAs that claim to be scientists don’t really understand certain subjects like genetics and evolution.

    One of the comments someone posted on BluePill had one guy on claiming that women were inferior because (biologically typical) females had 46 chromosomes and males had 45 somehow. Therefore, he argued that all XX chromosome people have Down Syndrome. Clearly, he had never heard of dosage compensation which occurs not only XX women, but Triple X Syndrome (XXX) women and men with Klinefelter Syndrome (XXY) too. He also neglected that XY men are more susceptible to sex-linked genetic disorders because the Y chromosome doesn’t really contain genes that code for non-sex related traits.

  29. I’ve done a little digging and I discovered that Roosh used to be a microbiologist

    Yes, but was he a *good* microbiologist? There may be a few extra reasons he threw it all away…

  30. David, we are together. I came up here right before thanksgiving. It’s going well. Thanks for asking. Kate is a bit of a fan. She thinks you have a “wicked wit”

  31. Women should know their limits:

  32. Torontonian lurker here, canuck_with_pluck. Trying to find the info, since my bf and I would have a blast at a late night screening, The Royal website doesn’t really give times, Still looking.

  33. @Jennifer: Hello, and good luck with your search. =)

  34. Sorry canuck_with_pluck, but watching The Room with Wiseau is outside my comfort zone. =/

  35. I’ve done a little digging and I discovered that Roosh used to be a microbiologist and threw it all away to be a pick-up artist.

    Lemme guess: He got clobbered at it by a feeeemale, said “fuck this”, and stalked off to become a skeevy date-rapist for fun and profit instead, because that is one arena where women will NEVER want to outcompete the menz?

  36. These guys are always going on and on about pretty women “getting away with murder” and and fuck them. Then why do they want them so bad? Also, they have a habit of thinking that below average looks — whatever the fuck that means, anyway, makes you smarter. Pretty equals dumber. No. Nope. Wishful thinking perhaps? I dunno. In any event, anyone with half a brain would question the scientific veracity of someone who uses the word “fugly.”

  37. Lemme guess: He got clobbered at it by a feeeemale, said “fuck this”, and stalked off

    A guy in my gen chem lab literally stormed out of class never to return, much to the confusion of his (female) lab partner.

  38. I think he left because he might have felt that microbiology is too “beta” and they don’t get women. After all, obtaining sex is his number one goal in life.

    @moldybrehd:

    You might have a point. He and his fellows believe a lot of that pop psychology crap and things that border on eugenics. He probably has a poor grasp of biology in general. The thing that pisses me off to no end is when PUAs talk about neuroscience, psychobiology, psychopharmacology (Can’t understand the difference between Ritalin and Prozac), and abnormal psych and act like they know everything about it. -_-

  39. So, if they weren’t reading, nice-looking women in their twenties would be going around killing people for a lark? I guess “not being a serial killer” is why I spent so much money in Barnes and Noble all those years? Well, thank heavens for graduate school and Harry Potter, or we’d have a bloodbath on our hands!!

  40. There’s a line of advertising I bet bookstores never thought of.

    “Barnes and Noble, keeping serial killers off the streets since 1886!”

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