Saturday, July 7, 2012

in which I exhibit sexism in the same tweet that I complain about it

The other day, a scientist announced the detection of the Higgs Boson in a presentation using the much-maligned Comic Sans font. Dialog about the discovery focused on the design faux pas. I made this tweet, which felt pretty clever at the time:

Other people found it pretty clever too. 76 retweets, 60k impressions, my most-retweeted ever by a factor of five.

Except.. the new elementary particle wasn't announced by a dude.

My apologies to Fabiola Gianotti. Congratulations, as well.

I made the assumption "prominent scientist = dude." Pardon me while I smack myself in the forehead.

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