DM – She was one of the first female rocket scientists in the U.S. but the New York Times decided to lead an obituary for Yvonne Brill with her penchant for cooking beef stroganoff and being ‘the world’s best mom’. The obituary opened with the following: ‘She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children.’ The Grey Lady met the ire of several high-profile scientists and scholars following the publication of the obituary which led to a plethora of angry reactions on websites like the Daily Beast and Jezebel. Writing for Jezebel, Doug Barry chided the newspaper for burying the quite obvious lead. ’Oh yes, by the way, Number One Mom Yvonne Brill, Preparer of Divine Beef Stroganoff, Cleaner of Messy Diapers, also invented a little system that helped make satellites work. It’s nothing, really, just the industry standard.’ CNN Editor and Daily Beast Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz also wrote a rebuke to the obituary. ‘Would a male scientist have drawn such an obit opening about his great fatherhood skills? Obviously not.’ Margaret Sullivan, the Public Editor for the Times, tweeted out an apology with a link to the Columbia Journalism’s Review article on the ‘Finkbeiner test’ and ‘seven rules to avoid gratuitous gender profiles of female scientists.’
So what? Bitch could cook. Isn’t it the small things in life that people will remember most? Yeah she was one of the first female rocket scientists in the country, and that’s great and all, but maybe that wasn’t her best talent. Maybe her beef stroganoff was like a hundred times better than her rocket science skills. Maybe her real passion was in the kitchen and she just took the scientist gig to pay the bills. Ever think of that, guys? Huh?
In all seriousness, how dumb is the outrage over this? I mean it’s not like they didn’t mention that she was a famous scientist. IT’S IN THE FUCKING HEADLINE! We get it, she was an accomplished woman. Understood. So what, we have to say that in every single sentence anyone ever writes about her? Psshh. Typical feminists inventing anger over nothing. When the thing you’re saying should be more prominent is literally in bold lettering at the top of the page, then your argument is a little thin.