Former NASA intern pwns Tinder match after he asked whether she was a receptionist Watch
Planetary scientist Lauren Mc Keown, 28, earned widespread praise on Twitter for her response to a man who messaged her on a dating app and underestimated her smarts.
Mc Keown had just moved to London from Ireland, where she'd completed her Ph.D. She turned to the dating app Hinge to make connections in her new city, she said.
The self-proclaimed Mars geek had interned at NASA's Ames Research Center in California, where she studied how to prevent bone density loss and muscle atrophy in astronauts making the months-long journey to the Red Planet. Clearly, it's a fun fact worth mentioning on a dating profile, she said.
"I am also not interested in the type of man who would see that as a threat, so I felt I should put it up," she said.
Within a few days of using the app, she accepted a message from a man who was wowed by her former employer.
"[expletive] me that's cool. Wait till I tell my parents," he wrote. Before she could respond, he asked, "So what are you, like the receptionist? Jk you look reasonably smart."
The "receptionist" comment upset her, she said, because her mother works as a secretary at a school in Ireland. She credits her mother with encouraging her to finish her doctorate.
So she fired back.
"Smart enough to know at least, that judging a woman's intelligence based on her appearance might not be the best way to initiate conversation," she wrote. "P.S. my mother is a primary school receptionist and is the wisest, most inspirational and kindest woman I know. So much so in fact, my PhD thesis is dedicated to her," punctuated with a waving emoji.
Her tweeted screen shots of the conversation have received nearly 200,000 likes.
Why is this a story? The “were you a receptionist (interchangeable with cleaner)” comment was a joke. What are we coming too?
It's a backhanded compliment that she either didn't have the social skills to unpack... Or she just preferred to feign outrage about.
Either way she sounds about as much fun as toothache.
Up herself. You know she's dodgy when she has Dr in her Twitter name.
We get it luv, you don't have to go on about it.
What's worse is putting your bachelor's degree after your name on a business card.
Seems like she wanted to make a big deal of it, which is fair enough given it's NASA. But she didn't need to do it at someone else's expense.