Former NASA scientist’s epic response to incredibly sexist message on dating app

We all know that looking for love on a dating app can be a bit of a minefield.

Doesn't matter whether you use Tinder, Plenty of Fish or Bumble, you're bound to experience a number of people who will make you realise why you're still single.

One woman recently had this realisation while speaking to a man on Hinge.

Dr Lauren McKeown, a planetary scientist who has previously worked for NASA, received a message from a guy named Mikey who appeared interested in her career.

Responding to her profile, Mikey told Lauren that it was "cool" she'd worked for NASA and that he couldn't wait to tell his parents.

Things seemed to be off to a good start… but then he sent an incredibly sexist follow-up message and ruined everything.

He wrote: "So what are you, like the receptionist?

"JK you look reasonably smart."

Appalled by the cheek of this potential date, Lauren clapped back with an epic response.

She replied: "Smart enough to know at least, that judging a woman's intelligence based on her appearance might not be the best way to initiate a conversation.

"P.S. My mother is a primary school receptionist and is the wisest, most inspirational and kindest person I know. So much in fact, my PhD thesis in planetary science is dedicated to her."

She later shared screenshots of the shocking conversation on Twitter , where it quickly went viral.

Her post was liked more than 176,000 times and has had over 16,900 retweets.

Many other fellow NASA staff then began sharing their own dating horror stories.

A woman named Keri confessed: "Ugh. Once had a guy break up with me after I gave him a tour of where I was working on a Mars mission because he said he thought I was lying about working for NASA."

Similarly, a user named Megan added: "When I started working at a new NASA facility, someone assumed I needed directions and I was pointed in the direction of the gift shop."

Someone else proved that there is still hope though, saying: "The best partner is one who isn't afraid of your intelligence and celebrates your success. When my husband comes around my work, he introduces himself as 'I get to be married to her!'"

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