Gaia forbid a white male should put on a spacesuit and go overpopulating the universe.
That’s the short version of the Left’s latest tangent.
According to Martin Robbins, writing in The Guardian: “To paraphrase Douglas Adams: ‘Space is white. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly white it is.’ It’s also very male and European. Women in space-colony fiction have generally been presented as sexy walking vaginas, whose main purpose is to provide the male astronauts with a place to dock their penis at night. This being necessary in order to ‘ensure the survival of the species.'”
I’m not too sure which “space colony fiction” stories Robbins is referring to. When I think of women in science fiction, I think of characters like Princess Leia, Ripley from “Aliens,” or Gamora from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” any of whom would kick in the teeth of any male who called them walking space vaginas.
I suspect this sort of thinking mostly occurs in the liberal parts of Hollywood and college campuses.
Going back nearly 50 years, even in the case of Lt. Uhura from “Star Trek,” the character’s portrayal had more to do with prevailing attitudes in leftist Hollywood than in its audience. Despite the limitations placed on the show by its studio, Uhura was still a groundbreaking character — a beautiful, intelligent black woman on the command deck of the world’s most famous starship — even if she didn’t get to kick alien butt firsthand. She even got to share in television’s first interracial kiss.
More recent versions of Star Trek have given women beefier roles to play, from lieutenant commanders and science officers to the captain of the starship Voyager and later, Admiral Janeway. The current iteration of Uhura in the new Star Trek films has yet to take command, but her character has the gravitas and depth to make you believe she could.
In the real world, women and people of all races have been astronauts for some time, a fact that no doubt will continue if we ever begin colonizing the moon or other planets.
But apparently, I live in a bubble of straight white male privilege that blurs my vision and makes me embrace some sort of interplanetary Manifest Destiny. According to this line of thought, straight white males are going to press on into space and enslave, destroy or rape anything we find there.
DN Lee at Scientific American attempts to deconstruct the myopic views of myself and America as he reports on a recent conference about a mission to Mars:
I began to question, first in my mind then out loud – Who’s version of humanity is being targeted for saving? And with the language of proposed interplanetary exploration and settlement using generous references to Christopher Columbus and New World Exploration and British Colonization and US American Manifest Destiny, I was halted. I’m not on board for this type of science adventure. Here he was, Petranek, this wealthy white guy telling us, the TED audience, how this other uber wealthy white guy, Musk, will save humanity by allowing humans (who are uber wealthy, too because a seat on M2M costs big $$) to go and live on Mars. “If the light of the future is preserved beyond earth” saves humanity, then I see only a very narrow invitation to this life boat. *cue Titanic references* I’m the child of descendants who experienced the not-so-grand side of those European conquests. Yeah, no I’m not feeling any of this. At. ALL.
People like Lee seem not to understand the concept that space exploration costs money, and if it doesn’t come from the government, then it has to come from individuals. Instead of the question of why white people are prominent in funding space research, Lee should be asking why wealthy women, homosexuals and nonwhites aren’t stepping up. It’s not like there’s a shortage of “diversity” among the wealthy. All they have to do is make the investment.
Of course if they did, the Left would just whine about poor people not being sent into space.
“Diversity, Inclusion, Access and Ethics should be a critical part of these conversations about space science, discovery, exploration, and yes eventual travel and emigration. And when we look around and see a homogenous group of individuals discussing these issues – issues that command insane budgets, we should pause,” Lee writes.
Here’s a thought. How about if, instead of kowtowing to tired liberal shibboleths like “Diversity, Inclusion, Access” (all capitalized, for they are proper names, you see), we have a one-word standard for who goes into space: ability.
Outer space is not a playground, it’s not a stroll on the beach. It’s an environment where a few inches of cloth and plastic could be all that stands between a person and instant death.
Space is no place for Affirmative Action.
Only people who’ve proved themselves capable of surviving in it deserve the chance to go.
And the last thing we need is to spread Marxist liberals’ sense of entitlement to the stars.