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Social justice warriors in space: Mars exploration is all about “white male Europeans”

May 18, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Computer rendering of the Curiosity Rover.

White Privilege Planet

Old First World problem: White male Europeans dominate Western society.

New First World problem: White male Europeans dominate Mars.

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Guardian contributor Martin Robbins writes:

“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.

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“There’s no room for discussion about social justice or equality when it comes to planning our future Mars colonies because we all just assume that decent educated scientists and engineers – the ‘right kind’ of people – won’t have any problem with that sort of thing.”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    I, for one, think our future Mars colonies should consist solely of feminists. Clustered together at Basecamp McCaskill, they’ll be able to cut the socialjusticeequality with a knife.

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