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2018-02-24 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
NBC News Op-Ed: Efforts to Colonize Mars Driven by ‘Male Entitlement,’ ‘Patriarchy’
[FREEBEACON] An op-ed published Thursday on NBC News' "Think" platform argued that the desire of several billionaires to colonize Mars is "patriarchal" and driven by male privilege.
Turble. It's just turble. Ummm... Howcome?
"The Patriarchal Race to Colonize Mars Is Just Another Example of Male Entitlement," wrote Marcie Bianco of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University.
She's the Winner of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association's Excellence in Online Journalism Award in 2016, so we can believe what she sez.
Bianco argued that SpaceX founder Elon Musk, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Virgin Galatic's Richard Branson are driven by a "Columbusing attitude" and an imperialist ethos" in their efforts to establish a human presence on Mars, arguing that "the impulse to colonize ... has its origins in gendered power structures."
There aren't, as far as we can tell, any primitive folk on Mars to be exploited, so it would really be nothing but a real estate grab. We've only been talking about colonizing space since Cyrano de Bergerac, maybe earlier. I suppose going where no man (or woman or child) has gone before is a pretty manly thing, but it really can't be helped that those who aren't good at math would be excluded from the project.
"These men, particularly Musk, are not only heavily invested in who can get their rocket into space first, but in colonizing Mars," she wrote. "The desire to colonize‐to have unquestioned, unchallenged, and automatic access to something, to any type of body, and to use it at will‐is a patriarchal one."
It doesn't sound real matriarchal, does it? I'm still stuck at why matriarchal would be preferable to patriarchal, since matriarchal societies don't seem to have been particularly successful in human history, but that's probably because I'm not a lesbian and I've never taken a gender study.
So if instead of shooting his old red sports car to Mars, Musk had shot a statue of an Amazon to Venus, would she have had the same opinion?
"It is the same instinctual and cultural force that teaches men that everything‐and everyone‐in their line of vision is theirs for the taking," she continued. "You know, just like walking up to a woman and grabbing her by the pussy. It's there, so just grab it because you can."
When I was sixteen I had a girlfriend who used to shut me up by accusing me of gross generalization. I suspect this gal doesn't have the good manners I had back then. Rita, if you're reading this, tell her, okay?
"Houston, we have a problem," Bianco concluded. "And it's the patriarchy."
"Houston, we have a problem” has become such a cliche, especially among the STEM-challenged.
Posted by Fred 2018-02-24 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [387 views ]  Top

#1 Don't know about you people, but I'm really tired of all the backseat drivers in our civilization.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2018-02-24 05:01||   2018-02-24 05:01|| Front Page Top

#2 actually getting to a planet without the yammering femnazi's does sound pretty good....
Posted by Mercutio 2018-02-24 06:01||   2018-02-24 06:01|| Front Page Top

#3 And the low-g pole dancing.
Posted by swksvolFF 2018-02-24 09:27||   2018-02-24 09:27|| Front Page Top

#4 I've said this elsewhere, that since the Earth is flat (science confirmed) all we need do is push these femnazis off the edge onto the elephants and tortoise holding us up. See, problem solved! TADA!
Posted by Roth LaDoad 2018-02-24 10:51||   2018-02-24 10:51|| Front Page Top

#5 the desire to colonize Mars is "patriarchal" and driven by male privilege.

because settling on the surface of Venus (surface temp 800F, air pressure 92X earth's) is so much nicer.
Posted by Frozen Al 2018-02-24 12:33||   2018-02-24 12:33|| Front Page Top

#6 Venus - I'm willing to send her there as the FemiNazi Vanguard
Posted by Frank G 2018-02-24 12:59||   2018-02-24 12:59|| Front Page Top

#7 #2 actually getting to a planet without the yammering femnazi's does sound pretty good..

That's exactly what they're afraid of.

Probably why they get the vapors about the idea of sexbots too.
Posted by charger 2018-02-24 13:41||   2018-02-24 13:41|| Front Page Top

#8 We won. Get over it.
Posted by Bobby 2018-02-24 17:34||   2018-02-24 17:34|| Front Page Top

#9 
#6 The Vanguard of the Bitchetariat?
Posted by Fred 2018-02-24 22:28||   2018-02-24 22:28|| Front Page Top

#10 heh
Posted by Frank G 2018-02-24 23:16||   2018-02-24 23:16|| Front Page Top

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