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WHEN Sally Ride was set to fly on the space shuttle Challenger in 1983 and thus become the first woman in space, Gloria Steinem said, “Millions of little girls are going to sit by their television sets and see they can be astronauts, heroes, explorers and scientists.”

This was of course a ridiculous statement. How many little girls had ever wanted to be astronauts? About as many who longed to be soldiers or fighter pilots. In other words, very few. Steinem’s real point, in keeping with her intense dislike of women, was that women should want to be astronauts and there was something wrong with them if they didn’t.

Ride, who had a warm, radiant smile and is said to have served ably in her two missions in space, died Monday at the age of 61. For all the fanfare that once surrounded it, Ride’s story will likely fade into history and her life ultimately inspire very few girls. This will be so not only because women do not excel at space science or the physical demands of space travel as men do but also because, as Ride’s obituary proved, she did not lead a full life. Ride was in a lesbian relationship with a childhood friend for 27 years.

To her credit, Ride did not make her lesbianism public and was private about her personal life in general. Her sister and the woman with whom she had a relationship, Tam O’Shaughnessy, have released the information to the world and now Ride has the double distinction of being both the first woman and the first lesbian in space. O’Shaughnessy was Ride’s friend since the age of 12. Ride was briefly married to another astronaut, but they were divorced. So while Ride accomplished much in her career, thanks in part to the spirit of affirmative action, she seems to have never fully emerged from childhood.

The only good reason for a normal woman to go through the grueling rigors of becoming an astronaut is that NASA is a great place to meet men. Ride’s life, however, does not even offer that slim hope to little girls, that wonderful compensation for dreary days in a control cabin. Ride flew into space but never experienced other thrills that are as great or far greater. She never gave a man such necessary and life-sustaining love that he was able to do great things, such as fly into space. She never looked up at the stars with her own children and encouraged their wonder. She did not pass on her love of space to a son or daughter or grandchild.

Though she performed capably in her public position as a Role Model of the Century, Sally Ride’s example will likely be the exact opposite of what NASA and Gloria Steinem predicted. She will serve as a reminder of at least some of the very good reasons why women don’t want to be astronauts. The vast majority of women would sooner love an astronaut than be one. And given that most men are destined to perform inglorious jobs for most of their lives, women will come to see that the dream of conquering space rightly belongs to men.


Laura Wood,  Thinking Housewife 98 Comments [7/31/2012 3:31:06 AM]
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Colonel Boris

I'm surprised she hasn't asked how one orbits a flat Earth yet.

7/31/2012 3:56:28 AM

OhJohnNo

I think Laura Wood is actually an old white man called Larry Wood in real life.

7/31/2012 3:59:30 AM

Tempus

Oh, good. I was wondering when the next missive from Little Miss Stockholm Syndrome would make it up here.

This was of course a ridiculous statement. How many little girls had ever wanted to be astronauts? About as many who longed to be soldiers or fighter pilots. In other words, very few.

Doesn't matter if it was only one. She did, and she did it.

There aren't many male astronauts either.

The only good reason for a normal woman to go through the grueling rigors of becoming an astronaut is that NASA is a great place to meet men. Ride’s life, however, does not even offer that slim hope to little girls, that wonderful compensation for dreary days in a control cabin. Ride flew into space but never experienced other thrills that are as great or far greater. She never gave a man such necessary and life-sustaining love that he was able to do great things, such as fly into space. She never looked up at the stars with her own children and encouraged their wonder. She did not pass on her love of space to a son or daughter or grandchild.

A woman is allowed to measure her own self-worth by things other than the man on her arm. Sorry you think that women are nothing more than empty vessels waiting to be filled.

And given that most men are destined to perform inglorious jobs for most of their lives, women will come to see that the dream of conquering space rightly belongs to men.



Fuck you and everyone who looks like you.

7/31/2012 4:04:05 AM

Reynardine

You would be astonished, Ms. Wooden Imagination, by the number of little girls who have wanted to be astronauts, soldiers, sailors, fighter pilots, painters, writers, mountain climbers, pentathletes, U.N. delegates, and more until they gave up because of the drone of dreary bitches like you, who are a lethal stab in the twat to every bright little girl ever born.

7/31/2012 4:19:01 AM

SaneChick

You know, (non)thinking housewife, most of us don't base our career decisions on the possibility of meeting eligible men.

And, women are perfectly capable of "space science" and meeting the physical rigors of space, you cow.

Have you met the brave new world where women are actually astrophysicists, world-class athletes, cops, firefighters, helicopter pilots and jet pilots? No? Well, welcome to it.

7/31/2012 4:24:57 AM

Titania

First, you don't get your honey where you get your money. More importantly, and I'm not doubt low-balling here, tell that to the thousands of girls across the nation who participate in activities at their local planitarium, obervatory or space telescope. I assure you a large number of them wish they could go into space while they are looking through that telescope at the last frontier. Finally, most girls do not aspire to becoming life support systems for vaginas such as yourself. In other words, go fuck yourself with a gas station toilet bowl brush you obnoxious cunt.

And another thing: Sally Ride didn't need to inspire a man to go to space. She did herself. Ride, Sally, ride!

7/31/2012 4:36:21 AM

Percy Q. Shunn

Wow; way to take Ms. Ride's unique notoriety, and piss all over it.

Die in a fire, you stupid cunt.

7/31/2012 4:38:39 AM

Doubting Thomas

Sally Ride was not the first woman in space. That honor goes to Valentina Tereshkova, but you're probably another one of those idiots who think that the USA is the world and those damn commies are the ones who came up with equality for women.

Regardless of how many little girls want to become astronauts, they should have that chance if they want to.

7/31/2012 4:40:12 AM

starseeker

WTF, so a woman should only have an ambition in order to meet a man to marry? Please go die in a fire.

7/31/2012 5:09:12 AM

anevilmeme

My contempt for you knows no limit.

7/31/2012 5:10:32 AM

TGRwulf

Wow, mysoginistc AND anti-gay! You a real "winner" Laura. Please go hide under that rock over there and never come out to claim your prize.

7/31/2012 5:17:15 AM

John_in_Oz

I read FSTDT because the quotes are hilarious, and challenge me to sharpen my wit in response.
This one failed in that role.
Reading it has made me feel dirtier than if I'd fallen in a cesspool.

7/31/2012 5:23:35 AM

Bad Wolf

History: Fail (see Valentina Tereshkova)
Of course Dr. Ride inspired thousands of girls to want to become engineers, astronauts, fighter pilots, etc. However, misogynistic women like Ms Wood will try mightily to quash those ambitions - sadly they will be successful in far too many instances.
It's amusing, in a disgusting way that your preoccupation with who a person chooses to love should overshadow their far more significant accomplishments.
PS it's none of your damn business.

7/31/2012 5:24:29 AM

DaMidnighter

I'd fucking love to be an astronaut, and for the longest time my dream was to become a pilot... a commercial pilot, not a fighter pilot, but still.
Ride was an amazing woman to have accomplished what she did.

7/31/2012 5:28:35 AM

Canadia

Jesus! Laura, where do you get this shit?

7/31/2012 5:30:43 AM

Mister Spak

Outer space has a 'no gurls allowed' sign on it.



7/31/2012 5:32:34 AM

Frelus

You make me sick.
Puke.
Get out, and never post anywhere again.

7/31/2012 5:39:09 AM

Octopamine

Of course, I only decided to study neuroscience so I could meet a man. Turned out I was a lesbian though. Lucky for me ~70% of my research lab is female.

7/31/2012 5:46:37 AM

VoiceofKane

Wait, I thought Sally Ride was bisexual. Didn't she also have a husband at one point?

Or do bisexuals not exist in your little "submissive women" world?

7/31/2012 6:01:13 AM

D Laurier

Rani Lakshmibai would like a word.
So would Marina Raskova

7/31/2012 6:20:17 AM

dionysus

How many little girls had ever wanted to be astronauts?

More than the number of girls that want their only accomplishment in life to be breeding.

For all the fanfare that once surrounded it, Ride’s story will likely fade into history and her life ultimately inspire very few girls.

If her story falls into the obscurity of history, at least she had her moment in the Sun where millions know about her and her story. You? I don't even know who the fuck you are and I really don't care. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing but it certainly doesn't inspire future generations. Besides, how the hell is a historical first ever going to go into obscurity? Barrack Obama, despite how the rest of his political career goes will ALWAYS be remembered as the first black president. And Sally Ride, in the same way, will ALWAYS be remembered as the first female astronaut.

as Ride’s obituary proved, she did not lead a full life. Ride was in a lesbian relationship with a childhood friend for 27 years

The only one that knows if Sally Ride led a full life is Sally Ride and she's dead now so kindly shut the fuck up. You have no right to judge her life as she has lived a much more meaningful life than you can possibly imagine. She made history, lived out her dreams, and likely loved her partner. Just because she wasn't a breeding machine doesn't mean she didn't have a good life.

The only good reason for a normal woman to go through the grueling rigors of becoming an astronaut is that NASA is a great place to meet men.

Really? REALLY?!? Have you ever SEEN outer space? Or does your husband not let you? Even from pictures I can tell that it must be an amazing experience and given how little justice photos do to the places they capture I can only imagine that space is many times more wonderful to experience in person. You want a hookup? Go get a match.com account.

She never looked up at the stars with her own children and encouraged their wonder.

No, she saw the stars from where few people have ever seen them. Just about any person in the world can make babies and look at the sky. It's the rare and historic figure that explores the sky and gives the people on the ground stories to tell their kids.

She never gave a man such necessary and life-sustaining love that he was able to do great things, such as fly into space.
...
The vast majority of women would sooner love an astronaut than be one.

WHY? She was able to experience that for herself. Why the fuck would it be better for her to be cheering from the sidelines when she has a chance to be a star?

And given that most men are destined to perform inglorious jobs for most of their lives, women will come to see that the dream of conquering space rightly belongs to men.

First of all, you're a sexist pig. Second, how are men supposed to conquer space without women? The ultimate plan is to establish permanent colonies in space. How do you do that without women? Last I checked men do not reproduce asexually.

7/31/2012 6:21:52 AM

nintendofreakgcn

"The only good reason for a normal woman to go through the grueling rigors of becoming an astronaut is that NASA is a great place to meet men."

How about because space is freaking awesome? Seriously, who doesn't want to go into space? Well, aside from you, Laura Wood.

7/31/2012 6:37:54 AM

Ebon

You are the reason feminism has to stay around.

7/31/2012 6:41:18 AM

fishtank

My hatred for you knows no bounds.

Dumb cunt.

7/31/2012 6:50:26 AM

Anon-e-moose

"WHEN Sally Ride was set to fly on the space shuttle Challenger in 1983 and thus become the first woman in space, Gloria Steinem said, “Millions of little girls are going to sit by their television sets and see they can be astronauts, heroes, explorers and scientists.”

This was of course a ridiculous statement. How many little girls had ever wanted to be astronauts? About as many who longed to be soldiers or fighter pilots"

Two words: Valentina Tereshkova. Your argument is invalid.

...oh, and as for 'How many little girls had ever wanted to be astronauts? About as many who longed to be soldiers or fighter pilots'...:



...quite a few, it seems. I can sleep secure at night, knowing that these 'little girls' are protecting my country. Oh, and to further annihilate your argument, Laura...:



...only the best of the best in the RAF get to fly our Eurofighter Typhoons.

7/31/2012 6:50:34 AM
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