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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 99 Comments [7/31/2012 3:31:06 AM]
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name says it all, right! :p

7/31/2012 10:01:28 AM

"How many little girls had ever wanted to be astronauts?"

Mercury 13... kept out of space because fucknuts like you insisted they shouldn't be there. (and some twats suggested they should go because the men would then be able to fuck in space... sexist fuckers the lot of them)

"About as many who longed to be soldiers or fighter pilots. In other words, very few."

Get the fuck back into reality, you stupid wanker.

7/31/2012 10:05:58 AM

Martha Jones

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a mechanic. I told one of my friends this, and she wrinkled up her face and replied, "Well, that's not very ladylike!"

...are you guys related?

7/31/2012 10:25:02 AM

Captain Janeway

Something tells me Laura is a controlling male who has a low position in life and is jealous of women who make their own way.

This software engineer says "Go to hell, Laura."

7/31/2012 10:49:09 AM


A self-loathing misogynist. Wow.

7/31/2012 11:00:06 AM

The God That Failed

Erm, Laura? We the people living here in reality would like to have a word with you. Many a girl has dreamt of careers in science and war. You only dream of babies.

7/31/2012 11:08:15 AM

gee, a relationship that lasted 27 years at an age of 61. Thats a great run for anyone.

She made the point to girls everywhere that they can do anything they really want if they apply themselves.

If a woman really wants to meet men she could become an escort. They meet lots of men, some wealthy and become intimate with them quickly.

I wanted to be an astronaut. I wanted to be the first man to uranus. ;)

7/31/2012 11:17:51 AM

Sally ride even has a song Mustang Sally where her name is used in the chorus. She will never be forgotton because 1. theres that song, and 2, she is a part of history.

7/31/2012 11:23:16 AM


Well clearly Laura likes being whipped, but why should she expect all other women to feel the same?

7/31/2012 11:26:18 AM


So. While Sally Ride was earning advanced degrees and excelling at everything she did to such an extent that she became the first American woman in space; Ms. Wood was filling her head with crap and passing judgement on women who would consider her a moron of the lowest order. Needless to say, I find Ms. Ride's accomplishments far more inspirational.

7/31/2012 11:28:06 AM


Sally Ride opened the door for girls to have new dreams. THAT was Steinham's point. I'd post the eff you but I respect Sally Ride and in her memory I willl just say you are wrong and on the wrong side of history

7/31/2012 11:31:43 AM


So who is the one that hates women...the woman that says women are nothing more then submissve helpmeets who exist only as baby machines and maids

or the womaen who say women can be anything they want it to be...Sorry Laura, it is you that hates women, not Steinman or Sally Ride

Also Fuck you, because Sally Ride was a great woman.

7/31/2012 11:51:44 AM

Felix Nephthys

Laura Wood, you are a first class motherfucking bitch.

7/31/2012 12:38:53 PM

"The vast majority of women would sooner love an astronaut than be one."
And some women would rather love a house-husband than be a housewife. If 'domestic engineer' is not inglorious for women, it's not inglorious for men.

7/31/2012 12:39:52 PM


i dated a girl that wanted to be an astronaut. i miss her.

sorry for the non sequitur, but really, what naturally follows from that mess?

why doesn't her husband tell her to shut her fucking mouth?

7/31/2012 1:16:24 PM

Often Partisan

"And given that most men are destined to perform inglorious jobs for most of their lives"

This is true, but it's true regardless of what women do. Because that's how capitalism works.


This @ manboobz

7/31/2012 2:33:20 PM

Tolpuddle Martyr

So...being in a loving relationship for 27 years and being a freaking astronaut isn't leading a full, happy life?

Er, then what is?

7/31/2012 3:14:22 PM


Are you for real? I'm 58 so don't think I'm some neophyte you blithering idiot. This housewife took a break from ironing a knife edge crease in her husband's pants while thinking what rugged path to hike this weekend when I head to the mountains. As I look at all my shooting and karate trophies(including Black Belt Hall of Fame) I'm glad somebody like you was NOT in my life. My husband? He's very proud of my accomplishments. It's morons like you that ask me "What does your husband think about your masculine activities?" Wait...was that you? I pity you because you're just damned scared to try anything you may fail at so you attack women that dare try. When we fail we cuss and get right back up to try again. Please go away. You are an embarrassment to our gender and to a movement that said we had a choice.

I'd like to bitch slap you.

7/31/2012 3:36:14 PM


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

What Laura Wood doesn't understand is that she herself was inspired by Sally Ride and other women like her.

"Thinking Housewife"? The very reason Wood writes a blog on the internet instead of sitting around barefoot and pregnant baking cupcakes and being told by hubby what she should think is a legacy to Ride and her kind.

This reminds me of those younger women today who mock the 60's and 70' women lib'ers. Time beam them back to 1954 and they'd probably return with the shock of their lives.

7/31/2012 5:51:56 PM


What's your definition of an "inglorious job" you little pissant?

I learned a long time ago that any honest job that helps you support your family and your children is something to be proud of and it doesn't matter if the one performing the job is male or female.

That's the whole idea of a family. Everyone does their share.

7/31/2012 6:03:30 PM


Girls/human beings in general Laura Wood has inspired= 0

Animals inspire more people than you do.

7/31/2012 6:30:42 PM


This girl wanted to be an astronaut very, very much (and a fighter pilot as well) and would potentially sign her life to it if she had a hope in hell of being chosen. Unfortunately she is also disabled and can't. So she works with computers instead.

Fuck you, Mrs. Wood. Fuck you.

7/31/2012 6:43:56 PM


I wanted to be an astronaut. My sister did too. Laura needs to also turn in her ovaries and uterus to stop qualifying as a woman and jump into the non-recyclable part of the gene pool.

7/31/2012 6:58:57 PM


Wow, a female misogynist. I have never felt such a strange mixture of disgust and pity.

7/31/2012 7:08:07 PM


Uggghhh, a misogynistic woman!!! I die inside every time I see one of those...you're a traitor to your own gender! Oh, and nice spitting on Sally Ride's grave! She accomplished much and inspired many to greatness and success-who have YOU inspired and what have YOU accomplished? Huh, huh?

7/31/2012 8:00:17 PM

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