“All-female spacewalk is a ludicrous casualty of all-male assumptions” was the title of the article in reference.
With no evidence on who is to blame for the lack of an extra, and fitting suit for the all-women’s spacewalk that NASA had planned, a CNN contributor has blamed men and men only. With no regard to who may have actually failed in this scenario, and no personal accountability for the astronauts involved, it is apparently all at the fault of men and only men.
Now, in our view, an “all-women’s spacewalk” is just as sexist as an “all-men’s spacewalk.” There should be no regard to what gender is up there and what they’re doing, but instead only sending the best and most qualified to do each activity at every point in time that they are up there. This is not equality, this is superiority. And when it didn’t go well, one CNN contributor, Meg Urry, has come forward to blame… well… just men. Urry is a professor (obviously) for physics and astronomy at Yale. Her attitude quite literally reflects that of a typical liberal professor that wants to point the finger at everyone else.
Urry has come forward to say that women should have been well-suited for all of the previous spacewalks since the very beginning, referencing a different day and age in which most women did not work.
“NASA isn’t alone in just expecting women to meet male norms. In my field, physics, greatness is often equated with aggressiveness and assertiveness. Yet professional style has little to do with scientific discovery — and aggression can, in today’s world of large collaborations, be detrimental,” according to the contributor.
Nobody in space is expecting women to meet male norms, but instead expecting each gender to meet a specific set of standards. Lowering these standards for one can be more detrimental than the “aggressiveness” she is referencing.
“It’s 2019, folks, and women are everywhere — in science, in politics, in business, in operating suites, in coal mines, in the military, in the Space Station. It’s past time to recognize that physical spaces and equipment should be sized appropriately. Some might worry we can’t afford the expense or storage space for “extra” sizes. But we can’t afford not to utilize the talent that comes in non-male-standard sizes.
Even the word “extra” implies there is a norm, and that women aren’t it. Let’s normalize difference. It would be a fitting nod to women’s history month to recognize that no one size is the standard, no one gender is the one that doesn’t belong,” she said.
No, the word “extra” does not imply that women need to meet men’s norms. How about, instead, the astronaut prepare ahead of time and have accountability toward the missing suit. “Extra” is just that, an extra. The word itself has no gender preference, and by implying that NASA had an “extra” suit has nothing to do with gender.