DANGEROUS: While most of mankind remains in awe at the promise of colonizing the Red Planet, a leading gender studies professor says that the race to Mars isn’t just “patriarchal,” but is simply “another example of male entitlement.”
Marcie Bianco, the managing editor of the Clayman Institute at Stanford University, columnist for the Women’s Research Center, and adjunct professor at Hunter College condemns Elon Musk’s wondrous efforts to promote space exploration as mere expressions of his “toxic masculinity.”
Writing for NBC, Bianco compares Musk’s advances in rocket propulsion technology to a “midlife crisis,” grouping him up with other capitalist entrepreneurs like Virgin’s Richard Branson, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos—individuals who are also endeavoring to stake out humanity’s claim on the stars.
“These men, particularly Musk, are not only heavily invested in who can get their rocket into space first, but in colonizing Mars,” writes Bianco. “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.” MORE