“The Apollo program was designed by men, for men. If we do not acknowledge the gender bias of the early space program, it becomes difficult to move past it.” —Tweet by the New York Times, today. How many times do we read something like this and because it has a certain internal logic and sounds rhetorically reasonable we just nod and accept that something intelligent has been said instead of something suited to a stark raving lunatic? There is nothing, absolutely NOTHING to 'move past'. It's a false, contrived dilemma with no attachment to either the real world or to people as they exist upon it, or off of it either. History is not holding us back. The men and women of the space program built it well for us and we've long built upon what they made. Name a single thing, even one thing, about the space program that we've been unable to "move past". There's nothing. In fact, in order to support such counter-factual assertions about the power o
In case someone wanted to know what racism looked like. "Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) speaks at Netroots Nation conference on Saturday: "I don't want to bring a chair to an old table. This is the time to shake the table. This is the time to redefine that table. Because if you're going to come to this table, all of you who have aspirations of running for office. If you’re not prepared to come to that table and represent that voice, don’t come, because we don't need any more brown faces that don't want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don't want to be a black voice. We don't need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don't want to be a queer voice. If you’re worried about being marginalized and stereotyped, please don't even show up because we need you to represent that voice."