All-Female Spacewalk Canceled: Trump's Sexism or Woman's Prerogative?

Written by Ralph E. Shaffer

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were scheduled to make the first spacewalk by an all-female team... until it was discovered that only one woman's space suit of the appropriate size was on board the space station. Was it a typical NASA snafu, or was this a deliberate effort by Donald Trump to block this historic spacewalk?

Hillary Clinton, who initially criticized NASA in a tweet, telling the agency to get another suit to the station, issued a second tweet that charged the president was responsible for the cancellation.

"Trump's cuts in NASA's budget were designed to minimize female participation in space. He would remove women from space and the military, as he has done with transgenders, and his reduction of money for female space suits was part of his anti-female plan. He has no interest in promoting women in space, as this walk would have done. Trump insists you can't depend on a woman, who might change her mind at a critical moment."

In response, a female spokesperson for NASA explained that two female suits - one large and one medium - were on board the station, and would have fit the two women, but one of them decided, at the last minute, that the large suit was not particularly suited for the space work that she would have to do. She exercised her woman's prerogative, opting for a second, unavailable, medium suit.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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