|sex in space, again a huge concern for NASA
"raw dogma" by Nkrumah Steward, creator of 8BM.com
I remember a few years ago, NASA talking about needing to give its astronauts some kind of libido inhibiter on extended missions to prevent things like unexpected pregnancies and what not. Apparently there are some top-level US researchers who are again warning NASA that sex and romantic entanglements among astronauts could derail future missions to Mars if the sex thing isn’t addressed beforehand.
People are animals. And I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way.
If otherwise straight men can’t stop fucking each other when they go into prison for six months, then why would I allow myself to be shocked that a co-ed crew on a 30 month mission to Mars wouldn’t end up in an all out orgy?
Oh because they’re married and have commitments to their spouses? Yeah, ok.
People can’t stop sleeping with coworkers who under any other circumstance they wouldn’t even give a second look to, but since they are 400 miles away on a business trip and like the commercial says, what goes on in Chattanooga, Tennessee stays in Chattanooga they are banging each other in their hotel rooms after getting blitzed at the bar after a boring day of meetings.
If their commitments to their spouses aren’t even a speed bump in that situation, those very same commitments wouldn’t even be depression in the pavement on a million mile trip to another planet.
|If otherwise straight men can’t stop fucking each other when they go into prison for six months, then why would I allow myself to be shocked that a co-ed crew on a 30 month mission to Mars wouldn’t end up in an all out orgy?
|Hell, even if they were strong enough to withstand the temptation to fuck in space, which I doubt they would, the temptation to fuck on a different planet is just too much to ask an animal.
Apparently in an 8-month space station simulation on Earth in 2000, “a Russian man twice tried to kiss a Canadian woman researcher just after two other Russians had gotten into a bloody brawl. As a result, locks were installed between the Russian and international crews' compartments."
And they didn’t even go anywhere. This was just a simulation. They were still on Earth.
And no, the lesson we are to take from that example is not that Russians are perverts.
The lesson is that people are often attractive relative to their options.
In an 8 man crew, stuck in a floating mobile home for 30 months, Star Jones would start to look fine to me.
"Breakups can lead to violence and all kinds of things," agrees Carol Rinkleib Ellison, a psychologist specializing in sexuality and intimacy based in Oakland, California, US, who was not part of the NASA panel. "People are very primitive in their emotions around partnering and sex."
She suggests that maybe encouraging crew members to masturbate could help alleviate anxiety and even help with the boredom as they sit there doing nothing for days on end.
She also suggests that individual differences in sex drive could also be used to discriminate between who gets chosen for long missions and who doesn’t.
"One could perhaps select for people who seem to have less need for sex, or at least don't use sex as a form of self-validation," Ellison says.
Animals I tell ya. Animals.