A Science Fiction Writer's Thread on How Women Pee in Space is the Best Thing on Twitter Today
News18.com - Sun 21 Jul 14:08 GMT

Kowal wrote how the 1969 mission to the moon was designed by men, for men and how it systematically left women out. Her critique led many to argue that women were not sent to space because there was no technology to allow them to urinate in zero-gravity.

  As America, and along with it the entire world, celebrated man's first steps on the moon, some raised questions about the treatment space programs have meted out to women astronauts.

  In an essay in New York Times, Hugo Award-winning science fiction author Mary Robinette Kowal wrote about the gender discrimination in NASA's space programs, sparking a discussion about how women pee in space.

  Taking on the issue, Kowal wrote a long thread on Twitter about the time and effort it took for NASA to develop the technology that would allow men to pee in space without wetting their spacesuits, which is exactly what they did until then.

  Kowal revealed that the second man on space, Buzz Aldrin, was actually the first one to pee on it.

  It was not until NASA decided to send women to space a decade later that they came up with MAG, the Maximum Absorbency Garment which Kowal explained was basically a diaper that could allow those without a penis to pee.

  In her NYT article, Kowal pointed out how the design and size of space suits was male-oriented, citing a recent example when a space walk by two women on the International Space Station had to be cancelled because of unavailability of the right suit size.

  Sending the first woman to space may help the state administration and NASA assume the gender empowerment tag, but the long journey it took us to come here is definitely worth studying.