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Should the first human on Mars be a man or a woman?

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Poll: Should the first person on Mars be a man or a woman? (24 member(s) have cast votes)

Should the first person on Mars be a man or a woman?

  1. Man (6 votes [25.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

  2. Woman (2 votes [8.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  3. Intersex/transgender/other (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. It doesn't matter! (16 votes [66.67%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

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What about a transgender? Or a hermaphrodite?

 

Will it be more of a poignant message to send back to Earth that a human being landed on Mars, keeping the particulars about the person in secret for some length of time? I doubt it would work because stepping foot on Mars as the first human being to do so will be broadcast to literally everyone on Earth.

 

What about a gender-less robot that has been given civil rights and is as least intelligent as humans? I'd have to admit this one is a bit of a stretch considering we'll probably send manned missions to Mars way before we're capable of creating artificial beings.


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it shouldn't matter but it will. we all know it. There are no intersex astronauts at present and unlikely to be any on the first trip to mars. Which means the first person is going to one or the other from the binary option (even if they personally consider themselves non-binary, the world will use reductivism to assign them a station in the binary) and if it's male first then people will bitch and whine that of course the patriarchy forced it's way out front again. and if it's female first than people will bitch and whine about tokenism and doing things for PC reasons and blah blah blah. Because we live in the day and age where there is no right way to do a thing and everything is a personal assault on somebodies values and identity.


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What about a transgender? Or a hermaphrodite?

 

intersexed. hermaphrodite is both a scientifically and politically incorrect term.

 

 

What about a gender-less robot that has been given civil rights and is as least intelligent as humans? I'd have to admit this one is a bit of a stretch considering we'll probably send manned missions to Mars way before we're capable of creating artificial beings.

You could throw out a robot of any kind you want, but people will simply not count it. The first person after the robot will be where they start counting. Might as well call the robot Zero for all the matter. Humans note human achievment. It's why most people don't know or care about dogs and chimps sent into space, but the first human in space was a an achievement.

 

 

 

 

Will it be more of a poignant message to send back to Earth that a human being landed on Mars, keeping the particulars about the person in secret for some length of time? I doubt it would work because stepping foot on Mars as the first human being to do so will be broadcast to literally everyone on Earth.

the idea of an anonymous first person on mars would be an interesting way to go but functionally achieving it would be next to impossible. and even if you got a crew of 8 people who all agreed to none of them owning the claim, the great detectives of earths internet would build elaborate 'fake moon landing' conspiracy theories and analyse the hell out of every ounce of data until eventually somebody could find the clue that blew the truth wide open. Then it's all a bigger deal than if you'd just let Keisha go first.


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It does matter. If a woman is the first to land on Mars, then it will be a global talking point. Personally, I don't care if it's a woman or a man, but I can still recognize many across the globe will care.

That's why I say we make the decision through straws. Nobody can blame the straws.
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Not unless there's some kind of conspiracy afoot???
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We should make all the first humans on mars play an elaborate game of "the floor is lava" and then the first person on mars will be whoever loses, and it will become a mark of shame. 

 

"The floor is lava" would be more realistic on mars because the floor would be mostly red.


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We should make all the first humans on mars play an elaborate game of "the floor is lava" and then the first person on mars will be whoever loses, and it will become a mark of shame. 

 

"The floor is lava" would be more realistic on mars because the floor would be mostly red.

We should livestream the whole journey to Mars and have viewers vote online on who should be the first to step on Mars. Of course, there won't be any identity verification, so it won't be an actual popular vote, but a contest to see whose fans have the most hacking ability and time on their hands.

 

Also, the winner won't step on Mars first; rather the candidate in 7th place will.



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We should livestream the whole journey to Mars and have viewers vote online on who should be the first to step on Mars. Of course, there won't be any identity verification, so it won't be an actual popular vote, but a contest to see whose fans have the most hacking ability and time on their hands.

 

Also, the winner won't step on Mars first; rather the candidate in 7th place will.

We should do that, but instead of picking the candidate in 7th place, we pick Elon Musk. (who should not be available to vote for in the preceding vote) this will help teach people that their opinion doesn't matter in science!


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It doesn't matter. (without "!")


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Why should it matter? The individual will represent the species and not his/her gender. But I think a group will be sent, not an individual. Presumably the group will include both men and women.


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Voted "It doesn't matter".

 

Honestly, I'm not that bothered and I don't know how important it should be outside of what people talk about in the media and the history books. But if someone really wanted to address the gender-balance, it would probably be better to encourage women in to careers in science, technology and space exploration rather than a one-off PR stunt (even as historic as landing on Mars would be). That way they make not simply a more visible role, but actually play as important a role as men in the whole enterprise and getting a human on Mars in the first place. 



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