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Sally Ride indeed blasted through the space ceiling for women.

Her death is a sad day.

It’s made even sadder by the fact that despite her pioneering past, she couldn’t crack another ceiling–the one allowing same-sex partners to receive the same death benefits from the government that partners in heterosexual marriages receive.

Here’s a bit about her partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy. Although they didn’t become partners until 1985, they were friends from the age of 12.

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  • It’s a very sweet story. They both rock!

    I hope they give O’Shaughnessy her benefits retrospectively. It is a disgrace.

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  • Valentina Tereshkova welcomes her.

    • Anderson

      Nope — unless Wikipedia steers me wrong, Tereshkova is still alive.

  • Anderson

    And if you want to puke up your breakfast, here’s Debbie Schlussel on Ride, who was no hero, but “the beneficiary of militant feminism.” Which I’m sure you’ll recall had NASA, and Reagan’s America at large, in its iron-fisted, testicle-crushing grip.

    (Was googling for a pic of Tereshkova and Ride together, and found Schlussel. I need some sort of internet filter on my browser.)

    • firefall

      Yeah I think a Schlussel filter would have considerable demand.

    • Malaclypse

      Someone has issues:

      Oh, and in case, you were wondering, Sally Ride endorsed Barack Obama for President in 2008. Birds of a feather: She got her job because of her vagina. He got his because of his skin color . . . and his vagina.

      • Anderson

        Plainly someone’s own vagina has never done anything for her.

    • Hogan

      That must be the first and last link Schlussel ever gives to The Crisis.

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