Dr. Jill Stuart, considered an expert on the “politics” of space, expressed particular concern about a plaque on the 1972 Pioneer 10 spacecraft that featured a naked man and woman. “The plaque shows a man raising his hand in a very manly fashion while a woman stands behind him, appearing all meek and submissive,” Stuart said …. “We really need to rethink that with any messages we are sending out now. Attitudes have changed so much in just 40 years,” she continued.
Even worse: The man and the woman were both white. (Ewwwww!)
“I would be uncomfortable with sending out any images or messages that include Western-dominated material,” Stuart said.
[W]e have no idea what kind of terrible impact having to see a naked, white heterosexual couple might have on the aliens’ culture — and I’d hate to think that we humans could play any role in turning them into misogynist white supremacists.