Ask McFartnuggets: “Did Amelia Earhart Help or Hurt The Women’s Movement?”

Dear McFartnuggets: 
We all know that Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic solo and that proved that women could fly planes just like men. Then she tried to fly around the world and the accepted story is that she ran out of fuel unable to locate a landing spot and drowned in the ocean. What I’m trying to ask is when all was said and done did this help or hurt women? Because on the one hand yes she did make history, but then she failed and maybe led people to think “I guess women aren’t THAT good at flying after all!” I know when I get on a plane and the pilot is a woman part of me thinks “What if she decides to pull an Amelia Earhart on me here though!” Considering that, was Amelia Earhart really that great? If she made me sexist how good could she be? -- Raymond from Reno, Nevada

Dear Raymond:
It was unfortunate for both Amelia and women that she didn’t make her global flight, however in the end I think she contributed to the women’s movement far more than she detracted. She basically broke the stereotype that women couldn’t fly planes. When she disappeared over the Pacific she didn’t prove the stereotype that women can’t fly planes, she proved the stereotype that planes are fucking death traps. A man could just as easily have disappeared. If you need any evidence to support that statement just look at Malaysia Airlines. Now if you’re going to say that’s Asian pilots and connect that to Asians being bad drivers the same way women are seen as bad drivers then, all I can say is...  Thanks for the question and have a great day!

There's a rumor she didn't even die and has been chilling on an island with Tupac and Elvis.

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