Elon Musks Mars will be sexist paradise, claims whistleblower ex-employee

A former SpaceX engineer claims that there is a culture of sexual harassment at Elon Musk’s space launch venture, and expressed her concerns about any future Mars colony.

Ashley Kosak described the successful NASA partner organisation as being in a "state of disrepair and dysfunction" and Musk himself comes in for particular criticism.

She compared the South African tech billionaire to "a sadistic and abusive man" she had known in the past.

"Elon makes promises he doesn’t hold himself accountable to," Kosak wrote in feminist blog Lioness.

"[He] shifts the goalpost constantly, unnecessarily strips resources from people who are working themselves to the brink of burnout, and then sends threatening messages to remind them that their efforts will never be adequate."

Kosak described the highly-sexualised environment as SpaceX, saying that "countless" men made sexual advances toward her and she said that male SpaceX employees appeared to treat every company social as an opportunity to "hit on" female members of staff.

"When we had to work from home during the pandemic, men from the company found my Instagram account, messaging me to ask me out.

"One called my phone at 4:00 am," she added in her Lioness essay.

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"Another coworker came to my house and insisted on touching me even when I repeatedly requested we stay professional."

Saying that misogyny is "rampant" at SpaceX, she predicts that women would also be second-class citizens in Musk’s planned Mars colony.

"What will life on Elon’s Mars be like? Probably much like life at SpaceX," she wrote.

Kosak adds that she repeatedly attempted to bring these issues to SpaceX’s HR department but they weren’t interested, and she eventually felt she had no choice but to leave the company after it "broke her health".

After Kosak went public with her claims, four other SpaceX employees told The Verge of their own, similar issues while working at the company.

They spoke of "drunk" male employees trying to gain access to their private quarters and harassing them.

The Daily Star has contacted SpaceX for confirmation of Kosak’s claims but has not yet received a reply.

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