2suit

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Logo emblem designating spacesuit functionality as a 2suit

The 2suit (alternately 2-Suit or twosuit) (abbrv. 2S) is a garment designed to facilitate intimacy in the weightless environments such as outer space, or on planets with low gravity. It has been tested in microgravity during a parabolic flight.[1]

History[edit]

Mission patch: pioneering human intimacy in space. "The 2suit is one small step for humankind colonizing the universe." History Channel, The Universe: Sex in Space

The 2Suit was invented by Vanna Bonta in 2006[2] after she experienced microgravity during a parabolic flight that she flew with the National Space Society in 2004. Bonta presented the garment design in 2006 on a panel at a New Space conference of the Space Frontier Foundation.[1] [3][4]

In 2008, the first 2Suit was manufactured and tested by a History Channel documentary for the television series The Universe. The episode premiered on December 3, 2008.[5]

The documentary described the "2Suit is one small step for humankind colonizing the universe." The garment was presented as a utilitarian garment with multiple applications that serves the need for human intimacy and procreation by stabilizing physical proximity in microgravity environments.[6][5]

Prototype sketch of the 2Suit (MSNBC)

Design[edit]

Vanna Bonta testing the 2suit in microgravity during a parabolic flight on September 13, 2008 (History Channel, The Universe)

The garment is a two-component flight suit, and is designed to be worn alone or attached to another 2S model for the purpose of intimacy or sex in space. Once attached, additional design functions are deployed, releasing ultralight fabric which transforms the 2suit into one roomy garment that keeps two people in proximity of one another. It includes Velcro strips, zippers and diaphanous inner material.[1]

The 2suit is equipped to fasten to a stable surface. The roominess within the garment is adjustable from within. It also is lined with inner harnesses for optional use that can regulate the garment to adjust proximity of various points of the bodies to one another. A quick-disrobe function removes the garments, optionally leaving harnesses in place for stabilization to a static surface.[7]

Function and purpose[edit]

The function of the 2suit is to stabilize human proximity, thus facilitating intimacy, tandem or adjacent tasks, recreation, or human procreation in weightless environments. The 2suit also has useful thermal applications in emergency situations, as it can store body heat.[8][9]

The 2suit enables lounging or work station stabilization, relieving the need to exert constant effort to prevent drifting apart that occurs in weightless and microgravity environments. The 2suit stabilizes the extremes of Newton's law of motion in zero gravity, i.e., for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. A state of human intimacy is experienced, providing psychological benefit, by facilitating complete relaxation in proximity, without drift upon contact, and without otherwise needing to be in confined cubicles.

The invention was a result of Bonta's personal experience during her 2004 parabolic flight when empirically noting the effects of the sensation of complete lack of attraction of physical mass in weightless environments.[10] Imagining prolonged periods in low or zero gravity environment, Bonta projected that in weightless environments, a sense of human intimacy, including reading or relaxing in proximity, would be lacking outside confined areas. The constant effort to maintain physical proximity could create cumulative, if low grade, stress.

Postulating "relaxed human closeness as a conditioned requisite that creates a sense of well-being," Bonta devised the 2suit. As a solution, it would eliminate constant physical struggle to remain close in microgravity, and still alternately afford open space conditions for enjoyment, in privacy or for group activities involving couples, such as movies or events.

Family versions might expand to 3 or 4suit, for use with undergarments.[11]

References in Pop Culture[edit]

Cracked.com listed the 2Suit as one of "seven real suits that will soon make the world a cooler place."[12]

Future simulation: mother-to-be in space lounge wears a 2suit for applications of stabilizing human proximity in microgravity conditions. (The Universe, Sex in Space; History Channel)

The 2Suit presentation covered by MSNBC in 2006 was immediately picked up by international media[13][14][15][16] The 2Suit became a catalyst symbol in many languages and nations for the human relevance of space exploration, making humanity and human survival the central focus and purpose of space exploration.[17][18][19]

The 2Suit is mentioned in popular mainstream exploration magazines.[20] Travel magazines set vacation and honeymoon frontiers in space and concepts of the "400 mile high club" that discuss the 2Suit in context of human relationships and survival in other worlds.[21][22][23]

In television, a History Channel documentary on The Universe tested a prototype of the 2Suit. The series was translated and subtitled into many languages with international distribution, continuing global discussions about the relevancy of human colonization of other worlds.[24][25][26] On the show, the first pregnant mother beyond Earth was portrayed in a space lounge wearing a 2Suit. As easter egg trivia, she is reading the novel Flight, by Vanna Bonta, the 2Suit's inventor.

The 2Suit is discussed as fashion and futurism in WIRED, Discovery and other media.[27][28][29]

Teens have written about the 2Suit in the context of contraception, and consequential awareness about sex and its biological purpose.[30]

The 2Suit has been the subject of songs, including the Valentine's Days album titled 2Suit, by Binary Bits,[31][32] and in the Anti-Gravity Love EP track Sex Suit by Irish band Fred and Bob[33] It has sparked international discussion in news,[34][35] cultural language blogs,[36] and in political debates[37] as a symbol of off-planet recreation[38] and space colonization.[39][40][41][42]

It has been called a lovesuit.[43]

During World Space Week 2012, media discussed the 2Suit as an inspiring icon of the future goal of human colonization of worlds beyond Earth.[44]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Outerspace sex carries complications by Alan Boyle, Science editor MSNBC 24 July 2006
  2. ^ Sex in Space, by Laura S. Woodmansee, Science Journalist, CG Publishing, 2006
  3. ^ Space Frontier Foundation NewSpace 2006
  4. ^ Could Future Depend On Outer Space Love Garment Built for Two? Reporter7; August 2, 2006
  5. ^ a b The History Channel Season 3 Episode guide; Sex in Space
  6. ^ The History Channel - The Universe: Sex in Space; interview with novelist Vanna Bonta
  7. ^ Sex in Space, by Laura S. Woodmansee, description by Bonta, p. 64
  8. ^ WIRED UK Science News A two-seater suit for space-lovers, by Giorgia Scaturro; April 30, 2009
  9. ^ From Quarks to Quasars The Complications of Sex in Space October 9, 2013
  10. ^ Outside Magazine December 2006 issue
  11. ^ Conference presentation, Interview descriptions
  12. ^ 7 Real Suits That Will Soon Make the World A Cooler Place by Soren Bowie, Cracked; 15 November 2010
  13. ^ Sesso nello spazio? La Repubblica, by Benedetta Perilli, 25 July 2006
  14. ^ Sexo no espaço intriga pesquisadores TERRA; 24 julho 2006 (24 July 2006)
  15. ^ Секс в космосе. Часть вторая: всё к этому идёт MEMBRANA; 26 июля 2006 (25 July 2006)
  16. ^ Az űrszex bonyodalmai 25 július 2006 (25 July 2006)
  17. ^ Tests for sex in space may begin IGN Aug 2008
  18. ^ Sex in Space Possible but Problematic Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008
  19. ^ Sex in space could be out of this world
  20. ^ The Zero G Spot Outside Magazine, by Michael Behar, December 2006
  21. ^ Metro.UK, by Fiona MacDonald
  22. ^ The 400-mile high club The Sunday Times, by Richard Johnson; October 7, 2007
  23. ^ Sex in space: how to do it right
  24. ^ Seks u svemiru? Nema prepreke koju čovjek ne bi svladao za seks by Miroslav Ambruš-Kiš, Vecrenji.hr; 4 October 2009
  25. ^ ¿Se puede practicar sexo en el espacio? ElMundo TV, Spain; 17 July 2009
  26. ^ The Universe: Sex in Space Explores Human Side of Space 2 December 2008
  27. ^ Space Fashions Vol. 2: Sexy Space Suits? by Richard Lamb Discovery News; 16 December 2009
  28. ^ WIRED.IT News Scienza Lo spazio, mai stato così sexy, by Giorgia Scaturro; 27 April 2009
  29. ^ Sesso nello spazio? Per gli astronauti arriva la tuta 2Suit, by Giovanni Carzana; CiaoPeople Magazine, Italy; 27 April 2009
  30. ^ Youth Task Force, Sex in Space - (contraception and myths) by Brooke Brodack; February 23, 2011
  31. ^ Binary Bits – 2suit EP Music Review, album release by Graham Major, Potholes in My Blog; February 14, 2012
  32. ^ Music Album Track 1 - 2Suit Binary Bits – 2suit; February 2012
  33. ^ Anti-Gravity Love EP 22 June 2012
  34. ^ Thrusters on full: Sex in space, By Keiron Monks, Metro World News; 10 April 2012
  35. ^ S’envoyer en l’air dans l’espace Par Kieron Monks, Metro World News; 11 Avril 2012
  36. ^ Sex in Space: Truly the Final Frontier, by E Fixmer; Rosetta Worldwide Translations, September 13, 2012
  37. ^ Is Newt's zero-gravity sex idea any good? by Uri Friedman, Foreign Policty; January 26, 2012
  38. ^ This Vacation is Really Far Out, by Matthew Alice, San Diego Reader; January 11, 2012
  39. ^ Le SEPTIÈME Ciel En Apesanteur February 28, 2012
  40. ^ Newt Promises Human Colony on Moon! Come on! Waleg Celebrities; January 28, 2012
  41. ^ 1000 Words, 1000 Days: Day 351 – Space-Boinking In The 21st Century!, by Marty Schwartz; The Paltry Sapien, December 16, 2012
  42. ^ Sex in Space and the 2Suit Spacefreighter's Lounge; February 28, 2009
  43. ^ 10 Bizarre Interiors Inspired by Pop Culture, by Claire Cottrell, Flavorwire cultural news and critique; 1 October 2012
  44. ^ Celebrate Sputnik Day by Thinking About Space Sex, by Audrey Ference - The L Magazine; October 4, 2012

External links[edit]

Notes (International 2Suit articles)[edit]