In the article "Queer Theory, Gender Theory" by Riki Wilchins it mentions that "somewhere in the 18th century, sex as we know it was invented" (Laqueur 83). How is sex, as we know it and how was it in the past before the 18th century? Many people believe that sex is natural but how come in today's society we have to learn about what sex is? As said in the article "sex is not just about reproduction, it is not about genes, XY chromosomes and hormones either. Sex is introduced to explain skeletal structure, mental aptitude, and posture... "(85) How can sex be used to explain skeletal structure but not hormones and genes? In addition a question that came up while I was reading these articles was: Why is it that men were made by society to be masculine and not feminine? The history or origin of this I think begins with gender roles. These roles have even influenced how the medical society views males and females sperm as discussed earlier in prior blogs was seen as "heroic" and eggs a disappointment (88). Why is this though, why are "the testes are Marines on Paris Island, the ovaries are all inventory problems and K-Mart?" In order for reproduction to occur both are equally important in fact because females are given the number of eggs at birth and males have an abundance amount of sperm why is the egg not valued more? In my opinion if this was the way gender roles originated and the stereotypes of women and men started than why is the woman not viewed as inferior?
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