The article "The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles" by Emily Martin focuses on the ways gender stereotypes are shown through the language of science. She describes how certain texts view females egg production as "unproductive" while "sperm production as inferior because it is finished at birth," (Martin 31). This is because in a woman's life time only 400 to 500 eggs will be released while a man produces over 1,000,000,000 in a single day. This biological difference may be the cause of stereotypes between sexes. In addition I found it interesting the way she describes how a sperm shows traits of masculinity because they have a strong and efficient tail that allows them to travel towards the eggs. Meanwhile the eggs according to the article are viewed as the "damsel in distress... sperm as heroic warrior to the rescue,"(Martin 34). In the article "Queer Theory, Gender Theory" by Riki Wilchins discusses the topics of sex. The article also acknowledges that as society we find ourselves more interested in the differences between male and females than their similarities. In Wilchin's article he states that Anne Fausto-Sterling has noticed that the research that "fails to find evidence of male/ female differences is thrown out; it is unpublishable," (Wilchins 86). This surprised me and made me wonder why is society so interested in the differences rather than the similarities? I also agree with the statement he made that " sex is no longer something about the bodies; rather, bodies have become something about sex," (Wilchins 86) this is seen throughout our culture and very clearly in advertisements that use sex appeal to sell a product. Throughout this article he raises the question of one body, one sex and whether we need opposite sexes. With one sex there would be no difference between male and female and everyone could behave in one way; however, a question that I began to wonder about was that if there was one sex not everyone would behave or even act the same way therefore there will still be opposites and stereotypes.
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