Initial Summary Diablog 1


Wilchins's article argues against the idea that sex is binary. Her ideas involve looking at the history of sex to reveal hidden assumptions and to show that our understanding of sex has a human origin. Wilchins brings up the idea that if race and color can be deconstructed, then why sex can't be deconstructed as well. She indicates that past research has mainly focused on the differences of male and female, but the similarities are greatly overlook because they tend not to be interesting. In the same vein, she talks about how both male and female evolve from the same tissue, but with the emergence of biology, science has usually only stressed differences over similarities.
In Martin's article, she looks at the scientific language of biology and argues that at the microscopic level gender stereotypes are still found. Going off past research, she focuses mainly on the reproductive cycle of how sperm and egg come together and state that the language used to describe the sperm is considered masculine while the words used to describe the egg are usually feminine. It is in this way that she believes that even at the cellular level there exists a community that we, as a society, have created through our gender stereotyping.
1) How can we get past the idea that sex is binary? Is it okay just to accept the idea that sex falls into just two categories: male and female? What are some possible solutions to remedy this situation?
2) What can we do to help ease the on-going gender stereotyping?
3) Besides applying cultural ideas about passive females and aggressive males to gametes, are there other things that we also them applied to? Why?

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