The Martin article seems to focus most intensely on descriptions of fertilization in textbooks, but the problem she highlights extends far beyond the formal protrayal of reproduction. Popular culture seems to suffer from this problem as well. The following is a clip from an episode of family guy:
The portrayal of the sperm in this case is hypermasculinized. The sperm are active, competing, fighting, charging to the be the one sperm who will come out on top. The egg on the other hand, is almost completely unpersonified in any way.
Some questions to ponder:
1. Given that the family guy audience is predominately male, is this type of portrayal intentional?
2. What other informal portrayals of fertilization may suffer (or not suffer) from the issue Martin describes?
3. How does the socialization caused by informal portrayals of fertilization differ from the socialization caused by more formal portrayals (like textbooks and academic journals).