Egg And Sperm Emily Martin Summary

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Emily Martin analyzes the way the egg and sperm are described in biology. Most scientists continue to perpetuate the stereotypical relationship between the egg and sperm. Martin points out that textbooks describe sperm as the noble knight who is there to rescue the damsel in distress. The egg is always a subordinate and never an active participant. This description is disturbing because it does not represent the actual process that occurs between the egg and sperm. Most modern accounts allude to a mutual relationship between the two but continue to push the sperm dominant description. While science is often thought to be factual and free of bias, the description of reproduction reveals that the dominant epistemology is that of the male scientist.
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