Feminist Perspectives On Gender And Science, Why Engage Genomics? Essay

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Feminist approaches to gender and science, why engage genomics? The salience of genomics in current discussions of gender and sex is what makes the domain of genomics a point of feminist concern. Historically, science tends to support popular views of sex and gender due to pressures on scientists to produce empirical data that can be interpreted to support or “prove” current societal views as correct. Feminists, philosophers and other critical thinkers cannot afford to leave genetics to the geneticists; governments, corporations and other bodies of power will not simply acquiesce their influence on scientists. It is problematic when an ideological monopoly forms and there is too much influence of one system of thought, it limits the inventiveness and progressiveness of a society. The act of researching and gathering empirical data is not a task to be shifted onto the public, genomics should be left to the geneticists, however, the interpretation and propagation of information is the responsibility of the critical reader and governing bodies in science. In her book Sex Itself, Sarah Richardson provides the feminist concept of gender criticality as a tool to both produce and interpret science in a way that recognizes the ways in which gender informs the research and results. Geneticists coming from a society in the western world are likely to have been influenced by the gender politics of their society. Gender roles, norm and expectations will influence the scientists and

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