The Egg And The Sperm : How Science Has Constructed A Romance

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Over the years in American history, women have fought for the rights and freedoms that men were born with. For a while now after all this hard work women have put in to get these rights, you would think there wouldn’t be any more hoops to jump through, but you would be unquestionably wrong. Emily Martin wrote “The Egg and The Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles” to show the world that there is gender stereotyping not only in our culture but also scientific language as well (Martin, 39). In reproductive roles males are depicted as the heroic warrior who go on missions to get to females, while women are seen as wasteful and passive, not working nearly as hard as the men. Not only does science exhibit females in such a derogatory aspect, but it’s teaching children in early age science textbooks the gender bias as well. Scientific stereotyping seems to be influenced by cultural stereotyping which in itself is a drastic problem. When will it be acceptable for males and females to work together as equals in a humane environment? Academic research throughout the conversation of language in science indiscreetly displays gender bias towards males, aiding the theories that Martin addresses in her article. Martin points her study on science textbooks by showing passive roles that women’s reproductive systems apply. Smyth joins the debate by claiming that some subjects in school, mostly correspond to male success and interests. “If
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