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Gender Bias in Science

Biology is NOT Destiny

Biology is NOT destiny.

The fact that a woman is biologically determined to have a womb tells you she MAY GET pregnant.

It tells you nothing whatsoever about what she can or cannot do.

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Dogs are genetically programmed as predators – we do not tolerate them hunting our offspring.

Gorilla and chimp vocal cords are genetically designed so that they cannot voice words, yet they have learned to communicate with us using sign language.

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“Biological possibility and desire are not the same as biological need. Women have childbearing equipment. For them to choose not to use the equipment is no more blocking what is instinctive than it is for a man who, muscles or no, chooses not to be a weightlifter.”

– Betty Rollin

Betty Rollin is one of a multitude of amazing women who have been ignored by his-story. Check her out on wikipedia

She has written books on coping with cancer and death and been the subject of two popular movies.

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Biology – slave of patriarchy?

Because of a fluke of evolution, most males must “mount” a female. This means the male is “on top of” the female.

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Interesting how a mere physical position, in what is often a few seconds long encounter, only one tiny activity in an animal’s life-time of activities, has come to be seen as justification for male dominance.

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Even more interesting is how Science, which prides itself on its neutrality, so often uses sexist, patriarchal language.

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Indeed, Science is too often the worst offender in the use of this word-play which maintains the sexual status quo.

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Word-play which perpetuates the missionary position which defines our culture – men on top.

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“Please, please, can we?”, is NOT dominance.

A science text talks about roosters using courting moves to coax hens into submission to copulation.

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Interesting how supposedly “neutral” science is so skewed towards seeing male dominance and female submission.

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Since he won’t be getting any without her cooperation, wouldn’t it be more appropriate to say roosters use their courting moves to coax hens into providing permission for copulation?
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The Irony of PMS

The level of the female hormone, estrogen, is lowest in a woman just before she menstruates.

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Isn’t that ironic? If PMS exists, it occurs when we have the least amount of female hormones in our bodies, when we are the least female.

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When we’re the most like males … hmmmmmm …

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A Trait in a Straitjacket

The only biological function females cannot perform is impregnation. The only biological functions males cannot perform are pregnancy and nursing.



There are no other activities you can name which are exclusively female or exclusively male.



Any other attribute branded as masculine or feminine is just a trait in a strait jacket.
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Gender Bias in Science

Male Courting Behaviour

Ever watched male courting behaviour?

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Males dance and crow, strut and fight, handicap themselves with clumsy attachments, expose themselves to view and to danger, all in a desperate bid to get some female to say yes.



Now read a biology text:
Female control over sex is always described as “submission”, while male pleading is described as “dominance”.
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Biological inevi-tit-ability

Having fleshy lumps attached to your groin confers superiority.

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Having fleshy lumps attached to your chest confers inferiority.

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Biological inevi-tit-ability.