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Gender Bias in Science

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.