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Response 9 - John Xu Response 9 Martin and Stepan both talk...

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John Xu 10/4/07 Response 9 Martin and Stepan both talk about men and women in terms of the representation of their biological differences. Martin focuses entirely on the aspect of the egg and sperm and how they are portrayed in scientific literature. Stepan also includes a discussion about race and how any trait of inferiority associated with a particular race was previously considered to be a trait that was also found in women. In this sense, both women and people of a “lowly” race were considered to share physiological characteristics that made them inferior. Both articles provide an outline of these scientific views and then provide an argument that refutes the commonly accepted views of a metaphor-driven scientific community. The article by Martin cites many respectable sources when providing examples of gender biased descriptions of the actions of the egg and sperm. While the male reproductive system is glorified, the female system is described as something “gone awry, making products of no use, not to specification, unsalable, wasted, scrap” (Martin,
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course S&TS 3011 taught by Professor Crane,j during the Fall '07 term at Cornell.

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