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Bashful Eggs, Macho Sperm, and Tonypandy Bashful Eggs, Macho Sperm, and Tonypandy <i>Paul R. Gross</i>

Paul A. Gross

in A House Built on Sand

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780195117257
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785995 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195117255.003.0005
 Bashful Eggs, Macho Sperm, and Tonypandy  Bashful Eggs, Macho Sperm, and Tonypandy  Paul R. Gross

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For the last decade, feminist academics including feminist epistemologists and a number of sociologists and historians of science, have derogated the “masculinism” of natural science. A favored example thereof is the supposed elevation of the spermatozoon and diminution of the egg, and of their respective roles in fertilization and embryonic development. This essay examines the history and the reproductive biology that are adduced as evidence of this bias. Both are either false or nonexistent.

Keywords: fertilization; development; egg; sperm; masculinism; feminism; maternal messages; parthenogenesis

Chapter.  6198 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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