Love this article! Voices my exact frustrations about people using ‘science’ to prove things. Being an engineering student I can clearly see many flaws with this science that is supposedly all knowing in our world. This science that has been led primarily by white men, having a majority of scientific studies developed, executed and interpreted through the white, male lens.
This male interpretation of science has clearly affected findings, as for example, in the ‘scientific’ idea of reproduction that society has. An incorrect narrative about reproduction exists in the scientific world. The story of reproduction many of us have been told goes as follows: there is a female egg that’s just sitting there doing nothing really, while on the other end there is a huge crazy race of competing male sperm trying to aggressively get at this passive female egg. The first sperm that gets to the egg wins, digging itself into the egg and claiming its victory through reproduction. This is in fact a hugely male interpretation of reproduction, and it isn’t quite right but has been widely accepted by society without question, because this is what the intelligent male scientists of our patriarchal society told us.
The reality is that the female egg actually has a much more active role in the process than we are told. The egg contains proteins, found outside of the egg, that help with the selection process of the egg. So in fact, it’s not the first sperm, or any sperm that can simply attach to the egg, but there is a specific chemistry that needs to take place for even this basic, elemental reproduction process to take place. Additionally, “early this year, scientists showed that mammalian eggs secrete a certain enzyme to avoid being fertilized by more than one sperm (which could bring death to egg and embryo).” So the egg even has a way of making sure that she is not attacked by multiple sperm at once, a sort of defence mechanism, where if her enzymes don’t get their right to choose, no one gets what they want. This is how important consent is even in this primary concept of chemical reactions, how amazing is that!
In this world, the narrative has been warped to make the feminine seem passive and without a choice, while the masculine is active, competitive, and gets what he wants when he gets to the girl, even from the very first moment of conception. This is the perfect example of how much a male point of view can affect a scientific study and known biological ‘belief’ that has been around for decades. But after further male and female combined scientific research, a much more complex, beautiful, and accurate reality has been revealed. Elementally, the importance of chemistry, selection, and choice in reproduction, not aggression, and imposition are clear necessities, not rights, but necessities, in natural biology.
I think this is such an important finding, it should really be announce in every newspaper. Science needs more women (thus gender equality) for more of this genius!
You can read more about their findings in this excellent article here.