Sunday, June 03, 2007

Men, we can be replaced.....

Feminists have long wished for some technological means of eliminating the need for the male of the species for procreation. They may soon get their wish. Microbiologist Karim Nayernia of the North East England Stem Cell Institute has found a way of coaxing stem cells from bone marrow to become immature sperm cells. He hopes to eventually find a way to take them all the way to maturity and to try fertilizing a human egg with them, but not all at once.

Consider the societal implications of that. All children derived in that manner would be female. Men would become scarcer and a much sought after commodity by those women who chose to procreate the old fashioned way. As a result, any genetic diseases that are passed down paternally will become more common. for that matter those diseases that are passed down to boys from their mother will remain in the gene pool, just waiting for the recipient to try it the old fashioned way.... The conventional monogamous relationship will become even more rare. children will grow up with little or no male role models. For girls that will be bad enough, but for boys conceived naturally, it will be even worse. Society will be vastly different from anything we have ever seen before. I'm fairly certain that the fabric of society would not be able to hold together were that to become commonplace.

What happens if males eventually die out? procreation would then rely entirely on technological means and once the y chromosome is gone, there will be no more unless it is technologically recreated.
So what happens if for one reason or another, that technology is lost? can you say instant extinction?

What if the opposite is also discovered? What if by similar means bone marrow can be coaxed to become ova as well? now either sex could become both mother and father (of course there is still that little thing about carrying the fetus to term, but it has been theorized that a man could carry a child abdominally and deliver it via C-Section. But of course there is the feminists other favorite research topic, artificial wombs, as well as the possibility of using Gorrillas as surrogate mothers....).

What sort of society would we have if procreation was no longer one of the drivers to bring people together in groups? What happens when the sexual urge is completely devoid of procreation? Would society look more like "A Brave New World", or would it look more like the Solarian society that Issac Asimov dreamed up?

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see it ever happening. People like sex WAY TOO MUCH. LOL

Besides, it would be too cost prohibitive in today's world. 3rd world countries could never afford the scheme.

June 04, 2007 3:12 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Eh, MEN like sex way too much, SOME women do, but many are kind of ambivalent about it, and of course there are a few that are openly hostile towards it.

You know the old saw about men having a relationship in order to have sex whereas women have sex in order to have a relationship? Well all too often it is true.

June 04, 2007 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been around enough to know that a relationship built totally upon sex is doomed to fail.

Sad. But in my experience, true.

Woof!

Wanna read my college paper I kept on cloning?

Muahahahaha!

June 04, 2007 10:08 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Methinks my old Freshman English instructor (and union organizer) from NHMCCD is trying to twist my tail a bit. Not so fun being on the receiving end these days is it? Especially given the latest TXPIA request that Fred Blanton just filed for the Union's finances.

I may not have passed your class, but I'd bet I've gone farther in life that you ever will.

I never said that a relationship based solely on sex was viable long term. The operative word there is SOLELY. And I don't know if you've noticed but the divorce rate is staggering these days. Well over 50%. So on that basis I'd say that MOST relationships are not viable long term. Ergo, probably a lot of them WERE based solely on sex.

June 06, 2007 2:00 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

I saw this on a TV show once. Men were kept prisoner for procreation by all tall, sexy, fair haired women. Maybe this isn't a bad thing as long as I'm one of the 'condemned.'

Sorry you know I can't read this without laughing. ;-)

June 10, 2007 7:46 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Jason you are a sick twisted bastard.

I like that.....=D

June 10, 2007 7:55 PM  

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