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A House Built on SandExposing Postmodernist Myths About Science$
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Noretta Koertge

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195117257

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195117255.001.0001

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Bashful Eggs, Macho Sperm, and Tonypandy Bashful Eggs, Macho Sperm, and Tonypandy Paul R. Gross

Bashful Eggs, Macho Sperm, and Tonypandy Bashful Eggs, Macho Sperm, and Tonypandy Paul R. Gross

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A House Built on Sand
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Paul A. Gross

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195117255.003.0005

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

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