Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Men are from Mars, and fish...

And now, I'd like to call your attention to two news items of note this afternoon:

"Are Men Necessary?"* (the title is a twist on E.B. White and James Thurber's 1929 work, "Is Sex Necessary?") starts with a question of genetics, [author Maureen] Dowd told CNN.

"There's a body of evidence now that the Y chromosome is rotting at such a fast rate that it will go out of business in about 100,000 years," she said on "American Morning."

"So now that women don't need men to reproduce and refinance, the question is, will we keep you around? And the answer is," she added puckishly, "you know we need you in the way we need ice cream, you'll be more ornamental." (A Times book reviewer has noted that other research indicates the Y chromosome has stabilized.)
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In other, technically-unrelated-but-still-oddly-similar news:

In the latest studies presented at Monday's Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in Baltimore, scientists caught 82 male English sole and hornyhead turbot off Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Of those, 11 possessed ovary tissue in their testes, said Doris Vidal of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, who led one of the studies.

Scientists do not yet know how such sexual defects affect the overall fish population.
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*link and author's full name added to this blog entry

5 Comments:

Blogger fisher queen said...

What about us defective female humans? If our eggs don't work, what happens?

Re: Mareen Dowd- I am most certainly a feminist, but that chick has issues. The book is a big old fluff piece full of cheap jabs that's she's passive aggressively plying as "feminism". No wonder it gets a bad name.

11/15/2005 3:02 PM  
Blogger lauralu said...

i have not yet but plan to buy this book. i think it will make good reading for the hours and hours i will spend on planes and in airports next week. has fisher queen read it? i've read and seen several interviews with her in the last week, and i don't think it's her intention to claim anything; i think she's asking questions about the state of gender and gender relations. i'll get back to you after i read it.

as for those fish - how unusual is to find ovarian tissue? don't testes and ovaries come from the same tissue? it can't be that rare. i wouldn't think.

11/15/2005 5:40 PM  
Blogger lauralu said...

i just got a message for you. are any of your medical staff named dan? my password was "rhdanrub". i think you're supposed to let dan manipulate your rh factor. or something.

11/15/2005 5:41 PM  
Anonymous pixi said...

I'd like to know what others think of the book, because I'm on the fence about it. On a talk show MD said some things about the evolving image of the liberated woman that I thought were interesting. Still, I'll wait for more feedback, before I rush out and buy it. Maybe, I'll get it from the library, once it's available there. Would love to hear your response, lauralu.

11/16/2005 2:17 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

It's a breezy, fun book that has a lot of morsels that men and women can talk about and debate.

I wonder if this isn't another one of those situations where the popular media jumps to conclusions. Maureen Dowd...must find controversy.

As for the "ornamental" idea of men...now that's too funny. Steve, as much as I love him, is NOT ornamental. (And I think he'd laugh hysterically if I called him such.)

11/17/2005 8:46 AM  

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