Creative Destruction

June 15, 2006

Please Tell Me This Is A Joke?

Filed under: Humor,Science — Tuomas @ 3:16 pm

According to Annalee Newitz, feminists should take over genetic engineering. (Here's a hint: Study genetic engineering… women's studies doesn't exactly make you an expert on everything).

The whole article is about the most unintentionally hilarious things I've read for a while, and I urge you to read it all, and check the comments.
Here is a teaser:

That's why any feminist worth her sodium chloride should be charging into the debate on genetic engineering with a list of demands. Hell, yes, we want to change the biology of reproduction — and we want to change it now.

The primary goal of a feminist genetic engineering project is to cut the reproductive process loose from patriarchy and male domination. One simple way to do that is to make sure feminist politics are front and center in any discussion about how we will use genetic engineering to eliminate harmful birth defects. I think we can all agree that it would be great to make sure babies aren't born with holes in their hearts, but what about girl babies born with small breasts? Can't you just see some clueless researcher claiming that women with small breasts are "harmed" psychologically, and that therefore we should engineer all women to have big ones? Feminists need to shut that shit down right away.

Damn those clueless genetic engineering patriarchs! They need some womanly wisdom to guide them, and Annalee sure is the best person for that. (Leaving aside the fact that plenty of researchers in the field of biology and medicine are, in fact, women, and besides, I must admit that I really don't see researchers focusing on genetically engineering women's breasts bigger.)

As an aside, she makes me think that John Howard may have had a point:

[ edited for correction]

First of all, we want genetic engineering to transform the way families work, perhaps by making it possible for two women to create a baby without male intervention — or for more than two parents to create a baby. (Researchers in Japan have already bred a healthy baby mouse out of genetic material from two females, and researchers in England are working on a human baby that will have genetic material from two women and one man.)

H/T: PunkAssBlog.



  1. Well, seeing as how men are already proven to be harmed psychologically from small penis size, perhaps the genetic engineers would want to help that bit along, hmmm? Or would that one get stomped on by the feminists as well for aiding and abetting the penisocracy?

    And this is why alterations to the basic genome are riding the razor’s edge of the ethical disaster curve as it is. When it comes to our kids, we want the best, the brightest, and the biggest for them… Even themselves.

    So while removal of genetic-based diseases and deformities is a good thing (Or perhaps survival in harsh climates… Like insufficiently terraformed extra-solar planets?), altering the basic genetic structure to provide them with some future advantage (huge sweater puppies, Texas-sized tube-snake, or uber-supermodel looks for both genders) creates definite ethical problems. Just like extreme intelligence, superb musculature, faster reflexes, super-soldiers, and ad nauseum.

    Comment by Off Colfax — June 16, 2006 @ 6:26 am | Reply

  2. What ethical problems would those be?

    Comment by Brandon Berg — June 16, 2006 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

  3. perhaps by making it possible for two women to create a baby without male intervention

    It’s called oocyte fusion. And it’s not genetic engineering, it’s just cytoplasmic manipulation.

    Comment by Dianne — June 16, 2006 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

  4. Holy shit.

    Do you mean that there is no conspiracy afoot to genetically engineer all females to have big breasts (at least D cups) and small brains in the future?

    Oh man, I need to get to work!

    Comment by realist — June 18, 2006 @ 12:24 am | Reply

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