Gender and Emotion

Sex and Reproduction

The journal is discussing the connection between gender and emotions in the United States. I used this in my paper by helping to discuss where many of the gender specific roles came about. More specifically, the focus on the emotions that are correlated to each gender is what I used it for when describing the awakening process that Lilith took based on her preconceived notions of behavior attached to gender.

Gene Therapy

Tabitha Farthing

This article is interesting in relation to my topic, gene therapy (genetic engineering), because it describes a recent study that shows a gene therapy that has the potential to prevent the development of Alzheimer’s.  It shows how gene therapy can be an extremely beneficial technology in saving lives.  Instead of letting fear hinder scientific progress, we should embrace the potential of this medical practice, as I argue in my paper.

Gender inequality in third world countries.

My essay is about gender inequality and comparing it to the Man-Plant. I chose this article because it shows the economics of gender inequality and ways it can be changes in third world countries. It is a study done by Seema Jayachandran at Northwestern University. The goes through Education, heath, violence, and fertility rates of women in these countries. I chose this because it relates to the way Vincent Miller was talking about women in his study, how they are just basically vehicles for producing children. The Northwestern University paper gives a different way of thinking about women in society and is basically the opposite of what Vincent Miller is stating.

Esha Nath

The Brain Chemistry Behind Transgenderism

Due to the growing number of people who fail to identify with one of two sexes in our society, scientists have begun to study transgenderism. People have asked whether or not being transgender is a choice or if these people really were born with the wrong sex. Richard Friedman from The New York Times supports the theory of differing brain chemistry when he reports on a study with Dr. Kranz of the Medical University of Vienna, Dr. Kranz’s studies show that gender is more of a spectrum and that having a two gender system alienates a large range of people who do not comfortably fall into one of two categories: male or female. This is where transgender and transexual people begin to feel excluded, they don’t want to be defined in the way that society often forces them to be. 

View the article here: How Changeable is Gender rs-20292-20140729-transgender-x1800-1406671118

Unethical Treatment of Babies

In my research of unethical experiments, I came upon this gem of a study. In the study, researchers conditioned an infant to relate soft and harmless objects and creatures, like cotton balls and white mice, to the emotion of fear. This poor kid got to the point where he would cry at the sight of a mouse…  Really interesting experiment but 110% unethical by today’s standards.


Joshua Bertch- Sources for S&R paper

There are two main arguments against genetic engineering, the first is that it is unsafe, and the second is that it is immoral. The first is staying the way it is due to people complaining that it is unsafe. The second is rather strange considering non genetically modified people do not get to choose their biological future either.

“One popular argument against the human use of cloning and genetic engineering for reproduction is that these procedures are not “safe” and may result in the birth of children with severe developmental abnormalities.”
Habermas J. The future of human nature. Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2003

” Reproductive cloning violates the child’s right to an open future.”
Davis D S. Genetic Dilemmas. New York: Routledge, 2001

Slave Breeding

During my research on breeding,  I discovered a journal by Frank Wesley Pitman. In his journal he discusses the horrific events that went on during slavery. Pitman explains how at first slave owners were simply uninterested in breeding slaves, because of the time and effort it would take for them to raise the children before they were useful. However when slave trade was abolished, and slave owners were unable to get “fresh Africans”, this  inevitably led to the breeding of slaves. Though we have learned about slavery in previous history classes, reading about it in this journal showed me another perspective.