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The idea that sperm race to the egg is just another macho myth | Aeon Essays
Much has been written about the fact that in industrialised societies age at first birth is increasing in women, accompanied by slowly mounting reproductive problems. A proposed solution is the highly invasive and very expensive procedure of ‘fertility preservation’ in which eggs are harvested from young women for use later in life. However, increasing reproductive problems with ageing men, notably more rapid accumulation of sperm mutations, have passed largely unmentioned. One very effective and far less expensive and invasive way of reducing reproductive problems for ageing couples would surely be to store semen samples from young men to be used later in life. This is just one of the benefits to be gained from less sexism and more reliable knowledge in the realm of human reproduction.

Nowadays, the story of Hartsoeker’s homunculus might seem veiled in the mist of time, mentioned only as an entertaining illustration of blunders in the early exploration of human sex cells. But its influence, along with the macho-male bias that spawned it, has lived on in subtler form among the cultural stereotypes that influence the questions we ask about reproductive biology.
fertility  sex  birth  conception  misogyny  sexism 
25 days ago by Quercki
Child Mortality - Our World in Data
Shown is the share of children (born alive) who die before they are five years old.
mortality  child  birth  data-viz  world  fertility 
4 weeks ago by pmigdal
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Our son is almost here. With about two months to go, we're learning all about giving .
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