April 13, 2010 § Leave a comment
recently in class a peer suggested to look into emily martin’s article, “the sperm and the egg” (available here). martin’s points are well formed and worth reading, especially if you’re into moving beyond the male/female binary and deepening understandings of how literally embodied sexism and sex-determinism can be, even when we’re talking sperm and eggs. she also does ample service to the formative role that language plays and goes about the whole thing in a pretty savvy, sassy way — which i enjoy.
this just so happens to coincide with My Internet Habit’s latest find, the great sperm race. otherwise known as the national geographic channel’s “sizing up sperm” show, which uses “real people to represent 250 million sperm on their marathon quest to be first to reach a single egg.”
their website even has a game in which you can invoke your own sperm-self and race to the egg… it gets pretty difficult as you advance.