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Are we trying to raise a generation of genetically ‘fragile’ boys?

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According to Sue Palmer:

“We males, she says, are the fragile sex. The way Palmer describes it in her new book, the Y chromosome that defines maleness is essentially “an X chromosome with a little bit missing“, meaning that the female anatomy is our species’ “default mode“. Because Y sperm swim faster than X, more male embryos are created by a factor of 120 to 100, but nature evens out the ratio by birth. Before the advent of modern medicine any foetus with an abnormality – more of them male than female – would have failed but now more make it into the world, regardless of how faulty their make-up, which may explain why there is a greater incidence of learning difficulties and emotional dislocations among boys than girls. She also suggests that “foetal testosterone speeds the growth of the right hemisphere of the brain, the side that specialises in spatial relationships… and slows down development of the left hemisphere, housing the main language areas.”

So have we messed with the natural balance again?

Does this explain why boys seem to be failing so much more than girls these days?

Or is it just reverse sexual discrimination?


Written by jackshaftoe

April 13, 2009 at 8:30 am

Posted in free speech

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  1. or maybe it was always this way, but by restricting women to certain domains and otherwise inhibiting their intellect we managed to disguise it.

    There is also the case that the spread of men’s intellect is greater.. that is, there are more stupid men than women, and more genius men than women, but women, on average, are more intelligent. Perhaps greatness comes at the risk of failure, hand in hand, and this same propensity for stupidity is the price to pay for random greatness.


    April 14, 2009 at 2:53 pm

  2. “greatness comes at the risk of failure” – I think ‘greatness comes at the risk of madness’ is better!
    like it


    April 15, 2009 at 8:19 am

  3. I agree with Rex, maybe boys have always been failing, it’s only now that we have the data, equality and time on our hands to look at useless studies of this nature.


    April 17, 2009 at 7:22 am

  4. By the way, love the picture although quite disturbingly, it does seem to remind me of a certain Iberian bar manager


    April 17, 2009 at 7:24 am

  5. Don’t really understand what you mean?
    The point is that modern medicine has altered a natural balance.
    Why on earth is it a useless study??


    April 17, 2009 at 8:56 am

  6. I agree with Sanchez, the observation is useless.

    There are so many reasons why a foetus might not make it to live birth: bacterial infection; maternal blood pressure; placental abruptions; physical trauma; umbilical cord accidents, etc.

    Would it be ‘natural’ not to interfere with any of these issues?


    April 17, 2009 at 9:30 am

  7. if modern medicine is has altered a natural balance – why have our bodies not altered themselves? isnt that what our bodies are supposed to do; adapt?
    Useless study.


    April 17, 2009 at 1:28 pm

  8. I don’t think that pre or post natal intervention happens on a large enough scale to account for the ‘epidemic’ of ADHD, ADD and other alleged ‘difficulties’ that primarily affect boys.


    April 17, 2009 at 2:09 pm

  9. Everyone knows ADD is caused by sugars, fake sugars, and soda pop as well as over stimulated entertainment and natural boyish exuberance classified under crap analysis to pump out drugs.


    April 17, 2009 at 7:31 pm

  10. Spot on Rex. Unwillingness to remain seated, wait your turn or play quietly – all signs of a good boy!


    April 19, 2009 at 8:02 pm

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