The Sperm & Egg: Their Roles
Pg. 1: The picture of the egg and sperms depends on stereotype, related to our definition of
male/female Stereotype is women are less worthy than men.
Pg. 2: Quote
Pg. 3 & 4:
Sperm: Mobile, Small, millions, Strong, motivated, fast, persistent, Intrepid, Adventurous, Powerful,
Brave, Winner (the one who makes it), Leader, Gutsy, flagellum.
Egg: Bigger, home, stationary, mobile, limited, selective, delicate, in need, life, disposable, lazy, Passive,
In-waiting, Penetrated, Fragile, Compensated with the strongest sperm, useless without sperm,
Complete once the sperm enters her, Useless until a sperm gives meaning to her existence.
The winner is the one who makes it; all the other ones are losers. One sperm makes it; the million other
ones are losers.
Pg. 5: That perception that we have of this stereotype comes from somewhere. Where does it come
from? Why do we have that impression? Especially now that we know that it’s not true; this was
discovered in 1984 by scientists. David H Freedman says “the egg is not passive, not a “damsel in
Pg. 6: The quote on this slide is what we have thought for a long time, and some people still think it is
true. Biologists: sperm = aggressive, egg = wait for contact
Pg. 7: Youtube videos make it seem that the sperm is adventurous and fast but not very smart. Fits
stereotype that “men are not very smart”. New representation: sperm fast but ineffective Interesting
representation of sperm, there’s a balance here. Egg is missing here, non-existent; not an issue when it
comes to sperm.
Pg. 8: This article was a non-attained view of the process; there was no description of what truly
happens between the egg & sperm.
Youtube video shows switched gender roles of sperm and egg. This is closer to what happens in reality.
There’s a resistance between the sperm wall and the egg which is closer to what researchers have
found. It’s hard to incorporate this knowledge into our lives. Critical thinking is important for adaption
Pg. 9: Woody Allen’s movie “Everything you wanted to know about sex but were afraid to ask” good
representation of sperm in a fearful, tentative light (only one of the sperm fearful in this case)
Movie represented the sperm in a uniq