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article imageMales Could Be 'Useless' In The Very Near Future

By Saikat Basu     Jul 15, 2008 in World
Are men destined to be extinct one day? If medical advancements are anything to go by, Dr. Robert Sparrow's prediction could come to fruition one fine day.
Bad news men, we are going to be soon useless! That was the message given by one of the leading Australian medical experts, Dr Robert Sparrow. He is the senior lecturer at Monash University’s Centre for Human Bioethics.
His 'theory' is that females could soon rule the world as hermaphrodites and their won't be any biological use for men. His gave this foreboding bit of news in a speech titled ”Should Human Beings Have Sex”, at the Australian Medical Students Association convention.
The day will soon come when females would be able to procreate on their own with sperm cells created from bone marrow and other human tissues thanks to advancements in stem cell technologies. Before that we could very well see the age of artificial insemination using frozen sperm cells. Drawing up a picture of an Orwellian world, Dr. Sparrow said that future parents (okay let me make that 'parent') could choose girl child’s using IVF because they live longer and have more opportunities in life.
He theorised,
“There are significant restrictions on the opportunities available to men around gestation, childbirth, and breastfeeding, which will be extremely difficult to overcome via social or technological mechanisms in the foreseeable future. Women also have longer life expectancies than men.”
His 'tongue-in-cheek' thinking is based on the fact that medical technology is rapidly removing limitations imposed by nature and the day is not far off when we might have a 'post-sex' world.
“Until we have the technology to produce genuine hermaphrodites, the most efficient way to do this is to use sex selection technology to ensure that only girl children are born."
He opined that because of artificial selection, girl babies could have significantly more 'open' futures than male babies.
It is almost a fundamental law that we need women to 'run' our lives, but these 'tongue-not-in-check' statements from a distinguished expert is surely going to give our grandsons a few headaches.
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