It’s been a dream for misandrists — that’s women who hate men — to do away with the blasted sex altogether. Apart from the fact that down the ages, women have regularly got a raw deal from the less fair sex, this is somewhat understandable. Women also have had a psychological edge over men when it comes to ‘either us or you’ confrontations as it is a woman who bears 99.9 per cent of the actual physical and physiological responsibilities to propagate the human species. “We carry the pre-tots inside us for nine months, while all you do is provide a small ingredient,” they have said regardless of whether they like men or dislike them. Now it seems that humankind has come one step closer to doing away with the necessity of having men provide the necessary concoction that makes babies: sperm.
Amazons are already clinking their Mojitos to the news that British scientists have created human sperm using stem cells from embryos. While these affable scientists insist that the ‘artificial’ sperm, developed from stem cells (general cells that give rise to specific ones like the heart, kin and semen) will be used only for infertility treatment, the fact that a woman can use sperm obtained from an embryo’s stem cell bypassing a man is now on the horizon.
What this kind of redundancy will do for the male variety of mankind is too early to gauge. But if Japanese scientists are to be believed, artificial wombs for men are under construction. Apparently, cooking up eggs will be the decider.