Monday, April 15, 2013
Group 4: Sexual Selection and Johnny Wheels
Our groups' discussion topic in A Case Against Perfection instigated a conversation centered around sexual selection: Should we be allowed to determine the sex of future offspring? As a whole we found this procedure to be morally justifiable, although we entertained, and in some form, agreed that there are possible ramifications that could prove noteworthy were they to occur, (albeit we viewed gender selection to be a more intricate and, perhaps, the more relevant topic of discussion). We agreed rather unanimously that this is a concern that deserves more than fifteen minutes to delineate, and should be discussed thoroughly. However, this opened the door to a much more vigorous conversation about sexual equality and discrimination. With the COO of facebook, Sheryl Sandberg's, recent book release, detailing the struggle of women in the work place, and boldly proclaiming, among others, the most ludicrous conjecture we had heard in recent memory: Since women embody fifty percent of the population, they should also display equal representation in most to all vocations, especially the board of directors of large corporations. Ignoring the obvious biologically sexual and gender differences (and the fact that fifty percent is a scarily round number), we found this statement to be blasphemous, furthering our view that affirmative action, in any form, undermines its own objective. This led to a very passionate (and humorously honest) conversation.