Man, not woman, is the second sex

“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.?
(Genesis 2:21-23)

Biblical tradition tells the story of creation with man as the first sex, and woman the second, fashioned from Adam’s rib. Biology conveys a different tale for the evolution of the sexes, however, revealing that man, not woman, is the second sex. Recent research in genomics and molecular genetics has shed much light onto the elusive human Y chromosome, suggesting that man may not only be the second to arise, but the first to disappear.

Those two first paragraphs of this article, written by Andrea Lam, over at The Science Creative Quartely are gripping. I haven’t proceeded till the end of the essay yet (it’s kinda long) but it does seem interesting, as RPM from Evolgen says here.

Andrea Lam is in her fifth and final year at UBC, completing a BSc in Integrated Sciences and a BA in English Literature. In addition to her academic life, she enjoys playing the piano and organ, working with children, and trying new foods. Her interests range from medical genetics and Darwinian medicine to 19th century fiction and Harry Potter.

Umm? Impressive, isn’t it?


1 Response to “Man, not woman, is the second sex”

  1. 1 Andrea 20 March, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks! I had no idea anyone actually read that article. It was actually a paper I wrote for a 4th year course at UBC.

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