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Many people regard science as absolute and therefore what science says culture follows There are many examples of science helping culture and society science has helped society understand the dangers of smoking skin cancer and improved the quality of life for many people Despite the advantages of science there is a negative impact on society due to science In Emily Martins essay The Egg and the Sperm she investigates the notion that women are being unintentionally oppressed and made inferior in the eyes of science and culture Benjamin Lee Whorfs assertion that culture defines language is one of Martins underlying themes Martin carries out this theme to show that the models that biologists use to describe their data can have important social effortsMartin 57 Martins thesis that science is perpetuating the sexist stereotypes is exemplified in many scientific journals In Martins essay she clarifies Whorfs theory by her examples of biological journals Martin follows Whorfs theory that the semantics of the science community and journals do distort the role of women Martin cites extensive examples and particulars from over fifty journals and books about the role of men and women in terms of reproduction The descriptions imply that a female system has gone awry making products of no use not to specification unsalable wasted scrapMartin 50 Whorf would agree that the language in the journals is reflecting the stereotypes already in place in society Whorfs view helps to strengthen Martins thesis by showing that if culture defines language then women are portrayed in a male dominant culture as wasteful and inferior Martin asserts that the imagery keeps alive some of the hoariest old stereotypes about weak damsels in distress and their strong male rescuersMartin 57 Whorf also alleges that ill-used language can cause behaviorofhazardous formsWhorf 152 One of Martins paramount objections is the marked contrast between the two sexs reproductive cycle It is difficult to understand how impartial scientists and other professionals can
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