Posts Tagged: academics

Save the Males!: The "Degenerating" Y Chromosome

Human genomes are 99.9 percent identical—with one prominent exception. Instead of a matching pair of X chromosomes, men carry a single X, coupled with a tiny chromosome called the Y. Tracking the emergence of a new and distinctive way of thinking about sex represented by the unalterable, simple, and visually compelling binary of the X and Y chromosomes, my book, Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome, examines the interaction between cultural gender norms and genetic theories of sex from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, postgenomic age. Here, we've excerpted from the chapter "Save the Males!"

The prospect that [...]


Ask an Art Historian

"Well, this is probably cheating but I would take my computer — with Internet access — and … have access to millions of art objects and written material about them on the Web. Yes, definitely cheating…" —The Association of Art Historians asked cheater Frances Follin (check out what time her day starts!) and seven others 10 questions about their field, including which piece of art they'd take to a desert island. Sharon Hecker played by the rules and said the Mona Lisa. Hm.