Are Men Actually Going Extinct?
I reckon I’m starting to get into the swing of things with these ‘according to study’ pieces:
In any case, the idea that humans could lose their Y chromosome for good isn’t a stupid idea. It could happen. After all, there are various species of rodents who have seemingly done away with the Y chromosome (as Graves details in a review article in the scientific journal Cell). The thing is, though, those rodents still end up as males and females. They still seem to do the whole business with the sex and the semen and the egg. Babies occur. So, if this were to happen to us humans, you probably wouldn’t even know about it. Men will probably still like whatever stereotypically male things men end up liking in 5 million years, and so will women. Assuming we haven’t entered some weird future science fiction world where we transfer our minds to the internet or mostly have sex with androids, it’s safe to say that penises will continue to find their way into vaginas. It’s just that the particular genetic thing that makes you male or female might be different.
Mind you, ‘According to Study’ isn’t that great a title for the column, and ‘Bad Science’ is already taken. Marcus at The Vine suggested ‘Study Cop’. Any other suggestions?