Are Men the Weaker Sex?
A large part of the XY chromosome set’s problems seem to start to be rooted in biology. The Y chromosome that makes a male biologically so is fragile. Females, meanwhile, come equipped with two X chromosomes, so even when there’s a problem in one, the other can step in. Males don’t have this duplicative effect, so if something is damaged in their X chromosome, they’re largely screwed.
Even more alarmingly, the X chromosome is about 1,000 genes long, while the Y chromosome is under 100 genes long and continuing, it seems, to disappear. The odds this leads to the extinction of men in the long term are extremely low, but many think it’s already negatively affecting men’s health today, from infertility to retinal issues.
One study suggested that even a mother’s love can’t overcome this fundamental fragility. When a mom’s body senses it’s carrying a particularly fragile fetus, she’s likely to naturally abort it. It’s probably her body’s way of forcing her to try to conceive another, healthier child. And while this “culling” is all-natural, it seems
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