Articles like “Will Y Chromosome Go Bye-Bye?” really get me thinking. Actually, articles like this give me a headache. My ADD tendencies just want to go crazy with this one by tossing out ideas and questions without the discipline to think clearly and follow any to their logical and usually flawed conclusions. Add to this that my multiple personalities begin arguing amongst each other as to who is correct and you have a migraine that requires a month’s supply of codeine to put down. Even so, the article is interesting and in spite of the headache I’m going to attempt to deal with this one in some fashion.
In the most simplistic analysis the article discusses the discovery that Chromosome Y (the chromosome responsible for everything male including the reproductive paraphernalia that men sport in one particular area of their bodies) is losing genes at a far faster rate than the X chromosome is. That’s alarming!
One I instantly thinks thought, “So that’s how God has planned the end of the world! He’s just going to eliminate men on a gradual basis so we all think it is evolution! One day it will be a world without men, no sex, no babies, no further human race once all the women die out.”
Okay, other than being over the top silly (remember what I said earlier about “flawed conclusions”) this just not going to happen for so many reasons.
The first reason is that we now have the technology to reproduce human beings without either of the two biological parents being present. All we really need is a few well maintained cells and a warm healthy uterus. No men needed if the sperm bank’s accounts are full. For some of us, “No Men = No Problems” so this kind of existence would be a welcome one and as near a Utopia as one could want. I personally, have a difficult enough time dealing with three females in the same household at a certain time of the month, I can’t imagine an entire female only planet. If nothing else, men are at least different if completely incomprehensible and often smelly. They at least add comic relief to our world.
Oh and don’t go all funny on me here and say “Well, without men how would we have and enjoy sex?” Peeps! Do NOT even go there! No! Not with modern technology and alternative lifestyles. It is simply not a discussion that needs to happen. Women have gotten around this one for ages.
The article stated that evolution favors survival. It also stated that the genes the Y chromosome is losing are genes that are no longer needed. The evolutionary process and all, I guess. If we consider that as our daily existence changes over time and that existence impacts the human body, how it operates, functions, survives, deals with the changing environment then, okay, the genes that make up that body must necessarily change or adapt over time. The ones that aren’t needed go bye-bye and other ones stay. Whatever. What would interest me would be knowing which genes exactly are disappearing and what they were specifically responsible for in men.
Like, I wonder, is intelligence implicated here? Or is the gene for discussing bowling, fishing and hunting and the best brand of chew or microbrew replicating itself in exponential proportions? Personally, if science wants to contribute to humanity it should make the Nascar gene disappear.
Is courage and the ability to walk up to a woman and ask her out on a date implicated or has that gene been lost? Now all men are able to do is give out a number and hope a woman calls or tell her, “Hey, when you get some time and want to do something call me!” If that gene hasn’t been lost, I suspect it is disappearing.
I suspect that over time, with the overwhelming aversion to body hair continuing into the next several centuries we might see the body hair gene disappear in both sexes. That would save so much time in the shower and pain at the spa! Maybe science can figure out a way to speed that process up a bit.
What I really believe is going on here is that the human body, like everything else in our world is downsizing. It, like the rest of the world, is moving toward a simpler more efficient existence. Therefore, to adapt to this more efficient world the irrelevant is being discarded and the human body is simply adapting.
Simply put, men are already obsolete and evolution is just cleaning up the riff raff.
Something to think about anyway.