This paper will attempt to address what is perhaps the single most life altering issue facing our societies today. It is life altering in the utmost sense of the word, literally altering life as we know it. Life on this planet has undergone some significant changes since the dawn of civilization; the discovery of fire, the wheel, the industrial revolution, and the list goes on. The industrial revolution brought perhaps the most significant changes to society as a whole, for it was at this point that we moved from a fuedal society to a capitalist society. Industrialization took the men off the land and put them into the positions of wage earners working for someone else, merely supplying labor. Women on the other hand, were forced into the home looking after the child rearing and looking after the man so he was able to go out into the world to sell his labor, the domestication of women so to speak.
[...] Cloning is here now, and it is no longer a futuristic topic for the genre of science fiction. What is the prevailing ideology around cloning? At this point it would seem there is no one ideology that prevails over any other. There are several groups in society promoting an ideology, each with its own agenda, and each wanting to preserve or improve the status of the part of society that each represents. We will look at some of the dominant ideologies and determine what the group promoting the ideology stands to lose or gain from cloning. [...]
[...] farming model relates to motherhood, women as a class planted with the male seed and harvested; women used for the fruit they bear, like trees; women who run the gamut from prized cows to mangy dogs, from highbred horses to sad beasts of burden.” (Pg 174) She goes on to say in a later writing . it is shocking to see a new desperation in women to be married mothers--to be in the most protected social circle–so as to not be exiled into the desolate dystopia of the pornographically liberated woman. [...]
[...] Cloning is an issue of the most public kind as it threatens so many of our traditions and institutions. We are on the brink of the most life altering event in the history of the human race. This could actually signal the downfall of the species in a worse case scenario, or forever change how society functions at best. Cloning has the potential to bring an entirely new class of person to the existing structure; the class if you will. [...]
[...] There is the forced splitting of a fertilized egg as mentioned above and the more talked about and controversial method of nuclear transfer. The latter involves removing the genetic material from an ovum and replacing it with the genetic material from whatever source you choose. The ovum is then “jump started” with a small electrical current to start the process of cell division. It is this technology that would enable one to mass produce a super strain of cow, plant, or human. [...]
[...] The Catholic Church has condemned cloning as immoral, but most rational thinkers would not grant any validity to any support offered for that argument as the Catholic Church calls any kind of assisted reproduction immoral. None of us will be much aided by those familiar religious factions who think like “certainty factories” with their quick ready-made pronouncements of right and wrong. Rather a more rational and thought out debate would address some more universally ethical and moral issues. Do we really want to proceed so quickly with a technology that is so clearly market driven without serious ethical and moral reflection? [...]
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