There is much debate going on about stem cell research. Everyone seems to have an opinion on this subject. Some people are all for it, some people are against it completely and some people are neutral. What I would really like to know is how males and females differ on their opinions on this. First I will give you the background on the stem cell research debate, then I will show you my own private study on how men and women view this topic.
Background on the stem cell research debate:
With Embryonic stem cell research the creation of a human embryonic stem cell line requires the destruction of a human embryo. Stem cell researchers use embryos that were created but had not been used for in vitro fertility treatments to derive new stem cell lines. The majority of these embryos are marked to be destroyed, or stored indefinitely. In the United States alone, there have been estimated to be at least 400,000 such embryos.
For researchers they believe that stem cell research has the potential to dramatically help in understanding and treating diseases and to alleviate suffering. Embryonic stem cells have the capacity to grow indefinitely in a lab environment. Embryonic stem cells can differentiate into pretty much all types of bodily tissue. Researchers argue that the economic, personal and social cost of the diseases that embryonic stem cells have the potential to treat, far outweigh the costs associated with the destruction of the embryos.
The other side to this debate people who do not believe that embryonic stem cell research is moral. An embryo contains the potential to be a living breathing human, therefore the embryo should be valued as highly as a human life. The opposing of embryonic stem cell research has gone so far as to liken this research to murder. The people against this are claiming that it is morally and ethically wrong to create these embryos and then destroy them.
My own gender based study on stem cell research:
For my own experiment into this I decided to gather views of men and women all over the world. Best place for someone like me to accomplish this was the chat room. I went into several chat rooms and asked the chatters in there if they would like to take part in my experiment. I explained all I wanted to gather from them was their gender and a yes, no or neutral answer to the questions that I asked.
I discovered that men not only supported the idea of embryonic stem cell research but that they also were in support of federally funding this kind of research.
The women that I asked these questions to were more inclined to be against embryonic stem cell research. These women took and even harder stand on the federal government funding this research.
Men would answer my questions with just yes no or neutral. The men I spoke with did not tend to add any of their personal feeling into their answers. They didn’t even try to defend their answer by adding why they were saying yes or no. Even the men that voted neutral didn’t say anything about why they were neutral.
Women on the other hand seemed offended by even the mention of embryonic stem cell research. They would add their personal feelings into their answers. Every one of them that I spoke with that night wanted to even defend their answers.
This seems to be another area where men and women do seem to not feel equally. Every aspect of life seems to show that men and women have a vast difference in the way that they view different subjects. Equality between men and women seems difficult when men and women cannot agree on their stand on any subject.
Don’t get me wrong this experiment is not about trying to defend or destroy equality between men and women. This experiment is about finding out if men and women do indeed differ in their views on embryonic stem cell research.
So to get a broader view on this subject I want to see more of how men and women feel on the subject of embryonic stem cell research. So log out and just post your answer marking yourself as male or female.
Question one: Do you support embryonic stem cell research?
Question two: If you do support embryonic stem cell research, do you feel it should be federally funded?