What Came First, The Chicken Or The Woman?

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In the article, “Cultures of Eugenics,’ subRosa, makes the argument that women and chicken are far more similar then you would think. Oh, stop me if you’ve heard this one before! According to subRosa, “women and chickens both produce eggs, and eggs are all-important in today’s genetic engineering industry” (subRosa 15). Moreover, the article does a side-by-side comparison of two entities, arguing that both chickens and women were the first animals/humans to be permanently confined indoors “based on intensive genetic selection, dietary manipulation, bodily restriction and drugs” (subRosa 4). However, things started to get a bit fuzzy when trying to accept the suggestion that Britney Spears is linked to the genetically engineered pharm chicken of the same name. Comically, the authors assert that as Spears is a cosmetically engineered American teen idol, so too is its poultry counterpart. While I agree with the bulk of subRosa’s arguments in their essay, this one was a little too far fetched for me. 

-Ro Weissberg

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