Some scientists believe that the culprit may just as likely be a change in lifestyle, rather than exposure to some new environmental chemical. John Ashby, from the Syngenta Central Toxicology Laboratory in Macclesfield, says that the focus on an environmental cause may be quite wrong. “The human [reproductive] conditions cannot at the moment be associated with a named chemical,” says Ashby. “There are many lifestyle changes that could be contributing to these conditions, for instance, increased smoking among young women.”
“Phthalates are the most common environmental chemical. They are in the air around us,” says Sharpe. However, he points out, it is too early to jump to the conclusion that this is the cause of the problem. “At present, doses that are 100- to 500-fold higher than the highest reported human exposure are required to induce such effects, and we do not have any proof that phthalates can induce such effects in humans,” he says. “Nevertheless, phthalates are everywhere in our environment, we are all exposed, and the highest exposure appears to be in young women of reproductive age.”
Nevertheless, work on animals has led to the discovery of some chemicals in the environment that could be playing an important role. Sharpe cites his work on chemicals called phthalates, substances used by industry to soften plastics. He has been able to create a set of disorders in laboratory animals that mimic human testicular dysgenesis syndrome by
exposing pregnant mothers to certain phthalate esters at a key stage of foetal development.
Other disorders of the male reproductive system are also on the increase. Cryptorchidism is the most common genital malformation of all, when one of both testes fail to descend into the scrotum, affecting between two and four per cent of baby boys. Chordee – a downward curve of the penis, especially when erect – is usually, but not always, associated with hypospadias. Boys with chordee often have to sit down when they relieve themselves. In later life, the severe curvature from chordee can make intercourse impossible.
In other words, the suggestion is that there is something happening early in the development of the male foetus that interferes with the key steps enabling it to develop into a healthy, fertile male. Ever since Professor Skakkebaek made his discovery on sperm counts, environmentalists have suggested that it could be “gender-bending” chemicals – endocrine disrupters – in the environment that are the cause of the gradual feminisation of men. But despite intense research to find these endocrine disrupters, the precise reasons for the problems have not so far been identified.
Many experts believe that the defects seen in male babies are related to a broader problem- the feminisation of men. Male sperm counts have halved since 1941. Infertility and cancer of the testes are also on the rise. Testicular cancer is now the most common cancer in young men. Hypospadias is a congenital (present at birth) anomaly (abnormality), which means that the malformation occurs during foetal development. As the fetus develops, the urethra does not grow to its complete length. Also during fetal development, the foreskin does not develop completely, which typically leaves extra foreskin on the top side of the penis and no foreskin on the underside of the penis.
An increasing number of baby boys in the UK are being born with genital disorders. One in 350 male babies have a condition known as hypospadias. Instead of the opening of the penis being at the tip, it may be lower down the penis or even around the scrotum. In a few rare cases, there may not be an opening at all.
Another possible lifestyle factor that could be playing a role is the significant increase in the intake of dietary fat over the past 50 years. Fat is linked with oestrogens – the female sex hormone – and more fat means more oestrogens, which means a possible increase in the risk of interference with the proper development of male reproductive organs. “The trends on dietary fat are up, and the implications are great for endocrine disruption,” says Ashby.
Professor Richard Sharpe, a male fertility specialist at the Medical Research Council’s University of Edinburgh Centre of Reproductive Health, suggests that all the disorders stem from a problem arising at the key stage in the development of the male foetus during early pregnancy. “From epidemiological studies, we know that each of the disorders is a risk factor for all the others, and that they share several pregnancy-related risk factors,” Sharpe says. “Most importantly, we know that they share hormonal risk factors, in particular, anything that interferes with the production or action of androgens and testosterone [the male sex hormones] during the sexual differentiation process of the foetus that occurs in the womb.”
An increasing number of baby boys in the UK are being born with genital disorders. One in 350 male babies have a condition known as hypospadias. Instead of the opening of the penis being at the tip, it may be lower down the penis or even around the scrotum. In a few rare cases, there may not be an opening at all. Other disorders of the male reproductive system are also on the increase. Cryptorchidism is the most common genital malformation of all, when one of both testes fail to descend into the scrotum, affecting between two and four per cent of baby boys. Chordee – a
Wait, you night be onto something you crazy tinfoil wearing conspiracy theorist nutjob. Best get onto YouTube quick and delete all those crazy conspiracy people and toxic males mega quick. Because you know, HATE SPEECH.
Next you’ll argue a stream should flow upward so it no longer dumps pollution into the sea. Women don’t have penises. Men don’t have vaginas. This physical reality affects behavior. If these two sexes have behavioral tendencies that have emerged over millions of years, how do you expect to alter it? Social norms?
Like most psychological charlatans who don’t desere the letters next to their names, Mark Sherman shamelessly accentuates the dark side of masculinity, and the light side of femininity, and bakes these one sided half truths into his very definitions of what it means to be masculine and feminine.
People are, of course, going to have traits that spread across the aggressive/competitive – passive/nurturing spectrum, but this, I believe, has more to do with personality than gender. Trying to shoehorn a person’s innate personality traits into a made-up social construct such as gender, is grossly inappropriate, in my opinion. We’re all human. Approximately half of us have different plumbing than the other half, and have a different set of physical properties (different hormonal balances, different biological functions, etc.), but overall, we all have the capacity for any of these traits. It’s our personalities that we should be discussing as important in this case. It shouldn’t be whether boys should be more or less aggressive or girls should be more or less passive. It’s whether or not people as a whole – all of us together – should be any of those things. Another discussion should be, are any of those things inherently good or bad, or is there need in society for a balanced combination of these traits, irrespective of gender? My personality makes me more of a passive, nurturing man. That annoys some people, not because I should be an aggressive, competitive male, but because they’ve been brought up in a culture that has traditionally taught them that’s what the “masculine male” label should be.
So sad. Give us back our men. I miss having them around. Thanks
This was not “the golden age promised”, maybe by the socialist economists 2 generations ago. All of the things you suggested go against what market (the aggregate decisions of all consumers and providers) demand.
I think you are incredibly naive in the way the world operates, you are begging for an impossible utopia.
The Swedes have surrendered their beautiful nation to the saracen soover. Why are these beautiful White people so eager to commit race suicide? Is (((someone))) encouraging it?
How normie worker drone people can’t see this by now is actually staggering.
Perhaps you don’t realize that wrathful female deities like Kali or Vajrayogini are normal in other cultures.
The problem for boys whose masculinity is under attack is that both women and men who scored higher on the masculinity scale were more likely to have higher self-esteem.