In Medieval times there was no scientific understanding of human sexuality. Prevailing knowledge was based on experience and observation; experience of hormonal passion to self-propagate and observation of animals reproducing. On superficial evidence it seemed males produce lifeâ€™s â€œseedâ€ and females provide the place for its growth. Thus, males presumed priority role in the origin of life; the sperm was thought to be a miniature person, normally male, but became female by some anomalous function during formation. (Thomas Aquinas). This understanding has been toÂ justify male dominion over females andÂ male claimÂ of divine preference.
The science of DNA changes everything. In the main, DNA is a female produced life-mechanism that preceded the distinction of male DNA and the division of theÂ sexes. While primacy of origin is with femaleness, the equivalency of sexuality is based on simultaneous evolution of DNA and differentiationÂ by gene-mixing and division of sexes. Symbiotic evolutionofÂ microorganisms in the mechanisms of photon capture and carbohydrate roles in all life enabled animal evolution; as Isaiah says, â€œall flesh is grassâ€, i.e., photosynthetic carbohydrates.
I know of no issue more critical to authentic faith than â€œgetting it right with sexâ€. The analogy seems apt that "males are the swizzlestick in the cocktail of lifeâ€, something I came up with probably as I stirred a scotch-on-the-rocks cocktail, swizzlestick in hand. The ovum contributes three-fourths of the DNA in every boy and girl baby. DNA isÂ three different kinds, two are present in cell cytoplasm (ovum) and one is in the cell nucleus; cytoplasmic DNA has to do with providing accessible carbohydrate energy (plastids) and metabolizing energyÂ (mitochondria). The ovum provides cytoplasmic DNA to all cells, andÂ provides one-half the nuclear DNA. The sperm providesÂ halfÂ the nuclear DNA â€”Â overall, one-fourth the the total DNA.
Sexual ignorance plays into the hands of male arrogance and cultic fideism. Violence against women is enabled by sexual ignorance and manipulation of male pretense for purposes of control and domination. "Woman power" is rightly on the ascendancyÂ with the evolution of sexual understanding. When women achieve their rightful and equivalent role with males, religiously and culturally, all life benefits; the days of the cultic alienation of women by institutional religion are numbered.