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Robert Sparrow1 has assayed a response to criticisms I expressed of his arguments in my ‘Sparrows, hedgehogs and castrati: reflections on gender and enhancement’ in this journal.2 Sparrow simply re-states at some length his view that the life expectancy advantage women enjoy of between 6 or 7 years gives those like myself who believe that we have a duty to have the best children we can have good reason always to choose to produce females, and that this is embarrassing to me. I reject this …
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