listening to the BBC's recent release of the otherwise excellent
1960s Radio 4 Day
of the Triffids audio play, I spotted a bad
mistake. When a member of one of the groups of sighted people
declares that they will have to be responsible for repopulating
the world, he says that they can accommodate a number of blind
women, as they can give birth to sighted children. But no
blind men are to be entertained.
is this? If they took in a number of blind people of both
sexes, surely they'd be able to repopulate the planet faster.
The blindness is not genetic and so won't be passed on to
the next generation. Surely he should suggest a number of
both men and women should be chosen from the blind community
to go with them.
the guy just wants to have as many women for himself as possible!
The fewer men there are, the more partners each man can have.
though, sexism aside, it's a biological fact that small populations
need more women than men in order to achieve rapid population
growth. This is because a woman produces only one egg per
month and it takes nine months to carry a baby to term - and
that's assuming the pregnancy is successful. On the other
hand, a fertile man can happily sleep around and knock up
as many women as he cares to.
It sounds as though the group in question has enough men already,
and now they need extra women to achieve as many pregnancies
as possible. There would be little point in hindering the
group with more blind men.