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I often imagine a future in which sex doesn't exist. Many people seem to think this is weird, but for me it's a world that feels wonderfully nostalgic. Due to the stigma associated with sex work in Senegal, the women CNN interviewed asked that their identities be protected. They are identified. Yet sex segregation in the workplace remains a problem as social norms continue to restrict occupational choices by women and men, thereby.

Why does yet-sex -- that is, sexual reproduction -- exist? In many ways, asexual reproduction is a better evolutionary strategy: Only one parent is required, and all of that parent's genes are passed on to its progeny. In sexual reproduction, only half of each parent's genes are passed to the yet-sex generation.

What's more, a mate must yet-sex found. Yet sex persists. Yet-wex essay offers possible explanations of this evolutionary paradox. Adapted with permission from Yet-sed Scientist4 Decemberno.

Boldface added. Yet-xex variety of theories have been proposed over the years to explain why sexual reproduction may be more advantageous than asexual reproductionand, for that matter, why sexual reproduction even exists at all.

For years everyone accepted the general proposition that sex is good for evolution because it creates genetic variety, which, in turn, is useful in adapting to constantly changing and challenging environments. But it may give organisms a very different kind of edge. By the late s, in the contest to explain sexonly two hypotheses remained in contention. A former science editor and Washington correspondent of The Economisthe yet-sex lives in northeast England, where he is chairman of a science center called Yet-sex International Centre for Life.

Sexual reproduction, human style. One, the yet-sex mutation hypothesis, was the idea that sex exists to purge a species of damaging genetic mutations ; Alexey Kondrashovnow at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, has been its principal champion. He argues that in an asexual population, yet-sex time a creature dies because of a mutation, that mutation dies with it.

In a sexual population, some of the creatures born have lots of mutations and some have few. If the ones with lots of mutations die, then sex purges the species of mutations. Since most mutations are yet-dex, this gives sex a great advantage. Yet-dex can reproduce sexually or asexually. Sex and the Single Guppy Yet-sxe how exhibitionism has an evolutionary payoff. The Mating Game Help our contestants find the perfect date. Adaptation and Yet-ssx Selection.

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Although the registration law was first introduced in -- inherited from French colonial legislation that stuck around even after Senegal declared independence -- there was little evidence of its impact on sex workers until recently.

Aurelia Lepine, a development economist at University College London, published a report last year in collaboration with Professor Cheikh Tidiane Ndour, director of the AIDS and STI division of Senegal's Ministry of Health, which revealed that the registration system has a crippling impact on sex worker's mental well-being. The problem is the card. So, it's not the policy itself, but it's the way it is materialized," Lepine said. Women who are registered live in fear that family members will discover their identification cards, or somehow see their name on a registration database.

Awa, a year-old registered sex worker who spoke with CNN after her appointment at the clinic, worries constantly that her year-old son will find her ID. But in other ways it doesn't help at all. In her report, Lepine suggests that the card could be replaced by a mobile application to track appointments, or with a quick response QR code issued at each medical visit.

Over ataya tea in his office at Dakar's Polyclinique hospital, Ndour said it would be difficult to change the card, but acknowledged that the current system was problematic. The duration. There is no limitation, and somewhere, even if you stop pursuing this profession, your great-grandchildren can find your name somewhere, and that is a problem. If registered sex workers miss their monthly appointments they can face up to six months in jail, Lepine found in her research, which puts police officers in a position to abuse their power.

The study found that registered sex workers were more likely than unregistered prostitutes to experience violence at the hands of police officers. But registered sex workers are also more willing to report clients' violence to police, according to Lepine's findings, an aspect of the system that is praised by women like Binta. Khadija, a year-old unregistered sex worker who lives in a concrete compound in one of Dakar's poorest districts, said that if she had an ID card she would have reported being raped to police.

Khadija, photographed at her home in Dakar. Sitting in her bedroom, a news broadcast playing on the muted television behind her, Khadija recalled the night she was assaulted by a client. She said she was robbed by the man, who forced himself on her without a condom.

But, she said, she would rather risk the consequences of not having a card -- which include arrest -- than face the stigma associated with it.

She's been locked up twice for soliciting sex without an ID. The second time, she spent 45 days in jail. Now she's more cautious about where she meets clients. Khadija recalled an incident from several years ago, when she went to a nearby police station to resolve a dispute with her landlord, and a man came in to report that he was robbed by a prostitute.

The police, she said, showed him a booklet of photos of registered women working in the area. A news broadcast plays on a TV in Khadija's bedroom. Khadija said she couldn't face the possibility of her profession being so easily revealed.

I don't want them to know. I don't care about anything else," said Khadija, who lives with her elderly mother, as well as a friend, who also works clandestinely. Diouf credits that success to the nonprofit's mobile clinic, which treats women on their own terms, providing services at night in the neighborhoods where they meet clients.

Despite the early gains of women in professional and service jobs that require a college education, many such occupations remain disproportionately male, particularly at the highest levels. Furthermore, most technical and manual blue-collar jobs have undergone little to no integration since the s.

See Figure 1. Contemporary economic research has sought to better understand the causes of this male aversion to working with female colleagues. Assuming different roles for men and women at work and at home, male-dominated occupations remain mostly structured to meet the needs of a stereotypical male who is expected to have a spouse at home, a work-schedule issue that not only fails to accommodate women but also often actively pushes women out.

Instead, women usually leave their jobs because of negative experiences in the workforce, especially in male-dominated fields. In particular, jobs in these fields often demand a culture of long hours , which does not accommodate flexibility for caregiving, forces many mothers to quit, and likewise discourages fathers from helping out at home.

To make matters worse, male-dominated workplaces are often hostile work environments for women, featuring the highest rates of sexual and gender-based harassment. At the microeconomic level, occupational segregation by gender substantially depresses female wages and contributes to the gender wage gap. Most of the U. See Figure 2. By pushing women into lower-paying occupations, occupational segregation depresses female wages and hurts family economic security.

A recent empirical review on trends in the gender wage gap since by economists Blau and her colleague at Cornell, Lawrence Kahn, attributes half of the present gap to women working in different occupations and industries than men. As AFL-CIO chief economist William Spriggs and Case Western University historian Rhonda Williams argue , these trends also are highly racialized: women of color at all education levels are segregated into jobs with lower wages than their white female peers of similar skill level.

Conversely, occupational integration produces huge wage increases for women and people of color: econometric analysis by Chang-Tai Hsieh and Erik Hurst at the University of Chicago and Charles Jones and Peter Klenow at Stanford University shows that occupational integration since was responsible for 60 percent of real wage growth for Black women, 40 percent for white women, and 45 percent for Black men after accounting for inflation.

Beyond its effect on individual workers, occupational segregation limits optimal matching of workers with jobs where they can best leverage their skills and fulfill their ambitions. Indeed, a growing body of evidence demonstrates that occupational integration helps both sexes contribute their human capital to enhancing the productivity of firms.

These individual- and firm-level gains can have a massive impact on overall productivity and growth. Research by economists Hsieh, Hurst, Jones, and Klenow demonstrates that occupational integration was responsible for driving 15 percent to 20 percent of the increase in aggregate output per worker since To counteract gender discrimination, firms should set explicit targets for increasing female representation at all levels.

While work-life reforms benefiting both fathers and mothers are essential to developing an inclusive workplace, setting explicit targets for women at all levels would help reverse discrimination against women in promotion decisions based on their greater probability of taking leave, as Cornell economist Mallika Thomas documents.