Next, I examine the invention and application of Reference Man, a "universal" human designed to standardize radiation dose calculations across multiple populations.
Though Japanese bodies produced the majority of raw data about radiogenic injury, Reference Man became the official body through which such information could be applied and understood.
For this reason, the Committee cautions that Reference Man should not be qualified as "an average or median individual.
The fact that Reference Man is not closely related to an existing population is not believed to be of any great importance.
Like Adam in an atomic Eden, the ICRP positions Reference Man as the basic building blocks for a nuclear humanity.
However, managing the "uncertainties" of diversity through real-time adjustments in the Reference Man model presents several obvious problems.
Rather than simply adopting a standardized female body as the basis for risk calculation, however, policy makers engage in what they consider a suitable compromise: they simply give Reference Man breasts, ovaries, and a uterus--creating a hermaphroditic human in order to "solve" the problem of radioactive gender inequality.
Indeed, this multi-sexed version of Reference Man informs much of U.
Though the hermaphroditic Reference Man has female reproductive organs, the rest of his body is male.